My husband's favorite, and they make me dream of Hawaii.
If I can't fly to Kauai every year, I can at least make my house smell like the islands, and my husband happy.
The pineapple cake mix can be hard to find. It is hit or miss for me. Depends on the season, depends on the grocery store. I always stock up when I do find it. If it isn't in your hood, Amazon has it here.
Bake cupcakes according to box directions.
I always make 18 instead of the recommended 24. I like my cupcakes big and rounded.
I also bake them at 325º for a few more minutes. It seems to help them from flattening out.
As for the buttercream, I tweaked this recipe.
1/2 cup butter room temp
1 lb. powdered sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons coconut extract
3 tablespoons coconut milk (I love coconut almond milk)
Whip together until smooth
Piping with a frosting tip is way faster and looks way fancier.
I am currently crushing on the big flower tip.
Stick a ziploc or pastry bag with the tip already attached in a tall vase to make filling it with frosting much, much, much easier.
Sweetened coconut is delicious, but toasted coconut is CRAZY DELICIOUS, and also easy and fancy.
I spy my favorite print from Pen and Paint.
Oh, to be in the islands.