Lime In The Coconut Cupcakes


I apologize this recipe is coming on nueve de Mayo and not last week when it might have been more fitting. If it’s any consolation, I made these on cinco de Mayo and ate a few on seis de Mayo and they were still delicious, so I’m sure whenever you make these they’d be a hit.

Lime and coconut go perfectly together. Since I always make my cupcakes with coconut flour, adding lime was a no-brainer. These are just the right amount of sweet and citrusy to be light and refreshing.

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I kept the coconut flavor downplayed but if you want to liven them up you can add shredded sweetened coconut flakes to the batter of frosting for an extra layer of flavor. I also think fresh mint would work really well in the buttercream with the lime if you happen to make these at a time of year when that’s available.

Lime In The Coconut Cupcakes

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 35 minutes

Ingredients(Makes 12 cupcakes):

  • 1/2 cup plus 2 Tablespoons coconut flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup cane sugar
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2 Tablespoons lime juice(or 1/2 Tablespoon lime extract if you can find it)
  • 1 Tablespoon lime zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda



  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a dozen cupcake holders.
  2. Combine all of the ingredients together in a large bowl and mix until it forms an even batter.
  3. Scoop equal amounts of the batter into each cupcake well.
  4. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the tops are firm to the touch.
  5. Remove from the oven. Let the cupcakes cool completely before frosting them.


For the frosting, I used roughly 1/2 cup of softened butter, 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar, 1 1/2 Tablespoons of coconut milk, and plenty of lime zest. I say roughly because I did it mostly by eye. I’ve stopped putting effort into making just the right frosting until I get a fancy set of tips like these since they always look blah no matter what I do. 

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16 Responses to Lime In The Coconut Cupcakes
  1. Jolene (
    May 9, 2012 | 7:37 pm

    Love the name of these cupcakes 🙂

  2. Carolyn in NC
    May 9, 2012 | 10:12 pm

    Two questions

    1. Where ever did you get those really cute paper cupcake liners? Who cares what your frosting looks like.

    2. Who is eating all the sweet treats you make? I hope you’ll be able to share some with mothers on Mother’s Day!

    • Wannabe Chef
      May 10, 2012 | 8:38 am

      I have no idea where they’re from! My mom gave them to me. I’d guess Marshalls or TJMaxx maybe. And I only made 1/2 a batch, but I ate 5 and my friend ate 1 :-X Haha

  3. janine hummel
    May 10, 2012 | 11:45 am

    they look just gorgeous, dear, and i’m making them for mother’s day. i’m your newest, dearest fan, who’s told everyone about your site. that’s because your thin mint recipe was so delightful. i ate the entire batch. AND i’m diabetic.

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  5. janine hummel
    May 11, 2012 | 11:35 pm

    made these to “prepare” for mother’s day dessert. and they are all gone. reminiscent of a sweet zucchini bread, to my palate. my friend debbi ate 4. i finished ’em off. now to get more coconut milk for sunday. p.s. we love you. but we hate our hips.

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  7. kirby hummel
    May 14, 2012 | 9:48 pm

    my daughter made these for our 50th anniversary. we just had one for dessert. Can’t believe it’s GF. So i wrote to her: thanks. and stick with the wana b chef. you’re a chef, not a wana b. kirby

  8. catherine
    May 21, 2012 | 4:12 pm

    Brilliant idea! I made these with a few changes, as I didn’t have any limes. I was surprised how much I liked them as a gluten free treat.

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  12. Joyce
    June 12, 2013 | 10:09 pm

    I don’t know what I did wrong but these cupcakes turned out awful. They are way too eggie tasting. I won’t make them again. I added 1/2 squeezed lime to the frosting and that turned out well.

  13. Tasha
    July 15, 2013 | 11:51 am

    Hey can you tell me how many calories are in one of these cupcakes? I brought these in work today and my co workers love them!!!!

  14. Elaine
    March 15, 2014 | 7:48 pm

    Would like to know how to make these vegan. Need to make some GF lime cupcakes this weekend.

    • Wannabe Chef
      March 16, 2014 | 5:18 pm

      I’m not sure this recipe can be made vegan. The egg whites are important for a fluffy structure.