Pina colada cupcakes

    50 min

    Rum, pineapple and coconut in a cupcake! Taste even better if served with the real thing.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 300g flour
    • 230g soft butter
    • 220g sugar
    • 4 eggs
    • 235ml milk
    • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
    • 40ml dark rum
    • 140g of pineapple, cut into small pieces
    • Icing
    • 230g soft butter
    • 115ml milk
    • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
    • 580g icing sugar
    • 100g of desiccated coconut + more for sprinkling

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:50min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Line a muffin tin with paper cases.
    2. Combine flour and baking powder in a bowl. Combine the milk and rum in a measuring jug.
    3. In a large bowl, mix the butter with an electric mixer till creamy. Gradually add the sugar and continue beating for 3 mins. Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition.
    4. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture in thirds, alternating with the milk mixture.
    5. Place a few pineapple pieces in each muffin case, and fill 2/3 full with the cake mixture. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes.
    6. To make the icing: With an electric mixer, beat the butter, milk, vanilla and 1/2 of the icing sugar on medium speed for 3 to 5 mins. Gradually add remaining sugar, still beating. Continue beating for 2 minutes, then stir in the coconut.
    7. Ice the cupcakes after they've cooled completely, and sprinkle with additional coconut for decoration.

    How to ice cupcakes

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    This recipe is delicious and earned 19 out of 20 points in the WI cooperative section of the Gower show 2011. I altered the recipe slightly by using coconut milk and a dash of Malibu in place of milk for the butter cream and pineapple juice in place of milk in the main cake recipe. I decorated the cake with a small slice of pineapple a cocktail cherry and a cocktail umbrella to mimic an actual Pina colada drink. A huge success!!!  -  25 Sep 2011


    Love these cupcakes, seem to run out of the kitchen!  -  20 Jan 2011


    This recipe is perfect in every way. Came out Light and Fluffy. one point though is i used muffin cases and mixed a batch for 12, but they produced about 15 muffin sized cupcakes. Can't complain.  -  20 Nov 2012