Pina Colada Cupcakes

by Jamie on July 31, 2008

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I have been obsessed with frozen pina coladas in recent months, which in turn, has led me on the search for other coconutty deliciousness. I was searching the Food Network website and found an Ina Garten recipe that I played around with to make the best cupcake I have ever tasted!

Yes, people, I said the BEST! These cupcakes are amazing! Send your hubby, boyfriend, child, wife, partner or whoever to the store and make these babies tonight!

Here are my changes:

  • subbed 3 1/4 cup plus 2 TBS of cake flour for the AP flour
  • subbed 2 teaspoons coconut extract for the 1 1/2 teaspoons of almond extract in the batter
  • subbed 1/2 teaspoon of coconut extract for the 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract in the frosting
  • added an additional 2 cups of powdered sugar to the frosting, I did this because the frosting was too thin and I wanted to pipe it on the cupcakes using the Wilton #32 Star Tip.
  • I toasted the coconut in a 330°F oven; watching constantly and stirring often.
    Hit up The Food Network site for the recipe …AND then go make it!

    Oh, the website says that this recipe is only available for a limited time, so make sure you print this one out. Trust me, you’ll want this in the future!



{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Em July 31, 2008 at 5:34 pm

Yanno I gotta try and make these. Hmmm… wonder how they’d be with pineapple filling. I’m obsessed with a pineapple/coconut combo so that might be the ticket :)

They look (and sound) great… but then again, your pics ALWAYS look great!

Have a delicious day :)


Grace August 1, 2008 at 5:23 am

yes indeedy, these sound sensational! and good call with the coconut extract–that’s gotta be 100 times better than almond. :)
nicely done.


MoonlitKnit August 1, 2008 at 7:45 am

I love Pina Coladas and used this recipe a while back for mini cupcakes. I swapped rum extract for the almond. They were delicious.


Jeanine August 1, 2008 at 10:44 pm

Oh wow, these sound like a coconut dream! Loads of flavour. I think your alterations sound just perfect! :) Love your pic too, very nice!


Kevin August 3, 2008 at 12:45 pm

Those look really good!


Maria August 13, 2008 at 2:41 pm

Coconut cupcakes are a real treat! yours look fabulous!


Lisa August 16, 2008 at 3:03 pm

These look so, so good. Did you fill the paper cups to the top with batter like the recipe said?


Shortcake and Company September 19, 2008 at 2:05 pm

Hi there…I’m new to your baking blog and am very excited to try this recipe. I found you off of And, the wannabe photography stuff…what are you thinking? Your photos look professional! Wannabe, schmannabe!


Mike Wong February 14, 2009 at 7:52 pm

I made these for my wife for Valentine’s Day. She loved the frosting. The cupcake was good once it cooled. When it was warm it had an eggy smell. Thanks a lot.


Laura L. May 6, 2010 at 11:29 am

Hi there. I’m thinking of making these cupcakes for a friend’s birthday. She really loves coconut cake and I am looking for something moist and flavorful, and definitely coconut-y. I know you made these nearly 2 years ago, but would you still recommend them after all the other cupcakes you’ve made since??


Kelly Lagaras January 29, 2011 at 2:11 pm

I made these last night and they are absolutely the most amazing cupcakes I have ever eaten. Thanks for the recipe. I will definatey be making these again.


Ebony May 29, 2011 at 3:42 am

Hi there!

I came across Ina’s recipe a couple of months ago and made the same alterations. In addition, I swaped out the regular milk and replaced it with coconut milk (sometimes hard to find in major grocery store chains but should be available at Whole Foods and Trader Joes).

I think this extra alteration is definitely worth while. I’ve only made the coconut cake but I’m so excited about making the cupcake version. Thanks so much for sharing!


Brandy March 15, 2013 at 2:50 pm

I just made this with a couple of the women from my church. OMG!!! they are so good!!!! I put a dried pineapple on top for the garnish as well as the toasted coconut to make it look more like a pina colda cupcake. These are wonderful a little time consuming but so worth the wait and so wonderful!!! I came across this website 2 days ago its awesome!!


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