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Pina Colada Cupcake Recipe

Pina Colada Cupcake

I am so proud: I have finally boarded those “National Days” and I’m starting off with Piña Colada Day!

My Piña Colada Cupcakes are one-of-a-kind. I thought long and hard about how to make these cupcakes come to life. Sure, I could have just made a pineapple-flavored dessert, but I wanted it to be so much more than that.

Pina Colada Cupcake

The best part about these cupcakes are the leaf-shaped candies. They don’t have to be uniform at all: not one pineapple is alike and neither are these cupcakes!

Do you like piña coladas? How will you be celebrating on July 10?

Ingredients:

Pina Colada Cupcake

Vanilla cake mix plus all of the ingredients to make it

2/4 cup shredded sweetened coconut

2 cups green candy melts

2 tsp coconut oil

2 sticks butter, softened.

4 cups confectioners’ sugar

3-4 tbsp milk

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 tbsp pineapple juice

3-4 drops yellow gel food coloring

For alcoholic/adult-friendly option: ¼ cup of your favorite rum

Yields: 24 cupcakes

Directions:

Pina Colada Cupcake

Prepare vanilla cake mix according to the box’s directions then fold in shredded coconut. Place in cupcake liners and bake. Allow to cool completely on a rack before decorating.

Optional: Brush a thin coat of rum on top of each cupcake before adding the icing and candy decorations.

Pina Colada Cupcake

Line a baking sheet with wax paper. In a bowl, microwave candy melts and coconut oil in 30-second intervals until completely melted. Pour into a piping bag and pipe out pineapple-leaf shapes. Allow to set in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes.

PinaColadaCupcakes process2

To make the buttercream, use an electric mixer to start beating butter, sugar, and milk on medium and gradually increase the speed to high. Add vanilla extract and pineapple juice and continue to mix. Mix in yellow food coloring. It is ready once the mixture forms stiff peaks.

Pina Colada Cupcake

Using a piping bag, frost each cupcake and then top with candy-shaped pineapple leaves. Enjoy and “cheers!”

Pina Colada Cupcake
Yield: 24 Cupcakes

Pina Colada Cupcake

Pina Colada Cupcake

My Piña Colada Cupcakes are one-of-a-kind. I thought long and hard about how to make these cupcakes come to life. Sure, I could have just made a pineapple-flavored dessert, but I wanted it to be so much more than that.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • Vanilla cake mix plus all of the ingredients to make it
  • 2/4 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 2 cups green candy melts
  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 2 sticks butter, softened.
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 3-4 tbsp milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp pineapple juice
  • 3-4 drops yellow gel food coloring

Instructions

  1. Prepare vanilla cake mix according to the box’s directions then fold in shredded coconut. Place in cupcake liners and bake. Allow to cool completely on a rack before decorating.
  2. Optional: Brush a thin coat of rum on top of each cupcake before adding the icing and candy decorations.
  3. Line a baking sheet with wax paper. In a bowl, microwave candy melts and coconut oil in 30-second intervals until completely melted. Pour into a piping bag and pipe out pineapple-leaf shapes. Allow to set in refrigerator for at least 15 minutes.
  4. To make the buttercream, use an electric mixer to start beating butter, sugar, and milk on medium and gradually increase the speed to high. Add vanilla extract and pineapple juice and continue to mix. Mix in yellow food coloring. It is ready once the mixture forms stiff peaks.
  5. Using a piping bag, frost each cupcake and then top with candy-shaped pineapple leaves. Enjoy and “cheers!”

Notes

For alcoholic/adult-friendly option: ¼ cup of your favorite rum

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 312Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 236mgCarbohydrates: 56gFiber: 0gSugar: 40gProtein: 1g

Nutritional information is automatically calculated with ingredients and serving size and may not be accurate. Please always double check with your own nutritional apps as well.

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