Total TimePrep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
- 1-1/4 cups cake flour
- 1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 1 teaspoon coconut extract
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
- PINEAPPLE FROSTING:
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 1/2 cup butter
- 4 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh pineapple
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened pineapple juice
- 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut, toasted
- 1/2 cup coarsely chopped macadamia nuts, optional
- Preheat oven to 350°. Line 12 muffin cups with paper or foil liners. Whisk first 4 ingredients; set aside. Beat eggs and sugar on medium speed for 1 minute. Add oil and coconut extract; beat 1 minute more. Add half the flour mixture; beat on low speed. Combine coconut milk and vinegar. Add half to batter; beat just until combined. Beat in the remaining flour mixture, then the remaining coconut milk mixture just until smooth.
- Fill prepared cups two-thirds full. Bake until cupcakes are golden brown and spring back lightly when touched, 15-18 minutes (do not overbake). Cool on wire rack.
- For frosting, cream shortening and butter until light and fluffy. Beat in confectioners' sugar 1/2 cup at a time, adding finely chopped pineapple and pineapple juice after beating in 2 cups of sugar. Add additional confectioners' sugar and pineapple juice to reach desired consistency.
- Spoon frosting onto cupcakes. Top with toasted coconut and, if desired, chopped macadamia nuts.
Test Kitchen tips
Editor's NoteTo toast coconut, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until golden brown, stirring occasionally.
Nutrition Facts1 frosted cupcake: 533 calories, 29g fat (11g saturated fat), 51mg cholesterol, 287mg sodium, 67g carbohydrate (55g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
Aug 23, 2020
Fantastic! This definitely reminded me of Hawaii with the pineapple and coconut taste. I'm not too fond of shredded coconut, but I tried it out anyways and it turned out great. It was a nice balance between the frosting and the other toppings. I lack the decorating skills to make them look like they did in the picture, but they were delicious. I also had a significant amount of leftover frosting, but it's so delicious that I'm sure I'll find other uses for it besides the cupcakes. I will definitely be making these again.
Feb 11, 2018
At first, I couldn't decide whether not not I liked these, but I can't explain why. After eating 2, I decided to keep the recipe. They are really light and fluffy, including the frosting. I did have to bake them for about 5 minutes longer than the recipe said to. I also had a LOT of leftover frosting. These are very different and were a nice change.