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How to Color Coconut for the Prettiest Coconut Cupcakes

by Angela Roberts on March 24, 2012

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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Rosa March 24, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Oh, they look so pretty and spring-like!




Bobbie Bullen March 24, 2012 at 5:45 pm

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


Barbara | Creative Culinary March 24, 2012 at 7:08 pm

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.


Christie @ Fig & Cherry March 24, 2012 at 9:14 pm

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


Joan Nova March 24, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Such lovely colors … you should have taken first place!


Kiki D. March 24, 2012 at 10:39 pm

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


j3nn March 25, 2012 at 12:07 pm

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


Anna @ hiddenponies March 25, 2012 at 2:22 pm

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


Lori Lynn March 25, 2012 at 2:38 pm

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.


bellini March 25, 2012 at 6:46 pm

They really do look gorgeous Angela and scream of celebration.


Lora March 25, 2012 at 10:27 pm

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


Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella March 26, 2012 at 12:42 am

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


Doug Roberts March 26, 2012 at 10:18 am

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


5 Star Foodie March 26, 2012 at 12:24 pm

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


Teresa, Food on Fifth March 26, 2012 at 9:06 pm

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


amy @ fearless homemaker March 27, 2012 at 10:07 am

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


Norma March 28, 2012 at 5:16 pm

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.


Sandi April 21, 2013 at 5:14 pm

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


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