The best thing about Cinco de Mayo is obviously the amazing food (and drinks). Yesterday I celebrated by making veggie tacos and baking this amazing recipe for piña colada cupcakes I found via Pinterest.
- 1/4 cup coconut rum (or other rum)
- 1/2 cup cream of coconut
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 3/4 cup flour
- 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
- pinch of salt (about 1/4 tsp)
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1~ 8 oz can crushed pineapple (or about 1 cup fresh crushed pineapple in its juice)
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
2. In a small mixing bowl, mix together the rum, coconut cream, pineapple with its juice, and vanilla.
3. In another small mix together the flour, baking powder and salt.
4. In a medium mixing bowl beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, then add the eggs one at a time, beating as you go.
5. While you’re mixing slowly add the rum mixture to the butter and sugar mixture.
6. Then add the flour mixture slowly until all the ingredients are well incorporated.
7. Fill cupcake wrappers 3/4 full and bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until tops are starting to turn lightly golden brown.
8. Let the cupcakes cool then ice them with the Coconut Cream Frosting.
Coconut Cream Frosting Ingredients:
- 16 oz cream cheese
- 1/2 cup butter
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 3-4 tbs coconut cream
- handful of shredded coconut (optional for garnish)
- 24 small pineapple slices (optional for garnish)
1. In a medium mixing bowl, cream together the butter, cream cheese, and coconut cream with a mixer.
2. Slowly add the powdered sugar and mix on low speed until it is completely incorporated.
3. Ice the cupcakes with a knife or your favorite decorator tip and a pastry bag.
4. Sprinkle on a little shredded coconut, and top with a small pineapple slice.
This recipe makes about 2 dozen cupcakes. We also made virgin piña colada smoothies from a recipe here. Everything turned out delicious! Although my opinion is a bit biased because of my slight obsession with pineapples, these recipes are definitely worth trying out. What did you do for Cinco de Mayo? What are your favourite Mexican recipes?