Pina Colada Cupcakes

Pina Colada Cupcakes
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The classic Pina Colada cocktail turned into a cupcake!  Pineapple and coconut baked into a moist, delicious cake and then topped with an amazing coconut cream cheese frosting.  The perfect to celebrate any occasion!

The classic Pina Colada cocktail turned into a cupcake! Pineapple and coconut baked into a moist, delicious cake and then topped with an amazing coconut cream cheese frosting. The perfect to celebrate any occasion!

I would say that one of my all-time favorite cocktails is the Pina Colada.  Delicious coconut and pineapple blended together, have the most wonderful tropical flavors – even the aroma takes me right to the beach.  These Pina Colada cupcakes take all those fabulous cocktail flavors and combines them into one glorious treat!

The classic Pina Colada cocktail turned into a cupcake! Pineapple and coconut baked into a moist, delicious cake and then topped with an amazing coconut cream cheese frosting. The perfect to celebrate any occasion!

To make these cupcakes even more like the classic tropical cocktail, I topped each one with sweetened flake coconut, a slice of fresh pineapple, and a maraschino cherry!  These pretty garnishes make for an amazing presentation.  Feel free to add pretty cocktail umbrellas to each cupcake as well.  These would be fabulous for a fun Cinco de Mayo party, or any kind of fiesta!

The classic Pina Colada cocktail turned into a cupcake! Pineapple and coconut baked into a moist, delicious cake and then topped with an amazing coconut cream cheese frosting. The perfect to celebrate any occasion!

I always find it very helpful to use paper cupcake liners.  It makes for easy clean up, simple removal of the cupcakes from the pan, and some additional color to the cupcake as well.

The classic Pina Colada cocktail turned into a cupcake! Pineapple and coconut baked into a moist, delicious cake and then topped with an amazing coconut cream cheese frosting. The perfect to celebrate any occasion!

You’ll see in the recipe below, that these cupcakes start with a simple white cake mix.  It really makes these cupcakes fool-proof, and with the addition of the pineapple and coconut, the flavor of the cake is remarkably similar to a Pina Colada cocktail!

Here’s the recipe for these fantastic cupcakes:

Yields 24 cupcakes

Pina Colada Cupcakes

The classic Pina Colada cocktail turned into a cupcake! Pineapple and coconut baked into a moist, delicious cake and then topped with an amazing coconut cream cheese frosting. The perfect to celebrate any occasion!

20 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

40 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 (16.25 oz.) white cake mix
  • 1 1/4 c. pineapple juice
  • 1/3 c. vegetable oil
  • 3 egg whites
  • 2/3 c. crushed pineapple
  • 1 c. sweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 tsp. coconut extract
  • Frosting:
  • 1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese
  • 1 stick (1/2 c.) butter
  • 1 tsp. coconut extract
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 4 c. powdered sugar
  • Toppings:
  • additional sweetened coconut flakes
  • pineapple wedges
  • maraschino cherries

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pans with cupcake liners - you'll make approximately 24 cupcakes.
  2. With a hand or stand mixer, combine the cake mix, pineapple juice, oil, and egg whites. Mix until just combined. Add the pineapple, coconut flakes and coconut extract, and mix thoroughly into the batter until fully combined. Ladle the batter into the cupcake liners to approximately 3/4 full. Bake at 350 degrees for 18-21 minutes.
  3. Remove from oven and let cupcakes cool completely.
  4. For Frosting: With hand or stand mixer cream together the cream cheese and butter. Add the extracts and combine. Gradually add the powdered sugar one cup at a time, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  5. Pipe frosting on to cupcakes (I used tip 1D) and top with additional sweetened coconut flakes, pineapple wedges and maraschino cherries.
Cuisine: American | Recipe Type: Dessert
6.8
http://delightfulemade.com/2016/04/24/pina-colada-cupcakes/

I hope you get to enjoy these delicious cupcakes for a fun occasion or anytime you want to have a fun and festive cocktail-inspired dessert!  Enjoy! ~Erin

 

The classic Pina Colada cocktail turned into a cupcake! Pineapple and coconut baked into a moist, delicious cake and then topped with an amazing coconut cream cheese frosting. The perfect to celebrate any occasion!

 

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Comments

  1. Who wouldn’t love a tasty cupcake like this? Thanks for sharing on Creative K. Kids Tasty Tuesdays.

  2. OOooh! Yummy! YUM! YUM! I will have to make these this summer. Definitely pinning this!

  3. Oh my gosh, these are some of the prettiest cupcakes I’ve ever seen. Your photography is gorgeous, too! I am going to try these. HAHA they won’t look this gorgeous, but hopefully they’ll taste as good as they looK!

  4. Wow…I love pina coladas but I think I would like these cupcakes even more! They look heavenly! Thanks so much for sharing this awesome recipe with us at Share The Wealth Sunday! xoxo

  5. You had me at Pina Coloda! THe cupcake part, well, that’s just the bonus, lol!

    Looks delish and thanks for sharing on Throwback Thursday!

    Mollie

  6. Connie says:

    Sounds divine for summer!

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