Monday, 29 July 2013

It's tiki time!

While we are on the subject of cupcakes, here's a quickie on  piña colada cupcakes made for a friend's tiki-themed birthday party this past Saturday.

Here is the VERY easy-to-follow recipe from Betty Crocker (yes, I used a box mix again).

I very much liked adapting a box mix - had that unique feel that you get from making homemade cupcakes without as much work.

The recipe calls for Betty Crocker's "Yellow" cake mix - this is purely for colour, not taste.

Mix the cake mix, 3 eggs, 1/3 cup (or less if coconut) oil, 8 oz of crushed pineapple, and teaspoon of rum extract (or half teaspoon of rum) in a bowl, then dole out into your lined cupcake tins.

*On the ingredients...
I didn't have rum extract so I used regular rum - only half a teaspoon. And again, I subbed coconut oil  for vegetable oil (so using between 1/4 and 1/3 cup). I couldn't find an 8 oz can of crushed pineapple, only 14oz. The only option was the No Name brand and it was in the aisle with snacks, fruit cups, and other canned fruit - near the baking ingredients and whatnot. 



Bake at 375 for 15 to 20 minutes - mine came out right at 15 minutes. 

  

While they are cooling, mix icing ingredients together. The recipe calls for the Betty Crocker "Whipped Vanilla" icing. It was a dollar cheaper to get No Name vanilla, and you got more - so obviously I got No Name. 

Since I was working with more icing, I doubled all the add-ins. Open up your can of icing and add in 1 teaspoon coconut extract (I subbed coconut milk) and 1 teaspoon rum extract (1/2 teaspoon rum). Stir it all up, ice cupcakes!

Throw down a bunch of shredded coconut on a plate.



Dip the tops in so they get a nice coating. 



Voila!
  

Some other fun Tiki-birthday accoutrements... 


Meet Melon Shark.

Melon Shark was created by the birthday girl

We decided Melon Shark needed a moustache. Also, all the melon had disappeared (iateit)

Wineapple - pineapple in wine. Don't eat it - it tastes like garbage. How pineapple and wine which are so delicious on their own can create such a foul taste when combined is beyond me. The wine was unscathed - thank baby hesus. 

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