These gluten free (GF) coconut lemon cupcakes are one of my favorites that I’ve made thus far. They came out so light and airy…on the moist side. And the toasted shredded coconut topped this winner off just right. If you like the taste of coconut, you’ll love these. A perfect cupcake for that afternoon coffee break.
Coconut Lemon Cupcakes (GF)
Yields 12 Cupcakes
For the cupcake:
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 4 eggs
- 1 tsp lemon extract or lemon juice
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
For the frosting:
- 1/2 cup coconut oil, room temperature
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 2-4 tbl coconut milk (measure as you go)
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- extra 1/2 cup shredded coconut for toasting
- 1 tsp vanilla
- extra lemon zest for top (optional)
- 1 tbl honey for extra flavor (optional)
Making the cupcakes:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a muffin tin with 12 liners.
In a small bowl, stir flour, salt, and baking soda together. Set aside.
In another small bowl, stir sugar, lemon extract, and vanilla extract together to mold the flavors together. Set aside.
In a large bowl, beat the eggs until foamy, then add the melted
coconut oil and coconut milk. Stir until smooth. Add the lemon vanilla
sugar mix, stirring until well blended. Stir in the coconut flour
Then stir in the shredded coconut.
Scoop in 2 tablespoons (just under 1/4 cup) of batter into each muffin liner. Bake for 18-20 minutes until toothpick comes out clean. Cool in the pan and then remove to a wire rack or counter to completely cool.
Making the frosting:
Toast the shredded coconut on a baking sheet for 5-7 mins. until golden brown (be sure to watch carefully). Set aside.
Using a hand mixer, beat the coconut milk with the powdered sugar until light and fluffy. Add coconut oil and beat until fluffy. Add vanilla and honey if using and mix well. Add in shredded coconut by hand.
Spread the frosting onto the cooled cupcakes and top with toasted shredded coconut and zest from a lemon if desired.
Place leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.