I've had this recipe sitting around since last Spring. And I'd forgotten about it until I stumbled upon it this morning! If you like coconut you'll love these, and you can coordinate them to any color you'd prefer. I had pink cupcake liners so mine were pink!:) They turned out super cute!
Island Coconut Cupcakes
1 1/4 cups water
1/3 cup oil
3 egg whites
1 cup flaked sweetened coconut
3 cups powdered sugar
1 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-2 tablespoons whipping cream (milk can be substituted)
1/2 cup flaked sweetened coconut (for topping)
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 muffin tins with cupcake liners. Beat the cake mix, water, oil and egg whites until smooth, about 2 minutes. Fold in the coconut. Using a medium sized (2 tablespoons) cookie scoop, put cake into cupcake liners. Bake for 18-23 minutes. Cool completely.
For the frosting, mix together the butter and powdered sugar. Mix on low until incorporated then mix on medium for a couple of minutes. Add the vanilla and cream and mix for another minute or so.
Pipe frosting onto the cooled cupcakes. Place the 1/2 cup of coconut in a ziplock bag and add a drop or two of whatever color you want and shake to color the coconut. Sprinkle colored coconut on top of the frosting, and you're ready to go! Enjoy!