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Tropical Ambrosia Cupcakes

You'll get an Ambrosia Salad PLUS Tropical Ambrosia Cupcakes with this recipe.
Prep Time20 mins
Active Time18 mins
Cooling time30 mins
Total Time38 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Ambrosia, Filled cupcakes, Toasted Coconut
Yield: 24 cupcakes
Calories: 393kcal
Author: SweetOrdeal.com


For the cake:

  • 1 Duncan Hines Orange Supreme cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil

For the Ambrosia Salad:

  • 20 oz. can pineapple tidbits, drained
  • 15 oz. can fruit cocktail, drained
  • 11 oz. can mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1/2 cup Marachino cherries, drained and chopped
  • 3 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 cup sour cream (8 oz. container)
  • 2 cups Cool Whip

For Frosting:

  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp. whipping cream
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup sweetened coconut, shredded


  • Bake the cupcakes as directed on the box. Set aside to cool completely.
  • Make the Ambrosia Salad by thoroughly draining all canned fruits. Mix all ingredients together, cover, and refrigerate.
  • Core and Fill Cupcakes: once the cupcakes are cool, core the centers out. There are gadgets you can buy to core cupcakes, best gadget I own to date. (Freeze the cores for future use, such as Trifles.). Fill each cupcake to the top only, do not heap. Return Ambrosia Salad to the frig - the remaining Ambrosia Salad can now be enjoyed as a salad on it's own.
  • Frosting: using a mixer, blend the butter and vanilla. Add half the powdered sugar and half the whipping cream. Mix well. Add the remaining ingredients and mix on high for 2-4 minutes. Be sure to scrape the bowl often. Pipe onto the cupcakes completely concealing the filling.
  • Toast the Coconut: place on a foil lined pan under the broiler or in a toaster oven. Watch carefully, it cooks fast once it starts to turn brown. Remove from heat and stir as the edges may start to brown faster than the middle. Return to heat until a nice golden brown and remove. Sprinkle on top of cupcakes.
  • Enjoy!


Calories: 393kcal