Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Pina Colada Cupcakes

Yes, I went a little cupcake crazy! You see, I was in the mood to bake. But I didn't plan on baking this much!  My first batch was Strawberry Cream Cheese. (In the middle below).  I was at the grocery store and decided to buy my frosting. (Yeah, I know it's lazy...).  I came home, made the cupcakes, went to frost them.... and discovered I had bought LEMON frosting instead of vanilla!  So, I ended up making my own frosting anyway.  Then, what to do with this lemon frosting? Well, make lemon cupcakes of course! (pictured on the right). Then, I was thinking how good a Pina Colada cupcake would be. But, since I had already done 2 batches of cupcakes, I would wait.  Just then, my 5 yr old daughter came in and asked if we could make pineapple cupcakes! Seriously! I think she's a mind reader!  So, yep. Pina Cupcakes were made too! (On the left)

Many, many cupcakes went to work to be shared with coworkers. My personal favorite was the Pina Colada, but the majority liked the Lemon. Let me know what your favorite would be!

Pina Colada Cupcakes
The Double Dipped Life
makes 24 cupcakes 

1 box yellow cake mix
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup water
1 8 oz can crushed pineapple in juice, undrained
3 eggs
1 teas coconut extract  (found by the vanilla extract in the store)

Cream Cheese Frosting

8 oz package cream cheese, softened
1/4 lb butter, softened
1 teas vanilla
2 teas coconut extract
4 cups powdered sugar

Sweetened, shredded coconut

Beat cream cheese and butter together until fluffy.  Add vanilla and coconut extracts.  Beat in powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, until desired consistency is reached. I use all 4 cups.

Heat oven to 375.  Place paper baking cups in each regular-sized muffin cups.In large bowl, beat cake mix, oil, water, pineapple, and eggs with an electric mixer on low for 30 seconds.  Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups. 

Bake 15-18 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan to cool on a cooling rack.  Cool completely before frosting. 

Spread frosting on cupcakes. Dip each cupcake into sweetened shredded coconut.  Store loosely covered at room temperature. 


Lemon Cupcake recipe coming later this week! 

1 comment:

  1. Such a fun flavor, especially with a cream cheese icing. I'd have a hard time choosing between Pina Colada and Lemon.