Pina Colada Cupcakes with Kiwi Frosting

Tropical Pina Colada Cake batter whipped into ultra moist and decadent Pina Colada Cupcakes with Kiwi Frosting. The taste of a birthday party and a fiesta rolled into one!

Pina Colada Cupcakes

I have a thing for Pina Coladas.

Smooth creamy coconut milk mixed with a punch of pineapple is often more than I can bear to resist.

When I was five months pregnant with my first child, my husband and I took a trip to Hawaii; sort of a last hurrah as non-parents. We lived it up as much as a couple can, when one of the two has a newly emerging belly.

Pina Colada Cake

I had just visited my doctor right before our trip and had another appointment scheduled one week after our return. When I weighed in after our vacation, the doctor scolded, “Sommer, what have you been doing? You gained THIRTEEN POUNDS in the last four weeks!!”

With my head hanging I admitted, “We’ve been in Hawaii for over two weeks, and I drank AT LEAST one virgin Pina Colada every day!”

I’m embarrassed to tell you, she was not happy, and I did not stay under the “appropriate” weight gain that pregnancy. Oh well, those were good virgin Pina Coladas. I didn’t even miss the rum.

Pineapple Cupcakes

These days I try to take it easy on such lavish treats as Pina Coladas, but I do indulge in a good Pina Colada cake here and there.

These Pina Colada Cupcakes with Kiwi Frosting are a new addiction in my house, and are even harder to resist than the beverage.

The Pina Colada cake batter is thick and rich, making a delicately moist cake with a tender crumb. Even without the kiwi frosting, these babies cause immediate obsession.

Kiwi FrostingCut the kiwi in half and scoop the felt out with a spoon.

Yet top the Pina Pina Colada Cupcakes with Kiwi Frosting, dotted with fresh tangy kiwi fruit and you have something truly enslaving.

With one bite, these seemingly innocent cupcakes will own you.

You’ve been warned.

Tropical Cupcakes

Jokes aside, this is my new favorite cupcake creation.

I have plenty of delicious cake and cupcake recipes here on ASP, but if I could talk you into making one variety, this would be it. Honestly, these Pina Colada Cupcakes with Kiwi Frosting are wonderful.

And just look at these marvelous edible flowers made out of dried pineapple and kiwi!

April Scharpf of April’s Edible Art makes beautiful and healthy dried fruit creations. She sells all natural flower picks for  edible arrangements or cake toppers, and dried fruit just for snacking. They taste as good as they look, and have no preservatives or added sugar.

Make sure to check out her site. The cinnamon apples are pretty amazing as well.

Coconut Cupcakes

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Chai Latte Cupcakes

Coconut Nutella Cupcakes

Pistachio Cupcakes with Pink Champagne Frosting

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes ~ Annie’s Eats

Apple Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting ~ Baking = Love

Chocolate Beehive Cupcakes ~ Sweetopia

Tres Leches Cupcakes ~ Bakers Royale

Pina Colada Cupcakes with Kiwi Frosting

Yield: 32 cupcakes

Prep Time:30 minutes

Cook Time:30 minutes

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For the Pina Colada Cupcakes:

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 sticks softened unsalted butter (1 1/2 cups)
  • 6 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 15 ounces can crushed pineapple, drained (1 cup)

For the Kiwi Frosting:

  • 2 sticks softened unsalted butter (1 cup)
  • 2 – 8 ounce packages cream cheese, softened
  • 2 ripe kiwis, peeled
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 pinches salt
  • 10-12 cups powdered sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line muffins tins with paper liners (about 32.)
  2. With an electric mixer, beat the sugar and softened butter until extremely light and fluffy, 3-5 minutes. Don’t rush this part!
  3. With the mixer still running, slowly add the eggs to the creamed sugar mixture. Then beat in the vanilla.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  5. Turn the mixer on low and alternate adding the dry mixture and the coconut milk to the mixing bowl until bowl are well combined. Scrape the bowl and add in the shredded coconut and crushed pineapple. Mix just enough to combine.
  6. Using a 1/4 cup scoop, fill the liners 3/4 full. Bake for 25-35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  7. Cool completely before frosting.
  8. Meanwhile, Place the peeled kiwis in the blender and puree until smooth.
  9. With the electric mixer, beat the softened butter and cream cheese until fluffy. Make SURE they are both room temperature or you’ll end up with clumpy frosting.
  10. Add the kiwi, vanilla and salt. Then slowly add the powdered sugar. Continue adding the powdered sugar until you reach the desired consistency.
  11. Frost and enjoy!
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39 comments on “Pina Colada Cupcakes with Kiwi Frosting

  1. Caroline Myersposted October 12, 2017 at 3:22 pm Reply

    Oh, so yummy…just close your eyes while consuming & these cupcakes transfer you to an island getaway…blue ocean waves lapping at the sandy beach while soft ocean breezes ruffle the palm tree leaves….you get the picture. Oh, I definitely want another cupcake! Thank you so much for this recipe.

    Rating: 5
  2. Marian (Sweetopia)posted February 16, 2015 at 1:48 pm Reply

    Gorgeous – I love them!

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  8. maryposted March 31, 2013 at 8:34 am Reply

    did some research. for the amount of eggs in the recipe one should use approximately 10 ounces of butter I stick plus 2 tablespoons. 6 eggs weigh approximately 10-11 ounces. butter should be same amount.
    also did not make frosting. but 10-12 cups confectioners sugar seems like a lot of sugar to use in any recipe.

  9. maryposted March 31, 2013 at 7:35 am Reply

    I did make these. disappointed. either way to much butter or not enough leavening. gummy interior. did not rise. and yes all of my ingredients are fresh. I only use high quality ingredients.

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  12. BEBEposted August 2, 2012 at 12:52 pm Reply

    I was hoping to read reviews from people who have actually made these. How many “They look amazing!” comments do we need?

  13. Ericaposted July 4, 2012 at 1:58 pm Reply

    I’m planning to create these for my girlfriend’s bachelorette party! In the pictures, the frosting looks a bit on the soft side. It’s been really hot in my apartment lately (summer, go figure!) so I really don’t want the frosting to melt off… Do you think it will hold up?


  14. Feast on the Cheapposted May 21, 2012 at 5:23 pm Reply

    OK, these are just way too cute to eat. I am totally impressed

  15. marlaposted May 19, 2012 at 7:37 am Reply

    These are beautiful and sooooo creative. Love the Kiwi leaves!

  16. Aprilposted May 16, 2012 at 5:12 am Reply

    I love the kiwi colored mixer!

  17. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchenposted May 16, 2012 at 2:23 am Reply

    I’ve always been a sucker for Pina Coladas too so this is right up my alley!

  18. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Loveposted May 15, 2012 at 3:22 pm Reply

    I love so many things about this post! I adore Pina Coladas too. So dangerous! These cupcakes are so fabulous and I love the kiwi frosting!

  19. myfudoposted May 15, 2012 at 4:57 am Reply

    Can’t go to Hawaii very soon so I guess having these treats will bring my spirit to Hawaii…Gee! Thanks! A tropical treat, indeed!

  20. Kimberly (unrivaledkitch)posted May 15, 2012 at 12:56 am Reply

    these are so beautiful. I love the kiwi and Pina Colada combination

  21. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppersposted May 14, 2012 at 10:13 pm Reply

    Oh my gosh, these are adorable! One of my favorite drinks, made into a cupcake. Yum!

  22. Emily @ Life on Foodposted May 14, 2012 at 5:48 pm Reply

    Cupcakes just make me happy and these are no exception. Super cute!

  23. Denise @ Creative Kitchenposted May 14, 2012 at 4:31 pm Reply

    Love hearing about your last hurrah in Hawaii Sommer! I lived in Hawaii for 3 years, and it’s hard not to want to enjoy the tropical drinks everyday! :) Your pina colada cupcakes look and sound amazing! Wish I had one right now.

  24. Jersey Girl Cooksposted May 14, 2012 at 3:26 pm Reply

    Gorgeous cupcakes! They look amazing!

  25. Renee @ Tortillas and Honeyposted May 14, 2012 at 1:54 pm Reply

    Yeah, vacations and I don’t get along. It’s like I gain a pound a day and the weight never seems to go away. :-( If I were on vacation, I’d eat one of these cupcakes every day. And kiwi icing– well, that just sounds amazing!

  26. Nisrineposted May 14, 2012 at 1:46 pm Reply

    Oh dear.. I love everything pina colada and I have yet to have it in a cupcake. Brilliant!

  27. tanya schroederposted May 14, 2012 at 1:45 pm Reply

    I love how creamy and smooth the frosting looks! I could swim in it I think. Nice summer time cupcake, would be good for Memorial Day!

  28. Tara @ Unsophisticookposted May 14, 2012 at 10:31 am Reply

    LOVE the dried pineapple and kiwi flower toppers!!!

  29. Suziposted May 14, 2012 at 8:54 am Reply

    Wow, these are beauties and sound delicious. Love the kiwi frosting.

  30. Angieposted May 14, 2012 at 8:46 am Reply

    Beautiful Cupcakes Sommer!

  31. Victoriaposted May 14, 2012 at 8:40 am Reply

    These cupcakes are fantastic! Pina Coladas are my favorite too :)

  32. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cookingposted May 14, 2012 at 8:22 am Reply

    These cupcakes are crazy gorgeous, Sommer! I think my mom would have been in heaven if I made her these. Great summery recipe!

  33. Paula- bell'alimentoposted May 14, 2012 at 8:18 am Reply

    Love the flavors & love the presentation Sommer!

  34. Heather @girlichefposted May 14, 2012 at 8:13 am Reply

    Such fantastic flavors – so summery and tropical. I’d LOVE these. And those pineapple flowers are so incredibly cool. I’m definitely going to have to check out how to do that. :D

  35. Staci @ ClickandCookRecipesposted May 14, 2012 at 8:06 am Reply

    OMG…not only do these sound amazing, but I can actually get all the ingredients here! (we are Americans currently living in Saudi Arabia) Can’t wait to make these…thank you for a wonderful recipe!

  36. Heather (Heather's Dish)posted May 14, 2012 at 7:55 am Reply

    love the hawaii story…it’s a good thing we didn’t go when i was pregnant otherwise my weight gain would have been crazy!

  37. bake your dayposted May 14, 2012 at 7:47 am Reply

    Summer in a cupcake right here. I love these Sommer!

  38. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinchposted May 14, 2012 at 7:42 am Reply

    YUM! This sounds like the perfect cupcake for summertime by the pool!

  39. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugarposted May 14, 2012 at 6:22 am Reply

    These sound fabulous! Love it!