How to Color Coconut for the Prettiest Coconut Cupcakes

How to Color Coconut by Angela Roberts

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.

How to Color Coconut by Angela Roberts

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.

Colored Coconut by Angela Roberts


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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.


  1. Bobbie Bullen says

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

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.


  1. […] These cupcakes won second place at the Nashville Cupcake Palooza. For years I’ve told people these are award winning and it turned out to be true. For the contest, I adopted an Easter theme and dyed the coconut in several pastel colors. […]

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