Coconut-Pineapple Cupcakes with Pineapple-Cream Cheese Frosting

I was in the mood for a sweet, sticky cake. Something moist and delicious with two of my favorite ingredients...coconut and pineapple.  I started messing around with some ingredients and settled on this. It was exactly what I was hoping for.  I especially love the crunch of the walnuts with the soft cake.
They turned out just how I was expecting...I love it when that happens.

I didn't even use a mixer for the batter, just a wooden spoon. However, I did use my Kitchen Aid for the frosting. But I only had to wash the bowl once!! It's the little things.

I have since hidden these from myself...well, I placed them in the garage refrigerator. At least they are not staring at me every time I open the inside refrigerator. I would have eaten a half dozen of them by now...instead I've only had two.

I hope you like these, they are a perfect end of summer treat.

Perfect for a luau...are you having one?

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Coconut-Pineapple Cupcakes with Pineapple-Cream Cheese Frosting

Recipe from: Created by Noble Pig with adapts from several recipes | Serves: 18 cupcakes



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple, with juice, undrained
  • 1 cup sweetened, shredded coconut
  • 1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped, more to garnish


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pineapple juice (from another small can of crushed pineapple)
  • 2 Tablespoons crushed pineapple, chopped


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place cupcake liners in muffin tin.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, eggs, pineapple, coconut and walnuts. Stir until just combined.
  • Fill cupcake liners with batter 3/4 of the way full and bake for approximately 33 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes on a wire rack and then gently remove cupcakes from the pan. Cool completely.
  • In another bowl, beat butter and cream cheese until smooth. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar, pineapple juice and pineapple until combined. Frost cooled cupcakes and garnish with more chopped walnuts.

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14 Comments and 4 Replies

  1. Sara in NY 1

    Wow, these look fantastic…I love that frosting idea!!

  2. This looks delicious! I have such a weakness for cream cheese frosting.

  3. j3nn 3

    These sound yummy!! I like the chunks of pineapple, which you don’t see often in a cupcake. Cream cheese frosting… I die.

  4. These look tasty- I made cupcakes on my blog today too. Great minds!

  5. Flea 5

    There is NO WAY I could make these without eating half of them. No way. I eyed them on FaceCrack and gained five pounds. :)

  6. leslie 6

    I love it to when everything turns out just as planned!!! Happy day! These look so very wonderful Cathy!

  7. My sweet tooth has been running rampant this past week and you’re not helping at all!! I think this is just the thing I’ve been craving. They sound incredible. Thank you! I think.

  8. Patty 8

    Yum, I pinned these beauties-just my kind of sweet cupcake treat!

  9. Kathrynwitte 9

    So sad to see the walnuts after I clicked on the recipe! Wish the recipe’s title had mentioned them because it would have saved me a wasted trip… When I heaar pineapple coconut, I think of the cool creaminess of Pina coladas, which in MY region has no crunch whatsoever.

    • DD 10

      You know you don’t have to add in the walnuts…. thats the beauty of having the recipe and making them yourself..

  10. Gail 11

    Gorgeous and yummy! LOVE the flavor combo. To commenter about the walnuts, that seems silly to me. You can simply leave them off. I hope that helps you. Happy baking!

  11. Cathy 12

    I made this on Wed.. I am ashamed to say more then half are gone!! My husband and his friend discovered my hiding place in the garage fridge.. Absolutely the best cupcake ! Thanks again for a great recipe..

  12. Lonnette 13

    could I half this recipe and be ok? I have some leftover crushed pineapple in the fridge. I could make this today if I could half the ingredients.

  13. Donna 15

    Just made these…cupcakes are a little stiff…but if you like pineapple and coconut you will like these. Also, I added a tsp of vanilla to the frosting…gave it a richer flavor.

  14. Monique 16

    It seems odd that there is no fat (oil or butter) in this recipe for the cupcakes.


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