These are one of my favorites by far and I know I say that each and every time but seriously, these are the best. The flavor is so rich and the cupcakes are so moist and I'm just gushing over here aren't I?
Do you like the pineapple coconut flavor combo? I do and I have always tried to make them into a great cupcake but the flavor was always so-so.
Well with a little ingenuity and time, I found out what made the flavor in these POP and it's all about making the pineapple more flavorful to begin with.
Stick around and I'll tell you what I did.
Here's what you need for the cupcakes:
1 box vanilla cake mix
1 3.4 oz. box instant vanilla pudding
1/2 cup milk
1 cup coconut
1 - 20oz. can crushed pineapple
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
For the frosting:
1 recipe No Fail Buttercream
1/2 cup toasted coconut
In a sauce pan heat the crushed pineapple, butter, and brown sugar until it comes to a boil.
Reduce and simmer until thickened, about 15 - 20 minutes. **You really need to do this step to insure the dense pineapple flavor.
Cool most of the way, about 15 - 20 minutes off the heat.
In a bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer place all the ingredients for the cupcakes except the coconut.
Mix on medium for 2 minutes until completely combined.
Add the coconut and mix well.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees for a dark cupcake pan (like mine) or 350 for a light silver one.
Place 24 cupcake liners into pans and set aside.
Fill each cupcake liner 2/3 full with batter and bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Remove to a cooling rack and cool completely.
**while the cupcakes are baking place a 1/2 cup of coconut on a baking tray and place in the oven at the same time to toast the coconut. Stir the coconut after 4-6 minutes and remove when toasted and light golden brown, about 10 minutes.
For the Buttercream I use my No Fail Buttercream recipe.
After you make the frosting place it in a pipping bag with the tip of your choice. I used the large star tip to frost these.
Sprinkle with the cooled toasted coconut and serve with or without the party umbrella ;)
These are the best tropical flavored cupcake in town!
Serves 24 cupcakes
Here's the handy printable - Piña Colada Cupcakes