Coconut-lime cupcakes with cream cheese frosting

You Put the Lime with Coconut ... and eat it all up!

You put the lime in the coconut and … eat it all up! This recipe inspired me to go back and find Harry Nilsson’s famous song from the 70s and actually read all of the lyrics! We have tried the recipe a few times now, and it has been a big hit, and even better … no one had to call the doctor! For a trip down memory lane visit this link to watch the video!

Coconut Lime Cupcakes
(Makes 14)

INGREDIENTS

½ cup butter, softened
¾ cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons cream of coconut (Coco Lopez)
3 tablespoons milk
3 eggs
1½ cups flour
1/3 cup angel flake coconut
2¼ teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons lime juice
1 teaspoon grated lime zest (optional)
¼ teaspoon salt
1 recipe coconut-lime cream cheese frosting (below)
2 cups angel flake coconut for topping

DIRECTIONS

In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in cream of coconut and milk. Add eggs, one at a time, and beat well after each.

Sift together flour, salt and baking powder and add to butter mixture. Mix well. Stir in coconut and lime juice/zest.

Pour into muffin tins lined with foils or papers, and bake at 350° for 18 minutes, or until golden brown and toothpick inserted into centers comes out clean.

Cool on rack. When completely cooled, frost and top with shredded coconut. (It’s easiest to place the coconut in a bowl, and holding the bottom of the cupcake by the paper or foil cup, gently roll the top of the cupcake in the coconut, being sure to completely cover frosting.)

Coconut-Lime Cream Cheese Frosting

¼ cup butter, softened
4 oz. cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1-2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
3-4 tablespoons cream of coconut
3 cups powdered sugar

With electric beater, cream together butter and cream cheese. Mix in lime juice and 3 tablespoons of the cream of coconut. Beat well. Slowly add powdered sugar, beating until integrated with each addition. Add extra cream of coconut if needed for spreading consistency.

“Coconut” Song Lyrics-Harry Nilsson (1971)

Brother bought a coconut
He bought it for a dime.
His sister had another
She paid it for the lime.

She put the lime in the coconut
she drank them both up.
(3 times)

She put the lime in the coconut
She called the doctor, woke him up, and said
“Doctor, ain’t there nothing I can take”
I said, “Doctor, to relieve this belly ache?”
I said, “Doctor ain’t there nothing I can take”
I said, “Doctor, to relieve this belly ache?”

Now let me get this straight;
You put the lime in the coconut
You drank them both up
You put the lime in the coconut,
You drank them both up
put the lime in the coconut,
you drank them both up
put the lime in the coconut,
called your doctor, woke him up, and said,

“Doctor, ain’t there nothing I can take”
I said, Doctor, to relieve this belly ache?”
I said, Doctor, ain’t there nothin’ I can take”
I said, Doctor, to relieve this belly ache?”

You put the lime in the coconut, you drink them both together …

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