The Best Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes

These super rich and totally indulgent chocolate coconut cupcakes are filled with coconut cream, topped with thick coconut buttercream and finished off with a hearty sprinkle of toasted coconut! These are sure to be any coconut lovers new best friend!

Greetings from sunny California! As you probably have noticed by now, I’m on vacation. I flew out of NYC last Thursday, and have been a busy little bee out here on the West Coast. Updates coming soon – promise! Until then… I made you cupcakes!

These cupcakes are a coconut lovers dream! Every element of these cupcakes involves coconut, but don’t worry – it’s not overwhelming! Chocolate and coconut are a great flavor team, and really balance each other out.

The base of this swoon worthy coconut treat is an insanely moist chocolate cupcake. The cupcake is made with coconut oil, ensuring a light coconut flavor, and a perfectly tender crumb. Exactly what we want! Exactly what we need!

Ingredients
For the cupcakes:

  • 3 tablespoons coconut OR canola oil
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs + 1 large egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, not packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup full fat sour cream
  • 1/2 cup hot coffee OR hot water
  • For the coconut cream:
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 stick butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 ounces sweetened shredded coconut
  • For the buttercream:
  • 6 ounces unsalted butter, very soft
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 2 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 1 (7 ounce) package sweetened flaked coconut, divided

Instructions
For the cupcakes:

  1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
  2. Place cupcake liners in muffin tin. Spray lightly with PAM cooking spray. *The cooking spray really helps the cupcakes not stick to the liners.
  3. ……………………

for full recipes please see : bakerbynature.com

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