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Pineapple Cupcakes with Pineapple Cream Cheese Frosting

by Laura

The other day I was in the mood for something tropical, so I decided to create these pineapple cupcakes with pineapple cream cheese frosting.  I started off with a cake mix of course.  I decided to start with a golden vanilla cake mix. 

After making the cake, I wished I would have used some pineapple juice in place of some of the water.  I think it would have brought out the pineapple flavor a little more.  Of course you could do the same thing with a pineapple cake mix too. 

Then, I used a tub of the spreadable pineapple cream cheese as a base for the frosting.  Yum!  Of course these pineapple cupcakes with pineapple cream cheese frosting were even easier to make thanks to my Demarle cupcake pan.

Here is what you need to make the

Pineapple Cupcakes with Pineapple Cream Cheese Frosting

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Pineapple Cupcakes with Pineapple Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Author: Laura


  • 1  pkg.  (2-layer size) golden vanilla  cake mix (If you can find a pineapple cake mix, I think that would be yummy)
  • 1 pkg. (3.9 oz.) JELL-O Coconut Cream Instant Pudding
  • 1 (8 oz.) can of crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) tub of PHILADELPHIA Pineapple Spreadable Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 pkg. (16 oz.) powdered sugar (about 4 cups)
  • 1 cup thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping
  • toasted coconut for topping (if desired)


  1. Prepare cake batter and blend dry pudding mix into batter.  Fold in pineapple.   Spooning batter into prepared muffin cups. Bake as directed on package for 24 cupcakes. Cool.
  2. Meanwhile, beat cream cheese and butter in large bowl with mixer until well blended. Gradually beat in sugar. Whisk in COOL WHIP. Spoon frosting into small freezer-weight resealable plastic bag; seal bag (or use a cake decorating bag with tip). Cut small corner off bottom of bag and insert tip.
  3. Frost cupcakes with frosting.  Sprinkle with toasted coconut.
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i was looking for something that used cake mix and easy stuff to make a quick great tasting cake. so, def not a waste of google space

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Do you really need to put the butter in the icing?

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Erin March 12, 2010 - 10:56 am

I forgot to mention that I did not drain the pineapple I just reduced the water in the cake mix by about 1/3 cup to compensate.

Erin March 12, 2010 - 10:54 am

I made these and they are soooo good! I used the cream cheese frosting but it turned out little too soft to pipe it, so I ended up using quite a bit more whipped cream to make it light and fluffy and it was perfect! Even better the next day!

Glenn March 4, 2010 - 3:22 pm

I love pineapple, gotta try this one!

Erica March 3, 2010 - 5:24 pm

I love pineapple and coconut! They look wonderful!

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Jennifer March 2, 2010 - 1:12 pm

How is the frosting pineapple? It doesn’t look like their is an ingredient to make the frosting pineapple. Did you forget something?

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The cream cheese is pineapple flavor – That is where the flavor comes from! Check the recipe again!

Tina March 2, 2010 - 8:08 am

Hi Laura. YUM-YUM ! Cupcakes look great ,but I’m a little confused in the article you mention a golden vanilla cake mix ,in the recipe you use a red velvet cake mix & in the picture the cupcake looks like it’s yellow,please clear this up for me ,I want my cupcakes to be perfect like yours. Love your blog, I check in everyday. Thank-You for adding sunshine to my day !!!!


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