Bring a taste of the Caribbean to your dessert table with this cocktail-inspired cupcake recipe!
It’s funny how recipe inspiration can strike in the most random places. I fancied baking something sweet for my family the other day when I spied half a fresh pineapple desperately needing using up in the fridge and remembered that there were some coconut flakes in the cupboard also well past their use by date. The idea for a piña colada cupcake was born!
My first attempt, I confess, was a bit more like a pineapple muffin. It wasn’t sweet enough and the chopped fresh pineapple just didn’t work when it came to an ideal cupcake texture, but these, these gorgeous little morsels you see in this blog post – now these totally worked. They’re very, very nice indeed!
The cupcake itself is flavoured with coconut, pineapple and lime while the frosting has a nice lime zing to it. You could, if you wanted, make a more grown-up version and replace half the lime juice in the frosting with a tablespoonful of Malibu rum (either the coconut or pineapple version), for a more authentic piña colada flavour. Stick with the lime juice if you want a more child-friendly option (as demonstrated below by our youngest son!). Don’t forget to garnish with a cocktail umbrella!
These cupcakes would make for a rather nice addition to a summer picnic in the garden or patio, I think. What’s your favourite summertime flavour cupcake? Let me know in the comments!
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