Pina Colada Cupcakes

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 Responses to “Pina Colada Cupcakes”

  1. 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 :)


  2. 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.


  3. 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.


  4. 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!


  5. Kevin — August 3, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    Those look really good!


  6. Maria — August 13, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    Coconut cupcakes are a real treat! yours look fabulous!


  7. 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?


  8. 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!


  9. 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.


  10. 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??


  11. 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.


  12. 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!


  13. 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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