Coconut Lime Cupcakes

Hands down…this is one of the best cupcake recipes I have made.  Adding the lime curd makes these cupcakes delightfully tart and sweet at the same time.  The cake itself is very dense like a homemade cupcake should be, but still moist. Heavenly!!!

Coconut Lime Cupcakes


  • 2 cups sugar
  • zest of 3 limes
  • 3/4 lb. (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 6 eggs at room temperature
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 package true lime (optional)
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 12/ tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 7 oz. sweetened, shredded coconut

To fill and frost:

  • Homemade Lime Curd
  • Cream Cheese Frosting with Lime
  • 7 0z. sweetened coconut, lightly toasted


  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  • Line 2 cupcake pans with paper liners – for a total of 24 cupcakes.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the sugar and lime zest and mix together with your fingertips until the sugar is moistened and fragrant.
  • In the bowl of an stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar on high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  • With the mixer on low speed, add the eggs, 1 at a time, taking care to scrape the bowl.
  • Add the vanilla and mix until well combined.
  • Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Add the dry ingredients in three batches, alternating with the buttermilk, beginning and ending with the dry.
  • Mix until just combined. Fold in half of the shredded coconut.
  • Fill each prepared cupcake liner to the top with batter.
  • Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, until the tops are brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Cool the cupcakes in the pan for 15 minutes, then remove them to a baking rack to cool completely.
  • Meanwhile, fill a pastry bag fitted with a medium sized round tip with homemade lime curd.
  • Gently insert the pastry tip into the center of each cupcake and fill with a small amount of lime curd.
  • Frost each cupcake with Cream Cheese Frosting with Lime and garnish with toasted coconut.
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