Skinny Mini Coconut Cakes (only 120 calories each!)
Skinny Mini Coconut Cakes

Skinny Mini Coconut Cakes

Recipe by: SkinnyTaste
Yield: 24 mini cakes

These little cakes are the cute, light version of your coconut cake fantasy. The frosting is marshmallowy and the angel food cakes are fluffy, making this a cloudlike coconut dream dessert. Each cake comes in at around 120 calories!

Cake Ingredients:
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2/3 cup cake flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 egg whites from large egg whites, at room temperature
1/4 cup coconut water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 cup granulated sugar

Coconut Meringue Frosting Ingredients:
4 egg whites from large eggs, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
1/2 cup water
1 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
about 1/4 cup of coconut water
1 1/2 cup shredded coconut, plus more for topping

Make the cakes: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line 2 muffin tins with cupcake liners. In a medium bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, cake flour, and salt. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the egg whites, coconut water, vanilla extract, coconut extract, and cream of tartar on low speed until it’s foamy. Turn the speed up to medium and add the granulated sugar about 1 tablespoon at a time. Turn the mixer up to high speed and beat until the egg whites form medium peaks (SkinnyTaste says: “Don’t beat until the mixture is extremely glossy and stiff; it should be modestly glossy, but the very tips of the peaks formed when you dip your finger in should flop over just a bit.”)

Add the dry ingredients into the egg white mixture in two additions, folding each addition in gently. Be careful not to overmix.

Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tins, filling each well pretty close to the top. Bake for 18 minutes or until the tops are slightly golden. Remove the cupcakes from the oven and cool completely before removing from the pan.

Make the frosting: Place the egg whites with the vanilla extract and coconut extract in the clean bowl of a stand mixer. Stir the water and sugar together in a small saucepan over high heat. Bring this to a boil and cook until the syrup reaches 234 degrees F on a candy thermometer, about 4-8 minutes.

When the syrup begins to boil, start mixing the egg whites on low speed so they begin to get foamy. When the syrup is up to temperature, turn the egg whites to medium-high speed and very slowly drizzle the hot syrup into the whites. Beat until the frosting forms stiff glossy peaks, tossing in the salt to mix in along the way. Gently fold shredded coconut in to the frosting.

Assemble the cakes: Use a serrated knife or unflavored dental floss, cut each cupcake into two layers (I find the floss easiest: just wrap it in a loop around the cupcake and tighten until it cuts right through). Lightly brush the bottom layer of a cupcake with coconut water and top with about a tablespoon of frosting. Place the top layer on, piling another tablespoon of frosting on top. Top with extra shredded coconut. Repeat this for each cupcake. Serve immediately (the frosting is really best the day it’s prepared, but we enjoyed these the second day also).

21 Comments on Skinny Mini Coconut Cakes (and 5 beauty tips for lazy girls)

  1. Amber - Loves Food, Loves to Eat
    January 20, 2014 at 2:01 pm (8 years ago)

    I love these beauty tips!! I’m totally lazy when it comes to my beauty routine, and you’re absolutely right: eyebrows, mascara, and clear skin! Can’t wait to try the dry shampoo trick. And also… these cakes… OMG!

  2. Brittany from CountingMyCupcakes
    January 20, 2014 at 4:15 pm (8 years ago)

    These are so so cute! I would die for one right now. I also love your tips. I totally agree with your perspective on why advice from someone like you, who doesn’t wear makeup often, is even better than advice from people who go all out all the time. Low maintenance is so much better 🙂 And YES to eyebrow waxing being key! so true.

  3. Jenny @ BAKE
    January 20, 2014 at 4:44 pm (8 years ago)

    These sound delicious and I love your beauty tips! I’m all about eeking out as much time between hair washes as possible! it just takes so much effort to dry!

  4. Sarah Toasty
    January 20, 2014 at 5:43 pm (8 years ago)

    from a fellow lazy girl, ditto to all 5. although, my “beauty” routine is bb cream, a good mascara (sorry, tried yours and is not my fave), and the benefit high beam highlight since i’m about as pale as the coconut on those little cuties…

    love the cakes and that you made everyone’s favorite cupcakes sandwiches lol

  5. Kate c.
    January 20, 2014 at 6:50 pm (8 years ago)

    Look up a company called Lush. I think that you’ll like it. Love the mascara tips, by the way!!

  6. vanillasugarblog
    January 20, 2014 at 8:19 pm (8 years ago)

    and why, for the love, do girls shave off their eyebrows?
    what is up with that?

  7. Trisha
    January 20, 2014 at 9:40 pm (8 years ago)

    Eyebrow waxes are must for naturally bushy eyebr0wed women like myself. I feel so much better afterwards!
    These coconut cakes are the cutest!

  8. dina
    January 21, 2014 at 9:33 am (8 years ago)

    they’re cute and look yummy!

  9. Aysha
    January 21, 2014 at 1:41 pm (8 years ago)

    These look so creamy and delicious! And perfect for the lazy girl like myself 🙂 And I absolutely loved your other tips and your little anecdote of solely pyjamas all through high school 😀

    Nice to know there are others out there who will wear nightgowns whenever they can!

    Kind regards from Denmark,
    Aysha @

  10. Coco in the Kitchen
    January 21, 2014 at 2:36 pm (8 years ago)

    Your beauty tips are so cute. I’ve never tried dry shampoo, but now I’m curious. Going to see how I do.
    Love drug-store mascara – it’s my fav.
    And, these li’l cupcakes look so yummy. I fwd’ed your link to some friends already!

    PS-I have a great foodie giveaway, courtesy of Maille UK, going at the moment.
    The mustard/vinegar flavours are not avail in the US. So it’s a real bonus.
    Please stop by, leave a comment so I can enter your name in the drawing.

  11. Amy | Club Narwhal
    January 22, 2014 at 2:24 pm (8 years ago)

    OMG, dry shampoo is a total godsend! I don’t know what I was doing with my life before I started using it–washing my hair more regularly probably 🙂 These cupcakes look to die for, especially since I am ga-ga for anything coconut. Lazy girl beauty routines are the best!

  12. fallconsmate
    January 22, 2014 at 6:43 pm (8 years ago)

    forget fancypants exfoliants…a little salt or sugar (your choice) mixed in with your regular body wash (i keep mine in a little rubbermaid bowl) and you are GOOD to go.

    i have chronic pain, so absolutely on the livivng in the comfy clothes. baby wipes can take the place of a full-on bath if you need to, although i am ALL about my jaccuzi tub. oh and forget the mascara…get those eyelashes DYED. seriously. or do them yourself (amazon has great kits) and you are good to go for a MONTH. my beauty routine: scrub with a wet washcloth (nothing but water), use a good astringent, moisturize. if i’m leaving the house? i use the bare minerals makeup, which takes all of five minutes for the base and finishing powder, eyeliner (cause i already dye the eyelashes), tinted lip balm. done, in less time than it takes TheEngineer to shave.

    and OMG yes on getting the eyebrows waxed. mine aren’t overgrown, they just look BETTER shaped nicely.

    the wee little cakes look WONDERFUL too!!

  13. Cheryl
    February 15, 2014 at 4:58 pm (8 years ago)

    Don’t have a clue why I could not get the meringue for the cake batter to whip up properly? Went through 2 dozen
    eggs trying. I have never had a problem in the past making meringue, typically when you make meringue it’s
    only sugar and egg whites so I was thinking the coconut water had to be the culprit. I’m no stranger to baking but this was absolutely a huge messy fail. Almost burned out my stand mixer trying to make it.

  14. Cheryl
    February 15, 2014 at 5:28 pm (8 years ago)

    No I didn’t have any yolk in it, I know that any yolk at all will ruin it, the second batch I tried I started to make it like a regular meringue and my whites actually were whipping up like expected but as soon as I added the coconut water in was one flat mess 🙁

    • Julie Ruble
      February 15, 2014 at 5:38 pm (8 years ago)

      Well, not sure why it worked for me and SkinnyTaste but not for you. If you’d like, you can substitute any angel food batter for this one.

  15. Natalie L.
    March 5, 2014 at 1:31 pm (8 years ago)

    Those are great tips! I totally agree with you that a well-shaped eyebrow makes all the difference–on days when I wear no other makeup, I always do my eyebrows (mine are sparse so they need some help from a pencil). For eyelashes, I recently discovered that heating the lash curler makes a surprising difference. Just aim a hair dryer at the curler for 10 seconds or so before you use it. Also, dry shampoo is a life saver!! I have been using L’Oreal Fresh Dust and it’s great, but I’ll have to check out Batiste.

  16. culinarylabschool
    January 13, 2019 at 4:46 pm (3 years ago)

    Thanks Julie for this great recipe and for quality advice, now I know how easy it is even easier to bake a cake, thanks to your advice 🙂

  17. Sam Roberts
    March 26, 2021 at 11:44 am (8 months ago)

    Thanks Julie for this great recipe and for quality advice, now I know how easy it is even easier to bake a cake, thanks to your advice 🙂


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