Luau Cupcakes

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It seems like when the weather warms up it’s time for a Luau!
This is my solution to an easy and delicious party.
Luau Cupcakes are certainly a MUST!
These were a fun and colorful addition to a Luau Dinner I made for over 20 guests.
I just love how the toasted coconut and pineapple flavors go together.
The bright colors are so pretty it already looks like a PARTY has started.
These and a few other items will make any dinner or party a huge hit!
So break out the Leis and Tiki torches and get your Luau Party started!
 Luau Cupcakes @createedbydiane
Luau Cupcakes
  • 1 box vanilla cake mix
  • 1 20 oz. can pineapple chunks
  • 1 container whipped white frosting
  • 2 cups sweetened coconut
  • maraschino cherries
  1. Prepare cupcakes according to package directions, replacing the pineapple juice for the water called for in the recipe.
  2. Bake cupcakes according to package
  3. Cool cupcakes completely.
  4. Toast coconut in a frying pan on medium-low heat until golden (be sure coconut is cool before adding it to the frosting or it will make the frosting melt.)
  5. Frost cupcakes with a spatula with white frosting
  6. Roll the edges of the cupcakes in the toasted coconut.
  7. Place a piece of pineapple on top along with a cherry.
luau cupcakes
We didn’t just eat cupcakes…
We served:
Teriyaki burgers with grilled pineapple
Teriyaki Sauce:
Pineapple juice
corn starch
crushed red pepper
brown sugar
fresh fruit


Another fun dessert idea with pineapple and coconut is this grilled cake with pineapple and toasted coconut.
pineapple coconut cobbler
I also made a Pineapple Coconut Cobbler for Tablespoon it’s a great one dish dessert.
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  1. 1
    Bridgett says:

    Beautiful and perfect for summer!

  2. 2

    These are beautiful and sound delicious. Great idea using pineapple juice in the cake mix. Your burgers sounds so good too:)

  3. 3

    That is my kind of meal! We are big teriyaki burger eaters at our house. I just wish I had someone to eat those delicious looking cupcakes with me. I may have to have a party! :)

  4. 4

    Oh my gosh, everything about this sounds delicious!

  5. 5
    bridget {bake at 350} says:

    What a great idea…and so pretty, too!

  6. 6

    These are SO fun! Love them!!

  7. 7

    I looked through your blog posts and realized that I was with you eating all of that fattening food along side you. Not so good for the waistline! But, oh so fun and yummy!

  8. 8
    Sue Sparks says:

    Perfect dessert for your burgers!

  9. 9
    HoosierHomemade says:

    These look amazing! We missed you on Cupcake Tuesday! 😉

  10. 10
    HoosierHomemade says:

    Thanks for taking a minute to add these to Cupcake Tuesday and the Challenge!
    They look delish!

  11. 11

    So pretty, and so delicious looking!

  12. 12

    Hello Diane,

    I was going to have a luau themed BBQ this weekend and I was interested in the recipe for your teriyaki burgers. I will be serving approximately 20 guests. We will also be doing your luau cupcakes.

    Thank you for your great ideas.


    • 13

      Hi Kelsi,
      I grilled hamburgers and made the teryiaki sauce with soy sauce, brown sugar, corn starch, and juice from the pineapple. (if you like it spicy add some crushed red pepper, if you prefer mild you can add green bell peppers diced or no peppers at all)
      Then grill the pineapple to put it on the burgers or you can add room temperature whole pineapple slices to them also.
      Have a fun party.


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