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Pinata Cupcakes Recipe

Pinata Cupcakes Recipe

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Pinata Cupcakes Recipe
3 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 32 mins
Total Time 52 mins
Course Appetizer, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 5
Calories 309 kcal


  • box chocolate cake mix
  • 3 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • Yellow, red and blue food coloring
  • 1/2 cup mini candy-coated chocolates
  • 0.5 cup cup Nerds
  • 0.5 rainbow nonpareil sprinkles
  • 3 cups vanilla frosting


  • Bake 24 cupcakes according to the box instructions. Let cool completely.
  • Pour 1 cup of the shredded coconut into a bowl.
  • Add 3 teaspoons of yellow food coloring and whisk with a hand mixer on low until coconut is bright yellow.
  • Set aside
  • Add 1 cup shredded coconut to another bowl. Add 3 teaspoons of yellow food coloring and 1 1/2 teaspoons red food coloring then turn the mixer on low.
  • Mix until the coconut is a uniform reddish orange. Set that one too aside
  • In a separate bowl, add the remaining 1 cup coconut.
  • Turn the mixer on low and add 6 to 8 drops of blue food coloring.
  • Mix until the coconut is a uniform bright blue. Transfer to a third bowl.
  • Mix together the chocolate candies, fruit candies, and nonpareils in a medium bowl.
  •  Set aside.
  • Using a 1/2-inch round cutter, cut out a well in each cupcake.
  • Then use a small spoon to scoop out the wells.
  • Fill each cupcake well about 2 teaspoons with the mixed candy.
  • Cover the holes with the cut-out tops of the cupcakes.
  • Frost the cupcakes with the vanilla frosting.
  • Press some of the blue coconuts onto the outer third of the top of each cupcake to form a stripe.
  • Then press some of the yellow coconuts in the center third and finally the orange coconut in the final third.
  • You should have 3 equal stripes on the top of each cupcake.



It’s Pinata Cupcakes! It’s colorful and sweet. The kids love it.


Calories: 309kcal
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