Coconut Cupcakes Recipe

Coconut cupcakes

  • makes 16
  • Easy

Try our easy coconut cupcakes recipe. This idea for pretty fairy cakes uses Malibu for a boozy twist to afternoon tea


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  • egg whites 5
  • cream of tartar 1/2 tsp

  • white caster sugar 150g

  • plain flour 60g
  • coconut powder 20g
  • white caster sugar 250g
  • Malibu 1 tbsp
  • liquid glucose 2 tsp
  • egg whites 4

  • icing sugar 2 tbsp
  • red food colouring


  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 180C/fan160C/gas4. Line 16 small cupcake tins with cases. Whisk the egg whites with the cream of tartar and then gradually add the sugar, beating all the time to make a meringue mixture. Sift the flour and coconut powder together and then quickly fold this into the meringue. Divide between the cases, filling them almost to the top, and bake for 10-15 minutes or until just firm to the touch.

  • Step 2

    To make the frosting, put the sugar, Malibu, liquid glucose and egg whites in
a bowl set over (but not touching) a pan
 of simmering water. Whisk until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture heats up. Pour into a larger bowl off the heat and whisk until the mixture is fluffy and thick enough to spread – about 3-5 minutes. Beat in the icing sugar for another minute or so.

  • Step 3

    Paint a few lines of red food colouring onto the insides of an icing bag fitted with a star nozzle. Fill with the frosting, then pipe onto the tops of the cakes. The colouring will streak the icing red.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 138
  • Fat 0.8g
  • Carbs 29.8g
  • Fibre 0.3g
  • Protein 2.1g
  • Salt 0.1g