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I’ve been married for seventeen years and have been friends with my husband for nearly 21 years. I married my best friend… Something I highly recommend.

There were plenty of boys that crossed my path, prior to hubby, that made the hair on the back on my neck stand up. But they weren’t the sort of boys that I could joke with, talk with, or really be myself with. Lt. Dan was (is) a keeper. He has a special gift for making my heart thump, and making me laugh to the point of snorting, in the same conversation.

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There are countless thoughts I could share about marriage. Seventeen years doesn’t make a person an expert, but it does give you plenty of time for trial and error.

One thing I can tell you that has made our relationship a happy union, is that we honestly try to prefer the other person. I try not to push him into giving me my way and he doesn’t push me either. This took some practice, because after all, humanity is selfish by nature.

Yet real love is looking beyond your own feelings and desires.

I let hubs have his way (most of the time) and he does the same for me. It works!

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When you know someone else has your best interest in mind, and isn’t trying to manipulate and maneuver to get their own way, you can let your guard down. You can trust.

In our house, a cupcake is the perfect example of this sort of sacrificial love. If I were making dessert for myself, I would always bake a cake with rich layers of decedent fillings stacked high.

Yet I try to prefer hubby as often as possible, so we have cupcakes most of the time. Lt. Dan swears a cupcake tastes better… Even if they are made with the same batter and frosting as a layer cake.

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So these Coconut Nutella Cupcakes are for my sweetheart, made with one of his favorite flavor combinations, coconut and chocolate.

These ultra light coconut cupcakes, are delicately folded for an elegant airy quality. Then each mini cupcake is crested with a dollop of Nutella. I could have easily made chocolate frosting, but why would I do that when I can frost with Nutella?

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Cupcakes make Lt. Dan happy, which makes me happy. Coconut Nutella Cupcakes for the win!

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Coconut Nutella Cupcakes

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 37 minutes
Mini Coconut Nutella Cupcakes - Light and fluffy and with rich nutella topping! These little beauties are perfect for small party treats.
Servings: 96 cupcakes


For the Cupcakes:

For the Topping:


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Using an electric mixer, whip the egg whites and 1/4 teaspoon salt until firm. Set aside for later.
  • Mix the first three dry ingredients and remaining salt in a bowl, set aside. With the mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Scrape the bowl and add the egg yolks one at a time, until they are all well blended.
  • Then alternate adding the dry mixture and the coconut milk until the mixture is smooth. Scrape the bowl and mix again. Gently fold in the egg whites, taking care not to over work the batter.
  • Line muffin tins with paper liners. Fill the liners 2/3 full and bake: 10-12 minutes for minis, and 18-22 minutes for regular cupcakes. Check the cupcakes to make sure a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Then pop them out of the muffin tins immediately.
  • Use a piping bag (or a plastic bag with the corner snipped off) pipe a dollop of Nutella in the center of each cupcake. It’s ok if they are still a little warm. It helps the Nutella spread over the top a bit.
  • Spread one cup of coconut over a baking sheet. Place under the broiler for 1-2 minutes, until golden brown. DO NOT take your eyes off the coconut, it burns FAST! Sprinkle the cooled coconut over each cupcake.


Serving: 2cupcakes, Calories: 57kcal, Carbohydrates: 6g, Protein: 0g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 15mg, Sodium: 42mg, Potassium: 24mg, Fiber: 0g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 70IU, Vitamin C: 0.1mg, Calcium: 5mg, Iron: 0.2mg
Course: Cupcakes, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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91 comments on “Coconut Nutella Cupcakes”

  1. Coconut and Nutella is a surprisingly good combination! Thanks for a great recipe!

  2. Love coconut and Nutella together!  Bite sized treats are the best!

  3. Such a great combo for cupcakes! They look delicious!

  4. Oooh nutella with coconut. What a delicious combo!

  5. Why have I never thought of these? Looks so yummy!

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  9. I love the combination of coconut and nutella. But I would like to know if I would like to make just a regular cupcake batter, should I just omit the coconut and coconut mik and replace it with regular milk? Thanks! I really enjoy reading all your posts and delicious recipes.

  10. Loved reading about you and hubby!! Sounds like we both married our best friends….love it!! :)

  11. These look amazing! They are somehow both cute and very elegant :-)

  12. reading your post put a smile on my face..wishing you and your husband many more years of joy and happiness…
    Bookmarked the recipe to try very very soon…
    Glad I found your blog :)

  13. I wish I could have one right NOW!

  14. Oh my word please give me all of your cupcakes! I’m so addicted to Nutella it’s quite the problem and I LOVE coconut. You combined two of my favorite things in the world. These look soooo good. :)

  15. IMHO, Nutella is a miracle ingredient. As for cake vs, cupcakes, I think SB and I are in agreement that a slice of cake makes for a ‘complete dessert experience’ … but mini-cupcakes are fun for picnics and ‘on the go’ browsing…

    As for cupcake therapy, it’s a sweet take on 1 Corinthians and is right on the money! Keep up the good work on the relationship … ;-)

  16. I had to just say the last picture in this post is sooo pretty (not that the rest aren’t pretty). :) They sound delicious too. Congrats on 12 years!!

  17. You are so right… although it helps that the BH wants us to do things my way most of the time, haha!! He’s easy to please :) I like to make and bake things he likes, even though I draw the line at mac’n’cheese out of a box!! Coconut is not his thing, but it is TOTALLY mine, and I am loving these!!

  18. Those look wonderful.

  19. This is the sweetest post, very true marrying your best friend is the besT..I also married my best friend and I adore him!! i love your idea to frost this tiny treats with nutella!! great post, sommer


  20. Cupcake therapy sounds like the best kind of therapy – everyone should try it! And these cupcakes look absolutely scrumptious!

  21. congratulation on your 12 years of marriage.
    thanks for sharing the secret to a successful marriage – cupcakes.
    they do indeed sound and look therapeutic.

    Congrats on Top 9 today.

  22. cupcakes look amazing , I am gonna try them soon , but did u say 8 dozen i.e 96 mini cupcakes , if so I think I should chk out the dessert option for a party I am gonna host soon. this is gud !

    • Yep, it’s a LOT of little cupcakes, but you could half the recipe if you want. Don’t worry~even if you make a whole batch they’ll be done in a flash!

  23. Cupcakes are obviously better. That way you don’t have to look at the messy cut-up cake after you’ve had a bit. They’re always perfect.

    I love Nutella and think that with or without the cake/cupcake this recipe would be a hit: Nutella and coconut. It sounds almost tropical.

  24. Having just completed 9 weeks of marriage counseling in preparation of our big day I can appreciate everything you had to say about you and your hubby :) I think my soon to be hubby would be a big fan od these even though I don’t particularly care for coconut.. but that’s what marriage is all about right!?

  25. Loved reading this post! And the cupcakes? Yum! How can you go wrong. They look delightful…and irresistible.

  26. What a wonderful post…Cupcake Therapy, I like it :)

  27. Delicious! I have to admit, there is something about cupcakes sometimes that makes them just taste better than a cake with the same exact ingredients lol. These are so cute. Congrats on making the top 9!

  28. You are a wise woman – but we already knew that. Love those cupcakes – looks like someone else did too by the crumpled up wrappers in some of the pics – lol!

  29. First let me say that I loved your post about marriage! Heart warming indeed! And the mini cupcakes with Nutella… DELECTABLE!

  30. You Rock Sommer! Number One of the Top Nine on Food Buzz today. The mini cup cakes are a winner!

  31. I better not bring up the term ‘cupcake therapy’ to Andy. He’ll have me baking those cupcakes all day long – and our wastelines will hate us! But I totally get what you mean, and this post definitely made me smile! =)

  32. Nutella + Coconut = Heaven

    Lovely post and congrats on being featured on Tasty Kitchen!

  33. OMG…coconut AND Nutella in one recipe, and in cupcakes no less…these sound divine! I can’t wait to make them! Congrats on the almost 12 years of marriage and thanks for your thoughts on how to make it work. I’ve only been married for a little over a year now but I am also learning the value of letting him get his way and not being as stubborn as I probably am by nature – a big change for me, but a great one! So glad to know that I’m on the right track :-) And I totally support the idea of cupcake therapy!

  34. oh my, i love reading love stories! this was sooo beautiful! thanks for sharing the cupcake recipe + love story together! that made this blog post sooo sweet :).

  35. What a sweet post – pun intended :) Congrats on 12 years and making you man happy with cupcakes. It’s so cute that he prefers cupcakes – ok, he probably doesn’t want to think its cute, so lets say, unique! I’ll take 2 for today, as the doctor ordered. Coconut is my fave – so maybe 2 for tomorrow, too.

  36. Very cute post. I think you should issue every marriage guidance counsellor with your words of wisdom, and this cupcake recipe for success!

  37. My husband is just the opposite…for some reason a tall decadent cake tastes better to him than cupcakes…made with the same batter! I agree about the give and take of marriage, though. It’s much better to think of the other person in a marriage than ourselves.

  38. Your post made me smile, what a sweet and wonderful couple you both are. And these cupcakes are just as sweet looking as I bet they are in taste!

  39. My mouth is watering just looking at these!!! Can’t wait to try them. Thanks!!!

  40. Congrats, by the way, on twelve years. M & I hit thirteen this year, and one thing we’ve noticed lately is that we occasionally find an old shirt or old tool or old something and find ourselves saying, “Geez, this is old … I got this … before I met you even!”

  41. There are lots of hazelnut spreads out there, and some are organic and some are local and some come in fancier jars … but I keep coming back to good old reliable Nutella. Cheers!

  42. Hi Sommer: These coconut nutella cupcakes turned out so pretty and what a great flavor combination! Congrats on the Top 9 today! =)

  43. Question: Do you use sweetened or un-sweetened coconut? And, these cupcakes look yummy..we’re huge nutella fans!

  44. Your comments on true love and a working marriage are spot on!

    These cupcakes are darling.

  45. Hi Sommer

    I think your cupcake therapy should make it to Dr. Phil, what a great perspective on life, I can see why you have such a wonderful relationship, here is wishing you many more years, filled with countless cupcakes!

    Congrats on your top 9 today my friend!

  46. Well done for making it to Top 9! Your husband’s a lucky fella to have you, he can have his Nutella coconut cupcake and eat it too!

  47. Nutella with coconut great combo mouthwatering cupcakes. Congrets to top 9!

  48. Oh I love this post!! Very sweet!
    Shoot…I’d stay married to someone for 100 years if they cooked the way you cook!! ;-))

    Nutella and coconut… they can both make my heart sing… YUMMY!

  49. Yummm these cupcakes look delish!

  50. You’re absolutely right, why make chocolate frosting when you can use Nutella? Although I’m not married, I can see how this give and take is important. I’m sure making cupcakes vs. cake isn’t a huge sacrifice though ;-) You’re a good wife, haha.

  51. delicious cake looks soft and flavourful

  52. Hey Sommer, you are so sweet and full of wisdom, as well as good reminders I must say;-) Ooh, and I just came over here to say hi to you, but now I’m totally going to make some cupcakes. These look so delicious-the color is so yellow and pretty. I need to look at the ingredients more closely and see how you did that…
    p.s. Me is okay-so busy lately though…
    p.s.s. I need to look at that edamame salad post!

  53. Beautiful cupcakes, I think you’re on to something really good here with the Nutella and coconut combo;-)
    Congratulations on your marriage and all the things, like cupcakes, you enjoy together;-)

  54. I married my best friend :) It’s been 4 years of friendship and 1 year of marriage and even today I feel like it’s our first few days .. you know what i mean :)
    These cup cakes looks super yummy and soft and moist. Love the clicks. My hubby too like the flavor combination of coconut and chocolate (only white chocolate). I am sure he will enjoy this treat!
    Hope you both have many more such beautiful years ahead XOXO

  55. What a great way to celebrate your marriage with your sweetheart’s favorite flavors. He surely are grateful to have such a talented and dedicated wife. Sweet sweet post, congratulations, both on your marriage and your delicious cupcakes. :)

  56. What a sweet post. :)

    I will always go for the layer cake before cupcakes…I think it has something to do with getting more frosting/filling….though I have never turned away a cupcake…ehehehe.

    Beautiful cupcakes. You cannot go wrong with Nutella and coconut.

  57. Sommer!! These look amazing, cupcakes + nutella= two of the things I love most! I will have to try this recipe asap.

  58. I love this post. It actually brought a tear to my eye! Very sweet! Your husband has good taste-delicious cupcakes!

  59. Coconut and nutella…you have placed two my favourite ingredients in one cupcake! How could I not loving this!

  60. We are lucky ladies, I also married my best friend and we have been together over 20 years and been friends for over 30, and I couldn’t imagine a day without him. I love making him treats and a nice dinner as often as I am able. You have hit on two of his favorite things (well other than me) chocolate and coconut. Can’t wait to make a batch of these cupcakes to share, thanks so much and keep up the great work.

  61. Wonderful post. Great recipe. Amazing pictures. Loved it all.

  62. oh, those are the cutest cupcakes ever! And they sound so good with coconut flavor and the nutella on top, perfect!

  63. Haha, well, if cupcakes are the compromise that makes for a happy marriage, I think my husband and I will have a long and happy partnership!. These look yummy!

  64. Lovely post — congrats on your 12 years! I feel very blessed to have married my best friend, too.

    I love these cupcakes! Two of my favorite flavors, that’s for sure.

  65. Lovely thoughts about marriage. My husband will come in and see that I’m baking something and he’ll ask who are you giving that too? When I tell him I made it just for him, he feels loved. Men love a woman to bake for them – or at least mine does. And … your cupcakes are awesome! Nutella on everything, that’s my motto :)

  66. Just found you via Stumble Upon! These look amazing!! Thanks for sharing. I’m going to stumble this… they look so yummy!

  67. What a sweet post! I really love those cupcakes too…they are just simply amazing. I think my neighbor at work was seriously debating if he needed to call someone as I tried to reach into my screen and grab one of those beauties. Delicious!

  68. What lovely cupcakes, and good relationship advice!

  69. aw, sounds like you’ve got a very sweet hubby! hehe.

    and i’m definitely going to be making this soon! thanks for the recipe! :)

  70. You certainly did make a sacrifice, didn’t you? Lovely cupcakes and I love your views on marriage. It really is true, marrying your best friend is the best thing you can do – I did it and even though he drives me crazy I couldn’t possibly be with anyone else. Who else would put up with my jokes or hide chocolate around the house for me? That’s love.

  71. Cupcake therapy as marriage therapy…I like it! And these little guys would certainly make me happy too.

  72. These look awesome, Sommer! Jamie isn’t a huge coconut fan, but I bet even he would gobble these up! :) Thanks for the great recipes and the great life stories and encouragement.

  73. Oh yum. How have I never thought of frosting my cupcakes with Nutella! I have been missing out. Pretty pictures too, Sommer.

  74. Just the thought of these two flavors is heaven a must try for me!

  75. I love this flavor combination, but my husband hates things with coconut! Sad day! :(

  76. That’s so lovely, I wish I will someday find some one like you have, and bake cakes for!

    Also, I agree – nutella all the way. These cakes look amazing, especially with the combination of coconut on top :)

    p.s. you have a really nice fancy electric whisk, I’m jealous ;)

  77. These are so adorable!

  78. I totally agree with you, cupcake therapy is the best kind of therapy! Everything you said is so true, every good relationship is a balance of give and take each person looking out for the best interests of the other. It’s a great feeling to know that someone’s always got your back.

  79. I love love love this post! I agree with you – hubs and I have been married 10 years and together for 15 (highschool sweethearts) aww. He truly is my best friend and we laugh with eachother every day. I don’t think cupcakes is too bad of a “compromise!” lol :)

  80. So sweet – wonderful words of wisdom. Noted!! And these sweet things are such a way to honor your wonderful marriage & friendship.

  81. I also try to prefer hubby when I bake…also because in that way I don’t end up having to eat a whole batch of cupcakes or scones by myself lol! We do have some pretty different tastes when it comes to food, deriving in part from being grown up in two different continents. But I have been able to make both happy. Isn’t that a nice feeling? See, these cupcakes will make both happy! thanks for sharing

  82. You and your sweetheart deserve many more years of love and happiness. As a recently married woman, I enjoyed hearing your meditations on what has made your relationship last. And of course…I’m happy with cupcakes :-) Thank you for infusing your posts with your kind spirit, your thoughtful words, and your beautiful photographs. Even in the midst of sadness, I find such solace visiting the blogs that I’ve grown to love this past year. I hope you have a wonderful start to your week, my friend. A big hug from Austin!

  83. What a sweet post about your husband. I’m sure he appreciated these pretty cupcakes. Nutella and coconut sounds like a fantastic combination to me.

  84. Cupcake therapy sounds fantastic to me :) How sweet of you to make your husband’s favorite!

  85. You know what? What. ;) Now that you mention it, I think cupcakes do taste better than cake. Huh. Weird. I could totally live without cake, but cupcakes make me happy. Now. I happen to not like chocolate either (wait, don’t hang up!) I do however, l.o.v.e. Nutella. to bits! In fact, in an effort to keep the chubs under control {getting ridiculously harder in my 30’s} I have had to skip past any and all Nutella recipes lately. This one is so absolutely and positively perfect however, that I have to give you a big cyber kiss!
    love the coconut. will have to make these babies.

  86. This flavor combo is right up my alley… except I can’t keep a jar of Nutella in the house because I eat it in one sitting!

  87. These are absolutely adorable… I agree..”cup cake therapy” can be a very good thing. Would you know that I’ve only dabbled into Nutella a few times.. I’m still a Nutella newbie.

  88. I love that expression: “Cup cake therapy”. It will replace “marriage counseling” pretty soon, starting in Asheville and spreading across the nation! It will be much more effective as well.
    My husband is not a big dessert fan, but as soon Nutella is involved he can’t resist. He will eat it in cupcakes, cookies or a cake. I have to bake these cupcakes for him. Thanks, Sommer.