Tropical Spice Cupcakes

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 20 mins

These delicious and tender cupcakes taste of spice, orange and coconut, and are topped with a creamy orange flavored frosting. Developed for RSC #9.------

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place 18 cupcake liners in muffin tins.
  3. In a medium bowl, add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. Whisk the mixture lightly until there are no clumps, and the spices are mixed throughout. Set aside.
  4. Cream the butter with a mixer for a few minutes until soft and fluffy.
  5. Add the sugars and eggs to the butter, and beat until light in color and fluffy in texture (about 5 minutes).
  6. Next, add the Grand Marnier and beat until incorporated.
  7. Add 1/4 cup juice from the freshly squeezed orange and 1/3 of the flour mixture, and beat until incorporated, scraping the batter down into the bowl as necessary. Add the coconut milk and 1/2 the remaining flour mixture, and beat until blended. Add the buttermilk and the rest of the flour mixture and again beat until incorporated, scraping the bowl as necessary.
  8. Measure 2 - 3 tbsp orange zest from the freshly zested orange, and add to the mixture; also add the coconut and mix until blended.
  9. Using an ice cream scoop, fill the cupcake liners with one scoop of batter each (filling the liners about 3/4 full).
  10. Bake 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean.
  11. Remove from the oven and let rest in the muffin pan for 15 minutes.
  12. Remove the cupcakes from the muffin tin, and place on a rack to cool thoroughly before frosting.
  13. Make frosting: Beat the cream cheese in a medium bowl until creamy.
  14. Measure 2 tbsp juice from the freshly squeezed orange and add to the cream cheese.
  15. Measure 1 cup of confectioner's sugar and add to the cream cheese mixture. Beat until the ingredients are smooth.
  16. Add the coconut milk, the Grand Marnier, and another cup of confectioner's sugar. Beat until smooth.
  17. Add another cup of confectioner's sugar and beat until smooth.
  18. Add 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar and beat until smooth.
  19. At this point, check the consistency. If it is firm enough to spread on the cupcake, it's finished. Add a little more confectioner's sugar (a few tablespoons at a time) if it needs to be firmer.
  20. Spread the frosting on the cooled cupcakes.
Most Helpful

I also felt that these were more like a muffin than a cupcake, very crumbly. The taste was very interesting, a lot different than any other cupcake/muffin I've had before. I didn't use any kind of liquor in it. I enjoyed them, my husband wasn't too impressed though.

cookin_nurse June 15, 2009

It tasted very good.I used fresh coconut and it really brought out the coconut flavor.The frsting wasn't that good.You could taste the confectioners sugar more than anything else.

Southwest Chef from Oklahoma August 09, 2007

My DD's said they thought they were eating muffins not a cupcake. I thought it was an ok spice cake. The frosting was way too sweet, so I added more cream chees, some butter and a pinch of salt, which helped a little. I foung the texture to be very gooey, especially before adding the extras.

momaphet March 18, 2007