How to Color Coconut for the Prettiest Coconut Cupcakes

I just finished making 180 mini cupcakes for Cupcake Palooza. My blog is not a baking blog or a cupcake blog, but I do my share of baking from scratch, and I thought it would be fun to join the community and a few other food bloggers for a good cause. See information below.

This is my all time favorite cupcake recipe.  It’s not the typical coconut recipe. It has a unique flavor from freshly ground nutmeg that is in the cupcake and in the frosting. Usually I stick to white coconut, but today, to make the cupcakes stand out pretty and mesh with our Easter-themed table, I have dyed the coconut various colors. I usually stay away from food dye, but in this case, it’s just the tiniest smattering of food color, so feel free to make your Spring or Easter party more special with these delicious coconut cupcakes.

This pretty Easter hay was my inspiration.

These guys were my helpers.

I went for some hot pink.



For Confetti coconut, just mix them up.

Today in a few short hours, I will be participating in Cupcake Palooza,  a benefit for Books from Birth of Middle Tennessee, and sample from a selection of thousands of mini-cupcakes donated by local bakeries and home cooks, including a few food bloggers from Nashville. This family-friendly event takes place Saturday, March 24, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Belmont United Methodist Church’s community center (2007 Acklen Ave.). Tickets are available at the door.

Post Edit:  My cupcake won second place. More on this tomorrow.


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How to Color Coconut for the Prettiest Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting
Recipe type: Dessert
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Make the most beautiful coconut desserts with colored coconut. Combine colored coconut and make coconut confetti.
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 pint size mason jar
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1 - 2 drops food coloring (I especially like the neon colors currently available)
  1. Put water in jar. Add food coloring according to the color you want.
  2. Shake jar. Add coconut. Shake jar again, until completely mixed.
  3. Lay out on paper towel and allow to dry just a bit to make sure any extra moisture is gone. Store in plastic bags in refrigerator if not using right away.
If the coconut is too light, separately mix food coloring and water. Mix and add in a teaspoon at a time to darken. If coconut is too light, add in more coconut and continue to shake until desired color. Experiment with combining colors to create new colors. Yellow and Green for a more pastel yellow-green. Blue and red for a lavender. Blue and Yellow for various shades of green.

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22 Responses to How to Color Coconut for the Prettiest Coconut Cupcakes

  1. Rosa says:

    Oh, they look so pretty and spring-like!



  2. Bobbie Bullen says:

    Congrats on your win! Will try the confetti coconut on a cake for Easter. Thanks for sharing the how-to.

  3. Love that you just used regular grocery store colors too; nice. I haven’t made much in the way of Easter treats for a couple of years since my kids are on their own but I am mighty tempted; they are so pretty.

  4. Never thought to do this, great idea. Love the lavender colour.

  5. Joan Nova says:

    Such lovely colors … you should have taken first place!

  6. Kiki D. says:

    Hi Angela.. I loved your cupcake and I’m glad that we had the chance to meet and talk while there.. I’ve already seen other recipes that I want to peek at too! Thanks for a great afternoon, see ya next year hopefully! ~ Kiki

  7. j3nn says:

    So pretty! My grandma used to make green coconut grass for bunny cakes; it’s a neat trick!

  8. What a great idea, such a simple way to up the festive factor! I love cupcakes, and this has got me craving them :)

  9. Lori Lynn says:

    Congrats on your 2nd place win!
    I love food coloring, it is so much fun. Lately I’ve been coloring my liquid hand soaps to match the decor in the bathrooms and kitchen.

  10. bellini says:

    They really do look gorgeous Angela and scream of celebration.

  11. Lora says:

    How festive! The colors are so beautiful. I ❤ The confetti version.

  12. Oh my goodness Angela I’m so going to make these as they look absolutely wonderful! :D

  13. Doug Roberts says:

    These are truly exceptional cupcakes. It is hard to stop eating them they are so good.

  14. The colorful coconut flakes are awesome! Congrats on the second place win, that’s terrific!

  15. I love the colorful coconut…what absolute fun. Sorry I missed the “…palozza”. Maybe next year…Beautiful colors.

  16. congrats on your second place win – can’t wait to hear all about it!!

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  18. Norma says:

    I thought I was seeing double and realized there were two posts from you. Again, they are so beautiful I put them on my Facebook and twitter.

  19. Sandi says:

    Thanks so much…am doing the sweets for a baby shower and wanted to use pink coconut sprinkles.

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