Friday, October 23, 2009

If you like pina coladas...

Pineapple cake topped with Pina Colada buttercream and shredded coconut

Have you heard that Iron Cupcake is back? Another reason to bake some cupcake delights! To kickstart the second year of Iron Cupcake we have an interesting challenge - the theme this time was music. So of course I started to rack my brain for cupcake worthy songs, and I came up with... If You Like Pina Coladas!

So if you in fact do like Pina Coladas may I suggest that you try out these cupcakes, especially the buttercream (drool).

Pineapple Cupcakes (adapted from Planet Cake)
Makes 12

175g unsalted butter, softened
160g caster sugar
1 tsp natural vanilla extract
1 tsp grated lemon zest
2 eggs
160g self-raising flour
100g plain flour
200ml milk
440g tin of crushed pineapple, well drained (reserve the juice for the buttercream)
1/4 cup desiccated coconut
1/3 cup honey
50g unsalted butter, extra
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C and line 2 12-hole muffin trays with paper cases.
  2. Beat butter, sugar, vanilla, lemon zest and a pinch of salt until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  3. Sift the flours together. Using a wooden spoon, fold the flour and milk alternately into the creamed mixture.
  4. Spoon mixture into the paper cases. Top each cupcake with crushed pineapple and a sprinkle of coconut.
  5. Beat the extra butter with the honey until creamy. Spoon some of the honey mixture over each cupcake - not too much!
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Leave in tray for 5 minutes and then transfer to wire racks to cool.

Pina Colada Buttercream

160g cream cheese, softened
60g unsalted butter, softened
500g icing sugar, sifted
2 tsp coconut essence
2 tsp pineapple juice
  1. Beat the cream cheese and butter until creamy.
  2. Add the icing sugar, coconut essence and pineapple juice and beat until combined.

To assemble the cupcakes top each with a swirl of the buttercream, then flatten out the frosting and roll it in some shredded coconut. Decorate with a bendy straw and cocktail umbrella.

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boots said...

yum yum

Chatterbox said...

These look gorgeous Alicia.
I liked the idea of adding a cocktail umbrella to the yummmy cupcake. Superb presentation.

Thanks for sharing :)


Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

These are too adorable, Alicia! I'm waiting for the last minute to make/post mine hehe. Hope I get it in on time.

Paris Pastry said...

Another cupcake delight!!! Very festive! I've always wanted to try a pineapple cake, yours sounds delish!

Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog said...

What a fun idea! I love that you stuck a straw and umbrella in the cupcake, I'll have to steal that :).

Susan said...

That looks so so so good, and I just don't know how I'm going to make it through the night without making it... I am a coconut/pina colada fanatic. Uber fanatic. Looks a little summery for fall, but I think we could all use a little vacation, no?

Gabbi said...

I saw, you made me gasp when I saw the cupcake photo and I read the title! I know I say this a lot about various things you post :) but I LOVE pineapple!! So hungry now...

Rose said...

What a great topic for iron cupcake. And a great recipe you choose! Love the little umbrella in the cupcake :)


cookies and cups said...

That sounds so delicious!! What did you and your hubby rate it?

Miss Dot said...

Oh what a great cupcake! I saw the theme for this month and didn't come up with something in time :-/ Great job, though!

Ash said...

I'm thinking I'm gonna like these!! Anything with coconut is good to me!!

drollgirl said...

i love the song! i hate coconut, but your creations are just BEAUTIFUL! so lovely! and i always love your photographs, too!

Elissa said...

Perfect for summer!

Chantel said...

You made cupcakes with little unbrellas!! :)

I was hoping you'd do it someday...

These sound and look so delicous!

I love Co-conutty flavours

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