Making Coconut Frosting

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June 4, 2018

finished Coconut Frosted cupcakesI love this frosting because the coconut flakes are added on top when served, keeping it crisp, flaky and fresh. The ganache in this recipe is delicate enough that it allows the coconut to shine.


I made a small batch here for mini cupcakes using unsweetened coconut flakes. You can use sweetened if you like. This recipe multiplies well.

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 13 minutes


  • 2 Tbsp butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup milk (2% or whole)
  • 4 1/2 ounces white chocolate
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes


  1. Chop the white chocolate and set aside.
  2. chopping white chocolate
  3. Put milk and butter into a saucepan over medium heat. Allow to cook for a couple minutes, stirring occasionally, until butter has fully melted. Increase heat to medium high and cook until you see little bubbles forming around the edge of the pan.
  4. melting butter and milk in pan

  5. Remove milk and butter mixture from heat, then add the white chocolate and allow to sit and melt.
  6. adding chopped white chocolate to pan
  7. Stir mixture until the white chocolate has melted and the mixture is very smooth.
  8. melted white chocolate in frosting
  9. Use a whisk or electric mixture to beat the frosting for a couple minutes.
  10. whipping frosting
  11. Place a thin amount of frosting onto tops of cake or cupcakes.
  12. Frosted cupcakes

  13. Sprinkle tops of frosting with coconut flakes. Serve. These keep well in a covered container in the fridge. They will remain crisp when served as leftovers!
  14. Sprinkling Coconut on Frosting
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