Mango Filled Coconut Cupcakes with Mango Buttercream

Posted on by on August 31st, 2011 | 47 Comments »

While everyone back on the east coast of the United States braced for falling trees from hurricane Irene, we here in southern Israel braced for falling rockets from the Islamic Jihad in Gaza. The first few weeks back from our most amazing summer backpacking through China have been a bit of a roller coaster due to all tension between Israel and Gaza. It all started with a terrorist attack in Eilat and escalated to us having to spend a lot of time in our ‘safe’ area. We were instructed by the homefront command to stay near fortified shelters and we really felt no need to go venturing out, especially the day where we had rockets every hour of the morning! Ack! Luckily for me I had already gone to the super and had a house filled with food. And luckily for my husband (and med school classmates) me being stuck at home for a few days meant baking!

August in Israel means mangos and my eyes lit up as I saw giant piles of them at the shuk. Looking all ripe and beautiful I bought a bounty of them. August in Israel may mean mangos but it also means sweltering heat and that means fruit goes bad pretty quickly. I stood in my kitchen starring at the 6 mangos I bought (yes, 6) realizing I may have been a little too excited about them. I made everything with mangos; fruit salad, spicy shrimp with mango salsa, salad with mango dressing and of course ate them plain. But, there were still more mangos in the fridge and I was not about to let them go to waste, even if I was a bit mangoed out. And so, taking my last 2 mangos I created these beauties; mango filled coconut cupcakes with mango buttercream.

The cupcakes were sent off to school with my husband and an hour later I got emails and facebook messages like; “Im so glad Im not married to you. I would have diabetes. Amazing cupcakes.” and “Mango frosting= BEST EVER”. In other words, these cupcakes are good, really good. A perfect end of summer for those of you heading into fall soon, and a perfect its still summer cupcake for those of you living in perpetual heat like me. Not only are they delicious but they are are so pretty and makes one forget all about hurricanes, power outages, falling trees and even rockets 🙂 .


For Cupcakes:

2 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup ground coconut (plus more for decorating)
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
8 tablespoons butter
1 cup sugar
3 eggs

For Mango Filling:

1 cup heavy cream
1 mango, finely chopped

For Mango Buttercream:

12 tablespoons butter
1 mango, minced
4 cups (or more) powdered sugar


To make cupcakes, preheat oven to 350F and line 24 muffin cups with liners.
Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and ground coconut in a mixing bowl and set aside.
In a measuring cup combine coconut milk, oil and vanilla extract, set aside.
In a large mixing bowl beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
Add eggs, one at a time to the butter/sugar mixture, beating well after each addition.
Add flour mixture and milk mixture in alternating batches, beginning and ending with the flour mixture and beat until combined.
Spoon batter into cupcake liners and bake for 20 minutes or until golden and toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

While the cupcakes are baking prepare the filling.
In a mixing bowl beat cream until whipped cream is formed, about 7 minutes.
Mix in the finely chopped mango and set aside.

While cupcakes are cooling, make mango buttercream.
In a mixing bowl cream together mango and butter.
Add powdered sugar slowly until everything is incorporated and smooth (add more powdered sugar if necessary to achieve the consistency desired) and set aside.

Once cupcakes are completely cooled, make a hole in the center of each cupcake using a plunger (an apple corer works wonders too!) reserving tops.
Pipe in mango cream to the center of each cupcake and return top to cupcake.

Frost cupcakes with mango buttercream and decorate with coconut flakes.
*Will keep up to 3 days in the refrigerator.


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  1. Posted on: 8-31-2011

    Wow, Beth! These mango cupcakes are just fabulous! I admit it: here finding a good mango is not so easy, so I never ate one.. I only know its taste from juice and others mango-based food or beverages.
    But I totally would taste one of these!!! 🙂
    And great phrase: “A well balanced diet is a cupcake in each hand” 😀
    PS: I confess.. never made a cupcake in my entire life O__O

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 8-31-2011

      Giulia, I cannot believe you have never made cupcakes! Get in that kitchen and start baking!! haha
      That phrase is from Paula Dean. I love it too!!

  2. Posted on: 8-31-2011

    Ok… bookmarked… I am so making these! We all love mangoes at home and these sound like perfection to me! Definitely my next cupcakes!!!
    Stay safe… I heard it’s been pretty rough there!!!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 8-31-2011

      Thanks Manu, things have quieted down here and life is getting back to normal!
      If you love mangos then these cupcakes are perfect for you! Let me know how they turn out.

  3. Posted on: 8-31-2011

    I love mangoes, and I just love how you used them here. That buttercream sounds dreamy!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 8-31-2011

      Thanks Carolyn! The buttercream is definitely dreamy, I licked the whole bowl clean!

  4. Posted on: 8-31-2011

    Beautiful AND delicious!!! Love the delicate sprinkle of coconut on top. Stay safe…I’m sorry to hear of the unrest in your area. Baking is a great distraction.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 8-31-2011

      Thanks Liz! Things are quiet here now but baking was a perfect distraction!

  5. Posted on: 8-31-2011

    Yum! I have a couple mangoes in my CSA box this week, can’t wait to try these out. They are beautiful!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 8-31-2011

      Thanks Cassie!! These cupcakes are a PERFECT use of your mangos 🙂

  6. Posted on: 8-31-2011

    Beautiful colors and flavors!!! Love these! Baking and simply being in the kitchen is a great distraction…happy to have found your blog 🙂

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 8-31-2011

      Thanks Care’s kitchen! Im so happy I found your blog too!! I absolutely LOVE it.

  7. Posted on: 8-31-2011

    I can vouch for how amazing these are. Mango buttercream is just brilliant.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 8-31-2011

      Katherine, Im so happy you loved them! yay

  8. Posted on: 8-31-2011

    I love the pics of these cupcakes…they look amazing. I’m pretty sure I couldn’t be trusted around a batch of these….and that yummy mango and coconut. I’d need serious treadmill time. 😉

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 8-31-2011

      Thanks Briarrose! Yes, I think eating a few of these would require a lot of treadmill time but they are so worth it!

  9. Posted on: 8-31-2011

    Those cupcakes sure look tempting..I don’t think that I would stop at one:)) Great job Beth!! Love your beautiful photos!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 8-31-2011

      Thanks Sandra!! It wouldnt be that bad to eat a few I mean mango is one of the main ingredients, so its like eating fruit right?

  10. Posted on: 8-31-2011

    Wow, these are GORGEOUS! The process, the pictures, the recipe! Your friends are incredibly fortunate. Stay safe and please keep posting these pictures!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 8-31-2011

      Thanks Jacqueline!! Yes, I agree my friends are fortunate hahah. We are keeping safe! Things are finally quiet 🙂

  11. Posted on: 8-31-2011

    Gosh these look and sound so great!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-1-2011

      Thanks so much Jess!

  12. Posted on: 8-31-2011

    I have 6 mangoes at home now, totally gotta make these!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-1-2011

      Julia, you should totally use some of your mangos for these!

  13. Posted on: 8-31-2011

    GORGEOUS! These are just the most lovely summer cupcakes, a flavour combo that is absolutely foolproof and they look so so cute! Really wanting to give these little cuties a go 🙂

  14. Posted on: 9-1-2011

    I hope things have quieted down. Your cupcakes are beautiful and I’d love to make the.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-1-2011

      Thanks Sandra! It has quieted down, luckily! Back to normal life now!

  15. BethMichelle
    Posted on: 9-1-2011

    Thanks Sasha. Youre right mango and coconut really is foolproof!

  16. Posted on: 9-1-2011

    Mango and cocoonut… dreams of our Caribbean home! This looks delish…. even scary times are mafe better with these cupcakes. Lovely!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-1-2011

      Thanks Chef and Steward! These are definitely reminiscent of Caribbean days! Cupcakes make everything better!

  17. Posted on: 9-1-2011

    Wow..Mango cupcakes? I love mangoes and them in cupcakes is like a dream come true. Thanks for the recipe. Bookmarking this for a try later. 🙂

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-1-2011

      Curious Cook, if you love mangos then these cupcakes are for sure a dream come true.

  18. Posted on: 9-1-2011

    Omg, this is so perfect. I have literally been searching for the perfect mango cupcake recipe! I just have one question…. This may sound sacrilegious, but I can’t stand coconut. Is there anything I can substitute for it?
    Thank you so much!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-2-2011

      Thanks Kelly!! You can totally just leave out the coconut! Also sub milk for the coconut milk and you will have just a yummy vanilla cupcake!!

  19. Posted on: 9-2-2011

    I realized I’m so weak for the word mango… my sleepy eyes go widely open. 😎 Lovely cupcakes and the icing are so cute with sprinkle of coconut. Hmmm another favorite ingredient. Like Giulia, I have never made cupcake before…yeah… it’s about time as a food blogger, I know. I just wish you could send me one over. haha. Beautiful photos as always and I had fun looking at your delicious cupcakes!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-2-2011

      Thanks Nami! You need to make cupcakes!!!! I hope to see some soon on your blog 🙂

  20. Posted on: 9-3-2011

    Wow! Mango cupcakes – what a great idea! You can never have too much mango in my opinion. Be safe!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-3-2011

      Thanks Fran! I agree, you can never have too much mango!!

  21. Posted on: 9-16-2011

    Its pretty amazing how you had combined all my favorite ingredients on one cupcake. Love it a lot. You made the cupcake so irresistible.

  22. Posted on: 1-14-2012

    These seem like the perfect mix of tropical ingredients – my mouth is watering!!!

  23. Willow
    Posted on: 4-29-2012

    I love these! I am making these for my upcoming musical called Once on This Island……. there is reference to mangos and these are PERFECT thank you!!!!!!

  24. raquel
    Posted on: 6-26-2012

    hi! i am writing from florida and we are enjoying the mango season. my daughters father in law loves mangos and coconut so i am sure he will enjoy these.
    are you still in israel? what part?
    thanks again and stay safe
    (i have a daughter and son in law there and my son is going in august 🙂

  25. justin
    Posted on: 9-23-2012

    When you use coconut milk, do you use the canned really thick stuff? Or do you use the thin kind that people drink from a carton? Thanks and you’re recipe sounds great.

  26. amira
    Posted on: 1-31-2013

    I gonna try them now …but um gonna make a mango filling that can go in the oven with corn starch cause the mango I have needs more flavour they smell gr8 though but it tastes like nothing
    Thnx for sharing that lovely recipe

  27. Patti Ward
    Posted on: 7-12-2015

    Can these be frozen with filling and frosting?

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