Baked Goods, Desserts, Recipes

Coquito Cupcakes

Coquito Cupcakes
Coquito Cupcake

Tis the season for all things sweet and a little boozy at your holiday gatherings! Coquito Cupcakes are a delicious treat you can bring to any party for everyone to enjoy. They are made of vanilla yellow cake, soaked with coquito and topped with homemade whipped cream.

Coquito is a creamy coconut flavored rum drink that is also known as Puerto Rican egg nog. It is similar in texture to eggnog but coquito is not as thick because of all the booze in it. Coquito is a staple in most Puerto Rican homes during the holiday season.ย  There is always a Titi (Auntie) or Tio (Uncle) or Abuela (Grandma) even who has a bottle (or two or three) of this on hand during the season.ย  While coquito typically calls for rum, it can also be made without the rum for the littles or a non drinker to enjoy.

I originally made the drink to share. Our family does an annual Christmas party every year and this drink is always a hit. However, I felt the need to experiment so I decided to make these coquito cupcakes and kick it up a notch for you all. Here is my attempt at a marriage of cupcake and a delicious Coquito, coquito cupcakes.

Coquito Cupcakes

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Recipe by Nicole Michaud, Course: Baked Goods, Desserts, Recipes


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Coquito Cupcakes are a delicious take on a Puerto Rican holiday favorite.


  • 1/4 cup water

  • 1 can evaporated milk

  • 1/2 can sweetened condensed milk

  • 1/2 cup Rum (I used Bacardi)

  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

  • pinch salt

  • Vanilla Cupcake
  • 1 1/4 cup flour

  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick) softened

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder

  • 3/4 cup sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • 6 tbsp Coquito

  • 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract

  • 1 tsp Coconut Extract

  • Whip cream topping (one can or tub, I used Rediwhip extra thick)


  • Pour all ingredients for Coquito in a blender mix and refrigerate for at least an hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Cream butter with electric mixer until softened (about 30 seconds)
  • Add sugar and vanilla, beat until fluffy, scraping down side if needed
  • Beat in eggs one at a time
  • Alternate flour mixture and Coquito mixer and continue beating with mixer on medium low speed
  • Pour into 12 grease cupcake tins or liners
  • Bake for 12 to 14 minutes depending on oven.
  • Cool cupcakes and poke a few holes and spoon a little extra Coquito to soak in to each one then top with whip cream when ready to serve.


  1. Your cupcakes look wonderful. The cupcakes sound like they have wonderful flavor.

  2. beautiful cupcakes– and I love the cupcakes liners!

  3. What a fabulous looking cupcake. As a child i hated coconut, but as an adult it’s become one of my favorite flavors, especially when there is alcohol involved ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you so much! I am so glad your taste buds turned around, Coconut is one of my favorite flavors too ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for visiting and have a great day.

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