Caramelized Papaya and Toasted Coconut Cupcakes


Caramelized Papaya and Toasted Coconut Cupcakes

Caramelized Papaya and Toasted Coconut Cupcakes


I hate lugging groceries from the store, it’s one of the inevitable tasks you must do every week. Fortunately companies like Fresh Direct exist and can deliver whatever you need to your home with the click of a button. Browsing through their online lists, I saw papaya and thought back to Dean & DeLuca where I would eat the the scraps from the papaya for fruit salad and platters. Delish. I ordered two, because generally they are pretty small. What was delivered was larger than a football and no matter how much I love them, after eating several pounds of fresh papaya you get sick of it.

Huge fresh papaya - skin peeled off, seeds removed, cut in half

Huge fresh papaya – skin peeled off, seeds removed, cut in half

So I decided to challenge myself and make two recipes with papaya. I remember hearing of a papaya cake before, so I looked it up and there is a Bahamian Rum Papaya cake that looked to die for. I played off that one by adding coconut and caramelizing the papaya. As I was making the cake I decided I wanted to add more coconut flavor, so I added half a can of coconut milk. I think it made a really moist delish cake.


The frosting is a light coconut flavored buttercream with large toasted coconut curls.


Here’s how I did it. 🙂


Caramelized Papaya Cupcakes with Toasted Coconut

2 cups AP flour

1 cup light brown sugar, packed

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1/8 t baking soda

pinch salt

2 eggs

1 stick softened butter

2 T dark rum

1/2 can coconut milk

1 T orange zest

1/2 cup shredded coconut (unsweetened/chipped)

1.5 cups caramelized papaya (Recipe follows)

  • Whip softened butter until light and fluffy, add both sugars and whip until creamed together.
  • Add one egg at a time until they are both combined.
  • Add in coconut milk, rum, zest, and coconut milk.
  • Sieve all dry ingredients together.
  • Add in dry ingredients until combined, do not over mix.
  • Add in cooled, caramelized papaya. Fold in by hand.
  • Scoop into cupcake liners, I used a portion scoop so they are all even.
  • Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes until set. Mine took about 16 minutes. Rotating in between.
  • When they are completely cool, ice and top with toasted coconut.


Caramelized Papaya

1 large papaya, diced

2 T brown sugar

2 T butter

  • Melt butter, add sugar, allow to caramelize.
  • Add in papaya, cook in caramel on low heat until fruit is tender and caramel is thick.
Caramelized papaya cooled and add to batter

Caramelized papaya cooled and added to batter

Coconut Buttercream

1 stick softened unsalted butter

1/8 t ground ginger

2 cups confectionary sugar

1/2 coconut milk

1/8 t good vanilla extract


  • Whip softened butter until light and fluffy.
  • Add coconut milk whip to combine.
  • Add powdered sugar, vanilla, ground ginger.
  • Whip until all is combined and light and fluffy. Add more confectionary sugar if needed.


This recipe produces a cupcake that is a little denser more like a teacake. It is honestly one of the best things I have ever made up! Absolutely delish, you are not going to be able to stop eating the coconut buttercream.





I hope you try this one! Enjoy!

Sean Patrick Gallagher

Butter Lane Cupcakes<3


Elvis Cupcake. SO GOOD!

Today was one of those day’s that you just never forget. Started out simply enough. Strolled around St. Marks with my beau, shopped a bit, stopped to get coffee. It was absolutely beautiful today and this evening was warm and the sun set late.

St. Marks is an experience. On the Lower East Side of Manhattan, it’s like crossing into another dimension from where I live in Astoria. People are hip. Hip? Yes hip. Hip in many ways. They present themselves in any way they want. I love it. Be who you are, or who you want to be.. as long as your happy at the end of the day with your blue hair and your ripped leggings, so be it!

Regardless, the people here have their own way about them. Unpretentious, fun, and laid back. The atmosphere is just the same. Small niche restaurants, bars, and cafes stud the streets. Intersected by tattoo parlors, soap shops, and frozen yogurt galore. It is definitely a different Manhattan, and I can see why there is so much appeal. Just people being human and enjoying so much of what this quirky area has to offer.

So to get down to what sparked this post… and made my day… Butter Lane Cupcakes!

*To me the best example of what this area has to offer.

Butter Lane Cupcakes Storefront

Okay I know what you’re thinking. You’re fat. I GET IT! But there is just something about light, fluffy cake.. topped with velvety frosting that just does it for me. OKAY?! 😀

Butter Lane Cupcakes do it right. They source natural ingredients and make cupcakes with the finest and freshest stuff they can find. This place is a true gem. Absolutely delightful staff, DELICIOUS products, and the cutest storefront around.

You pick your cake and your frosting

Jamaal and I had the pleasure of tasting 3 different cupcakes. I will make you jealous now.

Chocolate Peanut Butter – Rich, moist chocolate cake with subtle peanut frosting

The “Elvis” – Delicious banana cake with notes of cinnamon, paired with peanut butter frosting and topped with marshmallows… a KNOCKOUT.

Strawberry Cheesecake – Light vanilla cake with strawberry filling, and cream cheese icing.. yum

Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcake

After we indulged in Caracas, an amazing arepas spot on the same street..(I will revisit this place as well to tell you all about it :D) We walked around the lovely Tompkin’s Square Park.. and then we finished our evening with Butter Lane Cupcakes. This was a foodies dream and I challenge all of you to make your way down to St. Marks and indulge!

They know what they’re doing here. Hope you all try it out.. well worth the trip to this great hotspot in St. Marks.

Butter Lane Cupcakes

Things you should know:

*They cater weddings, private events, and offer cupcake classes.

Butter Lane: The Better Cupcake

“Butter Lane is devoted to making you the perfect cupcake. With a focus on pure ingredients like real vanilla beans, pure cocoa and dark chocolate, we’re giving foodies something to sink their teeth into besides straight sugar (although we have some of that, too!).”

Address: 123 East Seventh Street

New York, NY 10009


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Sean Gallagher