Monday, July 19, 2010

July Cupkins (Pina Colada Cupcakes): Better late than never!

Has this summer been a busy one for you?  I can't believe that we're already inching towards the end of July and that it will be fall before we know where we are.

With all of the traveling, family "stuff," showers and babies, busy work and school schedules and more - it's been a challenge to keep up with blogging to say the least!  Meg has been equally busy - and although we're a little late on Cupkins this month (VERY late - on my part!) we've made it!  These pictures of my Pina Colada cupcakes may not be the most creative you've ever seen, but trust me - they are delicious!  The photos just don't do them justice!

So take a few minutes, relax, and enjoy today's edition of Cupcakes - a collaboration between Meg over at Mega•Crafty and I.  This month our theme is "Tropical" and I don't know about you, but I sure wish I was on a beach someplace tropical right now!  : )

Joanne's Pina Colada Cupcakes

For the cupcakes... combine one box of white cake mix with three egg whites and 1 loaded cup of crushed pineapple in juice (don't drain!)  Mix on low in a stand mixer and scrape edges of bowl as needed until combined.  Don't over-mix!  Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full and bake for 16 minutes (or until a cake tester comes out clean) at 350 degrees.

For the frosting... In a stand mixer, combine 1 stick of butter with 8oz of cream cheese until creamed and combined.  Add a glug (yup, that's a technical term!) of clear vanilla extract, and 2 glugs (yup, pretty scientific!) of milk - then gradually add 1lb of powdered sugar until desired consistency is reached.

Spread onto tops of cooled cupcakes with a spatula or palette knife... be generous!

Sprinkle coconut on top of the cupcakes, and devour!  : )

I hope everyone's week is off to a great start!  Now head over to Meg's place to check out her delicious looking Toasted Coconut and Dark Chocolate Chunk Muffins!  YUM!


Maiden Jane said...

really pretty Joanne!

Meg@MegaCrafty said...

YUM- I love coconut and pineapple. These look great!