No wonder brides and party planners alike are still obsessed with the cupcake. Even if you take easy route - and opt for a box mix here's a fun way to put your stamp on everyone's favorite treat.
A few years back, I hosted a luau-themed birthday party complete with plastic leis and help of some colorful cocktail umbrellas. For these cupcakes, I picked up a box of standard yellow cake mix and added a few drops of coconut extract to the batter.
After baking, they were topped with shredded coconut. To add color to the coconut, place about 1 drop of food coloring to 2 cups of coconut. Stir throughly with a fork (so you don't dye your fingertips).