Coconut Macaroon Cupcakes

My husband loves coconut cookies and cakes and macaroons... anything to do with coconut. The other day I mentioned to him that I wanted to make some of those fashionable French style macaroons that you see everywhere here in NZ now. But when I said the word 'macaroons' he immediately thought of coconut macaroon type cookies, and he was quite excited. The I showed him a picture and he bacame skeptical about the pretty pink and pastel green things I wanted to make.
"Have they got coconut?" "Ehm... no.... almonds...."
In his opinion this made no sense at all: he wanted to bite into something coconutty!!!

So I made some chocolate and coconut cookies instead, (I will post about them later on), and these cupcakes, and called them coconut macaroons cupcakes.

Roses from my garden to decorate and... could not decide which background was better for the photo: Blue or white? So I put both photos in. What do you think?

Coconut Macaroon Cupcakes

For the cupcakes

3 eggs

120 g sugar

75 ml vegetable oil

80 g coconut

100 g self-rising flour

Half tsp vanilla paste

For the frosting

1 egg white

2 or 3 tbsp icing sugar (depending on the size of the egg)

1 tsp lemon juice

2 tbsp coconut shreds

Makes 12 cupcakes

Whisk the eggs with the sugar until pale yellow in colour. Slowly add the oil and keep beating, then add all the other ingredients, one at the time.

Divide the mixture into 12 cupcake cases and bake at 180ºC for approximately 20 minute.

Let the cupcakes cool down for 30 minutes. In the meantime whisk the egg white with the icing sugar and lemon juice, like for making a meringue. Fold in the coconut shreds and then spoon over the cupcakes.

Place back into the oven at 100º for about 10 minutes, or until the topping start to colour.

Allow to cool down before eating them, if you can :-)

Photos and Recipes by Alessandra Zecchini ©


  1. Fabulous and gorgeous cupcakes..Merry Christmas to you and family!

  2. Your cupcakes sound perfect to me, very delicious! I agree with your husband all the way with the coconut. There can never be too much coconut! Looking forward to the cookie recipe also. I like the white background best since red is my favorite color. Merry Christmas your way!

  3. Hy dear...I love this one too..
    Wishing you n your family a very HAPPY CHRISTMAS N NEW YEAR..:)
    Tasty appetite

  4. I love your have great coconut recipes.I wish to reproduce some of them for my husband who is tropical fruits freak! This cupcakes is such a super idea.

  5. Merry Xmas to you and your family ...these cupcakes are very nice....hugs, Flavia

  6. Hola Alessandra me gusta tu blog y las recetas compartamos ideas desde VIGO ESPAÑA , FELICES FIESTAS MARIMI


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