Chocolate Chip & Coconut Cupcakes

2 eggs, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
1/3 cup milk
¼ cup semisweet mini chips
¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla paste


Preheat oven 350. Line or grease and flour 12 cupcake wells. In a large bowl cream together butter, sugar and vanilla. Add baking powder and eggs. Beat briefly, and then add milk, and flour alternately beginning and ending with flour. Mix until thoroughly combined then fold in the coconut and chips. Divide evenly among 12 cupcake wells. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the center cupcake comes out clean. Remove to wire rack, cool then ice.

My thoughts:

I got up early this morning to make these pretty cupcakes. They look like plain vanilla cupcakes but when you bite in, there are some surprises: tiny flecks of vanilla beans, mini chips and almost undetectable to the naked eye- bits of coconut. They are also very moist and fluffy, which I think is perfect for Springtime. I iced mine with a simple petal pink vanilla buttercream, but I bet a cream cheese or coconut icing (or even chocolate!) would be divine.


  1. Oh they look lovely and yummy! Thanks for entering!

  2. Awww those are so cute!

    Question for you – does bagged flaked coconut ever go bad? And if it does, how do you know it’s gone bad?

  3. Lis: bagged coconut lasts a really long time-a year or so. You can also freeze it and it will last for YEARS! And you can tell if it is bad if it is dried out and shriveled looking.

  4. these look delicious and adorable. i love adding chocolate chips to cupcakes because the texture is fantastic!

  5. Cool.. thanks so much =) I think my bag might just be about a year old. I checked it out and it still looks fine. This is what I go through.. I crave coconut often, so I’ll make sure I’ve got a bag on hand.. then I won’t make anything because he despises it. *sigh*

    I am going to use some of this though.. he’s just going to have to get over it. lol

    Thanks again!

  6. Yum! I have no luck with cupcakes. I wish mine looked these cute!

  7. Sounds great but I’m not sure when to incorporate the eggs. After creaming the butter and sugar and adding the vanilla?

  8. These do look great. I wonder if the coconut is subtle enough to get past my kids….may have to try!

  9. These look fantastic. What a great combination of flavors. Excited to find your site.