Pina Colada Cupcakes have a soft, fluffy pineapple cupcake base, a creamy coconut buttercream frosting, and are inspired by our favorite tropical drink!
How to Make Pina Colada Cupcakes
When you’re making these easy tropical cupcakes, it’s best to have some background music. Might we suggest the Pina Colada song from the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack?
Now that the stage is set for making this Pina Colada Cupcake recipe, sift together the cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Set this aside.
Whisk the milk, sour cream, pineapple juice, and coconut extract in a small bowl. Set this aside.
Finally, whisk two eggs together in small bowl. And, you guessed it, set this aside.
Using your stand mixer or handheld mixer, cream the butter and sugar together for three minutes on medium high or until the mixture is light in color. This aerates the batter and helps your cupcakes rise! After this, add the eggs, and beat for one minute.
Add half the flour mixture, beat for 15 seconds, add the milk mixture, let it beat for 15 seconds, then add the rest of the flour mixture. Scrape down the sides to make sure you got everything, and beat for a final 15 seconds.
Fill each lined muffin cup 3/4 full of batter and bake at 350° F for 15-18 minutes or until the cupcakes bounce back when gently pressed.
While the cupcakes are baking, make the frosting by combining butter and half of the powdered sugar until the buttercream is a creamy consistency. Add the coconut milk and coconut extract until it tastes just like a Pina Colada!
Frost the cooled cupcakes with the Coconut Buttercream, top with a maraschino cherry, a slice of pineapple, and a drink umbrella!
Tips for Making Pina Colada Cupcakes
- Make sure to cream the butter and sugar together using your mixer for at least 3 minutes.
- Though I generally prefer fresh fruit, canned pineapple is best here because of the way the enzymes in fresh pineapple interact with the other ingredients.
- Add the coconut extract a 1/4 teaspoon at a time. A little goes a long way!
- Want the frosting to taste like rum? Add a 1/4 teaspoon of rum (like the one made by the Lost Distillery), or rum extract. Add more to taste.
How Do You Make a Pina Colada?
Oh, you are in for a treat. A pina colada cocktail is one of the best tropical drinks! The original Pina Colada recipe is made with:
- 2 ounces rum
- 1 ounce cream of coconut
- 1 ounce heavy cream
- 6 ounces fresh pineapple juice
- 1/2 cup crushed ice
What Country Invented the Piña Colada?
The pina colada was invented in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The name translates into “strained pineapple” and I’ve been known to order one anytime I travel anywhere tropical (Tulum, Hawaii, Thailand, LA when it decides it would like to be warm). It’s my official I’m-on-vacation-now drink and it’s been Puerto Rico’s official cocktail since 1978.
It was either created in 1954 by Ramón “Monchito” Marrero Pérez at the Caribe Hilton Hotel’s Beachcomber Bar using Don Q rum and Coco Lopez’s cream of coconut. Or, it was created in 1963 by Ramón Portas Mingo at the Barrachina Restaurant in using Ron del Barrilito Two Star rum. If you want to make one at home, make sure to check out our list of must-have bar tools.
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Pina Colada CupcakesPrint Recipe
Pina Colada Cupcakes
- ½ cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
- 4 cups powdered sugar (divided)
- 2 Tbsp. coconut milk
- 1 tsp. coconut extract
- 18 maraschino cherries
- 18 pineapple slices
- 18 drink umbrellas
Pina Colada Cupcakes
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Fill 18 muffin cups with cupcake liners.
- Combine cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Set aside.
- Combine milk, sour cream, pineapple juice, vanilla extract, and coconut extract in small bowl. Set aside.
- Whisk eggs in small bowl. Set aside.
- Cream butter and sugar in bowl of mixer for 3 minutes or until light and fluffy.
- Add eggs. Let mix for 1 minute. Scrape down sides.
- With speed on low, add 1/2 of flour mixture. Combine for 15-30 seconds until blended.
- Add milk mixture. Combine for 15-30 seconds until blended.
- Add remaining flour mixture. Combine for 15-30 seconds until blended.
- Scrape down sides and fill cupcake liners 2/3 to 3/4 full. Bake for 15-18 minutes until center of cupcake bounces back.
- Combine butter and 2 cups powdered sugar in mixer for about two minutes or until creamy.
- Add coconut milk and coconut extract.
- Add remaining powdered sugar. Add additional coconut milk or powdered sugar until desired consistency is reached.
- Add additional coconut extract - 1/4 tsp at a time - if desired.
- Frost cupcakes and top with one maraschino cherry, a pineapple slice, and a drink umbrella.