If you enjoy Coquito, then you’re going to love these Coquito Cupcakes with homemade Coquito Whipped Cream Icing!
If there’s one drink that just scream the holidays to me, it’s Coquito. Coquito is a Puerto Rican Coconut Nog that is traditionally made around the holidays . Think eggnog without the egg and plenty of delicious coconut flavor. Oh and plenty of rum. Although, I’ve been known to make a rum free version as well for the kids to enjoy as well. It’s tradition for me to make every year. A few years ago we were sitting around in my kitchen when I decided to get a little creative. I whipped up these Coquito Cupcakes on a whim and they were devoured in minutes. I don’t know what took me so long to get this recipe up on the blog but a few weeks ago I made some Coquito to kick off the holiday season and decided it was time I shared these Coquito Cupcakes with all of you!
It was about two years ago when these little bites of deliciousness were born. I was making a few bottles of my delicious Coquito and baking at the same time. My sister-in-law and I were talking and jokingly said I should add some Coquito to my homemade whipped cream recipe and boom! These yummy treats were born.
It was a night that we had my whole family over and these Coquito Cupcakes were gone in minutes. Everyone gave them their seal of approval and since then it’s become a yearly tradition to make these.
In the past, I’ve made them with plain old vanilla cupcakes, but this year I tried them with a spice cupcake for even more flavor and they came out ah-mazing. Don’t just take my word for it. Try this recipe for yourself and you’ll see what I mean. I kept things simple and used a box spice cake mix but if you have a favorite from scratch recipe, feel free to use that one. I was pressed for time and took the easy route with these.
First, you will need to make a bottle or two of Coquito and you can grab my recipe here. NOTE: This recipe does contain alcohol so if you’re making these for the kids, leave out the rum. Otherwise these are perfect for the 21 and older crowd.
Once you’re Coquito is made, it’s time to make the cupcakes. Mix and bake these according to package directions. Once they cool, you’ll want to make the homemade whipped cream and this is where we take the whipped cream to the next level with the addition of Coquito.
Top with a little cinnamon and coconut shavings and you have one delicious holiday treat that will be the star of your next party!
Coquito Cupcakes with Coquito Whipped Cream Icing
- 1 dozen spice cupcakes baked according to package directions
- 1/4 cup of Coquito
- 16 oz. container of heavy whipping cream
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 cup of confectioner's sugar
- Chill metal mixing bowl and mixer attachments in fridge for a few minutes until nice and cold
- In the bowl beat heavy whipping cream until soft peaks form
- Add in vanilla and Coqutio and resume beating until stiff beaks form
- While it's beating add in the confectioners sugar a little at a time until it's all added
- Transfer whipped cream to piping bag with star tip and pipe onto cupcakes
- Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve.
- If not serving immediately keep in fridge to chill