If you like pina coladas…

So this past weekend was my mother’s birthday and no one loves the summer more than her. My family rented a beach house for the week and being that I just started a new job wasn’t able to take off any days but drove (6 hours) up to Bethany to celebrate with my beautiful mom and of course I was in charge of the cupcakes….

This is the recipe I used but after tasting it I would add rum to the cupcakes and throw in some coconut to make it taste more tropical.

To make the pina colada cupcakes you’ll need….

Pineapple Cupcakes
(recipe by Glorious Treats)

2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 eggs
1 3/4 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup sour cream
1 1/2 cups canned crushed pineapple (drained slightly)

Directions-
1. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.
2. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the eggs and sugar until slightly thickened and a light cream color (about 2 minutes).
3. On low speed, mix in the oil and vanilla until blended.
4. Add in the pineapple and sour cream and mix until fully incorporated.
5. Add the flour mixture and blend until just combined and smooth.
6. Line a cupcake pan with 12 paper liners and fill about 2/3 full.
7. Bake cupcakes in a pre-heated 350*F oven for about 22 minutes.
8. Remove from pan and cool on wire rack.
9. Frost with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe below)

For the Frosting you’ll need…

Β½ cup (1 stick/8 Tablespoons) butter, at room temperature
8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (always use pure vanilla extract if possible)
1 1/2 teaspoons coconut extract (you may want to start with just 1 teaspoon of coconut extract, you can always add more, but you can’t take it out!)
4 cups powdered confectioners sugar
1 Tablespoon heavy cream, heavy whipping cream or milk
1 Tablespoon (or more) of Rum

Directions:
1. Place butter and cream cheese (both at room temp) in a large mixing bowl and blend until smooth.
2. Add vanilla extract, rum, and coconut extract
3. Beat/Whip until all blended

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