Piña Colada Cupcakes – Vegan

by Destini on August 21, 2012

This past weekend I celebrated my Moms birthday. She asked for nothing; seriously nothing…wait that is wrong she asked for placemats! How practical? and how boring!

In a need to stop the boring placemats birthday, I decided to make her a tropical birthday. She had leis, glow sticks, bonfire, mojito’s and……..Piña Colada Cupcakes! Now this recipe wasn’t something new to me, I had created these last December for my best friends birthday and always meant to share them with you…but I wanted to wait till I could display them in all their glory!

This recipe is a party in your mouth and the accessories that can be added is too much fun. I was jumping up and down in my kitchen with excitement. Oh and the funtastic fun part? I baked with alcohol (insert my baking with alcohol picture)

Ingredients: Yields 7-8 cupcakes

Adapted from Party Like a Vegan

  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1t  baking powder
  • 1/4 salt
  • 1/2 cup crush pineapple
  • 1t vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 2-3T coconut rum
  • 1/2t coconut extract

Directions: In a medium size bowl, blend pineapple and all wet ingredients ( I use a hand blender, but a food processor or blender would work great too). This step is really important, blend till everything is smooth, otherwise the cupcakes will get spongy from the pineapple. In a large bowl, sift all dry ingredients, mix in wet ingredients till all combined. Pour mixture into liners and bake for 18-20min till toothpick comes out clean.


  • 1/4 cup of earth balance margarine
  • 1/4 vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup sifted icing sugar
  • 1/2t vanilla extract
  • 1/2t coconut extract
  • 1T coconut rum
  • 1/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut

Directions: Mix all ingredients together till smooth, pipe, sprinkle shredded coconut on top and make those cupcakes purdy!

Suggestions: Top with maraschino cherries, drink umbrellas, or slices of pineapple. Honestly these cupcakes look adorable and will be a sure hit at any party!

One of my favorite cupcakes yet!

So adorable, ENJOY :)

Question: What is your favorite summer type desert? I like light sweet things, and even though these are cupcakes, the tropical feel of them made them feel that way!

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