Strawberry Colada Cupcakes

Strawberry Coconut Cupcakes

The Story:

As an official 23-year-old I thought I was all grown up and too good for sunscreen.  Yes, me and my ghostly pale skin.  So there I was on the beaches of San Diego basking in the sunlight with no protection.  A light breeze, the surfer boys running by in their wetsuits and the sounds of the volleyball game 50 yards away filled the air.  3 hours later… I was a little pink, but I felt okay.  Then after a stroll through the mall I caught a my reflection in a Nordstrom mirror.

Lobster. [end-story]

Strawberry Colada Cupcakes


Coconut Cake:
1 box white cake mix
3 eggs
1/3 Cup oil
1 C. coconut milk
1/3 C. sour cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp. coconut extract
Strawberry Buttercream:
1 C. butter, softened
4-5 C. powdered sugar
2-3 tbsp. strawberry jam or preserve
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Shredded Coconut


1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line pans with cupcake liners.
2. Sift cake mix into a small bowl and set aside.
3. In a large bowl combine eggs, oils, coconut milk, sour cream, vanilla extract and coconut extract.
4. Add cake mix and stir until smooth.
5. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full and bake for 17-22 minutes or until an inserted knife comes out clean.
6. Buttercream: Beat butter for 2 minutes. Add in powdered sugar until thick. Add strawberry jam 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach the right flavoring. Taste to test 🙂 Mix in vanilla extract.
7. Pipe buttercream onto cooled cupcakes.
8. Place shredded coconut into a bowl and roll frosted cupcakes into it to smother with coconut.

Strawberry Colada CupcakeStrawberry Colada Cupcakes

90 thoughts on “Strawberry Colada Cupcakes

  1. 1
    Deena says:

    How could I make this with a homemade white cake recipe? What would I take out and keep in for the mix? Thanks for the recipe, cannot wait to try it :]

  2. 2
    Kim says:

    If you go back a bit in Lizzy’s posts she gives you the recipe for a basic white cake mix.

    Lizzy, I love your blog and your yummy recipes! Thanks for sharing! I plan to get myself one of your books!!

  3. 3
    Marion Myers says:

    Lovely cupcakes as always! Love your blog, Lizzy. Please protect your skin always sweetie. My daughter was just diagnosed with melanoma at age 20. Melanoma is on the rise in young adults and this cancer is not joke; it has been a very scary experience. She had to drop everything and come home from college for surgery. Fortunately, it appears we caught it early, but she is now a cancer patient being monitored by an oncologist for recurrence. Her story and info on melanoma here:

  4. 4

    Yum! I will definitely be making these!!

  5. 5
    Norma I. Velez says:

    Please, I want a receive your recipes in Spanish…

  6. 6
    Cheryl Lason says:

    Even though I cannot eat dairy, I always go to your recipes when I need to take something for dessert. Everyone always enjoys them very much! I love the pictures, they are beautiful. I also enjoy your posts along with the recipes. I do hope you will use sunscreen, in the long run you will be thankful you did.

  7. 7
    Melissa @ Daisycakes says:

    Lizzie, as always the story and cupcakes are brilliant. I love the liners – where did you get them? Thanks & happy baking!

  8. 8
    Tia Annie says:

    Lizzy, may I substitute “light” coconut milk with the regular one?

    Just because I have one of those in my cubbie:)

    Thank you in advance.

  9. 9
    Ms. BettySue Baker says:

    Lizzy – when will your cookbook be out?! I’m so excited!

  10. 10
    Denise says:

    Lizzy, LOL, I think we’ve all done that too!! 😀 Us gals, with our milky white complexions don’t do well on sunny days!! Haha, oh I remember the days, thanks for the delicious recipe too.

  11. 11
    Auntiepatch says:

    Lizzy, Lizzy, Lizzy! WHAT were you thinking??? You MUST wear sunscreen EVERY TIME you go out into the sun! I am 62 and have no wrinkles while my SUN GODDESS twin sister looks like my grandmother. Remember that the next time you go without sunscreen!!! Just saying……!

  12. 12
    Amber says:

    Did you use canned coconut milk or the refrigerated 1/2gal size?

  13. 13

    LOL I always think I’m too good for sunscreen too

  14. 14
    MrsAB says:

    Looking forward to trying this recipe!

    Lizzy, will you be trying a strawberry base cake any time soon?

  15. 15
    Bailey says:

    those look soooo good!! the little cap of coconut on top is really simple yet pretty! and i hope you’re ok from your sunburn!!!

  16. 16
    debbie says:

    You make the best cupcakes! I’ve been following your blog for a while now and when you mentioned you were sunburned I had to write…please be careful. I am 55 and spent many summers literally frying myself at the beach as a teen. I’ve had two basal cell skin cancers removed and I’m lucky that’s all it’s been. The sun also ages the skin terribly and you are just too pretty to let that happen. Don’t bake your skin – just bake cupcakes!!!!

  17. 17
    Edith says:

    Okay. I will have to turn these into Piña Colada cupcakes! Thanks, Lizzy.

    You see what you have done to all the mother-hens in the netherworld that is the internet. You have made us care for you! Take care of your beautiful self.


  18. 18
    Nancy H says:

    Hey Lizzy, just found your blog! SO EXCITED TO TRY THESE. I usually stick to plain chocolate or vanilla cupcakes, but now that I found your recipes, I’m surely gonna try these all. Going to the grocery store to get these ingredients! Thanks Lizzy!

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    Gina V says:

    I love coconut so I had to try these. I made them this weekend and they are so yummy. Can’t wait for the book to come out.

  20. 20
    Andrea says:

    Hey Lizzy. This recipe looks so good! I have definitely planned to make this in a few days for a pary, but I had a question about the recipe. Have you ever used Yellow Cake mix for this recipe? Will it have a different flavor if I use that instead?

  21. 21
    JoAnn says:

    Hi Lizzy, I have preordered your cookbook. Can’t wait for it to get here! I have made a bunch of your cupcakes and they are always a hit. What brand of coconut milk do you use? I bought a can to make these cupcakes and it didn’t smell like coconut or taste like coconut at all. It actually tasted spoiled, maybe. Thanks for a great blog!!!

    • 21.1

      I use different brands just depending on what is at the store that I go to that day. The Chaokoh brand is good but I seem to stay away from the Thai brands. I don’t know why, I just think thai and cupcakes don’t match haha

  22. 22
    Shannon says:

    How many cupcakes does this recipe make?

  23. 23
    Kimmy says:

    I made these for my mom for Mother’s Day she loved them she’s a coconut/strawberry fiend. My whole family loved them my sister said they were perfect summer time cupcakes 🙂

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