Coconut "Drink" Cakes~A Blog Tutorial

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Today I'm going to show you how to make the CUTEST "Coconut Drink" Cakes! With  LUAU parties in full swing all summer long, I thought that it would be fun to add another idea to your list!  Both kids & adults are sure to love these festive little cakes.


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I know that I say this a lot, but these mini cakes are SO easy to make!! Trust me, they really are.  I tried making them for the first time today and was so happy that the final cakes matched the picture that I had in my mind--whew! I love it when that happens!

To make the coconut drink cakes, I used my Wilton Mini Wonder Mold pan--(each pan makes 4 little cakes at a time)-- but I bet chocolate cupcakes would give you a really cute result too.  So, here we go!

For each individual cake, you'll trim off the small point so that you can then flip it and it will stand on it's own.  Then hollow out a depression.

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Next, I frosted the small chocolate cakes with a crusting vanilla buttercream to create the look of coconut!  (Add a little coconut flavoring or use your coconut frosting of choice if you'd  rather!)

You can see in the photo that I first outlined the cake (using a wilton 12 medium round tip) and  filled it in with buttercream.


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Since we were using a crusting frosting, I smoothed it with a Viva Paper towel after it had crusted. (It takes about 5-10 minutes for a crusting buttercream to crust over enough for smoothing.)

Of course, if you aren't working with a crusting frosting, just remove the excess frosting with your spatula and smooth as best you can. This is a forgiving design!


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Now it's time to add a little color! This is my favorite part. I added simple flowers using a tip 104 for the pink flower in the photo and a tip 81 for the yellow! Have fun experimenting with different colors and flower designs. You really can't go wrong.

For these cute coconut drinks, every brightly colored flower makes them look a bit more tropical and festive!


Now, for the final details!  I picked up some little umbrellas and straws at our local party supply store  (Party City) to really bring these cuties to life. I LOVE how these turned out, and even better, the design is so simple!

Now, go find a palm tree to sit under and have yourself a nice coconut drink or two :0)  Cheers!

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  1. Hi Alyson--Hmmm...good question. It seems like if your cupcakes have a good sized dome, you could flip them over (level off a tiny bit so they'll be stable) and you'd wind up with a similar shape. It won't be as tall...but I think you would get the point across! If you try it, let us know how it goes!

  2. Going to make these for my friends 40th Birthday. Did you have any issues with the cakes sticking in the pan? Any suggestions? How full did you fill the cake pans?

  3. Hi Jenni--No, I didn't have any issues. Some people use Baker's Joy or other nonstick sprays, but we just lightly grease our pans with vegetable shortening and lightly flour them.

    *You definitely want to prep the pan in some way before pouring in the batter.

    You can use an ice cream scoop or measuring cup to fill the cake pans. We usually fill approx 2/3 full.

    Have fun!! ;0)

  4. Totally cute. I just used a 50% coupon and bought this pan at Michael's today. I am getting ready to make these and try my hand at the dolls too!

  5. I just made these tonight. They came out really cute. Even though my flowers are not as cute as yours. I added rum emulsion to the cake batter, and coconut emulsion to the butter cream. They are delightful.

  6. I received that cake pan nearly a year ago. I have yet to use it. These coconuts are a perfect way to break them in! I wonder if we could hollow it out a bit more and put a fruit filling inside before putting the butter creme on top. Flavor the butter creme with coconut extract, perhaps?

  7. I noticed in the picture the outside of your cakes all have a "crust" on them. Did that happen naturally when baking? Usually my cakes are soft and moist on the outside? Any special tip to create that "crust"?

  8. Hi Melissa,

    Just tried to make these today and mine did not turn out good :( Cakes turned out dry and fell apart when I tried to "shape" them. Which chocolate cake & frosting recipes did you use? Thanks.