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Ambrosia Cupcakes Recipe

Ambrosia Cupcakes Recipe

These unbeatable Ambrosia 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 YIELD:36 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter-flavored shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 5 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
  • 1 package (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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. Fill paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 4. 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.
  • 5. Frost cupcakes; sprinkle with coconut. Garnish with cherries. Yield: 3 dozen.

Nutritional 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 User ID: 5748796 95443
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2014

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

pajamaangel User ID: 1603339 95671
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2013

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

patsandima User ID: 1014269 165245
Reviewed 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 User ID: 2250428 169905
Reviewed 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 User ID: 6183927 77406
Reviewed 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 User ID: 5945483 164708
Reviewed 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 User ID: 4054894 164547
Reviewed 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."

MS LISA User ID: 5279129 150572
Reviewed 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-cal

baking 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 User ID: 3288478 164545
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2010

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

kmplumhoff User ID: 1143152 208875
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2010

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

zucchini lady User ID: 2608427 77353
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2009

"I made this in a 13x9x2" baking pan- was for our last "pot luck" dinner at our park - was a huge success and so tasty! had several request for the recipe - will definately be in my "favorites" box!"

38Amelia User ID: 1933567 67982
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2009

"The cupcakes were delicious but very rich. I took them to where I work which is an independent facility and the residents loved them too. I would make them again."

38Amelia User ID: 1933567 150547
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2009 Edited Mar. 16, 2009

"I am trying these. I cook at a independent facility and I think the residents would love them. Will let you know what they think. Carol Athey"

terbear40 User ID: 3203340 208874
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2009

"I don't understand the complaints about fat and calories. I've started a weight loss class and you can use fat free cream cheese and sour cream but baked goods and butter go hand in hand. A cupcake well help you with portion control. Leave some out freeze the rest. Share with family, friends and neighbors. put a smile on someones face with a home baked treat."

Peggy97478 User ID: 1056159 67981
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2009

"Wow, they sound delish BUT they have waaaaaay to much fat and calories. No thanks!"

connie30 User ID: 442858 125739
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2009

"I agree this is an expensive recipe and requires way to many ingredients. Who has time for putting it all together?


GoGinger User ID: 859994 150238
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2009

"way to expensive..."

Mrs.I User ID: 708235 208873
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2009

"These sound sooooo yummy. Thanks for sharing."

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