I’m using my favourite gluten free sponge recipe today – in the form of these delicious gluten free coconut lime cupcakes. The perfect little cake for summer! I went for a meringue type topping, which is lovely and light with just a hint of sweetness.


Gluten Free Coconut Lime Cupcakes

A word of warning though, it’s got raw egg white in, which means you can’t store and serve later. Also of course, raw egg is not recommended for little ones or those who are pregnant. If you wanted a great alternative, try the frosting from my ‘Frosted Orange Buns‘ recipe.  You just need to replace the orange (juice and zest) with lime instead.
Gluten Free Coconut Lime Cupcakes

I’m a bit coconut mad at the moment, can’t get enough of the stuff. My recent discovery of coconut flour makes the world of difference to the taste and texture of this sponge. I used the same sponge base for my Gluten Free Pineapple and Coconut Upside Down Cake too, and it works perfectly for both.  It’s really simple to make and no need for a food mixer.  Yay! one less thing to wash up!
Gluten Free coconut lime cupcakes

Gluten Free Coconut Lime Cupcakes Recipe:

5 from 1 vote

Gluten Free Coconut Lime Cupcakes

These delicious gluten free coconut lime cupcakes are the perfect little cake for summer! I went for a meringue type topping, which is lovely and light with just a hint of sweetness.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Course: Cakes
Cuisine: American, British



  • 140 g gluten free plain flour
  • 70 g coconut flour
  • 2 tsp gluten free baking powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 200 g granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 50 g desiccated coconut
  • 2 large eggs
  • 70 ml vegetable oil
  • 400 ml full fat coconut milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Juice of 2 limes

Cupcake Topping:

  • 40 g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tbsp. egg white
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp. dessicated coconut
  • Zest of 2 limes
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  • Preheat your oven to 170c.  Take a 12 portion muffin tin and place a muffin case in each hole.
  • In a large bowl, mix the plain and coconut flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, sugar, salt and desiccated coconut.  This  is your dry mix.  Then in another bowl, mix the eggs, vegetable oil, coconut milk and vanilla extract.  Then add in the lime juice.  Pour this wet mix into the dry mix, give everything a stir until combined (don't worry, it's supposed to be a bit lumpy) and divide the mix between the muffin cakes.  Don't overfill, make sure there's still a few mm of space to allow the cakes to rise.  You may not need all the mix.
  • Place in the oven and cook for 20-25 mins until golden brown.  Once cooked, take out of the oven and leave to cool in the tray for a few minutes.  Then place on a cooling rack to cool completely.
  • Now make your topping.  Place the sugar and cream of tartar in a small bowl with 2 tbsp. boiling water. Mix to dissolve the sugar. In a large bowl, add the egg white and start whisking using an electric whisk. Whilst whisking, slowly pour in the sugar mixture. Continue to whisk until the mixture forms stiff peaks. It will take 4 or 5 minutes. Finally whisk in the vanilla extract.
  • Spread the mixture over the cooled cupcakes, then sprinkle on the desiccated coconut.  Finally garnish with the lime zest.


Tip You can store the unfrosted cakes in an air tight container and refrigerate.  It should keep like this for 3-4 days.
Nutritional Information is per serving.


Calories: 309kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 234mg | Potassium: 244mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Gluten Free Coconut Lime Cupcakes


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  1. Eleanor says:

    5 stars
    Fab gluten free cupcake recipe. Coconut and lime are a great combo.

  2. June Baby says:

    Those look awesome! Love the coconut + lime flavors 🙂 Pinned!

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      Thanks June. Coconut flour is a new favourite for me in gluten free cooking. I’m a bit of a lime-aholic too, so it worked out great 🙂

  3. frankiesfeast says:

    I just discovered your blog through the not so creative cook and your photography and recipes are absolutely to die for. So glad I found you!

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      Thanks for the lovely comment 🙂 I’ll be sure to thank Jhuls at ‘the not so creative cook’ for sending readers my way! Just been and checked out your site and ditto. Loving the GF choc cupcakes with peanut butter frosting!!

  4. Amy says:

    Such a delightful looking little cake! I love the combination of coconut and lime too 🙂

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      Thanks Amy, glad you like them. Yes, I love the coconut/lime combination, I think my obsession with Thai flavours is starting to come out in my cakes! I’ll try to draw the line at chilli and coriander cupcakes 🙂