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Ambrosia Cupcakes

These unbeatable cupcakes are loaded with flavor. Pineapple, apricot, coconut...your taste buds will be dancing! The addition of butter, shortening and sour cream to the batter guarantees a moist, tender crumb. Yum! —Zan Brock, Jasper, Alabama
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    3 dozen


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter-flavored shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 5 large eggs, separated
  • 1 teaspoon rum extract
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup apricot nectar
  • 1/4 cup pineapple preserves
  • 1/4 cup apricot preserves
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 cup pineapple preserves
  • 1/4 cup apricot preserves
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 36 maraschino cherries with stems


  • In a large bowl, cream the butter, shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in extract.
  • In another bowl, whisk the sour cream, apricot nectar and preserves. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda; add to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream mixture. Beat just until blended. Stir in pecans. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form; fold into batter.
  • Fill paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For frosting, in a large bowl, cream the butter, cream cheese and extracts until light and fluffy. Beat in preserves. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar until blended.
  • Frost cupcakes; sprinkle with coconut. Garnish with cherries.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 284 calories, 13g fat (6g saturated fat), 48mg cholesterol, 115mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (32g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • Lindsbow08
    Apr 26, 2014

    Awesome recipe! I made it into a cake last night, perfect!

  • pajamaangel
    Jun 12, 2013

    I actually made these gluten free and loved them!!! These are awesome and well worth the work.

  • patsandima
    Apr 5, 2012

    Everyone loved these! They smell and taste wonderful. I was careful folding in the egg whites, but even so, the cupcakes did not rise very high.........just even with the papers holding them. Still they were light, moist, and delicious!!! Lots of work, but very much worth it.

  • jkozosky
    Dec 4, 2011

    Fabulous cupcake! Something different but very delicious and moist! Since it makes so many cupcakes, didn't really seem to be too expensive to me. I guess if you don't like baking (too many ingredients) you could go to a bakery or use a cake mix. If there is too much fat, eat less. Or go to the Cooking Light site. Stop whining and enjoy life or let us enjoy a great cupcake if you don't want to.

  • shalerdee
    Nov 18, 2011

    I could not stop laughing when I read your post.... That just goes to show you...One person's idea of baking is gathering all the ingredients and putting them together for that end, delicious product;  while another person cannot imagine doing anything more than opening a box, dumping a mix in a bowl, adding a couple of ingredients, and turning a mixer on.  We are all different when we describe baking.  

  • PpprmintPattie
    May 22, 2011

    Ambrosia cupcakes are my "new" favorite cupcake! Takes some time to make but it is well worth it....especially if you want bragging rights for the tastiest cupcakes at the party ;)

  • NURSE77
    Mar 31, 2011

    to the person who complained about too many ingredients--apparently you have no desire to cook so get out of the kitchen. Grab a box of cake mix and pre-made frosting and go to town.

    Nov 2, 2010

    Excellent recipe! Would not change a thing about it. And, for the people constantly boring me with their ''fat and calorie" blurb. Please, please go to the many websites that offer low-calbaking and stop criticizing recipes on Taste of Home. If you look at the ingredients, and it doesn't suit your needs, move on. A review is what it means, make the recipe, give a review, don't just add up sugars. fats and calories. Stop boring everybody to tears doing that.

  • noraroberts
    Apr 18, 2010

    Absolutely delicious. Moist, tender, flavorful. These cupcakes are to die for

  • kmplumhoff
    Mar 16, 2010

    These were fabulous, a real treat. Took them to a potluck & had to email the recipe to nearly the entire group!