Coconut Tres Leches Cupcakes w/ Mango Lime Cream Cheese Frosting

Baby fever has hit.


What kind of crazy women am I? I have 3 kids.... 4 is just...

Crazy.  I come from a family of 3.

3 is a good number.

I mean seriously... look how cute she is. You can see why I want another right? Hubs and I make some cute babies!

My father was 1 of 9 and my mom 1 of 4. My grandmothers were clearly out of their gourds.

Luckily for me,  despite the baby fever, we can't have any more kids. Hubs was *snipped*. TMI?


Mads with her Grammy and Auntie Lindsay

It's always a good thing when someone close to me is having a baby. That way I can spoil it with cute newborn clothes and toys then get a little newborn snuggle in. And leave it at the door!

The parents to be. Lindsay and Santiago

Being an Auntie is a great thing! When my husband's sister announced she was having a baby. I was so pumped! Mads is still a baby... just not a newborn. There  is something so special about newborns that just sends a  late 20 something  woman's hormones into overdrive!

Something about a shower sends women oooing and awwwing over little socks.

When the news hit of my sister in laws pregnancy I went into baby shower mania. My mother in law and my other sister in law were frantically emailing back and forth making plans for the perfect shower for Lindsay.

We picked our venue for the shower up on Squam Lake in Ashland/Holderness NH. Lindsay (hubs pregnant sister) and I both grew up there and Ang went to college up that way so it was a sentimental spot for all involved in the shower.

Beautiful flowers were provided by Lindsay's friend Joan.
We rented a "club house" over the local marina overlooking the lake/beach. It was gorgeous! Affordable.... but when we got there.

My MIL and my dessert table.
No AC!!

Seriously they should put that in the website or rental contract?! It was almost 90 and grossly humid.

My husbands last minute contribution... little signs.

Because of the raging temps my desserts did not fare well. They got a little....


Regardless of their looks they were a huge hit and every last crumb was gone at the end of the shower.

The last cupcake standing

One of the very popular desserts served were my Coconut Tres Leches Cupcakes topped with  a  Mango Lime Cream Cheese Frosting.

Seriously. Best. Cupcake. EVER.

Though they were a bit sticky to make..... cupcakes not being flat are kinda hard to do "Tres Leches". I had a sticky milk mixture on every inch of my and my kitchen by the end of the process.

Totally worth it.

The cupcakes were adapted from a cake from Shutterbean that I just adore. The frosting was something I just whipped up. I was worried the mango would get lost in the cream cheese and it wouldn't be pronounced enough to call it a "mango" frosting. But paired with the lime it gave it just enough of a  tropical fruity flavor.

My cupcakes are always a hit at events, but never have I received so many compliments. These were AWESOME!

Coconut Tres Leches Cupcakes w/ Mango Lime Cream Cheese Frosting
(Recipe adapted from Shutterbean's Coconut Cake with Berries & Cream)

Ingredients for the cupcakes:
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted & cooled, plus more for pan
  • 6 large eggs, separated
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup flaked unsweetened coconut
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, divided
  • 8 oz of coconut milk
  • 8 oz of sweetened condensed milk
  • 8 oz of evaporated milk

Ingredients for the frosting:
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 package of cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 mango peeled and cut in half: puree half dice the other
  • the zest and juice of one lime
  • 4-6 cups powdered sugar

Directions for the cupcakes:

Preheat oven to 350.
Line cupcake tins with double liners.

Whisk together egg whites, baking soda & salt with your electric mixer until soft peaks form, about 5 minutes.

Add yolks to egg white mixture one at a time  and whisk until combined.

Gradually add sugar, and whisk until combined.

Fold in the butter and coconut  by hand using a rubber spatula.

Slowly fold in flour mixture 1/4 cup at time.

 Pour batter into cupcake liners bake for about 20 minutes or until a tooth pick is inserted and comes out clean.

While hot using a skewer or tooth pick. Poke holes all over the tops of the cupcakes going down to the bottom. I poked mine about 12 times each.

Mix your 3 kinds of milk "tres leches" together. Slowly drizzle over each cupcake. Let each one absorb the mixture before much more.

I used about 3 tbs of milk mixture per cupcake. Recipe yields about 16-18 cupcakes. You may be left with extra milk.

Allow cupcakes to sit in the refrigerator  for at least 4 hours before frosting. Or even leave them over night.

Directions for your frosting:

In the bowl of your electric mixer cream butter and cream cheese together. Add in mango puree and salt.

Slowly add in powdered sugar 1 cup at a time. You may need more or less depending on your tastes.

Fold in diced mango at the end.

Refrigerate for about 15 minutes before frosting cooled cupcakes.



  1. What a beautiful shower! And seriously, these cupcakes look so awesome. A great summer flavor with that mango lime flavored frosting!!

    1. Thanks Colleen! Love the tropical summer flavors!

  2. Love Tres leches cake - so I know I would love these. Definitely making these the next excuse I get! :)

  3. I totally get why you are baby hungry!! ha!

    cupcakes look fantastic!!

    1. Thanks!

      Hahaha it's rough having cute kids.... you just want to keep making them!

  4. I'm one of 8. I know, mom was a little off the reservation. I can not imagine. And you are totally invited to my next baby shower.

  5. what a great post and adorable kiddos - and cupcakes!

  6. What an adorable daughter! These cupcakes are making my mouth water!

  7. The cupcakes look amazing!!! I sometimes have baby fever but then when all 3 of mine have a melt down I get back to reality.

  8. Wow, these cupcakes are all kinds of amazing! Totally loving the flavors!!

  9. That sounds so good. My mouth instantly watered! I get baby fever...then I babysit and remember why I don't like!

  10. You DO make cute babies, too bad you can't give in to that fever ;) These cupcakes sound amazing, I can see why they disappeared!

  11. Lovely decoration.That cute little baby is so nice and the cupcakes what i can say about its amazing.Pooh baby shower

  12. Just happened upon this recipe. It looks amazing!! I don't know what your kitchen looks like, but you should totally enter it into this contest to win a kitchen makeover!! >

  13. I can't believe there was no AC, your poor desserts... The cupcakes sound awesome, I love tres leches cake!

  14. These look wonderful, but am I missing the lime in the frosting?

  15. No AC?!?!? BOOO!!!

    These cupcakes sound awesome! And they are so pretty!

  16. LOVE the cupcakes - they sounds to die for. Can totally relate to baby fever but really, I'm set with 2. Love wee ones more than anything...but teenage years....they scare me!

  17. Even a bit melted, these cupcakes are gorgeous! OMG, the flavor sounds amazing. I can't wait to try this recipe. Congrats on being a new Auntie... almost.

  18. I'll take about 6 of those!!! Those sound incredible!!! And your little girl is way too cute...I can see why you have baby fever;-)

  19. These look wonderful! I love these cupcakes!

  20. Hi Carrie!

    You all did a beautiful job and tell her she looks lovely. Your little one is just too adorable as always here and I can see why you would want more :) As for the cupcakes did you read my diary? My adoration for Tres Leches, Coconut ad Mango are epic...these look delightful! :)

  21. Wow, these look yummy. Cant wait to try them