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Cake Mix Tropical Pineapple Cupcakes

Bring the tropics into your kitchen with these delicious frosted cupcakes. You’ll love how simple this recipe is too. Enjoy!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cake mix, cupcake, pineapple
Cook Time 17 minutes
chill frosting 1 hour
Servings 18 frosted cupcakes
Author Pam Beth


  • 1 box yellow, white or butter flavor cake mix
  • 20 ounce can crushed pineapple in juice save 3 tbsp for froshing
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 tsp coconut extract, optional
  • 4 tbsp water
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil

Fluffy Frosting....

  • 8 ounces softened cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 cup marshmallow fluff
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4-5 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp crushed pineapple from can
  • 1/4- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup assorted sprinkles, candy confetti, or nonpareils
  • 1 - 2 tsp water or mix if needed for consistency


  1. 1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees

    2.Have cupcake/muffin pan ready with cupcake liners

    3.In a large bowl mix cake mix, can of pineapple with juice, water, oil, and extracts. Mix on medium speed for about 2 minutes until smooth and fluffy.

    4.Let batter sit for at least 10 minutes. I find that by letting the batter rest for a short time the cupcakes end up larger.

    5.In the meantime, in a medium to large bowl make your frosting. Combine the cream cheese with an electric mixture until nice and fluffy. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until all combined.

    6.Place in fridge for at least an hour until it firms up a little.

    7.Bake cupcakes about 15 to 17 minutes, then when you test with a wooden skewer it will come out clean.

    8.Let cool completely and frost. Add coconut and sprinkles on each cupcake.