Sunday, September 20, 2009

Semi-Homemade Coconut Cupcakes.

Sandra Lee would be so proud. Normally, I prefer bake from scratch. This allows me to have complete control over what I put in and, consequentially, have some degree of confidence that there are "healthy" aspects. In this case, however, I had a box of white cake mix that was just begging to be used and the grocery store was having a sale on whipped cream. Plus, I was hosting a party and have found that college-students are eager to taste test and quick to compliment. I mean, a girl can only have so much will...

So then, setting aside my general hesitation to "semi-homebake", I half created/ half followed box directions and ended up with some delicious coconut cupcakes! I was still able to slip in "healthier" ingredients, like unsweetened coconut and sugar-free pudding without sacrificing any taste... my favorite thing to do!

Always reliable, my friends devoured the cupcakes in no time. Even the folks who claimed to dislike coconut set aside their hesitation and loved the sweet and subtle treat!

Going Coco-Nuts! Cupcakes...
Semi-homemade. Fully delicious.

  • 1 box white cake mix, and necessary components (eggs, oil, etc.)
  • 2 tsp. coconut flavoring
  • 1 cup shredded coconut (I used unsweetened)
  • 1 16 oz. package of non-fat whipped cream
  • 1 package sugar-free vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spread out shredded coconut evenly over foil-covered baking sheet. Toast in oven, watching closely, approximately 3-4 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Reset oven and prepare cake mix according to directions (I opted to use an additional egg white and increase liquids in lieu of whole eggs). Once cake mix is well combined, add 2 tsp. coconut flavoring and 2/3 cup toasted shredded coconut. Mix.
  • Using a greased or lined cupcake tin, fill molds about 2/3 of the way. Bake according to box directions.
  • While cupcakes are in the over, prepare frosting by combining whipped cream, contents of pudding package, and powdered sugar.
  • Remove cupcakes from oven and allow to thoroughly cool. Frost cupcakes with whipped cream mixture and top with remaining 1/3 cup toasted coconut. Enjoy!


  1. Life's too short to worry about HOW you make the food; it's WHO you enjoy it with that makes it special! Toasted coconut sounds like a wonderful addition.

    (Where are you in school? I studied journalism at UNC as an undergrad and work as a newspaper copy editor. SO VERY UNGLAMOROUS. But I like it.)

  2. These look wonderful! I love, love, love coconut--definitely going to make these--thanks for posting the recipe!