Chocolate Swirled Coconut Cupcakes for the Birthday Boy!

Chocolate Swirled Coconut Cupcakes-9On Friday, little Miles turned one.  How a his first year went by so quickly baffles me.  To think this time last year I was snuggling a very sleepy, very tiny, new born baby boy makes my heart burst a little.  I loved that new born baby stage.  

But one year old Miles is pretty incredible too.  And so much fun.  We still can’t get enough his forever giving smiles.  

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At one year old, he loves blueberries, and chomps at the bit when he sees them.  

He loves music, and scoots and twists around the room when it’s playing.  

He likes to pick on his older brother….I thought it’d would be the other way around.

He bear-crawls everywhere and is so dang speedy.  He shows no real interest in walking.

Or cupcakes either.  He never did eat the thing.  But sure looked cute looking at it.  Maybe just Owen 

chocolate swirled cupcakesI adapted the cupcake base from Your Cup of Cake (because Lizzy’s cupcakes are always amazing!).  I used a yellow cake mix with coconut oil to give them the perfect touch of coconut flavor!  It made them really soft and tender too.  Then I melted some chocolate chips and swirled into the cupcake batter as well.  Kind of fun! 

Chocolate Swirled Coconut Cupcakes-14A big old swirl of Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Frosting with a sprinkle of mini chocolate chips just seemed like the right thing to pile on top of these babies.  And even though Miles wanted nothing to do with them, we celebrated my brother-in-law’s birthday last weekend as well, and they disappeared.  Thankfully.

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Chocolate Swirled Coconut Cupcakes w/ Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Frosting
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  1. 1 box yellow cake mix
  2. 3 eggs
  3. 1/2 cup melted coconut oil, cooled
  4. 1/2 cup sour cream
  5. 3/4 cup milk
  6. 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  7. 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
  8. 1 (8oz) package of cream cheese, soft
  9. 1/4 cup butter, soft
  10. 1 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste
  11. 3-4 cups powdered sugar
  12. 2-4 tbs milk or whipping cream
  13. 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line a cupcake pan with liners and set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl combine cake mix, eggs, coconut oil, sour cream and milk and stir until just combined.
  3. Fill each cupcake liner 1/2 full with cupcake batter.
  4. Microwave 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips together until melted. Spoon a heaping teaspoon into the center of each cupcake. Swirl chocolate into the batter using a tooth pick.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted comes out clean.
  6. Let cool before frosting.
  7. For the frosting beat cream cheese and butter together until creamy. Beat in vanilla bean paste, then slowly start mixing in powdered sugar, alternating with one tablespoon of milk or whipping cream at a time. Once all mixed in, beat for several minutes until thick and fluffy.
  8. Pipe onto cupcakes and top with a sprinkle of mini chocolate chips.
  1. cupcake recipe adapted from Your Cup of Cake
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  1. These are some awesome cupcakes! Love the swirl and the coconut too!

  2. natalie@thesweetslife June 19, 2013

    what a cutie! a big happy birthday to him :)

  3. Katie June 19, 2013

    Happy Birthday sweet boy! Love that little smile, and the look of these cupcakes too!

  4. Happy Birthday to your little guy! 1st birthday’s are so fun. He is adorable!

    These cupcakes seriously look delish! I am going to pin this for later!

  5. Jenn June 19, 2013

    These look fabulous!

  6. Aimee @ ShugarySweets June 19, 2013

    Awww such a sweet birthday boy! And those cupcakes! YUM!

  7. laurasmess June 20, 2013

    Naw, happy birthday little man Miles! Thanks for sharing this occasion with us. It’s a shame that he didn’t get to personally enjoy his cupcakes. Hm, maybe in a few years he’ll find his sweet tooth for cake (or hopefully, he won’t! I wish I never found mine!). Here’s to plenty more healthy, happy years of Miles’ smiles. Can’t wait to try your cupcake recipe! xx

    • Kristy June 20, 2013

      Thank you Laura!!

  8. Nessa June 20, 2013

    Happy birthday to Miles! He is so big and adorable! The cupcakes look fantastic :)

  9. Emily June 20, 2013

    Love coconut and love chocolate swirl. These look delicious!

  10. cassie - bake your day June 20, 2013

    What a cutie! Happy birthday tomorrow to your little guy, hope you guys have fun celebrating!

  11. Des @ Life's Ambrosia June 20, 2013

    These look luscious! Happy birthday to your little dude!

  12. Deborah June 20, 2013

    Happy birthday to Miles! These cupcakes look so good — I’m sure he will one day gobble up all of your baking!

  13. Christy Denney June 20, 2013

    Another reason why I wish I lived closer. Cupcakes and Miles.

  14. Jocelyn @ BruCrew Life June 20, 2013

    Love seeing your cute little man! Yes, that first year goes so fast. And every year after! Somehow my kids keep getting older even though I tell them to stop! 😉 And those cupcakes look delish!!

  15. OMG he is adorable. I love that smile!! Happy Birthday to him!

  16. carrian June 24, 2013

    oh my goodness, such a sweetheart!

  17. Wow, these look amazing! Chocolate and coconut are one of my favorite flavor combinations. Especially if it’s dark chocolate. Yum! Definitely pinning these to make soon! :)

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