Pomegranate Cupcakes with Coconut

April 6, 2016 / 38 Comments

Rich in vitamin C, full of antioxidants, pomegranate was regaled as a culinary symbol of Aphrodite by the ancient Greeks. Some say it’s a  ‘forbidden fruit’. What I also found out while googling it, in other Western lore, the mythological unicorn was tied to a pomegranate tree.

Because of their many seeds, pomegranates are often associated with fertility and abundance. Ancient Egyptians regarded the pomegranate as an aphrodisiac. They made wine and liqueur from the juice.

After reading this, I had to use this fruit in my new recipe. Decided on baking these fabulous flavorful luscious Pomegranate Cupcakes ! The best, moist, melt-in-you-mouth cupcakes you’ll ever meet. Decided to combine pomegranate with coconut, which turned out to be a great idea.

I totally recommend this recipe and promise you, once you bake it, you won’t be able to resist baking it again!


  • 2 cups flour,
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup sugar,
  • 100 g butter,
  • 50 g coconut butter,
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut,
  • 2 eggs,
  • 1 3/4 cup milk,
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 tsp baking soda,
  • pinch of salt,
  • 3/4 cup pomegranate seeds


  • 16 ounces mascarpone cheese, softened,
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened,
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups confectioner’s sugar,
  • 1 tbs vanilla extract,
  • juice squeezed out of 1/2 lemon,
  • pinch of salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 356° F. Line muffin tin with cupcake liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, desiccated coconut, cocoa powder,  baking powder and baking soda.
  3. In another bowl, combine sugar, with butter.
  4. Add milk and eggs.
  5. Beat on medium speed.
  6. Add pomegranate seeds and gently stir.
  7. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix until evenly distributed.
  8. Fill each prepared cupcake liner about 3/4 full.
  9. Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes.
  10. Remove to a wire rack and let cool completely before frosting.


  1. Beat the mascarpone and cream cheese on medium speed until fluffy.
  2. Add the powdered sugar, beat on low until smooth.
  3. Add vanilla extract, lemon juice and a pinch of salt, mix until just until incorporated.
  4. Spread the frosting over cooled cupcakes.
  5. Decorate with fresh coconut pieces & pomegranate seeds.

Pomegranate Cupcakes

Pomegranate Cupcakes

Pomegranate Cupcakes

Pomegranate Cupcakes

Pomegranate Cupcakes

Pomegranate Cupcakes

Pomegranate Cupcakes

Pomegranate Cupcakes

Pomegranate Cupcakes

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  1. mun says:

    I love to eat pomegranates. Your cupcakes look so pretty with the fresh coconut pieces on top of them.

  2. Mmmm, these look excellent. Haven’t paired coconut with pomegranate for some reason (weird, because I’ve paired it with everything else!), so I’m looking forward to trying these. Thanks!

  3. INNA MAMA says:

    Egzotyczne cudo! Może i my sięgniemy po…granaty 🙂

  4. Absolutely beautiful! I love that you topped them with fresh coconut.

  5. Natalie says:

    Granat i kokos? Jeszcze tak nie łączyłam 🙂 Mega!

  6. cheri says:

    Hi Marcella, these are absolutely beautiful. You should create a cupcake cookbook with all your lovely recipes.

  7. Liz says:

    What gorgeous cupcakes! I love how you garnished them AND that frosting sounds incredible!!

  8. Monica says:

    What a nice combination and looks very pretty!

  9. Louise says:

    I have a feeling these Pomegranate Coconut Cupcakes with Mascarpone Cream Cheese Frosting are going to be a huge hit, Marcela. No sooner had I pinned them when they were immediately repinned. That’s a first for me, lol…

    They really do look amazing, Marcela and the combination of ingredients makes them regal unto themselves. Thank you sooooo much for sharing, Marcela…The only thing better would be to have one (or two) in front of me right now!!!

    • marcela says:

      Thanks so much for pinning them! This is so so nice of you! I hope everyone’s gonna like them 🙂
      I’d love to bake ones for you 🙂

  10. Katerina says:

    I love pomegranate and my husband loves coconut so these cupcakes are perfect for the both of us!

  11. grace says:

    this might actually be the first time i’ve seen pomegranate and coconut together, but it makes sense to me! beautiful creation. 🙂

  12. marcelina says:

    Och ten kokos zawładnął moim sercem 😉

  13. Evi says:

    Po prostu perfekcyjne połączenie wizualne i smakowe 🙂

  14. Sosna says:

    Wyglądają perfekcyjnie! 🙂

  15. Candy Pandas says:

    I te kokosowe kosteczki tak świetnie się prezentują jako dekoracja 🙂 Cudowne 🙂

  16. ZazaCook says:

    What a great and delicious idea! These cupcakes are so cute!!

  17. Gloria says:

    I love pomegranate and this look beautiful Marcela 🙂

  18. boskie połączenie 🙂 mam słabość do kokosa 🙂

  19. Beth says:

    What lovely cupcakes! I’ve never used pomegranate in my own recipes, but always enjoy it in dishes when I’m eating out.

  20. Łukasz says:

    Wyglądają bardzo smakowicie! Fajny pomysł z tą dekoracją z kokosa 😉

  21. Cudo! Zdecydowanie moje smaki, więc muszę wypróbować!:)

  22. Amber says:

    Porywam jedną…

  23. I’ve been praying that I could get my antioxidants from a cupcake!

  24. Mmm, what a brilliant and scrumptious combination, sweetie. Those cupcakes look amazing! Kisses

  25. Adina says:

    I’ve never baked with pomegranates, but this cupcakes look so good, I might be trying this soon. Really elegant!

  26. I never knew how to add pomegranate, but I love your cupcakes, they are so cute and I’m sure the sweet coconut with the acid pomegranate seeds are perfect together 🙂

  27. Jakoś nigdy nie używałam granatów do dekoracji ciast i w sumie nie wiem, dlaczego, bo wygląda to niesamowicie. No i przy okazji dowiedziałam się, że to symbol Afrodyty.

  28. Delicious little cupcakes and fresh coconut always wins me over. Beautiful photos!

  29. GiGi Eats says:

    Well don’t those look like something that could be sold in a bakery!

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