Thursday, November 17, 2011

Guest ~ Lemon Filled Coconut Cupcakes

Photo by Kathy Long

No food history today, my friends. If you would like to be a guest on Christine's Pantry contact me at We would love to have you here. Today's guest is Karen Long Cox. Karen doesn't have a blog. I know you will enjoy it. Thank you very much Karen for sharing your recipe. Thank you to all for being a part of Christine's Pantry.

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Lemon-Filled Coconut Cupcakes

  • 1 ½ cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 (18.25 oz.) pkg yellow cake mix (recommended: Duncan Hines)
  • 1 (4-serving size) pkg instant lemon pudding & pie filling mix (recommended: Jell-O)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ teaspoon yellow food coloring
  • 2 (12-ounce) containers whipped cream whipped frosting (recommended: Betty Crocker)
  • ¾ cup prepared lemon curd
  • 1 teaspoon imitation coconut extract


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 24 (2 ½-inch) muffin cups with paper liners: set aside.

Spread 1 cup coconut on a baking sheet. Toast for 6-8 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely on wire rack.

In a large mixing bowl, combine cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, coconut milk, oil & yellow food coloring; beat with an electric mixer on low for 30 seconds. Scrape down the side of bowl, Beat on medium for 2 minutes more. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling each about ¾ of the way full. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near centers comes out clean. Cool cupcakes in muffin cups on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Remove cupcakes from muffin cups & cool completely on wire rack.

For Lemon Filling:

In a medium bowl, stir together ½ cup whipped cream frosting & the lemon curd until combined.

With a sharp knife, make a ½-inch slit in the top center of each cooled cupcake. Place lemon filling in a disposable piping bag; snip a small end of one corner of the bag, & pipe filling into cupcakes.

In a medium bowl, stir the coconut extract into the remaining whipped cream frosting & frost the cupcakes.

Toss together the toasted coconut & the remaining ½ cup untoasted coconut. Sprinkle the coconut mixture over the frosted cupcakes.

(As a side note, Karen put the coconut inside the cupcake mix instead toasting it & putting it in the frosting) 

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  1. Thanks to you Christine for sharing with us karen's lemon filled coconut cupcakes.Its coco-nutty. Delicious!

  2. I've been craving sweets all day. This post isn't helping. They look great though!

  3. These are so pretty--I love the lilac frosting!

  4. I've never had lemon filled coconut cupcakes before, definitely bookmarking these for future reference. Thanks for guest posting Karen =]

  5. I love the lemon and coconut combination! the cupcakes look gorgeous C!

  6. Hi Karen and Christine - what a nice recipe and thank you for sharing! Sometimes the doctored box cakes mixes are the absolute best!

  7. YUM, coconut and lemon are so delicious together! They look gorgeous as well :) Have a great day!

  8. I love lemon cupcakes and these look so yummy! And I am always looking for new ways to doctor-up cake mixes!

  9. What a nice idea to combine lemons and coconut. I bet these cupcakes tastes great!

  10. This is so gorgeous, beautiful outcome and love the colors.

  11. Love lemon love coconut.Whole recipe isdelicious.Great guest you have chosen:))

  12. Lemon and coconut do make for a tasty treat! Lovely colorful presentation also. Well done Karen.

  13. These cupcake sounds awesome. Love the addition of coconut. I bet it tastes fabulous. Happy Thanksgiving to you & your family, Christine. Enjoy & have loads of fun.
    Blessings, Kristy

  14. Well aren't they colourful little cakes? They look lovely and I bet they tasted fantastic.

  15. Oh yum. These sound great. I love non-traditional cupcakes! I will have to try this out!

  16. Oooh sounds really, really good...and they look so pretty! Fabulous job, Karen!


  17. Love this combination--they look yummy!

  18. Hi My little Space,

    Thank you! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Enjoy!

  19. Thank you to all for the warm comments. You mean the world to me.

  20. Lemon anything tops my list. Add coconut and I'm a happy camper!

  21. Hi Jennifer,

    Have a wonderful weekend! Thanks! :-)

  22. So pretty! Simply love the lemon curd.
    Thanks, Christine and Karen.

  23. Lemon and coconut is such a magical combo!

  24. I love anything with coconut so this caught my eye. Looks great.


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