This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our privacy policy.

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!



Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


  1. Brandy says:

    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!!

  2. Ebony says:

    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!

  3. Kelly Lagaras says:

    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.