Vickys Pina Colada Cupcakes, GF DF EF SF NF

Vickys Pina Colada Cupcakes, GF DF EF SF NF

Feel free to use vanilla or coconut extract in place of the rum!


12 servings

  1. 225 g gluten-free / plain flour

  2. 1/8 tsp xanthan gum if using GF flour

  3. 2 tsp baking powder

  4. 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda / baking soda

  5. 60 g gold foil Stork block margarine

  6. 150 g granulated sugar

  7. 150 g pineapple chunks, drained

  8. 80 ml fresh pineapple juice

  9. 80 ml full fat coconut milk

  10. 2 tsp lemon juice

  11. 1 tsp rum extract

  12. for the Buttercream

  13. 150 g gold foil Stork block margarine

  14. 350 g icing sugar

  15. 2 tbsp coconut milk

  16. 1 tsp vanilla / coconut extract

  17. for the Garnish

  18. 60 g desiccated coconut

  19. 12 marachino cocktail cherries

  20. 12 pineapple chunks

  21. 12 cocktail umbrellas


  1. Preheat the oven to gas 4 / 180C / 350F and line a 12 hole cupcake tin / muffin with paper cases

  2. Mix the flour, xanthan gum if using, baking powder and bicarb together

  3. Cream together the sugar and margarine

  4. Put the pineapple chunks, juice, coconut milk, lemon juice and rum essence in a blender and puree

  5. Add it to the creamed margarine & sugar. The mixture will look curdled. Don’t worry!

  6. Add into the flour mixture gradually as to avoid the batter clumping

  7. Once it’s all mixed in, divide equally between the paper cases

  8. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes or until firm and risen. FYI if you use a muffin tin rather than a cupcake tray they will appear taller and not as spread out

  9. Let cool in the tin for 10 minutes then remove the cakes to a wire rack to cool completely

  10. Meanwhile, make the buttercream. Cream together the icing sugar and margarine until light

  11. Add the coconut milk and vanilla extract to loosen to a piping consistency and ice the cakes

  12. Sprinkle the desiccated coconut over the buttercream

  13. Add a cherry and a pineapple chunk on top with a trimmed cocktail umbrella for garnish

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