Pina colada cupcakes

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Pina Colada cupcakes recipe
Pina Colada cupcakes recipe
  • Makes: 12

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    (including icing time)
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  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Mid-price

Totally tropical, moist pineapple flavoured cupcakes with a creamy, boozy coconut frosting, which are perfect for adult Caribbean-themed parties


  • 55g/2oz unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 140g/5oz sugar
  • 120ml/4floz coconut milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 140g/5oz plain flour
  • 2tsp baking powder
  • 425g/15oz can of pineapple rings, drained and chopped small
For the icing:

  • 175g/6oz caster sugar
  • 1 egg white
  • 2tbsp coconut rum, like Malibu

Not suitable for children: These cupcakes contain alcohol! If you're making these for kids, leave the rum out of the icing.


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas 4. Line a 12-hole non-stick muffin tin with paper cases.
  2. Cream the butter and the sugar together until light and fluffy. Mix the coconut milk and egg together and add to the butter and sugar. dont worry if it looks a little curdled at this stage.
  3. Sift the flour with the baking powder and add to the mixture, followed by the chopped pineapple.
  4. Divide the mixture between the muffin cases and bake in the oven for 20 mins until springy to the touch. Leave to cool on a wire rack.
  5. Place the icing ingredients in a heatproof bowl and place over a bowl of hot (not boiling) water. Use an electric whisk to beat the mixture until it thickens and forms soft peaks when you lift the whisk. This should take 5-6 mins. Remove the bowl from the heat and spread the icing on the cupcakes, working quickly before the icing sets. Decorate as you please.
This recipe is taken from Eat Me! by Xanthe Milton, published by Ebury Press, 15 HB and available from Amazon

Eat Me! cook book by Xanthe Milton

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Angie Jones

i would add some white choc drops too the cake mix..

Claire Tyrrell

I would add lime zest to the cupcake mix and reduce the coconut rum in the icing and add some lime juice instead, just to reduce the sweetness slighty whilst maintaining the fresh taste.

Bernie Green

I would add some of the pineapple juice to the icing!

Mairi Mackechnie

i'm not wild about coconut either, so maybe i'd substitute cointreau or grand marnier or something, to make boozy tropical fruit punch cakes.

Steph Oandf Hennessy

I would reduce the coconut milk and add a splash of malibu, take out the pineapple from then cake and cut it into chuncks and coat them in a caramel and leave to set, make a topping a coconut buttercream, with grated coconut and malibu, decorated with the caramel pineapple

Katie Fordham

I would make a buttercream instead of the icing here and i would use rum butter and coconut to make it with - yum. I would serve it with a zesty cocktail or some home made lemonade

Zillah Mega Cookie Ingledew

I would add a sprinkling of toasted coconut and a glace cherry and pineapple piece onto the bottom of the umbrella for a bit of tropical fun..xx

Anita Parfitt

Yummy, I would add some chilli flakes to the cupcake for a little heat to go with the cool coconut icing :-)

Nancy Polansky

I would add strawberry. This recipe sounds amazing.

Wendy Montgomery

I would have to leave out the coconut Milk, Pineapple and the Rum as I don't like either. That would leave me with a Basic Sponge lol add a touch of Jam and Butter cream yummy Victoria Sponge Cupcakes :-)

Katie LO

These sound amazing! I would use fresh whipped cream for the topping and add some of those dried pineapple chunks for decoration! Yum yum I could eat one now lol xx

Cathleen Kennedy

I think I would leave out the pineapple and add cocoa or melted chocolate to the cupcake mix - mmmm Bounty bar cupcakes!!

Dominique Lapointe

I would try to make a coconut buttercream with coconut milk instead of the frosting with rum so I could actually have a taste (booze and pregnancy don't go together).

Margaret Gallagher Dempsey

I would add some coconut to the cake mixture for texture and decorated the icing with some yellow coloured coconut and pineapple pieces yum

Catherine Nicholson

I would soak some fresh pineapple in malibu, and place a small piece on the top of the cake as a nice taster of what is inside x

Clair Law

soak some dessicated coconut in a little rum and sprinkle on the icing! yummy adult cup cakes!

Mairi Cameron

This recipe sounds amazing - I'd add some lime zest into the cake mix to zing them up a bit, definitely adding these to my to-do list!

Katy Benet

i have this book and its one of my fav that i must make i love pina colada .... so i would not change it to be honest but if i had to add something else i once was on holiday and i had a pina colada with raspberry ..... so maybe a hint of raspberry would go down just as nice on the cupcakes as it did with the drink ........

Carla W

Oooh I would have to make these!!! Then I could sit in my garden and pretend I am on a caribbean island and not think about the fact that we are sacrificing a holiday for a new boiler this year! xxxx


I made these at the weekend for a party and they all went within minutes, everyone loved them! Tasted just like the cocktail, fab idea.


i love this cake it is such a cool idea

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