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!

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Courtney Jones August 21, 2012 at 9:19 pm

These are awesome!!!! So so so pretty 🙂 Love how tropical they look. My birthday is in June if you’d like to make another batch of these….*hehe*


Destini August 21, 2012 at 11:31 pm

HEHE They are pretty cute 🙂 Well, if you still want this by next June…..you may just get your wish 🙂


janetha August 22, 2012 at 9:39 am

These are so darn cute.. love them! They are so fun.


Destini August 22, 2012 at 11:40 am

Thanks! They make me smile every time I look at them


Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes August 22, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Pina coladas are my favorite drink and I think I would love these!


yumgoggle August 22, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Yes, I agree…moms sometimes ask for the weirdest things. And they give out the weirdest presents too. Come to think of it, the gifts they have are those you do not have any thoughts of buying but you need anyways 😉
This looks like a really fun recipe to try. Happy birthday to your mom!=) Thanks for sharing!
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Vera Zecevic – Cupcakes Garden September 12, 2012 at 3:28 am

Adorable! So nice decorated.I would really like to showcase this recipe on my cupcake recipes and ideas blog if you agree.


Destini September 13, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Yes of course!! Thank you 🙂


Heather Winkler January 26, 2013 at 10:26 am

Those look amazing! Thanks so much for the recipe I can’t wait to try them.


Destini January 26, 2013 at 8:12 pm

Let me know how they turn out if you make them!!


February 23, 2013 at 2:46 pm

I think I will be making these for my daughters birthdays coming up. Great recipe.


Destini February 23, 2013 at 7:07 pm

I hope you daughter loves them!!!


Angela April 22, 2013 at 10:27 am

Made them for a party. Everybody loved them! Thank you!


Destini April 22, 2013 at 2:24 pm

Oh I love hearing this!! So glad they were a success 🙂


Kara April 25, 2013 at 10:52 am

Did you drain the excess juice from the crushed pineapple?


Destini April 25, 2013 at 11:21 am

Yes just when I opened the can.


Melody May 11, 2013 at 10:05 am

I’m making these for a friend’s birthday today. They are always a big hit! In fact, they are my husband’s most requested cupcake. 🙂


Gargi July 9, 2014 at 2:15 am

They look great and presentation is amazing. Can i omit coconut rum. I don’t think i get that here.


Destini July 11, 2014 at 2:33 pm

For sure! Let me know how they turn out 🙂


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