Pina colada cupcakes recipe

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Pina colada cupcakes
  • healthy
Preparation Time37 mins (including icing time)
Cooking Time20 mins
Total Time57 mins
Cost RangeMid
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories226 Kcal11%
Sugar31.6 g35%
Fat6.1 g9%
Saturated Fat4 g20%
Protein2.3 g5%
Carbohydrates39.9 g15%

These boozy Pina colada cupcakes have a sweet, tropical coconut and pineapple flavour.

Each Pina colada cupcake is topped with a sticky glaze made from just three ingredients; sugar, egg white, and coconut rum. This cupcake recipe is ideal for birthday parties or special occasions. Finish your cupcakes with mini umbrellas and straws.


  • 55g/2oz unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 140g/5oz sugar
  • 120ml/4floz coconut milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 140g/5oz plain flour
  • 2tsp baking powder
  • 425g/15oz can of pineapple rings, drained and chopped small

For the icing:

  • 175g/6oz caster sugar
  • 1 egg white
  • 2tbsp coconut rum, like Malibu




  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas 4. Line a 12-hole non-stick muffin tin with paper cases.
  2. Cream the butter and the sugar together until light and fluffy. Mix the coconut milk and egg together and add to the butter and sugar. don’t worry if it looks a little curdled at this stage.
  3. Sift the flour with the baking powder and add to the mixture, followed by the chopped pineapple.
  4. Divide the mixture between the muffin cases and bake in the oven for 20 mins until springy to the touch. Leave to cool on a wire rack.
  5. Place the icing ingredients in a heatproof bowl and place over a bowl of hot (not boiling) water. Use an electric whisk to beat the mixture until it thickens and forms soft peaks when you lift the whisk. This should take 5-6 mins. Remove the bowl from the heat and spread the icing on the cupcakes, working quickly before the icing sets. Decorate as you please.

Top tips for making Pina colada cupcakes

Not suitable for children: These cupcakes contain alcohol! If you're making these for kids, leave the rum out of the icing.

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Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 11 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies