Tasty Thursday: Vegan Coconut Cupcakes

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When I see something with the word ‘coconut’ in it, I immediately want to make out with it.

A few weeks ago, I had  an urge for something coconuty, and I had to use up some coconut milk, so I looked and found this easy vegan recipe for coconut cupcakes, on Chef Chloe.

I Instagrammed (of course I did!) after I pulled them out of the oven and frosted them, that I didn’t think they were that good.

The next day however, eh, they were pretty yummy. One of those things that taste better the next day.

So here they are. Vegan Coconut Cupcakes. Eat, lick and be merry.

Vegan coconut cupcakes

Vegan Coconut Cupcakes
A vegan coconut cupcake recipe
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For the cupcake
  1. 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  4. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  5. ½ teaspoon salt
  6. 1 cup coconut milk
  7. ½ cup canola oil
  8. 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  9. 1 tablespoon white or apple cider vinegar
For the coconut frosting
  1. 1 cup unrefined coconut oil (should be solid at room temperature)
  2. 3 cups powdered sugar
  3. 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  4. 2 to 5 tablespoons coconut milk (or other nondairy milk)
  5. Garnish
  6. 2 cups shredded coconut
To make the coconut cupcakes
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 (12-cup) cupcake pans withcupcake liners.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together coconut milk, oil, vanilla, and vinegar. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and whisk until just combined. Do not over mix.
  3. Fill the cupcake liners about two-thirds full with batter. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcake comes out clean with a few crumbs clinging to it. Cool the cupcakes completely before frosting.
To make the coconut frosting
  1. Using a handheld or stand mixer, beat the coconut oil until smooth. With the mixer running on low, add powdered sugar, vanilla, and 1 tablespoon coconut milk at a time, as needed, until frosting reaches a spreadable consistency. You may not need to use all of the coconut milk. Beat on high for 2 more minutes until light and fluffy.
Adapted from Chef Chloe
Adapted from Chef Chloe
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They’re vegan, so eat two. 


Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and DrGreene.com. She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).

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  • October 4, 2012 Natalie

    I am so in the baking mood now that it is fall over here…need to make this…looks delicious!
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    • October 6, 2012 Alison

      It is yum, hope you made them!

  • October 4, 2012 Julia

    Oh my goodness, YUM!!! I adore coconut and cupcakes. Fabulous.
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    • October 6, 2012 Alison

      It’s a marriage made in heaven. Promise.

  • October 4, 2012 KalleyC

    Mmm, that looks so good. This is one for the books, and glad to hear it’s vegan too!
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    • October 6, 2012 Alison

      I’ll definitely make them again, that’s for sure!

  • October 5, 2012 Elaine A.

    Those look and sound SO yummy! You know I love to bake…. 🙂
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    • October 6, 2012 Alison

      Make these! Make these!

  • October 5, 2012 Runnermom-jen

    Ok, don’t throw a cupcake at me, but I don’t like coconut…your picture is really pretty though 🙂
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    • October 6, 2012 Alison

      I won’t throw a cupcake at you because that’d be a waste of a cupcake 😉

  • October 5, 2012 A Write Relief... (for PND)

    Wonderful! Thank so much for posting this recipe. My little man has egg and dairy allergies, so might just try these on the weekend! Hope you enjoy a lovely day. x
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    • October 6, 2012 Alison

      Oh do try these, hope they were delish!

  • October 5, 2012 adrienne

    YUM!! I’m eating a Jell-O “no bake” pudding pie right now. I’m positive your cupcakes would be better.
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    • October 6, 2012 Alison

      Er, YEAH!

  • October 5, 2012 Laura

    I figure I can eat two of anything I bake, considering all the calories I burnt just running around the kitchen in such a panicked state. 😉

    These look delicious.
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    • October 6, 2012 Alison

      Haha, that made me laugh! Your strata makes me doubt that you panic in the kitchen though 🙂

  • October 5, 2012 Greta

    “They’re vegan, so eat two” Bahaha! Whatever you say, Alison. 🙂 I don’t actually like coconut, but those sure are pretty!
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    • October 6, 2012 Alison

      Heh, that’s what I tell myself to justify my eating more than one. 😉

  • October 5, 2012 Nina

    This one looks delish Alison.
    I easily love coco recipes,
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    • October 6, 2012 Alison

      It is pretty good, Nina! 🙂

  • October 5, 2012 Alexa

    Oh I love just about anything coconut as well! Thanks for sharing that recipe!!
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    • October 6, 2012 Alison

      Oh good, this one is all coconut!

  • October 5, 2012 My Inner Chick

    —Alison Lee,
    These look INCREDIBLE.

    Love the white frosting! ! mmmmmMM xx
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    • October 6, 2012 Alison

      I love that you said my full name! 🙂 xo

  • October 5, 2012 thedoseofreality

    Okay, you have convinced me to try it! I love coconut, and I love cupcakes! 🙂
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    • October 6, 2012 Alison

      Let me know how it goes!

  • October 5, 2012 ilene

    OK – I am making these and reporting back to you. I will have to change a few ingredients because I don’t do white sugar – but I will let you know how it goes with my changes!
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    • October 6, 2012 Alison

      Have you tried them yet? I’m interested to see how your subs worked out!

  • October 5, 2012 hena tayeb

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  • October 5, 2012 Kimberly

    I would love to make stuff like that but no one likes coconut. Jerks.
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    • October 6, 2012 Alison

      Make them when I come visit. xo

  • October 6, 2012 Jessica

    I happen to have everything at home to make these right now….
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    • October 6, 2012 Alison

      Something to do for the weekend!

  • October 6, 2012 Nina

    YUM. Have noticed coconut is everywhere these days. Coconut water, milk, etc. It IS delish and makes everything more decadent. Your blog is so pretty. I’m jealous.
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    • October 6, 2012 Alison

      I so love coconut everything. Really.

      And thank you! Your blog is real cute too!

  • October 6, 2012 Asianmommy

    Mmm..these look so wonderful!
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  • October 6, 2012 Jolene

    Yum! I’m not vegan but these looks yummy. I’m definitely going to pass this on to a friend of mine who is vegan. She’ll appreciate this! Have a great Saturday – stopping by from Sharefest!
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    • October 6, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Jolene! I’m not vegan either 🙂

  • October 7, 2012 Vanita

    somebody’s got to teach younger teen to back cause older teen is too busy. but i’m gonna ask again anyway. gosh these look so yummy.
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    • October 8, 2012 Alison

      Did anyone make this for you at all? Anyone?

      • October 8, 2012 Vanita

        ::sigh:: it rained yesterday. no one went out to buy anything. now today i gotta take ’em jeans shopping so i’m getting the ingredients and refusing to cook dinner until my cupcakes are done. wait. they may be ok with not eating my cooking…cripes…gotta come up with another plan
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  • October 7, 2012 Sandra

    Everything you make looks yummy. I think these would be great to make tomorrow to bring to my mom’s for our Canadian Thanksgiving supper. I’m so glad I”m not dieting anymore. Life is so much more fun when you can lick frosting.
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    • October 8, 2012 Alison

      I don’t know what the word ‘dieting’ means….

      Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

  • October 8, 2012 Sarah

    I’m such a coconut fan too. Geez, these look delish! I’m too impatient to bake…think I’ll have to go buy something similar now!
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    • October 8, 2012 Alison

      I love baking so come on over!

  • October 8, 2012 Jessica

    Oh this is the best recipe ever. I could kiss you for it. My girls can’t have dairy and I am always searching for good recipes for them, especially when it comes to desserts. Thank you!!!!
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    • October 8, 2012 Alison

      Awesome! I hope this recipe works for you. The cupcakes tasted way better the next day for me. 🙂

  • October 9, 2012 Lady Jennie

    I like coconut too. A friend just gave me a recipe for coconut chicken, which I need to try. I have it all – coconut cream, oil and flakes.

    • October 9, 2012 Alison

      I have a recipe for a coconut chicken too, which I have yet to try. MUST TRY!

  • October 9, 2012 Mothering From Scratch

    {Melinda} I have a love affair with coconut also. These look amazing!! My family doesn’t like coconut, but I may just have to make these anyway. I’m worth it, right? 🙂 (Plus, I can share them with my friends who DO have taste!)
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    • October 9, 2012 Alison

      Or, keep them all to yourself! 🙂

  • October 20, 2012 Tonya

    I am not a vegan nor do I like coconut, but cupcakes are cupcakes. Yum!
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  • October 21, 2012 Eli

    If my kid weren’t allergic to coconut, I’d be all over this!
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    • October 21, 2012 Alison

      Aw, that’s too bad about the allergy.

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