Everybody loves a good cupcake. I recently purchased these cute little cupcake liners and was dying to make some kind of new cupcake. Oh my, did I ever. I’m telling you, the whole house smelled like suntan lotion while they were baking. Like Hawaiian Tropic had exploded up in here or something. That’s why I named them Island Cupcakes.
It smelled so tropical and somewhat took me away – almost like a “Calgon moment” while they were baking. That’s why I added the little umbrella. 🙂 And the best part is: it was a BOXED mix (with some other stuff added to it). Yep, a boxed mix. The icing was completely homemade, and did this awesome little cupcake the sweet justice it was worthy of. Can you tell I’m a little excited?
The boxed mix was Duncan Heinz Coconut Supreme cake mix. I added Jell-O instant banana cream pudding mix and a little Kahlua.
I filled the cupcake liners about ⅔ full. These little cups were so pretty, I didn’t want to mess them up with batter splattered all over them. So I poured the batter in a big zip-lock baggie and squeezed it out of the corner into the little liners.
And I baked each cupcake tin one at a time instead of placing both pans in the oven so I’d be sure they’d bake and brown evenly. 18 minutes later:
Oh yes they did. I used a recipe for homemade white icing and topped them with shredded sweetened coconut.
I was really proud of these! It’s amazing how something so simple as a cute little cupcake liner can inspire you.
I’m telling you, these cupcakes come from a box but they will take you someplace magical. They’re definitely worth every. single. calorie.Print