Marissa’s Gluten-Free Strawberry-Banana Coconut Cupcakes


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free all purpose baking flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 pint strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1 banana, sliced into 12 rounds


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.

Beat butter in a bowl using an electric mixer until smooth and creamy; add sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, to creamed butter mixture, beating well after each addition. Add coconut extract and mix thoroughly.

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Mix flour, baking powder, and salt together in a separate bowl. Beat 1/3 of the flour mixture into creamed butter mixture on low speed just until incorporated. Add 1/2 of the coconut milk to butter-flour mixture and beat on low just until incorporated. Beat in 1/3 of the flour mixture, followed by remaining coconut milk, ending with 1/3 flour mixture until batter is just mixed.

Spoon 2 tablespoons batter into each muffin cup; top with 1 strawberry slice. Spoon 1 tablespoon batter over strawberry layer; top with banana slice. Spoon batter over banana layer to fill muffin cup completely.

Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 15 to 20 minutes.