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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    • says

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

  1. says

    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!