Strawberry Piña Colada Cupcakes

The Story:

School has started and with that comes taking notes.  Being the senior in college that I am, I really don’t like to lug around a bunch of notebooks.  I take my computer to school to work on the site and editing photos, so I try to take notes electronically.  The problem is, now that I have written 80+ recipes this summer on my computer for my book, I keep finding things like “Tbsp.” and the words “preheat your oven” and I find periods after all my C’s because I had to abbreviate “cup” to “C.” in all my recipes this summer.  So maybe trying to take notes on my computer is a bad idea… Maybe I should take no notes a all?

I hope you enjoy this strawberry cupcake with a little twist.[end-story]

Strawberry Piña Colada Cupcakes

Yield: 24 cupcakes

Strawberry Piña Colada Cupcakes


Coconut Cupcakes:
1 box white cake mix
4 egg whites
1/3 C. oil
1 C. coconut milk
1 1/2 tsp. coconut extract
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Pineapple Filling:
1/2 C. sugar
4 Tbsp. flour
1 egg
1 C. crushed pineapple, drained
1/2 C. pineapple juice
2 Tbsp. butter
Strawberry Buttercream:
1 C. butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
2-4 Tbsp. Strawberry puree, fresh berries put through a blender
3-4 C. powdered sugar
Flaked Coconut for decoration


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line your pans with cupcake liners.
2. Sift cake mix into a small bowl and set aside.
3. In a large bowl, combine eggs, oil, coconut milk, coconut extract and vanilla extract.
4. Stir in cake mix until smooth.
5. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full and bake for 17-22 minutes or until an inserted knife comes our clean.
6. Filling: Over medium heat, combine all ingredients (except butter) and stir constantly until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in butter, let cool completely.
7. Once cupcakes and filling has cooled, cut out a hole from the top of the cupcake and fill it generously with pineapple filling.
8. Buttercream: Beat butter for 2 minutes. Add vanilla extract and 2 Tbsp. strawberry puree. Slowly add powdered sugar until you reach your desired consistency, add more strawberry puree if buttercream become stop thick. Add 2 tsp. strawberry flavored gelatin for added color and flavor.
9. Pipe buttercream over filled cupcakes and top with flaked coconut.


35 thoughts on “Strawberry Piña Colada Cupcakes

  1. 1
    Mary Juckett says:

    where do you buy crushed coconut?….I am a bit confused as to pinapple filling, but there is no pinapple in it….just juice, correct? I love all of your recipes…..You are my idol!

  2. 2
    Fatima says:

    Great idea Lizzy, do NOT TAKE NOTES AT ALL …………. JUST BAKE BAKE BAKE BAKE!!!!!!! my last year on college I became a cupcakestinator thanks to your recipes!! hahahahaha I just bake your lemon puppy seed and blueberry frosting last week and again…IT WAS A HIT!!!!!!!! everybody likes your cupcakes I am your fan # 1!!!!

  3. 3

    Lizzy, you come up with combinations so different for cupcakes! So glad I subscribed to your blog! Keep up the good work!

  4. 4
    Alison says:

    Absolutely fabulous cupcakes! This is the third kind of yours that we have tried and I’m told it is the favorite. Can’t wait to buy your cookbook!

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      Alita says:

      Made your strawberry cupcakes last week… The were a hit.. Never made homemade buttercream frosting before was very surprised and excited that it came out EXCELLENT!!! I’m enjoying the cookbook thanks for sharing;)

  5. 5

    Your cupcakes look amazing! So cute frosting color! I adore all cupcakes on your blog! I would really like to showcase some of these gorgeous recipes on my cupcake recipes and ideas blog if you agree.

  6. 6
    Bailey says:

    Haha! that story is hilarious! These look delicious!

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  8. 8
    Thamara says:

    Hi! I just want to ask you, ” strawberry flavored gelatin” is gelatin in powder??? Greetings from Venezuela. I looooove your receipes and tutorials!

  9. 9
    Jenny says:

    I just made this strawberry buttercream today to top a devil’s food cupcake I made…wow…it is insane good! I literally scraped the leftovers out of the bowl and ate it! Lizzy you are amazing, I love your blog!!! <3

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  11. 11
    Brittany says:

    These look delicious. Do you use coconut milk in a can or the refrigerated kind? Thanks!

  12. 12
    Brandy says:

    Yum! Made these for our Easter Brunch. They are wonderful!

  13. 13
    Debbie says:

    This looks and sounds so good. Was wondering if you can use somthing besides pineapple for the filling? Can’t wait to try several of your recipes since i’m fairly new at this. Thanks for your help and advice. 🙂

  14. 14
    Julie says:

    You said you used canned coconut milk, do you mean the thick sweetened kind or the milk substitute kind? I can not wait to try them.

  15. 15
    Jenny O says:

    Found your recipe on a Facebook page called Holidays. Made these delicious cupcakes this evening and they are absolutely divine. Posted up on my blog with a direct link back to your page so everyone knows who the credit goes to! Nice job on these, they truly are delicious!

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    Tanya says:

    Looks amazing! Going to try the icing on my daughters bday cake. Does it need to be refrigerated if I ice it a day before?

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    Jory says:

    i LOVE your recipes. They are always a big hit with my family and friends. I’m making these this weekend. I have never used gelatin in frosting before…when is it added? Does it need to be dissolved in hot water first? Is it just Jello powder? Thanks!

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    Cynthia says:

    Hi Lizzy. Where can I find the coconut extract? I ran out of places to check. I only found imitation.

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    Kiya says:

    Made these right now and they are delish! I like the flavor combination! Thank you for sharing : )

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    Linda says:

    hi Lizzy! Love your recipes. I want to make this for my brothers graduation party as a cake rather than cupcakes. I need to feed 30-40 people. How many times do I need to multiple the ingredients to have enough of everything, and what size cake do you recommend? This is a HS grad party for a teenage boy. Thanks!!

  21. 21
    Mari says:

    Hi! I enjoy your blog very much and all your cupcake recipes. A question, is the coconut milk from a can or a carton? Thanks for your response.

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    Shelby says:

    If i wanted to make this cake batter into a layer cake – how many 8 inch rounds would this batter fill?

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