Lite Triple Coconut Cupcakes

I am not a picky eater.

Never have been, probably never will be. I love food too much to discriminate too deeply.

Plus, if you lived in my household, you could never survive as a picky eater, anyway. My parents played the chicken-nugget-and-Kraft diet with my brother for a little bit, but after awhile, if he refused dinner at dinner time, he didn’t get food.

Thankfully, he’s now welcoming other foods (veggies! fruits! nutrition!) into his usual frozen pizza and chicken nugget rotation.

However, when it comes to food, I do have food rules. Ones I must  follow at all costs because, well, rules are rules and these ones cannot be broken in my book.


1. First of all, I don’t drink milk straight. If I did, I am positive my bowels would explode into the worst fireworks display you’ve ever seen, straight from the underbelly of hell. Sometimes I make exceptions for chocolate milk, but otherwise, plain milk is so not my jam.
2. Similarly, when eating cereal, you can only wet the cereal enough so it’s tolerable; never drink the milk from the cereal bowl and NEVER fill it up completely. Soggy cereal is abominable.
3. Also, slurping milk… actually, slurping anything, deserves a punch in the nose. Just sayin’.


1. Porkchops are to be avoided as much as humanly possible. Always politely decline people’s offers for “the best pork ever” or “the most tender pork loin” because 100% of the time, it tastes like a rubber dog toy.
2. Likewise with any other pork product besides bacon and pulled pork. I effing love that sh*t.


1. Do not talk about chicken.
2. Do not let others talk about chicken.
3. Do not mention how chicken is “tender” or “juicy.”
4. Do not eat thick chicken breasts, thick chicken chunks, or any thick chicken. Period.
5. Do not eat dark chicken meat.
6. Do not think about chicken. Ever.

Bread Butts

1. Never, EVER think about throwing away bread butts. Eat them proudly, as they’re nutritious and someone in elementary school once told me they help prevent cancer, so basically you’re eating an ass full of antioxidants. Plus, bread butts make the best sandwiches.
2. Mentally scold people throwing bread butts away. Some people are disgraceful.


1. Chew bananas quickly. While eating bananas, don’t think about eating bananas. Similar to eating chicken and cooking eggs. If you think about cooking eggs, you’ve already done damage.
2. You can only eat pineapple chunks, not slices. Slices run the risk of having that awful hard stem thingy in the center, plus those weird eyeholes that are poky. Chunks make everything better.


1. Avoid fish since it smells bad and reminds you of that time you went to the fish hatchery in third grade and fainted at the sight of the dead trout’s gills. Recall the awful, pungent smell of fish and waking up vomiting outside and NOT being able to go home early. The barfing wasn’t even worth it.
2. Crab and shrimp are okay, as long as they’re presented to you in a fashion that neither smells like fish or reminds you that they are/were fish. Usually going to a restaurant that dances to Saturday Night Fever helps.


1. Eat everything coconut in sight; it’s the best EVER.

Now I know some people don’t like coconut, but those people are whack. Coconut is where it’s at, kids. It’s chewy, sweet and totally delicious and I am OB.SESS.ED with it.

Funny, because as a kid I don’t remember having a coconut preference, really. I loved Almond Joys and Mounds bars, but that was about all the coconut exposure I had. However, later in life, my love affair grew and now it’s all I think about. Where some people crave chocolate after a long day, I have serious coconut hankerings. It’s just so perfect.

So I created the ultimate Triple Coconut Cupcake, except since I’m tryingreallyhard to be a good eater, I lightened them up a little so I wouldn’t feel guilty about eating eight a couple.

These are, by far, some of the moistest, sweetest, YUMMIEST cupcakes I’ve made–an instant favorite, for sure. The frosting is whipped coconut cream frosting and is TO.DIE.FOR. If you love coconut, please join me in polishing off all twenty-four.

Lite Triple Coconut Cupcakes

For Cupcakes:

1 box white cake mix
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
3/4 cup cream of coconut (or coconut cream–found in the Asian food aisle of most supermarkets)
1/2 cup water
3 egg whites
1 box coconut instant pudding mix

For Coconut Whipped Cream Frosting:

3/4 box coconut instant pudding mix
1 cup cold low-fat milk
1/3 cup powdered sugar
4 ounces whipped light cream cheese, slightly softened
1 tub (8 oz) Cool Whip Free, thawed

For Topping:

Shredded coconut

1. First, prepare the frosting: in a large bowl, whisk together the coconut pudding, the milk and the powdered sugar until blended. Whisk in the cream cheese until blended and no lumps remain. Finally, gently fold in the whipped topping to combine. Refrigerate the frosting for at least an hour.
2. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 muffin tins with 24 paper liners; set aside.
3. In a large bowl, beat together the cake mix, applesauce, coconut cream, water and egg whites for 2 minutes. Stir in the coconut pudding to combine. Portion the batter evenly among muffin cups, about 2/3 full, and bake for approx. 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely.
4. To assemble, scoop the frosting into a piping bag attached with a wide circle tip (like an Atecco 807). Pipe a giant blob of frosting onto each cooled cupcake. Top the frosted cakes liberally with the shredded coconut.
5. Store leftovers airtight in the fridge up to 1-2 days.

These are RIDICULOUSLY coconutty but SOSOSO good. You MUST make them! And uh, chocolate lovahs? You won’t miss it; I promise.

Have a fantastical Thursday!

xo, Hayley



  1. Yep, I would say you aren’t a picky eater at all! 🙂 You remind me of my husband, Mr. Picky-eater – so many rules about food! I can’t believe you don’t have the one about potato chips that he has: He must open the bag eating the first chip from each new bag brought into our house or he cannot “comfortably” eat any others – who the hell eats chips comfortably? I could be dying from starvation with only a bag of chips between me and the big dirt sleep and HE would need to eat that first chip out of the bag. Love the recipe as usual – 🙂

  2. That sounds a little picky. Just embrace it.

    I love coconut!

  3. Okay, so you give me the chicken that enters your life and I will give you my bread butts. And pork chops, agree. Coconut? Totally. Now I’m reeeeaalllly bummed I didn’t take up your offer on these. I must make them!

  4. Pretty sure I din’t want to be nearby should you ever accidentally ingest milk….yikes!
    Ugh, slurping is the worst!
    Ahahahaha! Bread butts! I love that you call them that too! Why didn’t anyone ever tell me they cure cancer? Seems like important information.
    I will absolutely join you in polishing off these cupcakes. They are a coconut dream!

    • I dunno why they don’t advertise the crap out of the fact that bread butts are basically a superfood and help cure cancer. I mean, hi, they’re BREAD BUTTS. Practically magic, obvi.
      And don’t worry, I won’t ever drink milk around you but I WILL make these and eat them with you!

  5. this frosting sounds amazing – saving this!

  6. crumbsandchaos says:

    These look downright delicious! Coconut has most recently become one of my favorite things. I agree soggy cereal is yuck – I almost refuse to do anything for anyone after I’ve poured milk on my cereal 🙂

    • OMG, me too!! I always ask if anyone needs anything “because I’m going to eat cereal now.” If I need to get up to do ANYTHING that takes longer than say, 30 seconds to one minute, I basically have to toss the cereal. It’s awful!! I’m glad you can relate! 🙂

  7. Soggy cereal is from the devil. GROSS.

    Hee, I have some coconut cupcakes set to post in a couple of weeks, but now I’m reconsidering. Yours look WAY better!

  8. Just made these this morning. This frosting….these cupcakes. Ohhh my – SO scrumptious.

  9. LUV LUV LUV anything w/coconut. I put it in smoothies shakes soups popcorn anything that calls for milk or oil in baking get coc. milk or coc oil in it. Bring on those coc. recipes TKS for this recipe as I will be making them in a couple of weeks.

  10. I can’t find coconut pudding! Any tips?

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Hi Stacey! You can use regular vanilla pudding mix and just sub with some coconut extract to amp up the coconut flavor 🙂


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