Luau Cupcakes Recipe

  • Servings : 24
  • Prep Time : 15m
  • Cook Time : 20m
  • Ready In : 60m


Nothing screams summer like the taste of pineapple…

I created these cupcakes for a birthday recently and the birthday girl

said they were the best cupcakes she had ever eaten!

Make some soon and let me know if she was right!


  • 1 box Duncan Hines Pineapple Cake Mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 can Pineapple Tidbits, drained and save the juice; lay 24 tidbits to dry on paper towels
  • 1 stick butter, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 jar maraschino cherries, drained and laid out to dry on paper towels
  • 8 oz can crushed pineapple, drained and puréed
  • 1 stick butter, room temperature
  • 16 oz confectioners sugar
  • 3 TBSP whipping cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla


Step 1

For the cake: preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Step 2

In mixing bowl, combine cake mix, softened butter, pineapple juice drained from can of tidbits, eggs and vanilla.

Step 3

Mix until smooth and combined.

Step 4

Fill cupcake papers 2/3 full with batter.

Step 5

Bake on 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until cupcakes test done.

Step 6

Completely cool.

Step 7


Step 8

In your mixing bowl, cream butter and pineapple purée.

Step 9

Add confectioners sugar and thoroughly combine.

Step 10

Add vanilla and whipping cream and beat until creamy, adding more whipping cream if needed.

Step 11

Fill pastry bag topped with open star tip.

Step 12

Swirl icing on top of each cupcake.

Step 13

Top each one with a pineapple tidbit and a cherry.

I made this pretty easy by starting with a most delicious

Duncan Hines Pineapple Cake Mix.

Add the mix, the drained pineapple juice, eggs,

softened butter and vanilla until combined.

Fill 24 cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake on 350 degrees for 20 minutes;

test for doneness…cool completely.

Then the frosting is pretty amazing and simple too!

Cream the butter and the pineapple purée …

add the confectioners sugar, vanilla and whipping cream until

smooth and creamy… Add more whipping cream if necessary…

To make it awful pretty, add ot piping bag fitted with an open star tip…

Pipe in an upward swirl…

Top each with a pineapple piece and a cherry…



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