Sunday, April 24, 2022

Pina Colada Cupcakes with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

Pina Colada Cupcakes with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

By Tracey

Pina Colada Cupcakes with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

cupcakes adapted from Smitten Kitchen

(Note: if you don’t pile frosting a mile-high on your cupcakes like me, you could probably get away with making 1/2 – 3/4 of the frosting recipe. Also, you can substitute dark rum for the coconut rum in the cupcakes if you prefer.)



  • 2 cups (250 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup (55 g) light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons coconut rum
  • 1 cup cream of coconut
  • 1/2 cup (72 g) finely chopped fresh pineapple

Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 2 (8-oz) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 cup cream of coconut
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350 F. Line cupcake pans with paper liners.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and brown sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in the rum and then the cream of coconut – the batter will probably look curdled, but don’t worry, it’ll come together in the next step. With the mixer on low, add the dry ingredients in two additions, beating until just incorporated. Use a rubber spatula to fold in the pineapple.

Divide the batter evenly among the prepared liners, filling each only about 2/3 full. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until the cupcakes spring back when lightly pressed with your finger, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove the pan to a wire rack and let the cupcakes cool for a few minutes before removing them to the rack to cool completely.

To make the frosting: In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the cream cheese and butter together on medium speed until smooth and fluffy. Gradually add the confectioners’ sugar, beating until well combined, then add the cream of coconut and vanilla extract. Transfer the frosting to a pastry bag fitted with a tip. Pipe frosting into a swirl on each cupcake. Garnish with a maraschino cherry, pineapple wedge or umbrella, if desired.

Makes about 15 cupcakes.

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