Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes with Orange Buttercream Frosting

Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes with Orange Buttercream Frosting
Staff Writer

Florida Department of Citrus

These tropical cupcakes are made with coconut and orange zest. 

Ingredients

For the Coconut Cupcakes

  • package (18.25 ounces) devil's food cake mix
  • 1 1/4  Cup  orange juice
  • 1/2  Cup  canola oil
  • eggs, beaten
  • 1/4  Cup  shredded, sweetened coconut
  • Toasted coconut, for garnish
  • Orange slices, quartered, for garnish

For the Orange Buttercream Frosting

  • 4  Cups  sifted powdered sugar
  • 1/2  Cup  unsalted butter, slightly softened
  • 3  Tablespoons  orange juice
  • 1  Tablespoon  orange zest

Directions

For the Coconut Cupcakes

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tin with cupcake liners. In mixing bowl, combine cake mix, orange juice, oil, eggs, and coconut. Beat with mixer for 2 minutes on medium speed. Pour into cupcake liners, filling each about 2/3 full. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center of cupcake comes out clean. Remove cupcakes from muffin tin and place on wire rack; cool completely. Frost cupcakes with Orange Buttercream Frosting; sprinkle with toasted coconut and garnish with orange slice, if desired.

For the Orange Buttercream Frosting

In mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Beat on low speed with mixer. Increase speed gradually and beat until smooth and creamy, scraping down sides of bowl often.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
33g
47%
Sugar
5g
6%
Saturated Fat
9g
38%
Carbohydrate, by difference
53g
41%
Protein
3g
7%
Vitamin A, RAE
1µg
0%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
9mg
12%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
8µg
9%
Calcium, Ca
40mg
4%
Choline, total
6mg
1%
Fiber, total dietary
10g
40%
Folate, total
41µg
10%
Iron, Fe
2mg
11%
Magnesium, Mg
27mg
8%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Phosphorus, P
75mg
11%
Selenium, Se
1µg
2%
Sodium, Na
90mg
6%
Water
24g
1%

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Chocolate Cooking Tip

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Chocolate Wine Pairing

Sweet chenin blanc, muscat, or amontillado sherry with nut-based desserts; sauternes or sweet German wines with pound cake, cheesecake, and other mildly sweet desserts; sweet chenin blanc or muscat or Alsatian vendange tardive (late harvest) wines with sweeter desserts; sweet chenin blanc or muscat or Alsatian vendange tardive (late harvest) wines, port, madeira, late-harvest zinfandel, or cabernet sauvignon or cabernet franc with chocolate desserts.