Just when I want to show you these pina colada cupcakes the weather gets bad. I won't lie, these are best served on a nice and hot sumer day, but they will also help bring a little summer feeling to a rainy July day.
As of last week, I am the proud owner of a brand new oven. Bliss. After 4 months with no oven at all it was about time. After the inevitable lasagna spree, cupcakes had to be made and I chose these pina colada ones merely because I can't drink actual pina coladas, the cream in it doesn't really get along with my stomach.
Now I kind of just adapted a regular cupcake recipe to make it more tropical, however, these came out perfect. They are super fluffy, moist, coconut-y. I had a hard time not eating them all at once.
FIRST: line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners & preheat oven (I always forget. always)
1.5 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
0.5 tsp salt
(you could also add a little desiccated coconut, but I didn't think of that until after)
--> mix and set aside
1 cup brown sugar
0.5 cup butter (or margerine)
--> mix until creamy
0.5 cup coconut milk (use a non-sweetened brand please & shake well before opening the can)
0.5 cup pineapple or any other tropical fruit juice
a little of rum aroma
--> add to the flour mixture
--> mix until no clumps are left
--> fill the cupcake liners about 2/3 with dough and bake for 20 minutes
--> let them cool down completely before adding the frosting
this one is easy:
- put the can of coconut milk you used for the cupcakes in the fridge (1 hour should be enough)
- place 3 cups of confectioners' sugar in a bowl
- add 0.5 cup of desiccated coconut
- with a spoon, carefully get the gooey, thick coconut pulp out of the can. 2 tablespoons should suffice
--> mix well until you have the consistency of mayonnaise (you might have to add a little more coconut milk)
--> put in the fridge for 3-5 hours
The frosting will be very thick once refrigerated, almost like butter, so you best spread it with a knife on the cupcakes and store them in the fridge until served so the coconut frosting won't melt.
For extra juicy pina colada cupcakes, serve them with a slice of fresh pineapple on top, I put half a toothpick into mine so they stay in place.