Recipe | Aloha Butter Rum Pineapple Cupcake

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Spring is finally here and I’m so excited for two reasons: warm weather and cool desserts. During the winter months I love warm and fruity desserts but the Spring and Summer months is all about refrigerator cakes, ice cream and other cool treats.

When I’m looking for new recipes to try I start with my favorite brand’s website. I’m always surprised by the creative recipes available online that use products I keep on hand like McCormick extracts. I recently spent a lot of time browsing the online Spring Look Book from McCormick that includes recipes for appetizers, main dishes and of course plenty of desserts. When I saw the Aloha cake recipe I knew that was one I just had to try.

The great thing about this particular recipe is you can adjust the ingredients and flavor combinations to create a totally unique cupcake. I tried out a butter rum extract flavor in both the cake and the cold pineapple pudding topping that really made these over-top-delicious and so Spring-like.

aloha pineapple rum cupcakes

Aloha Butter Rum Pineapple Cupcake Recipe
Type: Dessert
  • 1 package (18¼ ounces) yellow cake mix
  • 5 teaspoons McCormick® Imitation Butter Rum Extract, divided
  • 1 package (4-serving size) vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 tub (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • maraschino cherries (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare cake mix as directed on package and add 3 teaspoons of the butter rum extract to the batter, stir well.
  2. Pour batter into a cake pan or lined cupcake pan.
  3. Bake 25-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  4. While the cake is cooling, prepare pudding mix as directed on package except use 1-1/2 cups of milk instead of the 2 suggested, stirring in remaining 2 teaspoons of butter rum extract. Spread pineapple and pudding over cake or cupcakes and frost with whipped topping. Refrigerate 1 hour or until ready to serve.
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  1. Cat these look incredible. The pineapple pudding topping has me drooling here!

    • The pudding topping on there really makes this awesome. It’s a nice, lighter change from a heavy buttercream frosting.

  2. LOVE, love, love, love, LOVE pineapple.
    These look amazing.

  3. Oh my gosh, these look so good! My husband loves butter rum–I didn’t even know they sold it in extract form!

  4. I never thought of cooking with pudding but seems to be a trend as I see lots of cupcake recipes use pudding these days.

    I love the combo of butter rum and pineapple. YUM!

  5. Heelllllo Spring! That looks so good Cat!