Luau Cupcakes

These Luau Cupcakes are the ultimate in tropical flavors made of pineapple and coconut combined with a creamy pineapple frosting topped with toasted coconut and a piece of pineapple with a cherry on top. These SCREAM party!

luau cupcakes @createdbydiane.jpgIt 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!

Just one look at these and they SCREAM P-A-R-T-Y!!!!

Which should tell you one thing for sure they should definitely be on your next party dessert table!

These were a fun and colorful addition to a Luau Dinner I made for over 20 guests. Cooking for a crowd does have its challenges, but with a few tips and tricks it can come off without a hitch. I prefer to make the dessert a day ahead, but not this time. There was no time and everyone was made just hours before everyone arrived.

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!
We didn’t just eat cupcakes…



On the MENU:

  • Teriyaki burgers with grilled pineapple on each burger
  • Teriyaki Sauce:
  • 1 cup Pineapple juice
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • pinch crushed red pepper
  • a tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, bring all items to a boil in a saucepan, and heat until thickened
  • Add a slice of pineapple 
  • served with some fresh fruit
  • Cheesy Baked potatoes

luau cupcakes 

Don’t forget to try these other LUAU RECIPES:

Make these two recipes for a SUPER flavorful combo that everyone will LOVE!
THIS is my favorite cupcake pan it bakes cupcakes nice and evenly without overcooking/browning them.

THESE are my favorite cupcake liners, they are greaseproof and look so pretty on cupcakes.

I use THESE piping bags and love them.

CHECK out these other great PINEAPPLE recipes.

AND a really pretty drink that will go well with these and my other LUAU items are these Pineapple Margaritas!

Luau Cupcakes


  • 1 box vanilla cake mix
  • 1 20 oz. can pineapple chunks
  • 1 container whipped white frosting
  • 2 cups sweetened coconut
  • maraschino cherries


  • Prepare cupcakes according to package directions, replacing the pineapple juice for the water called for in the recipe.
  • Bake cupcakes according to package
  • Cool cupcakes completely.
  • 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.)
  • Frost cupcakes with a spatula with white frosting
  • Roll the edges of the cupcakes in the toasted coconut.
  • Place a piece of pineapple on top along with a cherry.

You can make cupcakes from scratch with this recipe and use 1/2 cup pineapple juice with 1/2 cup milk or use some pineapple extract.

Luau Cupcakes @createdbydiane


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.


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

  2. 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. 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!

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

  5. 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.


    1. 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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