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Pina Colada Cupcakes

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The first time I made these cupcakes it was for a friend's graduation party.  They have quickly become one of my favorites.  Its an easy adaptation to a box mix that looks & tastes amazing. :)
 
 
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Step 1: Mise En Place

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Also known as getting all your stuff together.  Before you begin make sure you have everything you need. 
*One box Cake Mix [For this recipe I like Golden Yellow]
*Eggs
*Oil
*Butter
*Vanilla, Rum, & Coconut Extract
*Confectioner's Sugar
*Shortening
*1 small can crushed Pineapple
*Maraschino Cherries
*Shredded Coconut & Flaked Coconut [I use two different ones for inside and garnish, but you can use the same for either]
*1 Whole Pineapple
*milk

Don't Forget to Preheat your oven! Otherwise later you'll be sitting around waiting :)

Step 2: Mix the Cake

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Drain the pineapple into a measuring cup. [Save your liquid! it will replace water and add flavor :D ]

Combine water to pineapple juice to get necessary amount of water.  i.e. - 1 1/4 cups water required, 1/2 cup pineapple juice + 3/4 cup water = 1 1/4 cup liquid! :)

In addition to eggs, oil, water, and pineapple juice, I also added 1/4 TSP Rum Extract, 1/2 TSP Coconut Extract, and 1/2 TSP Vanilla Extract for a nice Pina Colada Flavor.

Combine cake mix, crushed pineapple, and liquids in a mixer.  Mix on low until almost combined, about 30 seconds.

Add shredded coconut and mix on medium speed 2 minutes.

Step 3: Scoop + Bake

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Line a cupcake pan with paper liners.  They can be festive and colorful or simple and white.  The tops of the cupcakes will be so festive that it won't matter.

Fill liners 2/3 full with cupcake batter.  I like using a scoop.  It's a little easier and it ensures almost the same amount in each.

Bake cupcakes according to box directions.

When they're golden and fluffy, they're done. YAY! Now it's time to wait for them to cool.
They're gorgeous! And I bet they taste as good as they look. :)
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