Easter Cupcakes (Coconut & Chocolate)

These coconut chocolate Easter cupcakes function essentially 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 most likely the most effective cupcake I’ve ever tasted.

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

A whole lot of us love an excellent 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 every time I pair coconut + chocolate, I all the time assume, why don’t I do that extra usually?

If you happen to 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 gentle & moist cupcakes, not dense or dry in any respect
  • Easy, wealthy chocolate ganache hiding within the heart tastes like the within of a truffle
  • Tangy coconut cream cheese frosting is further gentle and creamy, and lined in shredded coconut
  • A texture lover’s dream cupcake!
  • End with candy-coated chocolate eggs for an lovable springtime/Easter dessert
chocolate cupcake split in half to show ganache center and coconut cream cheese frosting on top.

How one can Make the Greatest 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 may learn concerning the distinction on this publish: 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 gives moisture and doesn’t crush a baked good. A impartial vegetable oil is right, however melted coconut oil and even light-flavored olive oil could also be used as a substitute.
  3. Buttermilk: My staff and I examined these cupcakes with buttermilk and with bitter cream. Made with buttermilk, they’ve the most effective taste, however generally is a little gentle 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 sturdy. We preferred the buttermilk cupcakes greatest, and a fast chill within the fridge helps make the filling/meeting course of simpler.
  4. Scorching Espresso or Scorching Water: Scorching 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! If you happen to don’t drink espresso, you need to use sizzling water. For deeper and richer taste, although, use espresso. You may both brew it in a espresso maker or make instant coffee. Decaf espresso works!

You additionally want all-purpose flour (cake flour is just 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. It’s best to have sufficient batter to make 15 cupcakes, so you’ll both want 2 muffin pans or you’ll be able to divide and bake them in 2 batches. Fill the liners about 2/3 full. If you happen to use the batter to make fewer than 15 cupcakes, you might be overfilling the lined cups and your cupcakes will spill over the edges.

Elective (however really helpful) step: When the cupcakes are utterly—or practically utterly—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

Whilst you may skip this step solely 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 gentle cupcake).

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

The ganache might be very skinny at first, however since chocolate is stable at room temperature, it can 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 identical to the within of a gentle chocolate truffle. You already know these Lindt Lindor truffle balls? A gentle chocolate shell, crammed with even softer, creamier chocolate filling? Yeah, it’s like that. 😉

Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

Once I got down to make a coconut frosting for these coconut chocolate Easter cupcakes, I first turned to this previous 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 apprehensive it could be too sickeningly candy when lined 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 gentle and creamy texture of this frosting is an ideal distinction to the opposite textures you get from the shredded coconut above and the sleek 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 can too simply unfold it on), sprinkle some sweetened shredded/flaked coconut on high. 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 heart of every coconut “nest” for a straightforward and lovable crowning glory.

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 that 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

  • Complete Time:
    3 hours (contains cooling)

  • Yield:
    15 cupcakes

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Prime 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 recent 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 edges. It’s best to have sufficient batter for 15 cupcakes.
  4. Bake for 20–22 minutes, or till a toothpick inserted within the heart 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 fast boil—that’s too sizzling!) 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 can 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 utterly. Cupcakes should be utterly cooled—and even chilled for 20–half-hour within the fridge in the event that they’re significantly sticky on high—earlier than assembling.
  7. Fill the cupcakes: Utilizing a pointy knife, lower a circle into the middle of the cooled cupcakes to create somewhat pocket about 1 inch deep. The piece you eliminated might be type of cone-shaped. Spoon a number of the chocolate ganache inside every carved-out cupcake—use nevertheless a lot will match. (I exploit both a teaspoon measuring spoon or Wilton piping tip #12 to fill cupcakes. Often you’ll be able to 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 high 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 velocity till {smooth} and creamy. Add confectioners’ sugar, coconut extract, and a pinch of salt. Beat on low velocity for 30 seconds, then change to excessive velocity 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 somewhat thicker.
  9. Frost cooled cupcakes. I used Wilton piping tip #12 to pipe it, however you can too 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 high, gently urgent it so it sticks to the frosting. Prime every cupcake with 2 or 3 candy-coated chocolate eggs.
  10. Serve instantly or retailer lined 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 carrier for storing and transporting embellished cupcakes.


  1. Make Forward & Freezing Directions: Bake the cupcakes 1 day prematurely. Hold cupcakes lined tightly at room temperature and fill/frost the day of serving. Frosting and chocolate ganache might be ready the day earlier than too. Cowl every and refrigerate in a single day. The ganache might be thick. If wanted, to skinny out, spoon ganache into heatproof bowl and place over a pot of simmering water. Stir always till thinned out. Unfrosted, unfilled cupcakes might be frozen as much as 3 months. Thaw in a single day within the fridge and produce 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 Bags | Wilton #12 Tip | Cupcake Carrier
  3. Cupcakes Sinking: The cupcakes could seem like they’re sinking within the heart 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 heart, although, since you’re reducing out the middles and filling them.
  4. Buttermilk: Buttermilk is required for this recipe. You may 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 entire 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 home made “buttermilk” might be considerably curdled and able to use within the recipe.
  5. Scorching Espresso or Scorching Water: Scorching 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! If you happen to don’t drink espresso, you need to use sizzling water. For deeper and richer taste, although, use espresso (common or decaf, however be sure that it’s black with no sugar or cream). You may both brew it in a espresso maker or make instant coffee.
  6. Chocolate for Ganache: Actual, high quality chocolate is right for ganache to set correctly. I exploit a 4-ounce baking bar discovered within the grocery retailer baking aisle, equivalent to 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 sometimes discovered with the opposite extracts within the baking aisle. Coconut milk and coconut cream won’t add sufficient taste, and also you don’t need to add extra liquid to the frosting. If you happen to’d want a plain cream cheese frosting, you’ll be able to exchange the coconut extract with vanilla extract.
  8. Sweetened Shredded/Flaked Coconut: If you happen to want the shreds to be somewhat smaller, you’ll be able to pulse them a couple of occasions in a meals processor. If desired, you’ll be able to 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. Enable to chill utterly 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 few cup of coconut cream cheese frosting on one cooled cake layer, high with 2nd cake layer, unfold on remaining frosting, and high cake with chocolate ganache and/or sweetened shredded coconut.
  10. Extra Success Ideas: Make sure to try my How one can Use Piping Ideas publish for directions on fill a piping bag, and my How one can Make Chocolate Ganache publish for any ganache questions. And you can too learn my 10 Ideas for Baking the BEST Cupcakes.

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