Grain Free Coconut Cupcakes

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Grain Free Coconut Cupcakes, Keto Friendly

Make the Best Grain Free Coconut Cupcakes using Swerve, Coconut Flour from Spinach Tiger

Do you obsess over coconut cake, cupcakes? I do and I know you probably do too if you fall into coconut love camp. I’ve discovered that there are two kinds of people. Those who LOVE coconut and those who hate it. I’m in the love coconut cake camp and have made so many different versions over the years. This keto triple layer cake finds its way on my table every Easter and other occasions as well.

This grain free coconut cupcake recipe is a slight variation of that recipe. 

How to Make Grain Free Coconut Cupcakes, Keto, Low Carb from Spinach Tiger

Converting a great coconut cupcake recipe (one I’ve made at least 50 times, and won a contest for) to a grain free, sugar free option is a challenge, but so worth the extra effort.

To my great surprise the cake part was easy. It took only two tries to nail it, using coconut flour only.

When You Bake with Coconut Flour

When you bake with coconut flour, you must use a lot more eggs,  as coconut flour absorbs liquid. I used six eggs for 12 cupcakes.  It’s also better to replace butter with avocado oil (or a baking coconut oil) because you need that liquid and moisture.

Coconut Flour Vs. Gluten Free Flour

The good news is that instead of using several cups of flour, you only need 3/4 cups coconut flour . This makes a much more affordable cake than using the gluten free flours or an almond flour cake.  This cake is also less dense than those other alternatives, refrigerates and freezes extremely well. It’s diabetic friendly because there is no spike in blood sugar, and for the keto folks, will not take you out of ketosis.

My original recipe makes giant cupcakes; this recipe makes 12 small cupcakes, but if you’re here to cut sugar, calories and carbs, this is happiness.

My Secret Ingredient to Delicious Grain Free Coconut Cupcakes

I won second place in a big cupcake contest in Nashville with my secret ingredient. Nutmeg. A few dashes of freshly ground nutmeg marries well with coconut and I put it in the batter and the frosting. On another occasion I made these same cupcakes, skipped the nutmeg and added raspberries to the frosting. You could also fill these cupcakes with my sugar free meyer lemon curd

You can add a few frozen raspberries to the frosting to make pretty pink cupcakes!

Raspberry Grain Free Coconut Cupcakes

Frosting Grain Free Coconut Cupcakes

Since I first posted this recipe, I opened a keto bakery. I’ve changed a lot of things after making over 6,000 cupcakes. 
I have discovered the perfect ratio for buttercream frosting and for cream cheese frosting. 

No matter what you read at Swerve or on another site, the ratio that works is 1/2 cup Swerve Confectioner’s sweetener to 1/2 cup butter or 4 ounces  cream cheese. 

You can choose to use this vanilla buttercream frosting, add in a teaspoon of coconut extract and top with coconut or make the cream cheese frosting below in this recipe.

Grain Free Coconut Cupcakes Keto Freindly, from Spinach Tiger

Do not put a lot of frosting on these cupcakes.. I don’t recommend piping, as this will add to much and it won’t be necessary.  Just smear on enough to cover and then top with unsweetened coconut. It will be more than enough to satisfy your coconut cake craving.

I also found that I need to refrigerate the cupcakes for a while (an hour or so) before eating. They taste better this way.

The cake will be very moist, but will not fall apart, as the xanthan gum helps keep them together. 

So far, these grain free coconut cupcakes are my favorite keto/low carb dessert recipe. It’s not low-calorie. It’s high in fat. But it is low in carbs, grain freem and sugar free. It’s also diabetic friendly.

I also have a tutorial on how to color coconut with a tutorial video.

If you love coconut and you’re going low-carb I have an amazing coconut ricotta cookie you might also love.

This is a coconut flour only recipe. I also have a recipe that is a bit different using almond flour and I will be posting that soon. 

Keto Swerve Sweetened Desserts

Read more about Swerve here. 

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Grain Free Cupcakes, Sugar Free, Keto, Low Carb

The best grain free, sugar free, keto friendly coconut cupcakes.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time13 minutes
Total Time33 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Author: Angela Roberts


!Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting (see notes)

  • 8 ounces full-fat cream cheese softened
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • 1 1/2 cup Swerve Confectioner's Sugar sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream coconut cream, or almond milk
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut for the garnish


  • Mix the baking soda, baking powder, nutmeg, coconut flour, Swerve together. Mix very well. set aside.
  • Whip eggs on high for at least five minutes until frothy.
  • Slowly stream in oil.
  • Mix sour cream into milk until well blended. Stream in.
  • Add vanilla and coconut extracts.
  • Mix in dry ingredients. Allow to sit for 5 minutes.
  • Spray cupcake liners. Use an ice cream scoop to scoop into liners.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 13 to 15 minutes.
  • Cool completely before frosting.

Frosting Instructions

  • Whip cream cheese very smooth. Add Butter. Whip again until very smooth.
  • Add vanilla. Mix.
  • Add sifted Swerve Confectioner's Sugar 1/4 cup at a time, mixing well on medium low each time.
  • Add milk or cream only if necessary.
  • Spread on cooled cupcakes.
  • Top with coconut.
  • Refrigerate for an hour to meld the flavors if you have the time.


  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese
  • 1 cup of Swerve
  • 1/2 cup coconut.

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  1. Does the buttercream frosting result in significantly less frosting than your original frosting suggestion?

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