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Coconut Passionfruit Cupcakes

A recipe for tropical and delicious coconut cupcakes topped with a tart and sweet passionfruit ganache.
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6
Calories 148kcal
Author Michelle


Coconut Cupcakes:

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter room temperature
  • 3 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon coconut extract
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ C + 2 tablespoon cake flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ C coconut milk

Passionfruit Ganache:

  • 100 g passionfruit couverture callets
  • 100 ml heavy cream


  • coconut flakes
  • passionfruit flakes optional


Make the coconut cupcakes:

  • Preheat oven to 375°F/191°C.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the coconut oil, butter, sugar, egg, coconut and vanilla extract.
  • Sift in the cake flour and baking powder over top and alternate with the coconut milk in 2 batches, mixing with a spatula.
  • Be careful not to overmix.
  • Prepare a muffin tin with paper liners.
  • Place a large scoop (I use an ice cream scoop) of batter into the liners and bake at 375°F/191°C for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out with the slightest crumbs clinging to it.

Make the passionfruit ganache:

  • Place the passionfruit chocolate callets into a heat-safe bowl.
  • In a small saucepan, heat up the cream over medium heat until scalding hot.
  • Pour the hot cream over the callets and leave it sit for 1-2 minutes.
  • Use a spatula to stir the cream and chocolate so that it melts and becomes homogeneous.
  • Let it cool, cover and chill in the fridge.


  • You can pipe or spread the ganache onto the cupcakes.
  • (Fill a piping bag with the passionfruit ganache and fit with a piping tip if piping).
  • Garnish with coconut flakes and passionfruit sprinkles.


Calories: 148kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 52mg | Potassium: 45mg | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 343IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg