1/2 c. shredded pineapple (buy an 8 oz can), drained
1/2 c. sweetened shredded coconut
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
3–4 c, powdered sugar
2 tbsp. milk (more if needed)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. coconut extract
1/4 tsp. almond extract
20 oz. can crushed pineapple
2/3 c. sugar
4 tbsp. butter
3 tsp. cornstarch
1/3 c. water
Note: I blended all of the ingredients of this cupcake in a food processor to pulverize the sugar but if you don’t have one just blend with hand held blender.
Let’s make the filling first since that has to be cooled completely before using. Preheat oven to 350 Degrees and line cupcake tine with cupcake papers.
Open the can of pineapple and place it in a strainer to drain the excess liquid. Take your hands a press some of the excess water out of the pineapple.
Using a medium sauce pan, melt 4 tablespoons of butter and add the sugar. Still until the sugar somewhat becomes a thick paste. Now add the pineapple to the pot and stir. The pineapple will begin to release more water. Allow to simmer for 2-3 minutes. In a small ramekin, add the cornstarch and water and stir so the cornstarch can dissolve. Pour in the pot and stir. The filling will begin to thicken. Allow to simmer for 15-20 minutes so it can reduce a bit. Take completely off the heat and it will thicken more.
For the cupcakes, finely pulverize the sugar for 1-2 minutes. Add butter and process or blend to blend butter and sugar well Add eggs, extract, pineapple juice and process to blend. Fold in flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and pulse to blend. Add chilled coconut milk. Blend well. Turn the dough to a large bowl from the food processor and fold in the coconut and pineapple (make sure you drain the pineapple in a strained and press some of the excess liquid. Place the remaining pineapple in an air tight container and reserve for future use).
Use a ice cream scoop, scoop some of the batter in each of the cupcake tins and bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden and toothpick inserted in the middle and comes out clean. Allow the cupcakes completely cool before proceeding.
Once cupcakes are cooled, take a sharp steak knife and cut a small hole in the middle of each cupcake at the top. Place your finger in the hole to deepen the hole removing the piece of cake. Do this for each cupcake. Pipe in the pineapple filling into each hole to the opening of the hole of the cupcakes.
To make the frosting, blend all the ingredients until light and fluffy. Add an additional tablespoon of milk if needed if the frosting is too thick for your liking. Smear the frosting on top of each cupcake and sprinkle with additional sweetened coconut.