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Chocolate Coconut Rum Cupcakes

Chocolate lovers will enjoy these (did I mention that they also contain chocolate chips?) and everyone else can enjoy my piña colada cupcakes.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Calories: 551kcal
Author: Stefani


Cupcake Ingredients

  • 1/2 C unsalted butter melted
  • 1/3 C coconut rum
  • 1/2 C coconut milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 C flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 C unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2/3 C brown sugar
  • 1/4 C molasses
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 C shredded baker's coconut check out my post on how to make homemade baker's coconut
  • 1 C chocolate chips

Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients

  • 8 oz cream cheese room temperature
  • 1/4 C unsalted butter room temperature
  • 2 C powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste You can use vanilla extract, but it is so much better with vanilla bean paste. I elaborate on this in my post about why you should buy vanilla bean paste.


Cupcake Instructions

  • In a small bowl, combine melted butter, rum, coconut milk, and vanilla. Set aside.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and cocoa powder. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat together the brown sugar and molasses until smooth.
  • Add eggs to the brown sugar mixture one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Add the flour mixture and mix until just combined.
  • Add the butter mixture and mix until just combined.
  • Fold in the coconut and chocolate chips.
  • Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full.
  • Bake at 350 F for 25 minutes or until cupcakes bounce back when lightly touched.

Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Frosting Instructions

  • Mix cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy.
  • Mix in powdered sugar a little bit at a time.
  • Mix in vanilla bean paste.
  • Pipe or spread on cupcakes.


Cocoa-Dusted Coconut Topping
1/4 C shredded baker's coconut
1/2 tsp sweetened cocoa powder (you can use your favorite hot chocolate mix for this)
Toss the coconut with the cocoa powder and sprinkle on top of frosted cupcakes.


Calories: 551kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 204mg | Potassium: 290mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 47g | Vitamin A: 700IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 2.6mg