20 of the Best Coconut Desserts

20 of the Best Coconut Desserts

20 of the most amazing coconut desserts

Coconut is an amazing food.  Coconut desserts are even better!  It is the edible fruit of the coconut palm (Cocos nucifera), a tree of the palm family (Arecaceae). Coconuts probably originated somewhere in Indo-Malaya and are one of the most important crops of the tropics. Coconut flesh is high in fat and can be dried or eaten fresh or processed into coconut milk or coconut oil. The liquid of the nut, known as coconut water, is used in beverages. Basically, you can use almost the entire thing!

In my reading and review  of “The Coincidence of Coconut Cake” by Amy E. Reichert I began to wonder of all the possibilities of the coconut. From reading this book and through my searching I discovered an extremely delicious and diverse fruit with uses to create both sweet and savory dishes along with a plethora of cocktails.

So…here we go.  Let’s discover the sweet side of the coconut with some awesome coconut desserts!

Coconut Desserts: Cakes and cupcakes

Photo by: Liv for Cake



Raefello Cake

Recipe: Liv for Cake

This recipe is a luscious coconut cake by one of my favorite go to’s for cakes. Not only is it beautiful but it’s also so delicious.  This blog has tons of cake desserts and several devoted to our friend the coconut.

Photo by: My Cake School



Lemon Coconut Cake

Recipe: My Cake School

The freshness of a lemon buttermilk cake filled with lemon curd along with creamy coconut cream cheese frosting will surely please anyone looking for a fruity combonation. 

Photo by: Shugary Sweets



The Best Coconut Cake

Recipe: Shugary Sweets

A delicious, from scratch, white cake recipe with cream cheese coconut frosting.  

Photo by: Kindly Unspoken



Hawaiian Pineapple Coconut Poke Cake

Recipe: Kindly Unspoken

A poke cake that couldn’t be easier to make or more delicious!  Pineapple and coconut come together in this semi-homemade cake.  Combine that with the vanilla pudding and whip cream and you’ve got yourself a delightful (and easy) dessert in minutes!

Photo by: Kleinworth & Co.

Monkey Muffins

Recipe: Kleinworth & Co.

Ok…technically not a cupcake but OMG…look at it!!! Coconut desserts are screaming to be like this!  It looks amazing! A muffin recipe that has been jazzed up with coconut, bananas, and chocolate chips…YES PLEASE!!!!

Photo by: Beyond Frosting



Amazing Coconut Cream Pie Cupcakes

Recipe: Beyond Frosting

This semi-homemade recipe is the perfect combination of coconut cake, sweetened coconut mousse and topped with cream cheese whipped cream.  Delicious!

Photo by: Queenslee Appetit


Piña  Colada Cupcakes

Recipe: Queenslee Appetit

This from scratch cupcake is a tropical treat for your tastebuds.  It features a pina colada flavored cake filled with a pineapple sauce and frosted with pina colada buttercream. If that’s not enough, it’s then dipped in toasted coconut and adorned with cherries and fresh pineapple.  Cheers!

Coconut Desserts: Cookies and bars

Photo by: The Monday Box

Coconut Milk Cookies

Recipe: The Monday Box

This crunchy cookie, inspired by a newspaper article for the 1960’s is a combination of tropical goodness mixed with a little traditional down home.  It will be sure to please both the chocolate lovers and the coconut enthusiasts!

Photo by: Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons

Almond Joy Cookies

Recipe: Kitchen Fun with my 3 Sons

If you love Almond Joy candy bars you will love this cookie.  Made with only four ingredients it couldn’t be simpler.  

Photo by: Rock Recipes

Coconut Dream Bars

Recipe: Rock Recipes

An old favorite that was featured on the Eagle Sweetened Condensed Milk can for years.  This recipe will bring graham crackers, sweetened coconut, and chocolate together in a way that is sure to have you wallowing in nostalgia.  

Coconut Desserts: Macaroons, macarons, and truffles

Photo by: Life Currents

Two Ingredient Macaroons

Recipe: Life Currents

Macaroons!!!! NOT macarons!  These delightful little coconut desserts are gluten free and they couldn’t be easier!    

Photo by: Lord Byrons Kitchen




Lemon Coconut Macaroons

Recipe: Lord Byrons Kitchen

Here is a macaroon that is well balanced with the addition of lemon and lemon zest.  The author also includes a great history of this delectable little cookie.  

Photo by: Whisfully So


Mango Toasted Coconut Macarons

Recipe: Whiskfully So

A thorough post on how to make these finicky little cookies.  The final product is a delightful bite paired with coconut buttercream and mango curd and topped with toasted coconut.  A fun and tropical bake for sure.

Photo by: Pies & Tacos


Coconut  Macarons

Recipe: Pies & Tacos

One of my absolute FAVORITE bloggers that has given so much of her attention to the infamous macaron.  In addition to this recipe which includes a french style macaron with a coconut ganache, you will also find in depth instructions on baking the little ‘bugger’.  Tons of great recipes too!  Definitely check this one out!

Photo by: Emily LaRue



Coconut Dulce De Leche Macarons

Recipe: Emily LaRue

This classic macaron shell is filled with a coconut dulce de leche buttercream that is sure to satisfy your cocnut craving.  Be sure and give it a try!

Photo by: Imperial Sugar

PiÑa Colada Truffles

Recipe: Imperial Sugar

This classic macaron shell is filled with a coconut dulce de leche buttercream that is sure to satisfy your cocnut craving.  Be sure and give it a try!

International Coconut Desserts

Photo by: Baking Like a Chef

Coconut Dacquios Cake

Recipe: Baking Like a Chef

This seasonal beauty of a cake will sure to be a crowd pleaser.  Made with both almond and coconut flour it is the perfect combination of traditional French with summertime freshness.

Photo by: French Touch


Caribbean Coconut Cake

Recipe: French Touch

Fluffy and moist, this coconut cake delivers our friendly fruit in FOUR different ways.  The combination of Caribbean ingredients in this cake along with its fluffliness will be like biting into a coconut pillow!

Photo by: Foodie Luv

Hawaiian Coconut Pudding (Hawaiian Haupia)

Recipe: The Foodie Luv

Haupia (Hawaiian Cocnut Pudding) is a Hawaiian dessert that is like a milky, cloudy jello. Served at gatherings it is a gelatinous bite full of coconut flavor.  Foodie Luv is based out of Hawaii so she knows this dessert and does a great job describing its coconutty goodness!

Photo by: PureWow

Coconut Choux Bites

Recipe: PureWow

Let’s go to France! These little bites will take you away to the banks of the Seine. Choux dough garnished with coconut and pearl sugar make these crunchy cream puffs delightful.  They are sans any cream filling so these light as air dessert treats will definitely leave you feeling French! 

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