I garnished the cupcakes with maraschino cherries and pineapple triangles, and a little paper straw, but these would also be cute sprinkled with a little toasted coconut. I HIGHLY recommend you make these for your family and friends!
There are a lot of pina colada cupcake recipes out there! I went with this version from Sally's Baking Addiction.
Pina Colada Cupcakes:
1 & 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 large egg
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350*. Mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. In a separate, larger bowl, melt butter and whisk in both sugars. Then whisk in egg, pineapple juice, coconut milk, and vanilla extract.
Start adding dry ingredients to the wet ingredients a little bit at a time and combine until no lumps are seen. Fill cupcake liners with batter and make for about 18-20 minutes (cooking time with depend on how full you fill your liners). Set cupcakes aside to cool before frosting.
3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
3 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup heavy cream or half-and-half
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
Beat butter until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add powdered sugar, cream, and both extracts and beat on low for 1 minutes, and medium speed for 2 minutes. This frosting will turn our light and whipped. Make sure your cupcakes are cooled before frosting! I garnished mine right before taking them to the party.
**After making these, I realized I could have used the leftover coconut milk in place of the heavy cream, so next time I will save myself from buying that. It was also highly recommended in the original recipe to use coconut extract in the frosting, which I did purchase. This is a must! These would not have tasted the same if I had only used vanilla.**
The luau party was so much fun! We stayed out way, way, way too late and had a lot of laughs!
Hope your weekend was fabulous and cheers to the week ahead!
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