Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Force of Nature Food Frenzy / Go Tropical with Pina Colada Cup Cakes

Still feeling the cold, I imagine..... Here is a great recipe to help you escape to warmer, more tropical times! Bake these, Turn on some Jimmy Buffett, and escape!

Pina Colada Cupcakes

1 box  of  White  Betty Crocker cake mix  ( Or I use a Coconut cake mix and omit the Coconut extract)

1/3 cup Canola oil

1/4 cup water

1 can (8 oz) crushed Pineapple in juice, undrained (If you use fresh Pineapple, remember to allow the Pineapple to turn golden before cutting/crushing it, for greater sweetness! :)

3 Eggs

1 teaspoon Coconut extract

1 teaspoon Rum extract

1 container of Lite Whipped Topping

3/4 cup shredded coconut , lightly toasted

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups. In large bowl, beat cake mix, oil, water,  rum extract, coconut extract, if applicable, the pineapple and eggs with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups.

2. Bake until golden and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan to cooling rack. Cool completely - Important! .

3. Frost with Whipped topping. Sprinkle on lightly toasted and cooled coconut.  Store in an air tight container in the refigerator. That is unless you wildly eat every last one the minute they are frosted!! :P

Make it a warm and sunny day! It doesn't matter what is going on outside....If you keep yourself shining on the inside!


Sarah said...

Those are absolutely gorgeous! And I love that you flavored them with rum, I just used coconut rum for a batch of marshmallows, and I love the flavor it adds. Thanks for the recipe, I'll have to add this to my every-growing cupcake file (now make the magic weight-loss kind so I can start baking them guilt free).

trusk4u said...

Congratulations! Because you are so positive, have a great blog and have commented on my blog once now and then, I am passing on "Sunshine Blog Award" to you!


DK Miller said...

Those look delicious.


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