Cocktails and Cupcakes

by Heather

Or cocktails IN cupcakes.

mojito pina colada cupcakes

I really did have good intentions.

mojito cupcakes

I was planning on making a tropical fruit salad infused with mint and lime, but the mint kept screaming “make me into a cupcake”.

pina colada cupcakes

I had to listen.

healthy mojito cupcakes

So instead of tangy fruit cocktails alongside some real cocktails, I had cupcakes.

vegan gluten free cupcake recipe

Clearly I made a good decision here.

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I couldn’t decide which cocktail I was inspired by more: the pina colada or the mojito.

cupcakes with lime and mint

So naturally I channelled both.

coconut pineapple cupcakes

Pineapple juice & shredded coconut, meet lime and mint. I believe you’ll get along just swell.

dairy free cupcake recipe

Yeah, I’d say it’s a pretty good match.

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Mojito Pina Colada Cupcakes

by with a Side of Sneakers

These vegan, gluten-free cupcakes pack a punch of flavor you wouldn’t expect- tropical hints of pineapple and coconut along with the zing of mint and lime.

If you’re not gluten-free, simply sub the flour, starch, and guar gum for 2 cups all purpose flour.

Ingredients (serves 12)

For the Cupcakes

  • 1 cup sorghum flour or brown rice flour
  • 1 cup tapioca starch
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon guar gum
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • ½ cup pineapple juice
  • 1 flax egg {1 T flax meal + 3 T water}
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 2 t lime juice
  • 1 bunch mint leaves
  • ¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes

For the Frosting

  • 1 cup vegan shortening
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon mint leaves, minced
  • zest of one lime
  • coconut for garnish


Prepare flax egg. Set aside.

Combine dry ingredients.

Chiffonade mint leaves into small pieces, mashing & bruising as you do so. Mix with lime juice and microwave for 10 seconds to release mint flavor.

In a mixing bowl, combine wet ingredients. Slowly mix in dry ingredients with mixer.

Fold in mint, lime & coconut.

Divide batter evenly into muffin cups. Bake for ~17 minutes at 350 degrees.

Remove from oven and let cool slightly before transferring cupcakes to cooling rack to cool completely.

While cupcakes are baking, prepare frosting so flavors can start to meld.

Combine coconut milk, lime juice, zest, and mint. Microwave for 10 seconds to release mint flavor.

Mix all frosting ingredients and beat on high speed until fluffy.

When cupcakes are completely cooled, brush tops with lime juice then top with frosting. Sprinkle with extra coconut and lime zest. Garnish with lime wedges and mint leaves.

What cocktail would you want to eat in cupcake form?

*If you want to know why I bothered making these delicious treats gluten-free AND vegan, read today’s post on tiny sneakers.


{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Erica { } July 31, 2012 at 11:58 am
What exotic flavors! These photos are amazing!
Theodora July 31, 2012 at 2:10 pm
More importantly, can we talk about where those chevron napkins are from!?
Heather July 31, 2012 at 6:33 pm
More important than cocktails?! Who are you?! Jk I appreciate your love for the's leftover fabric from K's nursery. ;)
Allison Donovan July 31, 2012 at 6:23 pm
These look awesome! Love your site Heather!
Caroline August 1, 2012 at 10:49 am
Beautiful photos! The cupcakes look amazing!
lindsay August 1, 2012 at 5:32 pm
i'm so glad you channeled both. they look heavenly, and it's almost 5 here. hehe, happy hour!
Leslye May 1, 2013 at 10:37 am
OMG I am trying this for a party this weekend. Was thinking tho, what would you think of spiking it up a bit? would it be too much & would it change the recipe ?
Heather May 1, 2013 at 11:43 am
I think it'd be fine, you might just want to reduce some of the other liquid to compensate.

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