Pina Colada Cupcakes
  • Servings: 20
  • 385g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 225g butter
  • 400g sugar (granulated or caster)
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 240ml milk
  • 1 tablespoon pineapple juice or 2 teaspoons pineapple extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 50g desiccated coconut
  1. 1.Preheat oven to 165 degrees celsius and place muffin liners into a muffin tin.
  2. 2.In a large bowl cream together the butter and the sugar, unitl light and fluffy, this should take about 3-5 minutes.
  3. 3.Add the eggs to the butter/sugar mixture, 1 at a time beating for 1 minute after each to make sure they are incorporated into the mixture.
  4. 4. In a separate bowl combine flour,baking powder and salt, sifting if necessary.
  5. 5.Add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture alternating with the milk. Mix until completely combined, on a low speed.
  6. 5. Stir in coconut and then mix in pineapple juice/extract and vanilla extract, beat for 30 seconds.
  7. 7. Fill the muffin liners 3/4 full and bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until a toothpick is inserted into the centre and comes out clean.
  8. 8. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before placing on a wire rack before allowing to cool for a further 30 minutes before frosting.
  9. Pineapple Frosting
  10. 115g butter
  11. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  12. 450g icing sugar
  13. 60ml milk
  14. 2 1/2 teaspoon pineapple extract or 1 tablespoon pineapple juice
  15. Pinch of salt
  16. few drops of yellow food colouring
  17. 1. Cream butter, vanilla extract and salt until soft and light, this should tkae about 2 minutes.
  18. 2. Sift in icing sugar, alternating with the milk until the mixture is creamy and smooth, beating well after each addition.
  19. 3. Stir or slowly beat in pineapple juice/extract and the yellow food colouring.
  20. 4. Pipe or spread onto top of cakes and decorate with appropriate garnish. Enjoy!
Ok so after spending a week on holiday indulging in cocktails or 'mocktails' as some places sell, I discovered my love for Pina Coladas and discovered some pineapple extract that we don't sell over here in England, but if you don't have it handy juice will do. So I thought what better but than to have a pina colada cupcake! I'm not really a fan of the rum in general so I decided to make the 'mocktail' version, using pineapple and coconut.