Wow! I've never seen the weekly poll differ in outcome so much in my whole 3 ½ years of blogging! All three contenders were extremely popular: the Mojito Cupcakes, the Cosmopolitan Cupcakes, but in the end it was the Piña Colada Cupcakes who won by one vote. Not only for me, but for you as well; alcohol has a certain allure. In moderation of course!
I owe piña colada's a lot of thanks. Not just for making summer vacation days even more enjoyable, but for converting me to coconut. My whole life I detested coconut (I'm sure I've mentioned it on this blog a couple of times before). Then, last Summer, I was introduced to piña colada's in Portugal, and slowly but surely I began liking coconut. Now I love it!
And how easy is it to have shredded coconut around the house?! It's cheap, lasts forever and it makes an ordinary cake so much more special. True to an authentic piña colada recipe, this cake contains coconut, pineapple and rum. Yum! The white buttercream frosting is topped with shredded coconut as well. Though I have to say that next time, I'll use a whipped cream frosting instead of buttercream because I think it would go better with the cake. Rating: 4 out of 5.
Piña Colada Cupcakes: Cupcake Project
Ingredients: Makes 18
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 cup + 3 tablespoons sugar
- 3 large eggs
- ⅓ cup coconut rum (or any rum you have on hand)(or, rum extract mixed with milk)
- ¾ cup coconut milk
- ¼ cup pineapple juice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup shredded baker's coconut
- 1 cup crushed pineapple, drained
- In a small bowl, combine rum, coconut milk, pineapple juice, and vanilla. Set aside. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs to the sugar mixture one at a time, beating well after each addition. Alternately add the flour mixture and the rum mixture, beating well after each addition. Fold in the coconut and pineapple.
- Fill cupcake liners ¾ full. Bake at 350°F for 20 - 25 minutes or until cupcakes bounce back when lightly touched.
I used my White Frosting recipe topped with shredded coconut and a few adornments for topping.