Buko Pandan Cupcakes

Buko Pandan Cupcakes





20 min


20 min


all-purpose flour 2 cups
sugar 1 cup
desiccated coconut 1/2 cup
baking powder 1 tsp
baking soda 1/2 tsp
salt 1/2 tsp
unsalted butter, softened 2 sticks
coconut milk or coconut cream 1 cup
eggs 3
pandan flavoring 2 1/2 tsp


  1. pre-heat oven to 350°
  2. line cupcake pan with 24 liners
  3. in a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, backing soda; set aside
  4. in stand mixer, cream butter and sugar
  5. add 1 egg at a time
  6. add coconut milk/cream
  7. add pandan flavoring
  8. slowly add flour mixture
  9. thoroughly combine
  10. add desiccated coconut and thoughly combine
  11. fill cupcakes 2/3 full
  12. bake for 17-25 minutes, until test comes out clean


unsalted butter, room temp 2 sticks
vanilla extract 1 tsp
powdered sugar 3 cups
coconut milk 1/3 cup


  1. in stand mixer, cream butter until it starts to get very fluffy
  2. slowly combine powdered sugar
  3. continue to mix on medium speed
  4. on slow speed, add coconut milk
  5. continue to mix on high speed until very fluffy, about 5 minutes

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  1. Thank you for this recipe. It made our cupcakes even better! 😀

  2. Avatar shaneaV 5 months ago

    Thanks for this recipe. Can I use buko meat instead of dessicated coconut?

    • I do not see why not. If you are able to get some fresh young coconuts, then I would use that. It will give it a different texture, but I would expect it to be pretty good.

      One thing though, by using the fresh buko, you will be adding additional moisture to the cakes, I think you will need to lower the amount of coconut milk slightly. The amount you would need to lower it by is dependent on how fresh and moist your buko is. I would expect it to be just under a table spoon or so.

  3. Hi, I want to make 12 cupcakes only but my concern is the 3 eggs, how many eggs do I need to use. Thanks

    • 1 egg “should” be enough for this recipe. I do not think there would be too much of a difference with that amount of egg in this one

      One thought is you could add 1 1/2 tbsp of apple sauce to this in replacement of the egg. A lot of times, you can add 1/4 cup of apple sauce as a replacement for an egg. I have not tried this at all, but it does seem reasonable that it should be fine doing this.

  4. Can I use pandan extract instead vanilla extra to my frosting?

    • I do not see why not. It will definitely make it a green frosting though. You will not need very much as well. Maybe 1/4 or 1/2 tsp for the frosting.

  5. Hi, it is okey to use cake flour instead all purpose flour? The cupcakes is so delicious my family love it, thank ͏y͏o͏u so much for this recipe.

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