Be The Life Of The Party With Homemade HPNOTIQ Cupcakes

Can’t find a Cupcake shop that will make specialty HPNOTIQ treats for you? No problem! We’ve got a recipe that is easy to bake for any of your HPNOTIQ party ideas…

These eye catching sweets will definitely impress your friends! And with that exotic fruit flavor you know and love, the Betty Crocker in you is bound to be the life of the party!

Below you’ll find step by step instructions but, of course, there’s room to make these bad boys your own. Feel free to have some fun with the design! Whether you’re going with a classic white frosting or deciding to get creative and attempt the fun HPNOTIQ logo, check out your local party store for event specific party favors to add to the top of the cupcakes. Celebrating your best friend’s bachelorette party? Make her feel extra special by adding a mini tiara into the top of hers!


Makes about 18 cupcakes

CUPCAKE INGREDIENTS

1/2c unsalted butter, room temperature
1c sugar
2 large eggs
2c all-purpose flour
2tsp baking powder
1/2tsp salt
1/4c Hpnotiq liqueur
1/2c sweetened shredded coconut
1c crushed pineapple, drained VERY well (TIP: squeeze pineapple in paper towels before adding it)
Food coloring (TIP: Combine Teal and Royal Blue to make the perfect color combination!)

GELEE INGREDIENTS

2 large egg yolks
1/4c pineapple juice
1/2c Hpnotiq liqueur
1/4c sugar
5tsp cornstarch

BUTTERCREAM INGREDIENTS
1 1/2 sticks butter, room temperature
1/4c milk
2tsp vanilla
2c powdered sugar
1 1/2c sweetened shredded coconut
(Reserve extra coconut to toast for garnish.)

CUPCAKES
1. Toast the coconut for the garnish. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, spread a thin layer of coconut over a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet, and bake for 10-15 minutes, until the coconut starts to turn a golden brown.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt with a fork. Set this aside.
3. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar until it’s light and fluffy.
4. Add the eggs one at a time, beating thoroughly after each.
5. Measure out the Hpnotiq into a small bowl or glass.
6. Alternate adding the flour mixture and the Hpnotiq to the butter mixture, beginning and ending with the flour. Blend thoroughly after each.
7. Mix in the coconut and pineapple.
8. Add the food coloring.
9. Fill cupcake liners 1/2-3/4 full. (They rise about an average amount; I keep mine on the low side to make room for the gelée later.) Bake 18-22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
10. Place on a rack to cool.

GELEE
1. In a small saucepan, whisk together egg yolks, pineapple juice, Hpnotiq, sugar, and cornstarch.
2. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until thickened and slightly bubbly. (Be careful! It will seem very thin, and then thicken all at once. It takes approx. 5 minutes. Keep a close eye on it.)
3. Remove from heat and let cool while you make the frosting.

FROSTING
1. Beat the butter until smooth, making sure to scrape down the bowl.
2. Add the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla. Beat until smooth.
3. Add the coconut and beat until it’s combined thoroughly.

ASSEMBLY
1. Cut a cone into the top of each cupcake with a sharp paring knife. Set these aside; you will need them.
2. Fill each depression with gelée.
3. Replace the cones. They will fit! Don’t worry if they don’t line up perfectly; the frosting will cover it.
4. Pipe frosting on top of each cupcake. I purposely avoided going out to the edges, because I wanted to show off the blue color. I used my sweet Williams-Sonoma mechanical pastry bag, but you could easily just use a Ziploc with the corner snipped off. (That’s what I used until Christmas.)
5. Sprinkle with toasted coconut, and garnish with a piece of dried pineapple, if you wish.

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