If you love coconut you are going to love these cupcakes! I use as many ingredients possible made out of coconut, but if you don’t have all of them at hand, feel free to use sunflower oil instead of coconut oil, more unbleached flour instead of coconut flour and rice syrup instead of coconut sugar in the cupcake dough. They are delicious either way! 

vegan coconut cupcakes


For the cupcakes:

100g/ ¾ cup unbleached flour

70g/ ½ cup gluten free coconut flour

2 teaspoons aluminium-free baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon bourbon vanilla powder

40g/ ½ cup fine coconut flakes

50g / ¼ coconut oil, melted

225 ml / 1 cup full fat coconut milk

150g / ½ cup unrefined coconut sugar

For the frosting:

170 ml / ¾ cup full fat coconut milk

150g/ ½ cup good quality agave syrup

2 tablespoons of arrowroot powder or 1 tablespoon of kuzu powder

A pinch of salt

80g / 1 cup fine coconut flakes

2 tablespoons coconut chips

Makes 12 smaller cupcakes

If the coconut oil is hard, immerse the jar in hot water to melt it. Heat the oven to 180C.

To make the cupcakes whisk all liquid ingredients together with the coconut sugar (if using). In a separate bowl whisk together all dry ingredients in a bowl. Add liquids to the dry ingredients and gently mix with a spatula just until incorporated.

Oil muffin cups with little oil and divide the batter between the cups. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Carefully remove from cups and let cool on a cooling rack.

To make the frosting, dilute arrow root powder/kuzu in little cold water. Heat the milk and agave syrup, add salt and coconut flakes. Let boil over medium heat, then add diluted thickener whisking vigorously. Allow to cool. Add a desired amount of frosting over each cupcake and decorate with coconut chips. If there is any coconut frosting left, you can eat it with a spoon the next day!