There are simply not enough boozy cupcakes in the world. Or at least, ones that I have found. I'd like to change that. Everyone likes cupcakes and why not spice them up a bit with some alcohol? Of course, this probably wouldn't work if you were making cupcakes for children, but if they're for adults, why not?
I tend to always share something covered in sprinkles with you on my birthday, but I decided to go for a more adult approach to a sweet dessert. Plus it's STILL not spring here so I needed a light and fruity cupcake that reminded me of warmer weather since Mother Nature can't seem to get her butt on board.
Light and full of summery flavors, you're going to love these Pina Colada cupcakes, especially if you are a fan of the drink concoction.
Pina Colada Cupcakes
For the Cupcakes:
- 1 stick unsalted butter melted
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup pineapple juice
- 1 egg
- ½ cup full-fat coconut milk
- 2 teaspoon coconut extract
- 1 tablespoon coconut rum optional
- 1 ⅔ cup all purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
For the Frosting:
- 1 cup unsalted butter softened
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- ⅛ cup heavy cream
- 2 tablespoon coconut rum optional
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon coconut extract
- salt to taste
- 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes toasted
- ½ cup pineapple tidbits
- 15 maraschino cherries
- Line two cupcake pans with liners. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl whisk together the melted butter, brown sugar, sugar, pineapple juice, egg, coconut milk, coconut extract and (optional) coconut rum. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Mix the dry ingredients into the wet.
- Fill cupcake liners ⅔ of the way full. Bake for 20 minutes or until set and lightly golden. Allow to fully cool on a wire rack.
- Add the butter for the frosting to the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat on medium speed for 3-5 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add the powdered sugar ½ cup at a time until fully mixed in.
- Add in the vanilla and coconut extracts, coconut rum, salt and heavy cream and mix until the frosting thins enough to be piped. Add additional cream if it is too thick.
- Transfer the frosting to a piping bag and pipe onto the cupcakes. Top with toasted coconut, pineapple tidbits and a cherry.
Recipes on Cookaholic Wife are for information purposes only. Nutritional Data provided has not been evaluated by a nutritionist.
Aren't these adorable? I had so much fun making them and I really enjoyed how the coconut rum flavoring comes through in the frosting. You can't taste it so much in the cake, but it's definitely there for the frosting. For an added dose of alcohol, you could also soak the pineapple tidbits in rum, then pat them dry before putting them on the cupcakes.
The only change I'd make to making these again is I think they could do with a piece of pineapple inserted in the top of them after baking. Not necessary of course, but who doesn't love a stuffed cupcake?