Pineapple and coconut cupcakes

I enjoy trying out different flavour combinations and love the way pineapple and coconut compliment each other perfectly. Just think of a Piña colada!

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Recipe (makes 12)


  • 120g plain flour
  • 140g caster sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp baking power
  • a pinch of salt
  • 40g unsalted butter
  • 120ml coconut milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 9 canned pineapple rings cut into small bite size pieces
  • desiccated coconut to decorate

Coconut frosting

  • 250g icing sugar
  • 80g unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp coconut milk


  • Preheat the oven to 170oC
  • Use an electric hand whisk to mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and butter. You need to make sure you get a sandy texture.
  • Combine the coconut milk and the vanilla in a separate bowl and gradually whisk this into the dry ingredients.
  • Whisk in the egg until all the ingredients are combined but not over mixed.
  • Place the pineapple into the cupcake cases, making sure each person has a little bite and they are not upset about missing their fruit.
  • Divide the cupcake batter between the cases, making sure the cases are 2/3 full. A clever trick is using an ice cream scoop for this part! Fun and efficient!
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden and the cakes are springy to touch.
  • Leave to cool on a wired rack.
  • Meanwhile, make the frosting by whisking, with an electric whisk, the icing sugar and butter. Gradually add to this the coconut milk until it is all smooth and tasty.
  • Pipe the cupcakes in a circular motion or simply use a palette knife to smother the frosting over.
  • Sprinkle over desiccated coconut.
  • Give to people you like.

Pineapple and coconut cupcakes

Mmmm. Surely it is healthy, the fact it has fruit in right?

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