Pina Colada Cupcakes

INGREDIENTS:

1 box white cake mix (I used Duncan Hines)

15.25 oz can crushed pineapple

1/4-1/2 cup pineapple juice

3 eggs

1 stick butter, melted

Frosting:

2 sticks butter, softened

1/2 cup Cream of Coconut

1 teaspoon vanilla

5 cups powdered sugar

4 TBS heavy cream

Coconut, for garnish (I used frozen, but you could use sweetened shredded)

Preheat oven to 350. Line 24 muffin tins with cupcake liners.

Strain canned pineapple over a large measuring glass, pressing gently to extract all the juice. Add enough extra pineapple juice to make 1 cup.

In the bowl of a mixer, combine cake mix, eggs, butter, and pineapple juice. Beat on low for about a minute, then scrape the bowl and increase the speed to high. Beat for another minute. Gently fold in strained pineapple. Spoon into cupcake liners, filling about 2/3 full.

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly touched. Remove to a cooling rack and cool completely before frosting.

In the bowl of a mixer, beat butter, cream of coconut and vanilla on medium-low speed until smooth. Add powdered sugar and beat on medium until combined. Add cream and beat on high for about a minute or until light and fluffy. Pipe or spread on cupcakes and top with coconut.