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Hawaii Kawaii Cupcakes

by Nick Makrides
Hawaii Kawaii Cupcakes

These pineapple vanilla cupcakes are so happy, they’ll brighten up anyone’s day! So freaking cute!

Vanilla cupcakes with pineapple curd centre topped with pineapple flavoured frosting and cute chocolate pineapple face decorations.

Hawaii Kawaii Cupcakes

Hawaii Kawaii Cupcakes

Serves 20

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 15 mins
Course: Dessert, American
Cuisine: American



  • 3 1/2 cups plain flour all-purpose
  • 1 1/4 cups caster sugar superfine
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp fine salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups full-cream milk whole
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp Greek yoghurt or sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract vanilla bean paste
  • 2 tsp pineapple flavouring
  • 6 drops yellow food gel



  • 1 1/2 cups green candy melts
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate melted
  • 1/3 cup blue candy melts melted
  • 1/3 cup black candy melts melted
  • 1 cup pineapple jam


  • 2 batches American buttercream frosting or Swiss meringue buttercream frosting
  • 6 drops yellow food gel


Eyes, hair and mouth

  • Let’s begin with the facial features! To make the eyes add the white chocolate to a piping bag and cut a small bit of the end off. Pipe small round blobs onto a baking tray lined with baking paper. Pipe some blue candy melts onto the still wet white chocolate blobs. Allow to set. You’ll need 30 eyes.
  • To pipe the mouths, add the melted black candy melts into a piping bag and pipe some small U shapes and then fill the shapes in.
  • To prepare the green hair, take a small teaspoon of the melted green candy melts and place on to some baking paper. And spread it out into a long shape about 2cm in length. Allow everything to set at room temperature.


  • Preheat a fan-forced oven to 140°C (275°F) or a conventional oven to 160°C (320°F). Line two cupcake tins with the cupcake liners.
  • Add the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt to a large mixing bowl and mix with a hand mixer until well combined.
  • Next, add the softened butter and mix on low speed until the mixture reaches a crumbly, sand-like texture.
  • Add the eggs, milk, oil, yoghurt, vanilla, yellow food gel and pineapple flavouring, and mix on low speed until all the dry ingredients are incorporated. Scrape down the side of the bowl and mix for a final 20 seconds. It’s at this point that you can add any flavourings or food-gel colourings to the batter.
  • Fill each liner three-quarters of the way. Using an ice-cream scoop to transfer the batter to the cupcake liners makes this a quick and easy process, and ensures each liner contains exactly the same amount of batter and that the cupcakes will bake evenly. Bake for 40–50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of a cupcake comes out clean. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely on a wire rack before frosting.
  • To prepare the frosting, add yellow food gel and pineapple flavouring to the frosting and mix until well combined.
  • Core the centre of each cupcake and fill with pineapple jam.
  • Fit the end of a piping bag with a medium round tip and frost a small swirl of frosting on top of each cupcake. Leave a gap from the edge of the cupcake.
  • Fit the end of another piping bag with a Wilton #32 piping tip and frost little spikes around the frosting blob. Add the eyes, mouth and hair to finish.


Cupcakes can be stored in an airtight container for up to three days.


Serving: 20g
Calories : 251kcal
Carbonhydrates: 32g
Protein: 3g
Fat: 12g
Saturated Fat: 9g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g
Monounsaturated Fat : 0.1g
Trans Fat : 0.1g
Cholesterol: 32mg
Sodium: 150mg
Potassium : 58mg
Fiber: 1g
Sugar : 11g
Vitamin A: 169IU
Vitamin C: 1mg
Calcium: 63mg
Iron: 1mg
Nutrition Disclosure

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Chin June 12, 2022 - 9:26 pm

Hi Nick, How many cupcakes does this recipe make?

Nick Makrides June 14, 2022 - 11:24 am

Hi Chin! This one makes 20 🙂 N x


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