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Tropical Delight: Strawberry Coconut Rum Cupcakes

If you're looking for a sweet treat that will transport you to a tropical paradise, look no further than these mouthwatering Strawberry Coconut Rum Cupcakes! šŸ“šŸ„„šŸ¹ The combination of fresh strawberries, coconut, and a hint of lime truly takes your taste buds on a vacation. Trust me, they're an absolute delight to bake and enjoy with your loved ones!

More on these treats Are you a home baker looking to impress your guests with a delectable dessert that's both easy to make and has a delightful boozy twist? Look no further than our mouthwatering Strawberry Coconut Rum Cupcakes! These semi-homemade treats are a perfect blend of flavors that evoke the feeling of sipping an island drink on a tropical vacation. Whether it's a barbecue, an adult get-together, or a special celebration, these cupcakes will wow your guests with their tropical allure.

Tropical Island Vibes These delightful cupcakes will transport you and your guests to a tropical paradise with every bite. The combination of strawberry, coconut, and lime flavors will evoke memories of sipping exotic island drinks with your loved ones on a relaxing vacation.

Possible Substitutions and Tips: As a fellow home baker, I completely understand that sometimes we don't have all the fancy ingredients or tools at our disposal. But fear not! Embrace your creativity and let's turn those challenges into opportunities. If you find yourself missing a piping bag, a large Ziplock bag can come to the rescue. And hey, doubling up to avoid frosting leaks is a smart move! šŸ’” Need to save a few bucks? Check your local dollar store for cake mix and paper straws ā€“ trust me, it works just as well! And if you prefer a non-alcoholic version, feel free to swap the carbonated drink with your favorite soda and replace the rum in the frosting with milk or coconut milk. Remember, baking is all about customization and making it work for you. So go ahead, let your creativity run wild, and enjoy the journey of creating delicious treats that reflect your personal touch! Happy baking, my fellow bakers! šŸ§šŸ°āœØ

Recipe: Strawberry Coconut Rum Cupcakes


  • 1 box of strawberry cake mix

  • 1 can of strawberry coconut rum seltzer (or any other 12oz carbonated drink)

  • 1 tsp coconut extract or emulsion

  • Zest of 1 lime


  1. Preheat your oven to the temperature specified on the cake mix box.

  2. In a large bowl, combine the strawberry cake mix, strawberry coconut rum seltzer, coconut extract, and lime zest. Mix well until you have a smooth batter.

  3. Line your cupcake tin with cupcake liners and fill each cup about two-thirds full of batter.

  4. Bake the cupcakes according to the package instructions until they're fully cooked and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

  5. Remove the cupcakes from the oven and let them cool completely before frosting.

Coconut Rum Frosting


  • 1 cup butter (softened)

  • 4 cups powdered sugar (sifted)

  • 1 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract or emulsion

  • Zest of 1 lime

  • 3-4 tablespoons coconut rum (start with 2 tablespoons and gradually add to desired consistency)


  1. In a large bowl, beat the softened butter until it becomes light and fluffy.

  2. Gradually add the sifted powdered sugar and beat until well combined.

  3. Mix in the coconut extract, lime zest, and coconut rum until you achieve a smooth and creamy frosting consistency.

Optional Decorative Elements:

  • Halved strawberries

  • Paper straws (cut in half)

  • Shredded sweetened coconut

  • Lime zest

Decorating Instructions:

  1. Using a piping bag with a large French piping tip (or a large Ziplock bag with the corner cut), pipe a beautiful swirl of frosting on top of each cooled cupcake.

  2. Sprinkle sweetened coconut shreds over the frosting to add a delightful tropical touch.

  3. Zest some additional lime over the cupcakes to enhance the flavor and presentation.

  4. For an extra touch, insert a halved paper straw into the center of each cupcake.

  5. Top each cupcake with a fresh halved strawberry for a burst of fruity goodness. *To get the bakery look you can also lightly brush some jelly over the strawberries after placing them on the cupcakes.

Give these tropical boozy cupcakes a go! Tag me at @ds_bakeshopaz on Instagram or leave a comment below when you try the recipe and let me know how your baking adventure turned out. I would love to see your beautiful creations! šŸ’– Happy baking, everyone! šŸ§āœØ

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