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Easy, Fun, Homemade Pina Colada Cupcakes

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Easy, Fun, Homemade Pina Colada Cupcakes

Bring the tropical vacation to you with these easy, fun, homemade Pina Colada Cupcakes. They’re deliciously moist with the perfect amount of tropical flavors and Malibu Rum. These boozy treats are GREAT for summer.

Bring the tropical vacation to you with these easy, fun, homemade Pina Colada Cupcakes. They’re deliciously moist and perfect for summer. #pinacolada #summerrecipes #boozytreats

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🎶 “Do you like Piña Coladas…” 🎶

For awhile now, I have wanted to just go to some tropical island, sit on the beach, listen to the waves, and drink endless Pina Coladas. I’m sure I’m not alone. 

I decided to bring the vacation to me with these fun, boozy Pina Colada Cupcakes. 

Tropical, Summer Cupcake with Pineapple, Coconut, and Rum

I’m a big fan of boozy cupcakes, like these Fireball Poke Cupcakes – How to Make This Boozy Favorite.

Pina Colada Cupcakes

I originally planned to make a pineapple cupcake topped with coconut buttercream. BUT, to make it closer to the traditional cocktail, I decided to combine the tropical flavors in the batter AND the frosting. I also wanted to add some rum. 

I chose Malibu Coconut Rum for additional, fun coconut flavor. It is also not as overpowering as other Rums. It adds to the sweet, moist Pina Colada Cupcake in an incredibly pleasing way. 

If you want an alcohol-free Pina Colada Cupcake, I recommend switching out the Malibu Rum with either milk or water. 

Tropical, Summer Cupcake with Pineapple, Coconut, and Rum

Fresh or Canned Pineapple?

I used fresh pineapple to garnish these cupcakes. A slice of fresh pineapple, a maraschino cherry, and a cocktail umbrella make these Pina Colada Cupcakes resemble the traditional cocktail even more. 

Easy Pineapple and Coconut Cupcakes. #summerrecipes #luauparty #tropical

In the batter, I like to use Canned Crushed Pineapple in 100% juice. This is for a few different reasons. 

First, it already includes pineapple juice. I don’t have to buy an additional ingredient. This saves some money, time, and space. 

Second, the pineapple is already crushed. I do not have to worry about cutting fresh pineapple small enough that the cupcake doesn’t end up chunky. This saves time… and, possibly, my fingers. 😂 

Third, if you choose not to garnish with a fresh pineapple, it is definitely easier and quicker (and cheaper) to just open a can than cut a fresh pineapple. I’ll admit I’m a bit intimidated by cutting pineapples. 😂 I’ve had some rough experiences with them sliding across the table, almost cutting myself, etc. etc. 

You can use fresh pineapple in the recipe instead of canned. I would recommend cutting the pieces small. I would also recommend adding a little bit more sugar. Canned pineapple tends to be sweeter than fresh. 

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Tips for the Best Pina Colada Cupcakes

Easy Pineapple and Coconut Cupcakes. #summerrecipes #luauparty #tropical

– Cream the sugar and butter together FIRST. I use this as a first step in many of my recipes because I LOVE the texture it creates. 

The act of creaming sugar and butter together leads to light and fluffy cupcakes. 

The Food Network has a great, simple guide on How to Cream Butter and Sugar.

– If you want to garnish with maraschino cherries, I highly recommend draining them then placing them on a paper towel at least five minutes before using them. Otherwise, the extra juice may drain out onto the cupcake and stain the buttercream.

– Store in the fridge.  I made the mistake of leaving them out once… Yikes. The pineapple became very bitter. The whole taste was off. Please, please store them in the fridge. 

This is easier to do with a cupcake caddy like this PrepWorks Collapsible Cupcake Carrier. I personally like that it is collapsible, which makes it easier to store when not in use. If you have a smaller fridge or it’s always full, I would recommend something smaller like this Buddeez Cake and Cupcake Carrier.

Before serving, let the cupcakes sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes. 

If you’re a cupcake lover, you may like some of my other cupcake/cake recipes: Funfetti Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes
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How to Garnish Pina Colada Cupcakes

Easy Pineapple and Coconut Cupcakes. #summerrecipes #luauparty #tropical

To make these cupcakes resemble the drink even more, I added an adorable little umbrella. 

Who doesn’t love getting a tropical drink with an umbrella? It’s easy to add this fun experience to the cupcakes.

I found a box of them at Walmart for a decent price. They are also available on Amazon – Cocktail Umbrellas Picks for Drinks.

In addition to the cocktail umbrella, I also added shredded coconut flakes (they can be sweetened or unsweetened), a slice of fresh pineapple, and a maraschino cherry. 

I LOVE maraschino cherries. If you do too, you should definitely check out my Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies. YUM!

Easy, Moist, Homemade Pina Colada Cupcakes. The perfect combination of tropical flavors for a delicious summer treat.

Ingredients for Pina Colada Cupcakes

1.5 cups of Flour

1/3 cup Malibu Coconut Rum

1/2 cup Pineapple Juice

3/4 cup Crushed Pineapple

2 Eggs

1/2 cup Butter

1.5 tsp. Baking Powder

1/4 tsp. Baking Soda

1/2 cup Granulated Sugar

1/4 cup Brown Sugar

1 tsp. Coconut Extract

1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract

For the Pina Colada Buttercream 

1/4 cup Butter, softened

1/2 cup Pineapple Juice

1/4 tsp. Coconut Extract 

1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract

3.5 cups Powdered Sugar

Easy, Moist, Homemade Pina Colada Cupcakes. The perfect combination of tropical flavors for a delicious summer treat.

Possible Ingredients for Garnishing

Maraschino Cherries, drained*

Fresh Pineapple, cut into small triangles

Cocktail Umbrellas

Coconut Flakes, sweetened or unsweetened

*I recommend draining the cherries then letting them sit on a paper towel. Otherwise, the extra juice may stain the buttercream.

Easy, Moist, Homemade Pina Colada Cupcakes. The perfect combination of tropical flavors for a delicious summer treat. #summerrecipe #luau #boozycupcakes #rumrecipes

How to Make Pina Colada Cupcakes

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 
  2. Prepare a cupcake pan with cupcake liners or nonstick spray.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together. 
  4. Mix in the Malibu Rum, pineapple juice, eggs, coconut extract, and vanilla extract. 
  5. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Most people recommend mixing the dry ingredients in a separate bowl first. I personally hate having more dishes to clean, so I toss them all into the same bowl.
  6. Add the crushed pineapple. Stir. 
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared cupcake pan. 
  8. Bake for about 18 minutes. Insert a toothpick to see if the cupcakes are done. If the toothpick comes out clean, they are. If it has batter on it, bake the cupcakes longer. 
  9. Let the cupcakes cool completely. I like to use a cooling rack. This Wilton 3-Tier Collapsible Cooling Rack is my new favorite.

How to Make Pina Colada Buttercream

I recommend using a mixer to make buttercream. It creates a nice, whipped consistency. I frequently make it by hand though. So, it’s possible to make without a mixer. 

  1. Beat the butter until smooth. 
  2. Mix in the pineapple juice, coconut extract, and vanilla extract.
  3. Add the powdered sugar. If you are using a mixer, start with a low speed. Otherwise, powdered sugar FLIES everywhere. I’ve been COVERED. 😳
  4. Mix until smooth.
Easy, Moist, Homemade Pina Colada Cupcakes. The perfect combination of tropical flavors for a delicious summer treat.

Decorate as you please!

And… ENJOY!!!

As I recommended in the tips above, please store these Pina Colada Cupcakes in the fridge. 

Before serving, let the cupcakes sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes.

Happy Baking!

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Bring the tropical vacation to you with these easy, fun, homemade Pina Colada Cupcakes. They’re deliciously moist and perfect for summer. #pinacolada #summerrecipes #boozytreats
Easy, Fun, Homemade Pina Colada Cupcakes

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