Step 1: Mise En Place
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]
*Vanilla, Rum, & Coconut Extract
*1 small can crushed Pineapple
*Shredded Coconut & Flaked Coconut [I use two different ones for inside and garnish, but you can use the same for either]
*1 Whole Pineapple
Don't Forget to Preheat your oven! Otherwise later you'll be sitting around waiting :)
Step 2: Mix the Cake
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
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.