Monday, August 1, 2011

Pina Colada Cupcakes

O.M.G.  These are probably the best cupcakes I have ever had.  Moist flavorful pineapple cake topped with decadent creamy coconut cream cheese frosting and toasted coconut.  Mmmmm, pure heaven.  I found this recipe over at Glorious Treats, which is a fabulous blog full of gorgeous desserts and fabulous party ideas.  This is Glory's own recipe and it is perfect in every way.  Not only are they delicious, but seriously, how cute!  If these hadn't been for a kid's birthday party I would have put cocktail umbrellas in them.  Love.

The cupcake recipe uses sour cream, which I have recently discovered is the secret to an ultra moist crumb.  There is plenty of crushed pineapple in it so it has a wonderful tropical flavor.  The frosting is literally to die for.  Much lighter and fluffier then most cream cheese frostings I have made, it's perfect for piping.  I seriously can't get over how good these are.

Pina Colada Cupcakes
from Glory Albin ( 

2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 eggs
1 3/4 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup sour cream
1 1/2 cups canned crushed pineapple (drained slightly)

1.  Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.
2.  In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the eggs and sugar until slightly thickened and a light cream color (about 2 minutes).
3.  On low speed, mix in the oil and vanilla until blended.
4.  Add in the pineapple and sour cream and mix until fully incorporated.
5.  Add the flour mixture and blend until just combined and smooth.
6.  Line a cupcake pan with 12 paper liners and fill about 2/3 full.
7.  Bake cupcakes in a pre-heated 350*F oven for about 22 minutes.
8.  Remove from pan and cool on wire rack.
9.  Frost with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe below)

Recipe yields 24-28 cupcakes.

Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

½ cup (1 stick/8 Tablespoons) butter, at room temperature
8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (always use pure vanilla extract if possible)
2 teaspoons coconut extract (I think this largely depends on the type of coconut extract you use, I use the alcohol free kind and it requires quite a bit)
4 cups powdered confectioners sugar
1 Tablespoon heavy cream, heavy whipping cream or milk

Place butter in a large mixing bowl and blend until smooth. Add cream cheese and blend until well combined, about 30 seconds.
Add vanilla extract, coconut extract and powdered sugar (1 cup at a time) and blend on low speed until combined. Increase to medium speed and beat until it begins to get fluffy.
Slowly add the heavy cream.  Beat until fluffy, about 1 minute.
Use at once or keep refrigerated. (This frosting will keep well in the refrigerator for several days, but you may need to re-beat it for the best texture.)

Linked to:
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  1. Pina Colada cupcakes are my favorite! They're just so good for my taste buds!

  2. Wow. This is a wonderful recipe I'm definitely going to recreate it. I love the adult nature of these cupcakes and perhaps with a dash of rum in the mix we'll have the perfect piña colada cupcakes ever!! Thanks for sharing. X

  3. Great recipe! I'd like a cupcake. Yum!

  4. The pic is delicious looking. I have never had pina colada cupcakes...but I haven't met many cupcakes I didn't like.
    Thanks for stopping by my site and I am following you now as well :)

  5. If you like pina coladas...sorry! I had to!! These look so good!! I totally want 5 of them!

  6. Great recipe. All of a sudden I am dying for a cupcake.

  7. You had me at pina colada! These look fantastic! :)

  8. I have seen a lot of cake recipes lately with sour cream in them. Kind of made me nervous - but now I am going to have to try it! These look perfect!

  9. The fact that these have crushed pineapple in them, really gets my vote. I have bookmarked the recipe-yum! These are also picture perfect. Thanks for sharing.

  10. This recipe sounds yummy, and the cupcakes are beautiful!

  11. These look amazing! I am adding them to my list of things to bake.

  12. i have been on a pina colada kick lately and these sound amazing!! Thanks for the recipe!

  13. coconut cream cheese frosting. I'M THERE! SAVE ME SOME! lol :) I'm so glad to see that you linked up this week! Thank you so much for sharing this at Recipe Sharing Monday. I hope to see you back next week!

  14. What a wonderful new cupcake flavor (at least for me anyway!) I found you on one of the foodie blog hops and would love to have you join us on my weekend foodie blog hop too. 8 blogs are featured each week, so please come on over! Thanks for the recipe!

  15. Pina colada! Sounds amazing. I'd love it if you stopped by and shared a link with us at my Week Wrap Up!

  16. Mmmmm looks so good - I'm very into my cocktail inspired cupcakes at the mo. Can't stop making mojito cupcakes

  17. Oh my these do look and sound fabulous! Please stop by and link them up at Muffin (and Cupcake) Monday. Thanks!

  18. 3 Studies SHOW Why Coconut Oil Kills Waist Fat.

    This means that you literally burn fat by consuming Coconut Fats (including coconut milk, coconut cream and coconut oil).

    These 3 studies from big medical magazines are sure to turn the traditional nutrition world around!


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