the perfect summer sweet

THIS is the perfect summer cupcake. PERFECT. My favorite by-the-pool drink is a pina colada, and this captures the mood and flavor perfectly. It’s a delicate balance of creamy coconut icing and a moist pineapple cake. These are a must at any picnic, by the pool, at the beach, in a dark closet by yourself….whatever the occasion. They are on the top of my list for favorite cupcake recipes by far. Give them a try, and don’t forget to top them with true pina colada flair!

pina colada cupcakes
recipe from Glorious Treats

pineapple cupcakes

cups flour
teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
3 eggs
cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¾ cup sour cream
cups canned crushed pineapple (drained slightly)
  • Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the eggs and sugar until slightly thickened and a light cream color (about 2 minutes).
  • On low speed, mix in the oil and vanilla until blended.
  • Add in the pineapple and sour cream and mix until fully incorporated.
  • Add the flour mixture and blend until just combined and smooth.
  • Line a cupcake pan with 12 paper liners and fill about 2/3 full.
  • Bake cupcakes in a pre-heated 350*F oven for about 22 minutes.
  • Remove from pan and cool on wire rack.

coconut cream cheese frosting

½ cup (1 stick/8 Tablespoons) butter, at room temperature
8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
½ tsp vanilla extract (always use pure vanilla extract if possible)
teaspoons coconut extract (you may want to start with just 1 teaspoon of coconut extract, you can always add more, but you can’t take it out!)
4 cups powdered confectioners sugar
1 tbs heavy cream, heavy whipping cream or milk (or dark rum)
  • Place butter in a large mixing bowl and blend until smooth. Add cream cheese and blend until well combined, about 30 seconds.
  • Add vanilla extract, coconut extract and powdered sugar (1 cup at a time) and blend on low speed until combined. Increase to medium speed and beat until it begins to get fluffy.
  • Slowly add the heavy cream or rum.
  • Beat until fluffy, about 1 minute.
  • Pipe onto the cupcakes and eat!

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