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Pina Colada Cupcakes

Dawn Naughton Recipe shared by:
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A decadent concoction that will make you feel you're in a tropical paradise

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  • Servings: Makes 24 cupcakes
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Ingredients

  • 1 Duncan Hines white cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1-1/3 cups pinapple juice
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1-1/4 tsp coconut extract, divided
  • 1-1/4 tsp rum extract, divided
  • 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut, divided
  • 1 8 oz pkg cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 2 cups heavy (whipping) cream
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, divided
  • Dried pineapple chunks for decoration

Baking Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mix together cake mix, pinapple juice, oil, eggs, and 1tsp each of the coconut and rum extracts, then beat on medium speed 2 minutes.
  3. Fold in 1/2 cup shredded coconut.
  4. Fill paper lined cupcake pans with batter, about 2/3 full.
  5. Bake for 24 minutes, rotating pans halfway through.
  6. Allow to cool.
  7. Spread remaining coconut on foil-lined baking sheet and bake for approx 10 minutes, stirring and re-spreading halfway through.
  8. To prepare icing, beat cream cheese and 1/2 cup powdered sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  9. In separate bowl, beat the whipping cream and remaining 1/2 cup powdered sugar until stiff peaks form.
  10. Fold in remaining 1/4 tsp each of the coconut and rum extract.
  11. Fold the cream cheese mixture into the whipped cream.
  12. Refrigerate until cupcakes have cooled.
  13. Pipe (or spread) the icing onto cooled cupcakes.
  14. Sprinkle with toasted coconut.
  15. Top each with a piece of dried pineapple.
  16. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Tips

Crumbless Icing

Crumbless Icing

To prevent crumbs in your icing; always smooth your spatula over the cake without lifting.


adding stronger flavor to some mixes

adding stronger flavor to some mixes

I like fruit flavored cakes, but, I find the flavors a bit on the weak side, so, I have a little trick to enhance it. For the lemon cake mix I use some bottled lemon juice in place of some of the water called for, approximately 1/3 of a cup of the juice then the rest of the liquid as plain water makes a stronger lemon flavor. Also, I like pineapple upside down cakebut again I find the original flavor weak, so I use the juice in one can of sliced pineappe and water to bring the liquid up.





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