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Pina Colada Cupcakes with Kiwi Frosting

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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.

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Pina Colada Cupcakes with Kiwi Frosting

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Tropical Pina Colada Cake batter whipped into ultra moist and decadent Pina Colada Cupcakes with Kiwi Frosting.
Servings: 32 cupcakes


For the Pina Colada Cupcakes:

For the Kiwi Frosting:


  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line muffins tins with paper liners (about 32).
  • With an electric mixer, beat the sugar and softened butter until extremely light and fluffy, 3-5 minutes. Don't rush this part!
  • With the mixer still running, slowly add the eggs to the creamed sugar mixture. Then beat in the vanilla.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cool completely before frosting.
  • Meanwhile, place the peeled kiwis in the blender and puree until smooth.
  • 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.
  • Add the kiwi, vanilla and salt. Then slowly add the powdered sugar. Continue adding the powdered sugar until you reach the desired consistency.
  • Frost and enjoy!


Serving: 1cupcake, Calories: 449kcal, Carbohydrates: 65g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Cholesterol: 76mg, Sodium: 186mg, Potassium: 139mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 54g, Vitamin A: 580IU, Vitamin C: 6.8mg, Calcium: 43mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Cupcakes
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Author: Sommer Collier

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39 comments on “Pina Colada Cupcakes with Kiwi Frosting”

  1. 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.

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  7. 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.

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

  12. 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?


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

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

  15. I love the kiwi colored mixer!

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

  17. 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!

  18. 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!

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

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

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

  22. 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.

  23. Gorgeous cupcakes! They look amazing!

  24. 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!

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

  26. 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!

  27. LOVE the dried pineapple and kiwi flower toppers!!!

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

  29. Beautiful Cupcakes Sommer!

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

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

  32. Love the flavors & love the presentation Sommer!

  33. 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

  34. 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!

  35. 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!

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

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