Coconut Flour Cupcake Recipes

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Back in January I finally found a use for the coconut flour that had just been sitting around in my pantry for months; it made the perfect cupcakes. Before then, I’d used some gluten-free baking blends with varying success, but they were never quite as good as “regular” cupcakes. Coconut flour, on the other hand, creates cupcakes that are light and fluffy without any odd starchy flavor. You’d never know they’re gluten-free if you didn’t bake them yourself.

Last month we celebrated several birthdays in my family so I figured it was a chance to revisit these cupcake recipes and taking fresher pictures. I ended up modifying the chocolate cupcake recipe slightly to make them richer and was definitely happy with how they turned out.

These paleo chocolate cupcakes get their depth not from coconut flour but coconut milk. Even without oil or melted chocolate, they stay moist and rich. You can easily perk up the flavor with half a tablespoon of instant coffee granules.

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The vanilla paleo cupcakes are simple and sweet. Surprisingly, the coconut ingredients don’t overwhelm the vanilla flavor at all. They’re a perfect canvas for any flavor frosting you can dream up. 

The frosting I use with these cupcakes are just your basic buttercreams. Nothing fancy or paleo; just sugar, butter, melted chocolate, and vanilla. I love the frosting tip set I bought myself a few months ago but I still feel like I need a lot more practice to make them look decent. Does anyone have an August birthday? I’ll bring the cupcakes.

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17 Responses to Coconut Flour Cupcake Recipes
  1. Victoria (District Chocoholic)
    August 3, 2012 | 9:04 am

    Does anybody have an August birthday? Um, HELLO!!!!!!!

  2. Liz @ Tip Top Shape
    August 3, 2012 | 10:18 am

    These look fantastic!!!

  3. Emily
    August 3, 2012 | 1:03 pm

    Evan, have you experimented with making vegan cupcakes with coconut flour? I know it’s hard since the flour tends to soak up so much moisture, but I’d love to see if you could figure something out. Your baked good always impress me, and I’d love to see your take on a vegan coconut flour cupcake–if you ever need any recipe ideas. Hint, hint…

    • Wannabe Chef
      August 3, 2012 | 1:46 pm

      Haha, I haven’t tried that yet. I’m not sure I’d now how since most of the gluten-free recipes I’ve seen are always egg based. But I will definitely take the hint.

  4. Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    August 3, 2012 | 2:36 pm

    I’ve been thinking about picking up some coconut flour but I didn’t really have any ideas of what I could use it for. Now I know! 🙂

  5. Hannah
    August 3, 2012 | 8:11 pm

    Woohoo, I can definitely attest to the deliciousness of these! Lucky family indeed!

  6. Vita @ Juicer Depot
    August 4, 2012 | 12:31 am

    Your frosting looks great with the new tips you bought. I was just thinking yesterday what I should do with the coconut flour that I have in my pantry. I bought it for a recipe that didn’t turn out.
    Looks like I’m going to make cupcake. 🙂

  7. Erin @ Texanerin Baking
    August 4, 2012 | 2:18 am

    I’m so happy I found you through Foodgawker just now! I’ve bookmarked both the chocolate and vanilla versions. I’ve baked a bit with coconut flour but haven’t found a recipe that I actually like that only uses coconut flour and not a combo of coconut and almond flour. I can’t wait to try them out! 🙂

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  10. lauren
    August 6, 2012 | 1:53 pm

    These look great! I just bought some coconut flour to make some gf donuts in my under utilized donut pan, but I’m going to have to try these. I’ve been playing around with my frosting tips and pastry bags a bit recently. I’m not perfect, but I’m getting better and I’ve learned that “less is more” isn’t true with frosting – It’s much easier to make a lot of fluffy butter cream look nice and professional than if you ration the icing.

  11. Meghan
    August 6, 2012 | 9:30 pm

    These sound/look so dreamy! I have a bag of coconut flour that’s been sitting in my pantry, gathering dust as I wait for inspiration – and you’ve hit me with it 🙂 Can’t wait to give these a whirl.

  12. Nicole
    February 24, 2013 | 8:32 pm

    So happy to find these! I want to make a giant cupcake cake for my son’s first birthday, do you think this recipe would work well as a cake?
    Thank you.

    • Wannabe Chef
      February 24, 2013 | 8:47 pm

      I’ve never made them as a cake before but other commenters have and said it turned out well.

      • Nicole
        February 24, 2013 | 8:48 pm

        Ok wonderful, and thank you for getting back to me so quickly!

  13. Rachel Cerda
    April 4, 2013 | 1:48 pm

    Hi…I’d like to try this, but can’t seem to find the recipe. Is is listed here, or is it elsewhere?