Easter Cupcakes (Coconut & Chocolate)


These coconut chocolate Easter cupcakes function probably the most moist and deeply chocolate cupcake ever, and a {smooth} tangy coconut cream cheese frosting. And just like the enjoyable of an Easter egg, you’ll discover a shock inside: a wealthy ganache filling that tastes like a chocolate truffle! End with a sprinkling of candy coconut and candy-coated chocolate eggs.

I’m going to say it: that is in all probability the most effective cupcake I’ve ever tasted.

chocolate coconut Easter cupcakes on cooling rack with coconut and Easter egg candies topping.

Plenty of us love a superb coconut cake, however typically we additionally simply. want. chocolate. Chocolate and coconut is such an underrated taste combo, isn’t it? Coconut + pineapple, coconut + lemon, coconut + lime… all good! However each time I pair coconut + chocolate, I at all times assume, why don’t I do that extra typically?

For those who love chocolate and coconut collectively (I see you, Almond Pleasure/Bounty/Mounds bars lovers!), these festive Easter cupcakes are for you.

Why You’ll Love These Easter Cupcakes

  • Scrumptious coconut & chocolate taste combo like these coconut macaroons
  • Further smooth & moist cupcakes, not dense or dry in any respect
  • Easy, wealthy chocolate ganache hiding within the middle tastes like the within of a truffle
  • Tangy coconut cream cheese frosting is further smooth and creamy, and coated in shredded coconut
  • A texture lover’s dream cupcake!
  • End with candy-coated chocolate eggs for an cute springtime/Easter dessert
chocolate cupcake split in half to show ganache center and coconut cream cheese frosting on top.

Methods to Make the Finest Moist Chocolate Cupcakes

That is one deeply moist chocolate cupcake. For the BEST texture and taste, you want these key elements:

  1. Pure Cocoa Powder: Use unsweetened, pure cocoa powder (not Dutch-process). You possibly can learn concerning the distinction on this submit: Dutch-process vs. pure cocoa powder.
  2. Oil: Cocoa powder is a really drying ingredient, so that you’ll often discover it paired with oil in cake and cupcake recipes. Oil supplies moisture and doesn’t overwhelm a baked good. A impartial vegetable oil is good, however melted coconut oil and even light-flavored olive oil could also be used as an alternative.
  3. Buttermilk: My workforce and I examined these cupcakes with buttermilk and with bitter cream. Made with buttermilk, they’ve the most effective taste, however is usually a little smooth and sticky, so barely tougher to chop and fill. Made with bitter cream, they’ve a sturdier crumb, however the chocolate taste isn’t as robust. We appreciated the buttermilk cupcakes greatest, and a fast chill within the fridge helps make the filling/meeting course of simpler.
  4. Sizzling Espresso or Sizzling Water: Sizzling liquid enhances the cocoa powder’s taste. It additionally encourages it to bloom and dissolve correctly. I promise these cupcakes don’t style like espresso in any respect! For those who don’t drink espresso, you should use scorching water. For deeper and richer taste, although, use espresso. You possibly can both brew it in a espresso maker or make on the spot espresso. Decaf espresso works!

You additionally want all-purpose flour (cake flour is simply too mild when paired with cocoa powder), baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar, egg, & vanilla extract.

chocolate batter in glass dish and shown again in muffin liners.

Spoon/pour the skinny batter into muffin pan lined with cupcake liners. You must have sufficient batter to make 15 cupcakes, so you’ll both want 2 muffin pans or you possibly can divide and bake them in 2 batches. Fill the liners about 2/3 full. For those who use the batter to make fewer than 15 cupcakes, you’re overfilling the lined cups and your cupcakes will spill over the perimeters.

Non-compulsory (however really useful) step: When the cupcakes are fully—or practically fully—cool, place them within the fridge for 20–half-hour to make them a bit simpler to carve into and fill.

Filling Your Easter Cupcakes With Ganache

When you may skip this step fully and nonetheless find yourself with scrumptious coconut chocolate Easter cupcakes, I like to recommend taking issues to the following stage by hollowing out the cupcakes and filling them with chocolate ganache. A hidden shock inside that’s simply as enjoyable to find as an Easter egg!

You want simply 2 elements to make chocolate ganache, and word that the ratios are totally different right here in order that the ganache is a bit thinner (and doesn’t harden an excessive amount of contained in the smooth cupcake).

  1. Pure Chocolate: Be sure to use actual, high quality chocolate. I usually use the 4-ounce (113g) baking bars discovered within the grocery retailer baking aisle, by Ghirardelli or Baker’s. I take advantage of semi-sweet chocolate in these cupcakes, however you may additionally go darker with a bittersweet or darkish chocolate with a better cacao share. I don’t suggest milk chocolate right here—when paired with frosting and sweetened coconut, it will style a lot too candy.
  2. Heat Heavy Cream: This can be referred to as by one other identify the place you’re, like heavy whipping cream or double cream. Simply ensure it has a minimal of 36% fats content material, in any other case it gained’t arrange as nicely.

The ganache will probably be very skinny at first, however since chocolate is stable at room temperature, it is going to thicken because it cools:

ganache in bowl and shown again filled inside a cupcake.
chocolate cupcakes on cooling rack with centers cut open, filled, and topped again.

This chocolate ganache filling tastes similar to the within of a smooth chocolate truffle. You realize these Lindt Lindor truffle balls? A smooth chocolate shell, full of even softer, creamier chocolate filling? Yeah, it’s like that. 😉

Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

After I got down to make a coconut frosting for these coconut chocolate Easter cupcakes, I first turned to this outdated recipe for piña colada cupcakes. (From 2014—virtually classic!) The coconut frosting on these cupcakes is principally my vanilla buttercream, with coconut extract added to it. Tasty, sure, however I fearful it could be too sickeningly candy when coated in sweetened shredded coconut.

However then it hit me. What frosting do I like on BOTH coconut and chocolate desserts, which isn’t overly candy… why, tangy, velvety-smooth cream cheese frosting, after all! Changing the vanilla extract with coconut extract was all it took to show it into coconut cream cheese frosting. Straightforward breezy cream tacky!

The additional smooth and creamy texture of this frosting is an ideal distinction to the opposite textures you get from the shredded coconut above and the graceful chocolate truffle-like filling beneath.

cream cheese frosting in a bowl and shown again being piped on a chocolate cupcake.

Add Your Easter Cupcakes Ornament!

After you frost the cupcakes (I piped the frosting with a big spherical Wilton #12 tip, however you too can simply unfold it on), sprinkle some sweetened shredded/flaked coconut on prime. I discover it really works greatest to place the coconut in a bowl or on a plate, and maintain every cupcake over the dish as you gently press the coconut onto the frosting till it sticks.

Place a pair chocolate mini eggs within the middle of every coconut “nest” for a simple and cute of entirety. (Just like how we press jelly beans into these festive jelly bean sugar cookies!)

If you wish to toast/brown a number of the coconut for topping, like I do for this coconut Easter cake, simply unfold some out on a baking sheet and toast in a 300°F (150°C) oven for about 6–8 minutes. Be sure the toasted coconut is totally cooled earlier than including it to the frosted cupcakes.

Easter chocolate cupcake with cream cheese frosting, coconut, and Easter egg candies on top.

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chocolate coconut Easter cupcakes on cooling rack with coconut and Easter egg candies topping.

Easter Cupcakes (Coconut & Chocolate)

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  • Prep Time:
    40 minutes

  • Cook dinner Time:
    22 minutes

  • Whole Time:
    3 hours (contains cooling)

  • Yield:
    15 cupcakes

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High these moist chocolate cupcakes with a creamy, tangy coconut cream cheese frosting, a sprinkling of candy coconut, and candy-coated chocolate Easter egg candies. A wealthy truffle-like chocolate filling hides inside—as enjoyable to find as an Easter egg!

Chocolate Cupcakes

Chocolate Ganache Filling

Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting & Garnish


  1. Make the cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C). Line a 12-cup muffin pan with cupcake liners. This recipe yields about 15 cupcakes, so line a second muffin pan with 3 cupcake liners, or bake in batches.
  2. In a big bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt collectively. Put aside. In one other bowl, whisk the oil, sugar, egg, vanilla, and buttermilk collectively till mixed. Pour the moist elements into the dry elements, add the new espresso/water, and whisk till the batter is totally mixed. Batter is skinny.
  3. Pour/spoon the batter into the liners, filling solely 2/3 full to keep away from spilling over the perimeters. You must have sufficient batter for 15 cupcakes.
  4. Bake for 20–22 minutes, or till a toothpick inserted within the middle comes out clear.
  5. Whereas the cupcakes are baking, make the chocolate ganache: Place finely chopped chocolate in a medium heatproof bowl. Warmth the cream in a small saucepan over medium warmth till it begins to softly simmer. (Don’t let it come to a speedy boil—that’s too scorching!) Pour over chocolate, then let it sit for two–3 minutes to softly soften the chocolate. With a metallic spoon or small rubber spatula, very slowly stir till chocolate has melted and combination is {smooth}. Ganache is skinny. The finer you chopped the chocolate, the faster it is going to soften with the cream. If it’s not melting, don’t microwave it. If wanted, see Troubleshooting Chocolate Ganache. As soon as ganache is {smooth}, let it sit at room temperature for 1 hour to thicken earlier than filling the cupcakes.
  6. Take away cupcakes from the oven and permit them to chill within the pan for 10 minutes, after which switch to a wire rack to chill fully. Cupcakes should be fully cooled—and even chilled for 20–half-hour within the fridge in the event that they’re notably sticky on prime—earlier than filling and topping.
  7. Fill the cupcakes: Utilizing a pointy knife, lower a circle into the middle of the cooled cupcakes to create slightly pocket about 1 inch deep. The piece you eliminated will probably be type of cone-shaped. Spoon a number of the chocolate ganache inside every carved-out cupcake—use nonetheless a lot will match. (I take advantage of both a teaspoon measuring spoon or Wilton piping tip #12 to fill cupcakes. Often you possibly can match between 1–2 teaspoons of filling in every.) Slice/tear off the sharp finish of the “cone” piece of cupcake you eliminated, and gently press the spherical piece again on prime of the filling.
  8. Make the frosting: In a big bowl utilizing a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese and butter collectively on excessive pace till {smooth} and creamy. Add confectioners’ sugar, coconut extract, and a pinch of salt. Beat on low pace for 30 seconds, then swap to excessive pace and beat for two minutes. Style. Add one other pinch of salt if it’s too candy, or one other 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar if you’d like it slightly thicker.
  9. Frost cooled cupcakes. I used Wilton piping tip #12 to pipe it, however you too can simply unfold the frosting on with a knife or icing spatula. To complete, maintain a frosted cupcake over a bowl or plate of the shredded coconut and sprinkle the coconut on prime, gently urgent it so it sticks to the frosting. High every cupcake with 2 or 3 candy-coated chocolate eggs.
  10. Serve instantly or retailer coated at room temperature or within the fridge for as much as 1 day earlier than serving. Cowl and retailer leftover cupcakes within the fridge for as much as 5 days. I like to recommend a cupcake provider for storing and transporting embellished cupcakes.


  1. Make Forward & Freezing Directions: Bake the cupcakes 1 day prematurely. Maintain cupcakes coated tightly at room temperature and fill/frost the day of serving. Frosting and chocolate ganache could be ready the day earlier than too. Cowl every and refrigerate in a single day. The ganache will probably be thick. If wanted, to skinny out, spoon ganache into heatproof bowl and place over a pot of simmering water. Stir continually till thinned out. Unfrosted, unfilled cupcakes could be frozen as much as 3 months. Thaw in a single day within the fridge and convey to room temperature earlier than assembling and serving.
  2. Particular Instruments (affiliate hyperlinks): USA Pan Cupcake Pan or Wilton Cupcake Pan | Cupcake Liners | Electrical Mixer (Handheld or Stand Mixer) | Small Icing Spatula | Reusable Piping Bag or Disposable Piping Luggage | Wilton #12 Tip | Cupcake Service
  3. Cupcakes Sinking: The cupcakes could appear to be they’re sinking within the middle whereas they’re baking, however they need to pop again up by the point baking is completed. It doesn’t matter all that a lot in the event that they sink a bit within the middle, although, since you’re chopping out the middles and filling them.
  4. Buttermilk: Buttermilk is required for this recipe. You can also make your individual DIY model of buttermilk if wanted. Add 1 teaspoon of white vinegar or lemon juice to a liquid measuring cup. Then add sufficient complete milk to the identical measuring cup till it reaches 1/2 cup. (In a pinch, decrease fats or nondairy milks work for this soured milk, however the cupcakes gained’t style as moist or wealthy.) Stir it round and let sit for five minutes. The selfmade “buttermilk” will probably be considerably curdled and able to use within the recipe.
  5. Sizzling Espresso or Sizzling Water: Sizzling liquid enhances the cocoa powder’s taste. It additionally encourages it to bloom and dissolve appropriately. I promise these cupcakes don’t style like espresso in any respect! For those who don’t drink espresso, you should use scorching water. For deeper and richer taste, although, use espresso (common or decaf, however ensure it’s black with no sugar or cream). You possibly can both brew it in a espresso maker or make on the spot espresso.
  6. Chocolate for Ganache: Actual, high quality chocolate is good for ganache to set correctly. I take advantage of a 4-ounce baking bar discovered within the grocery retailer baking aisle, resembling Ghirardelli or Baker’s manufacturers.
  7. Coconut Extract: A essential ingredient on this frosting. With out it, you’ll lose the entire coconut taste. It’s usually discovered with the opposite extracts within the baking aisle. Coconut milk and coconut cream won’t add sufficient taste, and also you don’t wish to add extra liquid to the frosting. For those who’d want a plain cream cheese frosting, you possibly can exchange the coconut extract with vanilla extract.
  8. Sweetened Shredded/Flaked Coconut: For those who want the shreds to be slightly smaller, you possibly can pulse them just a few instances in a meals processor. If desired, you possibly can toast some or the entire coconut. Unfold it on a baking sheet and bake at 300°F (150°C) for six–8 minutes, till browned to your liking. Permit to chill fully earlier than utilizing.
  9. Can I Make This Right into a Cake? Completely. Use my chocolate cake recipe for two cake layers, and 1.5x this recipe for coconut cream cheese frosting. Unfold a couple of cup of coconut cream cheese frosting on one cooled cake layer, prime with 2nd cake layer, unfold on remaining frosting, and prime cake with chocolate ganache and/or sweetened shredded coconut.
  10. Extra Success Suggestions: Remember to try my Methods to Use Piping Suggestions submit for directions on how you can fill a piping bag, and my Methods to Make Chocolate Ganache submit for any ganache questions. And you too can learn my 10 Suggestions for Baking the BEST Cupcakes.

Key phrases: Easter cupcakes, coconut chocolate cupcakes


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