How to Color Coconut with Video

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How to Color Coconut with Video

If you want to know how to color coconut for these coconut cupcakes, I’ve made it very easy for you. These were so cute and good tasting, I won a contest.

A few years ago, I made 180 mini cupcakes for Cupcake Palooza, a cupcake contest held in Nashville. I joined with a few bloggers just for the fun of it. I never expected to actually win second place up against professional bakers!

How to Color Coconut by Angela Roberts

How to Color Coconut for the Best Coconut Cup Recipe

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.

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You can’t have Easter without chick yellow!

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If you want to know how to color coconut in a really fun way, mix it up and make confetti coconut.

How to Make Colored Coconut by Angela Roberts

How to Color Coconut from Spinach Tiger

When you have a prize winning recipe and this kind of cuteness, you will see big smiles at your next Spring celebration!

We love the cupcakes and we love this coconut cake.

So tell me, what do you do to make Easter festive?

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How to Color Coconut for the Prettiest Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

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


  • Put water in jar. Add food coloring according to the color you want.
  • Shake jar. Add coconut. Shake jar again, until completely mixed.
  • 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.

Please follow me on instagram. If you make this recipe,  please tag me #spinachtiger.

If you love this recipe, please give it five stars. It means a lot. xoxo

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  2. 5 stars
    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.

  3. 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. 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

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

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