Pina Colada Cupcakes

Pina Colada’s are one of my favorite drinks. They’re just so festive. I can’t be in a bad mood when I drink a pina colada. Maybe that’s because the only time I drink them is when I’m on a vacation, usually on a beach. But that’s a minor detail…

I’ve made multiple versions of pina colada cupcakes in the past. The old recipe that I made first for Hubby’s mom’s birthday was a bit fussy with the egg whites getting beaten separately then folded in. Then for another one of her birthday’s, I made lime and coconut cupcakes. That recipe was much more user-friendly and just as (if not more) delicious than the first one.

So when I was asked to bake cupcakes for the bridal shower of my friend who loves coconut, I instantly thought of those lime and coconut cupcakes from a couple years ago. I decided to use the coconut cake recipe as a base and add some pineapple to make them pina colada cupcakes.

I used festive cupcake liners and topped each with a pineapple chunk and cherry. The toasted coconut on the outside added some great nuttiness and texture to the cupcake overall.

As expected, these were a huge hit. The groom-to-be got to taste a leftover cupcake and then requested I bring him one every week for the rest of his life. Now THAT’S a compliment!

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Pina Colada Cupcakes

Yield: 24

Ingredients:

For the Pina Colada Cupcakes
1 batch Coconut Cupcakes, recipe below
1 batch Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting and Filling, recipe below
Toasted coconut, optional
Pineapple chunks, optional
Maraschino cherries, optional

For the Coconut Cupcakes
1 cup unsalted butter, softened, plus additional for pans
3 cups cake flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 cup cream of coconut
1/4 cup whole milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp coconut extract
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
2 whole eggs
3 egg whites

For the Coconut Frosting and Filling
8 oz cream cheese, not whipped
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 2/3 cups powdered sugar

1/3 cup chopped, drained, canned pineapple chunks
3 ounces unsweetened or sweetened flaked coconut

Directions:

For the Pina Colada Cupcakes
Bake the cupcakes as directed and allow to cool completely.

Make frosting/filling while cupcakes are cooling.

Make any optional garnishes while cupcakes are cooling:
Toast coconut in an oven at 350 for a few minutes until they were emitting a nutty aroma.

Let pineapple chunks and cherries sit on a paper towel to release their juice. Stack on a toothpick to use as a garnish.

Use the cone method to remove a portion of the cupcake. Eat those cones as a snack. Or discard them. Fill the hole with the pineapple/coconut filling.

Pipe frosting on top of the cupcake and add a rim of toasted coconut (or sprinkle coconut over all of the frosting). Add garnishes. Colorful drink umbrellas would be great here too.

For the Coconut Cupcakes
Preheat oven to 325° and prepare two muffin pans with cupcake liners.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.

Whisk together cream of coconut, milk, and extracts in a bowl or measuring cup.

Beat together butter and granulated sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer on high speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes.

Add whole eggs and egg whites, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition, until combined well.

On low speed, beat in flour mixture and cream of coconut mixture alternately in batches, beginning and ending with flour mixture, until just combined (do not overbeat).

Pour batter evenly into the prepared muffin pans.

Bake cupcakes until golden and a toothpick comes out clean, 20-25 minutes.

Transfer pans to racks and let cool for 5 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pan and allow to cool completely.

For the Coconut Frosting and Filling
Beat cream cheese in a large bowl with an electric mixer until fluffy.

Beat in butter until smooth.

Slowly beat in confectioners' sugar on low speed until smooth for frosting.

Transfer 2/3 cup of frosting to a bowl and fold in pineapple and coconut for filling.

Recipe adapted from these Lime and Coconut Cupcakes, originally from Ladies' Home Journal

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16 Responses to “Strawberry Champagne Layer Cake”

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    Sabina — December 20, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    it looks delicious!

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    Tracy | Pale Yellow — December 21, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Beautiful cake! I can’t get over the ending either, too soon!

    • beantownbaker — December 26th, 2013 @ 10:56 am

      Right! It happens every year, but I feel like this year flew by especially quickly.

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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — December 22, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Wow – super gorgeous!! I’m so glad you love this cake as much as I do! Happy Christmas and almost New Years, doll!!

    • beantownbaker — December 26th, 2013 @ 10:58 am

      Happy Holidays to you too!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — December 23, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    This cake looks so beautiful and I bet it tastes divine 🙂 can’t wait to try it!

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    Shannon — December 27, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    definitely perfect for new years! i can’t believe this year is almost over, either- crazy!

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    Jennifer Essad — December 30, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    this is perfect for our holiday-the Florida strawberries have been so sweet – thank you

    • beantownbaker — January 2nd, 2014 @ 1:31 pm

      I wish I lived somewhere where the strawberry season was longer than a few weeks…

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    Jennifer Essad — December 30, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    I was just thinking, what if we made this w/pink champagne?

    • beantownbaker — January 2nd, 2014 @ 1:30 pm

      I think it would be great with pink champagne!

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    Jennifer Essad — January 2, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    I know what you mean we grew up and lived in Michigan all our lives. When our kids were little I would take them to the farms to pick blueberries, raspberries and apples. The strawberry season was always short or not at all due to the wet springs we so often had. But we did get farm fresh ones at our local farm market. I now live in Central Florida where I’m learning so much about fresh grown foods. We live a few blocks from Oviedo where DUDA farms are. They are known especially for their celery but so many other fresh veggies. We have a few local farms where you can pick strawberries and blueberries. The gulf coast really has a lot of strawberry farms. On Tuesday our local Publix store had Florida fresh strawberries on sale. I just cleaned them last night (I think my husband took about 1/2 of them to work) We are fortunate, but I still miss Michigan and all the farming communities in our area.

    • beantownbaker — January 4th, 2014 @ 10:38 am

      Wow – I bet things in FL are very different than Michigan! We can usually get strawberries at the farmers market as well. But again, it’s SUCH a short season. Last year we missed it completely. I’m still adjusting to the different seasonal timing in Ohio vs what it was in Boston. We always make a point to pick strawberries, blueberries, peaches, and apples. Peaches and strawberries are two of my favorite summertime fruits.

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    sell my car bristol — January 29, 2014 at 1:21 am

    Woah, thanks a bunch for sharing!

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    Jason — April 2, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    I made this cake for my girlfriend’s surprise birthday party, and it was freaking delicious. Granted this was my first cake I have ever baked, but there wasn’t enough frosting to cover the whole thing and keep part of the actual cake from showing through. I don’t even like cake, and this was bomb!

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    Breda Fuller — December 27, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    This CAKE IS THE BOMB!!!!, I found this online in 2014. I showed it to my twin sister, I said, I won’t this for our B-Day, but we didn’t have it until September 2015, and again this year. So delicious, my son Loves it as well, we’re making it tomorrow December 28th 2015 for his birthday. Yummmmy!

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