Pineapple Coconut Cupcakes

 

Watching the snow fall yesterday made me long for tropical.  A bright sunny beach, a cozy hammock nestled under a row of palm trees, a warm tropical breeze, and of course a fruity cocktail in hand.  And once my daydream ended, I realized that a tropical flavored cupcake would be the closest I’d get to anything tropical for quite some time.

Pineapple Coconut Cupcakes

With some leftover pineapple slices in the fridge, and a box of coconut pudding in the cupboard, a new cupcake recipe was born 

These cupcakes are super moist and they don’t need a thick buttery frosting to make them shine.  The combined flavors do that all on their own.

Pineapple Coconut Cupcakes

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Line 12 cupcake tins with papers.

1 egg

1/2 c. sugar

1/4 c. olive oil

1 3.4 oz. package of Jell-O Instant Coconut Pudding/Pie Filling

1/2 c. diced pineapple

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1 tsp. vanilla

1 c. all-purpose flour

1/4 c. skim milk

In a large bowl, add egg, sugar, oil, pudding and pineapple; beat briefly with electric mixer.  Mix in baking soda, baking powder, salt, and vanilla.  Add flour and skim milk and beat until all ingredients are combined.

Fill cupcake papers 2/3 full and bake for 16-18 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center.  Allow to cool in tins before transferring to a baking rack. 

When ready to serve, sift confectioners sugar on top of each cupcake.

What are you doing to help you get through the long winter?  Are you daydreaming like me? Or are you planning a sunny vacation?

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Pineapple Cheesecake Pudding Cake

We’ve been on a short hiatus visiting family in the South, and oh how I dreaded coming back to the cold winter months that we still have left here in New York.  

It’s amazing how a little warm sunshine can make you feel so much better.  I think us folks from the North forget that during the winter months.  Like with all things in life, we learn to adapt.

In honor of warm temps and sunshine I have decided to share a dessert recipe that will brighten your taste buds and leave you feeling like you are some place tropical.

I am a fan of cakes that are loaded with pudding and fruit.  The combination of the two gives them such flavor and makes them super moist.  This cake recipe is a modified version of a Hawaiian Wedding Cake.  I opted to use a box of cheesecake pudding mix in place of vanilla pudding.  I like the way the cheesecake pudding flavor cuts the sweetness of the cake.

I usually prepare this cake a day before I plan on serving it.

Pineapple Cheesecake Pudding Cake

1 yellow cake mix

4oz. light cream cheese, softened

1 1/2 c. skim milk

1 oz. package of Jell-O brand Cheesecake Sugar-Free Pudding

1 8oz. tub of light whipped topping, thawed

1 20oz. can of crushed pineapple

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Grease 9”x13” pan with shortening.

Drain pineapple juice from crushed pineapple into a measuring cup and set aside. 

Prepare the cake mix according to the box (substituting the pineapple juice you have set aside in place of some of the water the recipe calls for).  Bake and allow to cool completely.

In a large bowl, add milk, package of pudding, and cream cheese.   Mix with electric mixer.  Spread on top of cooled cake.

Fold crushed pineapple in with whipped topping and spread on top of pudding.

Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Where is your favorite warm place to visit?  Do you have a favorite tropical dessert recipe?

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