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Pina Colada Cupcakes

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These easy to make Pina Colada Cupcakes start with a boxed cake mix, but are packed with flavor! The recipe can also be made into a Pina Colada Cake.

Pina Colada Cupcakes

Are you a coconut lover? I think most people have a strong feeling either way.

Me? I’m not a fan. But I LOVED these Pina Colada Cupcakes!

The recipe comes from an old church cookbook that my mother-in-law gave me years ago. You know those are the best recipes of all time! The original recipe in the cookbook is for a Pina Colada Cake, but I decided to adapt it a bit for cupcakes.

Pina Colada Cupcakes from a Cake Mix

The recipe starts with a boxed yellow cake mix, and baked with the ingredients on the box.

And then the magic happens – a combination of sweetened condensed milk and cream of coconut is poured into holes made in the cupcakes while they are warm. Then into the fridge they go to chill.

Then the frosting – oh my! I could eat it with a spoon! A tub of whipped topping is mixed with a small (8 oz) can of crushed pineapple, then frosted with a decorator bag fitted with an extra large tip.

To send the cupcakes over the top – they get a sprinkle of toasted coconut and a maraschino cherry.

How to make EASY Pina Colada Cupcakes

Summer is filled with lots of parties, cookouts and family reunions – whip up a batch and see how fast they disappear!

Pina Colada Cupcakes from a Cake Mix

Pina Colada Cupcakes

Yield: 24
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Start with a cake mix for these easy to make Pina Colada Cupcakes


  • Yellow Cake Mix plus ingredients on box
  • 1 can (14 oz) Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 can (8 oz) Cream of Coconut Mix - found in the alcoholic beverage section
  • 1 (8 oz) container of whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 (8 oz) can crushed pineapple, drained well
  • Sweetened Coconut, toasted, optional
  • Maraschino Cherries with Stems, optional

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Bake cupcakes according to directions on box

While the cupcakes are baking, combine sweetened condensed milk and cream of coconut mix in a small bowl until well blended.

While cupcakes are hot, poke holes with skewer or straw, be sure holes are large enough to let the liquid in but not too big or too much liquid will pool at the bottom of the liner.

Carefully, slowly pour milk mixture over cupcakes a little at a time, letting it soak in between additions. There may be some leftover.

Place cupcakes in refrigerator until chilled.

Combine whipped topping with crushed pineapple

Add frosting to decorator bag fitted with tip

Chill frosting while toasting coconut

Toasted Coconut (optional) - add coconut to dry pan on stove and toast until lightly golden brown, about 3-5 minutes.

After cupcakes and frosting are chilled, remove from fridge and pipe on frosting.

Sprinkle with toasted coconut and add a cherry

Store in refrigerator until ready to serve (can leave out 1 hour or so for a party)

Store leftovers in refrigerator


This recipe can also be made into a Pina Colada Cake.

You may have some milk mixture leftover.


Pina Colada Cupcakes are perfect for summer parties

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