June 18, 2012

Adventures in Baking: Luau Cupcakes

I was looking for a delicious desert to take to a cookout the other week and came across these yummy looking cupcakes on Pinterest, but the directions weren't so hot. However, they came out amazing so I am passing on the goodness. 

{:By the way the cupcakes were a HUGE hit. Not only do they look pretty they taste amazing:}

What you will need:
- Golden Vanilla Cake Mix
- Pineapple Chunks in their own juice
- Coconut Flakes
- Maraschino Cherries
- Butter Cream Icing

To make the cupcakes: Cook the cupcakes according to the directions on the box, but replace the 1 cup of water with 1 cup of pineapple juice
{: If you buy a 20 oz. can of pineapple chunks their is exactly 1 cup of juice}

Browning the Coconut: While the cupcakes are baking brown about 1/3 of the bag of coconut flakes. Brown the coconut by putting about a tablespoon of butter in a small skillet. Melt it on low heat on your stovetop. Add the coconut flakes and continually stir them. When they are brown they should look like this.

Once the cupcakes are done allow them to cool.
While the cupcake are cooling for you to ice them I recommend placing the pineapple chunks and cherries you will be using for the top on a paper towel so they can dry some.
 Ice the cupcakes with the butter cream icing then roll the edges of the cupcakes in your toasted coconut. To finish off the cupcake place your pineapple chunks and cherries on top.

Now you have cupcakes that are a perfect addition to summer party.

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