Coconut Lime Cupcakes

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“Brother bought a coconut
He bought it for a dime.
His sister had another She paid it for the lime.”

~Coconut by Harry Nilsson 

Is it even seriously possible to think about Coconut and Lime without thinking of the song Coconut? Lime and coconut is a perfect flavor combination for summer. Tangy and sweet, Coconut Lime Cupcakes are fun and tropical treat.

She put the lime in the coconut she drank them both up.
she put the lime in the coconut
Called the doctor, woke him up, and said “Doctor, ain’t there nothing I can take”
I said, “Doctor, to relieve this belly ache?”

For the longest time I thought mixing coconut and lime would actually give you a stomach ache! I assumed the lime curdled the coconut milk similar to the way lemon curdles  regular milk. Turns out the combination is  just so yummy it is hard to control yourself and eat, or in the case of the song drink just one!

These Coconut Lime cupcakes are so easy, they begin with a box of lemon cake mix, and just a few ingredients.  I think these cupcakes have just the right balance of coconut. I am not a huge fan of artificial coconut flavors, to me whatever I bake using it ends up tasting like what I imagine suntan oil would. If you like a more coconut flavor though, increase the coconut extract and decrease the vanilla by the same amount, although I would not go over 1 teaspoon of coconut.

Coconut Lime Cupcake

Coconut Lime Cupcakes

Yield: 24 Cupcakes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes


For the Cupcakes

  • 1 lemon cake mix
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup greek yogurt or sour cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 2-4 drops green food color
  • Zest of 1 medium lime
  • 1 cup coconut

For the Lime Buttercream Frosting:

  • 1 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 cup coconut, for sprinkling on top of cupcakes


  1. In a large bowl or the bowl of a mixer, combine all the cake ingredients except for the coconut. Mix on low for 30 seconds or until all the ingredients are just combined, continue to mix on high for 3 minutes. Add the coconut and mix until the coconut is well distributed throughout the cake batter.
  2. Scoop the cake batter into prepared cupcake pan, fill each cup 2/3 full . Bake for 16-22 minutes or until a pick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean and the tops are very lightly golden. Be careful not to over-bake these cupcakes because they will dry right up. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
  3. To prepare the frosting. Cream butter in the bowl of a heavy-duty mixer. Whip until light and fluffy. Add remaining ingredients and mix until well-combined. Transfer to a piping bag and swirl the icing over the cooled cupcakes. Garnish with a sprinkling of coconut and a little lime zest. Cover and refrigerate any leftovers.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 355Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 262mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 1gSugar: 40gProtein: 3g

Even though I try to provide accurate nutritional information to the best of my ability, these figures should still be considered estimates. Please see my Nutrition Disclaimer for more information.

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  1. OK, I am totally familiar with this song. But have never had lime an coconut together. Lime and pineapple, yes {as in pina coladas} Going to need to try these, since the look fabulous! I have NO idea how you find the time to bake, with all those cows that need tending to!

    1. Thank you Rachel! Some days I feel like I am doing great and other days, I can barely keep my head above water with all that is going on here. We just go day to day. We are now up to 18 calves!

  2. Mmmm 🙂 These cupcakes look amazing! Thank you so much for linking up with me this week at Tasty Tuesdays! I’ve pinned this & shared it with my followers!

  3. These cupcakes are right in time for summer!! Coconut & Lime is such a great combination – I just have to make these. Pinning right now. 🙂 Thank you for sharing at Tasty Tuesday – hope to see you next week!