Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Vanessa McNeil Rocchio
Hands-on Time
30 Mins
Total Time
4 Hours 5 Mins
Makes 2 dozen

These delectable Pineapple-Coconut Cupcakes with Buttermilk-Cream Cheese Frosting start with a cake mix and are a favorite dessert for any gathering. Make an impression by making birds' nests with malted milk balls and edible paper as a garnish for these cupcakes.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 325°. Place baking cups in 2 (12-cup) muffin pans, and lightly coat with cooking spray.

Step 2

Beat eggs at medium speed with an electric mixer 2 minutes. Add sour cream and next 3 ingredients, beating well after each addition. Add cake mix, and beat at low speed just until blended. Spoon batter into prepared cups, filling three-fourths full.

Step 3

Bake at 325° for 25 to 27 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from pans to wire racks, and cool completely (about 45 minutes).

Step 4

Scoop out centers of cupcakes, using a 1-inch melon baller and leaving a 1/2-inch border around edges. Discard or reserve centers for another use. Spoon a heaping tablespoonful Pineapple Filling into center of each cupcake.

Step 5

Pipe cupcakes with Buttermilk-Cream Cheese Frosting.

Step 6


Step 7

Pineapple-Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Buttermilk-Cream Cheese Frosting: Omit buttermilk and cream of coconut. Prepare recipe as directed through Step 2, adding 1 cup finely grated carrots; 1 (8-oz.) can crushed pineapple in juice, well drained; 1/2 cup finely chopped toasted pecans; 1/4 cup vegetable oil; 1 tsp. ground cinnamon; and 1/2 tsp. ground ginger before adding cake mix, beating well after each addition. Proceed with recipe as directed.

Chef's Notes

We tested with Wilton Sugar Sheets Edible Decorating Paper.

Ratings & Reviews

elainebock's Review

April 10, 2014

SweetBaker34's Review

June 09, 2013

y48blackberry's Review

April 30, 2012
Great tasting cupcakes but had way too much icing and leftover pineapple filling. Icing was very runny...but delicious! I divided icing and added additional powdered sugar to give the frosting more body, but it still did not retain piping shape on cupcakes. I only got 18 cupcakes and used leftover cake, filling and icing to make small dessert for my husband and me!

RosieLuvRN's Review

April 09, 2012