Thursday, March 31, 2011

Pina Colada Cupcakes





I am so ready for Spring, but apparently New England is not.  It's been a cold, dreary day and we're supposed to get a big storm tomorrow.  More snow, are you serious?  To tell you the truth I would love to be somewhere tropical right now but since that's not going to happen I decided to bring the tropics to my kitchen ;)  I'm hosting girls night tonight so I decided to make my pina colada cupcakes.  Girls night is always a lot of fun and I figure pina colada cupcakes and margaritas will re-assure everyone that the warm weather will eventually get here!

These cupcakes, well actually all cupcakes, always put me in a good mood.  With the leopard print cupcake liners and drink umbrellas they look like a party on a plate!  For the cupcakes I use my go to vanilla cake recipe and add in a few shots of rum :) I also swap out the milk for unsweetened coconut milk.  What really makes these cupcakes is the frosting.  Pineapple cream cheese frosting is amazing!  It's not too sweet and the cream cheese gives it the perfect consistency.  The fresh pineapple makes me think I'm at a resort in Mexico relaxing pool side with a frozen beverage.  A girl can dream right?  Anyway a bowl of this frosting and a spoon and I'm all set!  I garnish the cupcakes with some shredded coconut which adds another layer of flavor and texture.  So if you're stuck with cold weather like I am hopefully these will help a little.  Now it's time for me to go make the margaritas! Enjoy!

Cupcakes

Use your favorite vanilla cupcake recipe and add a few shots of rum or 2t. of rum extract.
Use unsweetened coconut milk in place of the milk.

Pineapple cream cheese frosting

  • 8oz. cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2/3 cup fresh pineapple pureed
  1. Make sure the cream cheese and butter are at room temp.
  2. Cream butter and cream cheese.
  3. Slowly add powdered sugar.
  4. While that is mixing puree the pineapple in a food processor.  I leave it a little chunky.
  5. Stir in pineapple.


29 comments:

  1. These look like so much fun! A party in a paper cup!

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  2. Wowsers! These look good!!

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  3. These cupcakes look so good! I love the pina colada flavor. It definitely puts me in the mood for summer!

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  4. i love pina colada! these sound and look great!

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  5. Those look wonderful.

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  6. I hope the snow isn't too bad, but at least you have these to take you away!

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  7. Pina colada is a favorite, but you had me with the umbrellas.

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  8. These are so cute and look really great! Perfect spring or summer time treat

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  9. How pretty! The cocktail umbrellas are a lovely touch. Hope you have a lovely evening.

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  10. I love that you put umbrellas on these! They look like a great tropical escape!

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  11. These are super fun! Totally what we need in CT to get us into spring. Love the party umbrellas :)

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  12. These look and sound delicious! Love the pineapple in the cream cheese frosting. That sounds good enough to eat by the spoon full :o)

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  13. Ohh your cupcakes look so cute..they sound fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Nice! I'm all about making my own fun too :) Fantastic recipe!

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  15. These make me crave summer... I love pina coladas! Such a cute idea.

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  16. I can almost feel the sun on my face as I look at these wonderful cupcakes. I can't wait to try this recipe and I think I have some of those cute umbrellas in a drawer somewhere. Thanks!

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  17. You had me at "Pina Colada"! These look awesome and quite festive! Hope girls night went well! =)

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  18. Oh, yum, these sound delicious...and look so fun!

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  19. These must be delicious - pina colada yes! I love the umbrellas.

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  20. Simply charming. I love the tropical flavor. I would be happy to taste test these. ;)

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  21. Wow you have great recipes with pictures that make me so jealous. I will try creating gluten free versions of these cupcakes. I know my room mate wants me to recreate what you have right here.

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  22. A few things here:
    1. Your a New Englander?! Meee too! Isn't it grand right about now??
    2.As soon as I saw this post sitting in my Food Buzz inbox I click on it, ignoring all others...thank you for it.
    3.Is there any drink ever created that is better than a pina colada? I think not and I'm also a big fan of turning drinks esp., into cupcakes.

    I love everything about this post. The end.

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  23. I am absolutely loving your blog! I am such a foodie, and I love trying new recipes. These cupcakes will be served at my next dinner party! Thanks for sharing!

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  24. WOW! Your cupcakes look so cute and thanks for sharing :)

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  25. I'd have a hard time not eating the frosting before I pipe it on the cupcakes. Sounds delicious.
    Thanks for sharing

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  26. These look great...perfect for a party :)

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  27. I love the flavors that you used! Maybe I should bake some too, to summon nice weather :)
    Thanks for the recipe.

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  28. this is an interesting mix of my fav drink n cupcakes ! ;-)
    the cupcakes look adorable...its nice that you have such a creative career . happy baking !
    love the name of your blog :)

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