Coconut Chocolate Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

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These Decadent Coconut Chocolate Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe are a yummy treat for Easter or any occasion!

Calling all chocolate lovers, coconut connoisseurs or those who just love a yummy treat or dessert. These Coconut Chocolate Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting are a dream. Topped with toasted coconut and chocolate curls you’ll have a hard time stopping at one cupcake. They are super moist which might have something to do with the coconut oil and coconut milk and 100% delicious!

Coconut Chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese frosting

Coconut and Chocolate Cupcakes Goodness

Now don’t these coconut chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese frosting look oh so delectable? I admit I have a weakness for chocolate and coconut together and these do not disappoint. The cream cheese frosting is not sweet but oh so rich. If for some reason you don’t love coconut (gasp) you can leave out the toasted coconut and other coconut related ingredients and switch it up with a flavor you love. However, I think if you try these you may just become a convert! Excuse me while I go wipe the drool off my chin.

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Warning you’ll want more than one!

These coconut chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese frosting are rich. The dark chocolate flavor of the moist cupcakes is delicious without being overly sweet. The cream cheese frosting adds just enough sweetness and oh who doesn’t love cream cheese frosting (if you don’t, I don’t want to know lol)? Put them in colorful  cupcake wrappers like we have here and you have an Easter theme. Change it up for summer, Christmas or birthdays. I tell you I can find any excuse to eat these coconut chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese frosting!

Finally recipe time!

Now enough of my gushing on this coconut chocolaty goodness let’s get onto the recipe shall we?

Coconut Chocolate Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 24-30 cupcakes

Coconut Chocolate Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe


    Chocolate Cupcakes
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cups cocoa
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup coconut oil, (vegetable oil is also fine)
  • 1 cup coconut milk, (2% or whole milk is also fine)
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp instant coffee mixed with 1 cup (16 oz) hot water, (plain hot water is also fine)
  • Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 8 oz cream cheese (1 package), room temperature
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 3-5 Tbls. coconut milk (whole, or 2% milk, is also fine)
  • 3 - 3 1/2 cups of powdered sugar


    Chocolate Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line muffin tin with cupcake liners.
  2. Using a large mixing bowl, mix sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together.
  3. Add coconut oil and milk and stir until combined and creamy.
  4. Add slightly beaten eggs, one at a time, stirring after each addition.
  5. Add vanilla and stir to incorporate.
  6. Mix instant coffee and hot water (or just hot water) and add to mixture. Do not be alarmed! Mixture will separate. Keep stirring until all is combined well. Mixture will remain thin.
  7. Using a scoop, fill muffin tins approximately 2/3 - 3/4 of the way full.
  8. Bake for approximately 18-20 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Watch carefully during last minutes of baking and do not over bake.
  9. Remove from oven and allow cupcakes to cool completely on a baking rack before frosting.
  10. Cream cheese Frosting
  11. In a large mixing bowl, beat softened butter and cream cheese with electric or stand mixer on medium speed 2 to 3 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally, until smooth and creamy.
  12. Add in vanilla and mix until combined.
  13. Add 3 cups powdered sugar a little at a time to mixture, beating until smooth and creamy. Add more powdered sugar as needed until frosting is a thick spreadable consistency.
  14. 1 tsp of coconut extract, optional - if your would like more coconut flavor in the frosting
  15. For this recipe, "mom" frost the cupcakes - no need to be fancy
  16. Toasted Coconut
  17. Place coconut flakes on a cookie sheet and bake in oven until lightly toasted, flipping half way through toasting - approximately 3-5 minutes.
  18. Sprinkle over the frosted cupcakes.
  19. Chocolate Shavings
  20. Melt a square of baking chocolate in microwave on a saucer or plate.
  21. Spread out thinly and place in freezer approximately 1 minute, or until firm.
  22. Using a frosting, or butter knife, gently push under and forward creating shavings and chips.
  23. Sprinkle thinly on coconut covered cupcakes.
  24. If the chocolate is firmed only slightly, you can make intricate curls rather than shavings.
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As always I like to show a few of the steps for you so here you go for those who are visual learners like myself. Coconut Chocolate Cupcakes with Cream Cheese frosting recipe steps.

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You can top with your favorites like coconut oh wait okay if you don’t want coconut just have chocolate shavings or caramel or whatever you like. I’m stuck on these coconut chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese frosting though. I may have to hide the rest from the family if I want to have one more!

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We hope you enjoy the recipes as much as we do, our waistline hates us but our tastebuds are in love 🙂 Okay one more photo to tempt you to go and make some coconut chocolate cupcakes of your own! Enjoy!

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  1. ellen beck says:

    You say cream cheese I answer! This looks and sounds really good. I really like anthing with coconut and this with chocolate would be sure to please!

  2. Carolyn D says:

    The coconut chocolate cupcakes look delicious.

  3. Karen D says:

    Coconut, chocolate AND cream cheese! Doesn’t get much better than that!

  4. The cupcakes sound good. Without coconut. It’s too waxy tasting for me.

  5. Your Cupcake look delicious, thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday! Have a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  6. Those look REALLY good… especially since it is after 7 pm and we haven’t had supper yet. 🙂

  7. Beverly says:

    Delicious. Thanks for partying at Brag About It. I’ll be featuring your coconut chocolate cupcakes at this week’s party.

  8. Akaleistar says:

    Mmm, those cupcakes look amazing!

  9. Chocolate and coconut–it’s like a Mounds bar in cupcake form. Yum! I have pinned it and will definitely give it a try. Thanks for the recipe.

  10. OMGosh! These pictures are mouth-watering.

  11. BILL HOFF says:

    We are always looking for different treats to prepare the grandkids…and me!

  12. I have some coconut to use up 🙂

  13. Chocolate and coconut are definitely a great combination!

  14. Jeanne Coulombe says:

    These cupcakes look so good chocolate and coconut both my favorite great combination. I will be making these the next time the kids come home my grandchildren love cupcakes.

  15. Sherry Blamer says:

    This sounds amazing. My family would love this recipe.

  16. I didn’t start liking coconut until well into adulthood. And your recipe is hitting all the right notes! Yum!

  17. Allyson R Becker says:

    Oh my gosh! This must be what heaven looks like! So much chocolate!

  18. DENISE LOW says:

    Thank you for sharing. This looks delicious. Sweet desserts are my weakness.

  19. belinda bell says:

    These cupcakes look amazing. I love the ingredients in them

  20. Dana Rodriguez says:

    Those look so decadent. I love chocolate and coconut so I know I would be crazy for these. Thanks for the recipe!

  21. These cupcakes look mouth watering. I love chocolate and coconut together. I will definitely make these and family will love them. Thanks for sharing.

  22. Susan Hartman says:

    I wish my Dad was alive. He would have loved this recipe.

  23. Paula Standley says:

    Oh my goodness, those cupcakes look heavenly! Two of my favorites things combined into a cupcake!

  24. monique s says:

    I love chocolate and I love coconut, but silly me never thought of putting them together in a cupcake. Thanks for the recipe I am going to try these

  25. Michelle S says:

    These sound tasty! I like the coconut but I’m afraid the rest of the family would protest.

  26. Looking good. Mouth watering page of goodies you got here.

  27. Kimberly Flickinger says:

    These cupcakes look and sound delicious, definitely a recipe I will be pinning for later.

  28. Michelle Simons says:

    Very easy with the pics show to follow along. I love cakes and sweets way to much.

  29. Christy Caldwell says:

    This is a recipe I’ll have to make for my mom and grandma. They’re crazy about coconut.

  30. Dewane Seneca says:

    I love anything with the words chocolate and cream cheese icing in the same sentence so these are sure be a delight to my taste buds!!! Thank you so much for this recipe!!

  31. Lauryn R says:

    Yummy! They definitely do sound rich, but so delicious! I love the combination of chocolate and coconut together. 🙂 Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  32. I love coconut! And mmm with chocolate, so perfect

  33. Deborah D says:

    I am making these cupcakes for my family on Easter.

  34. These really look good!

  35. Margot C says:

    How marvelous. I love baking with coconut oil now. It’s very versatile.

  36. Terri S says:

    Oh, these look so good!!! Thank you for sharing the recipe!!!

  37. These cupcakes look so good!! I love coconut so might just make them for myself.

  38. Sounds good. Without the coconut. Coconut is too waxy for my tastes.

    • Powered by Mom says:

      hmm if that’s the only reason you don’t like coconut you only need to skip the toasted coconut on top. The rest is coconut milk and coconut oil 🙂

  39. Lisa Weeks says:

    Holy cow these look amazing!!

  40. this looks divine! yum

  41. This looks very yummy!!

  42. Marti Tabora says:

    Fantastic recipes, they actually just made me hungry.

  43. rochelle haynes says:

    Looking good like to try this

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