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Pineapple cupcakes filled with sweet Dole Pineapple and topped with fluffy pineapple buttercream frosting. Dole Whip Cupcakes are a tribute to Dole Whip Soft-Serve available at Disneyland and Disney World.

If you’ve been to Disneyland or Walt Disney World, you have probably heard of Dole Whip. If you haven’t, I’m so sorry. Dole Whip is my all-time FAVORITE Disney treat!

Pineapple Cupcakes with pineapple frosting on a wood backdrop.

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Pineapple Dole Whip is a creamy, dairy-free, soft serve pineapple dessert that is available at both the Disneyland Resort as well as Walt Disney World. It is a classic Disney treat!

A few years ago, ran a neighborhood cupcake business and I wanted to turn Pineapple Dole Whip into a cupcake. And it was a success!

Three rows of Dole Whip cupcakes.

Not only are these cupcakes delicious, they were my top selling flavor! My neighbors and friends loved them.

Find out how to make your own Dole Whip Soft Serve here!

The cake portion of this treat is pineapple flavored and stuffed with an over the top pineapple filling. On top, you will find a creamy pineapple buttercream frosting.

A pineapple cupcake with pineapple filling.

Make sure you use a piping bag and star tip so that the frosting will look just like the Dole Whip sold at the parks!

By the way, if you are a big fan of Disney snacks and treats like me, be sure to check out my entire collection of make-at-home Disney Recipes here!

A pineapple Dole Whip Cupcake on a pedestal.

Ingredients for Dole Whip Cupcakes

Below is a list of ingredients you will need to make each layer of these delicious Dole Whip Cupcakes.

Unbaked cupcake batter in a cupcake pan.

Pineapple Cupcakes

  • Pineapple Flavored Jello– This jello is used to flavor the cupcakes. I have been able to easily find it at my local grocery store, Walmart, and here on Amazon.
  • Butter – for this recipe, I like to use unsalted butter. Melted butter is added to the cake mix in place of oil.
  • Eggs – You will use one more egg in this recipe than what is called for on the back of the cake mix box. Use large eggs.
  • Pineapple Juice – Use any brand of pineapple juice that you want. My favorite brand is DOLE.
  • Milk – Instead of water that is called for on the cake mix box, you will be using milk.
A box of Island Pineapple Jello.

Pineapple Filling

  • Crushed Pineapple
  • Sugar
  • Corn Starch
  • Butter
Crushed pineapple being added to a pan.

Pineapple Buttercream

  • Butter
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Pineapple Jello Mix
  • Pineapple Filling
  • Milk
A spatula with pineapple buttercream frosting on it.

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How to Make Dole Whip Cupcakes

Now that you have assembled all of the ingredients to make the cupcakes, it’s time to make each component, and put them together!

Four rows of pineapple cupcakes.

Pineapple Cupcakes

  • Add the cake mix, pineapple Jello, butter, eggs, pineapple juice and milk to the bowl of a stand mixer or use a mixing bowl and hand mixer. Beat until mixed together.
  • Bake the cupcakes at 325 degrees for 13-18 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Cupcake batter in a cupcake pan.

Pineapple Filling

  • Add the crushed pineapple, sugar, and corn starch to a saucepan.
  • Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until boiling.
  • Reduce the heat and simmer, while continuing to stir, for 5 minutes.
  • Remove the pineapple filling from the heat, stir in the butter and allow to cool.
Pineapple filling stirred with a spatula.

Pineapple Buttercream Frosting

  • Place the softened butter in the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment.
  • Whip the butter until light and fluffy.
  • Mix in the vanilla extract, Jello mix, and pineapple filling. 
  • Add the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, mixing in between.
  • Pour in the milk, one tablespoon at a time, until the desired consistency is reached.
A spoonful of pineapple Jello mix.

Cupcake Assembly

  • To assemble the cupcakes, use a cupcake corer or a knife to remove the center of the each cupcake.
A cupcake corer removing the center of a pineapple cupcake.
  • Add the pineapple filling to a piping bag and snip off the end.
  • Pipe the filing into the middle of each cupcake.
Pineapple filling being piped into pineapple Dole Whip Cupcakes.
Pineapple buttercream being piped onto a pineapple cupcake.

I hope you enjoy these Dole Whip Cupcakes whenever you are craving a yummy Disney treat!

More Disney Recipes:

Close up of a Dole Whip Cupcake

Dole Whip Cupcakes

Yield: 24 Cupcakes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Delicious Dole Whip Cupcakes are moist pineapple cupcakes, stuffed with creamy pineapple filling, and topped with fluffy pineapple buttercream frosting.

Ingredients

  • *Pineapple Cupcakes*
  • 1 Box Vanilla Cake Mix
  • 1 Box Tropical Pineapple Jello
  • 1/2 Cup Butter, melted
  • 4 Eggs
  • 3/4 Cup Pineapple Juice
  • 3/4 Cup Milk
  • *Pineapple Filling*
  • 1 Can Crushed Pineapple (20 oz.)
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Corn Starch
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • *Pineapple Buttercream*
  • 1 Cup Butter
  • 4 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Tablespoons Pineapple Jello Mix
  • 1/4 Cup of Pineapple Filling
  • 2-4 Tablespoons Milk

Instructions

  1. Pineapple Cupcakes: Add all cake ingredients into the bowl of a stand mixer or use a mixing bowl and hand mixer.
  2. Line a cupcake/muffin pan with paper liners. Using a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop, add three scoops of batter to each cup.
  3. Bake the cupcakes at 325 degrees for 13-18 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  4. Pineapple Filling: Add crushed pineapple, sugar, and corn starch to a saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until boiling. Reduce the heat and simmer, while continuing to stir, for 5 minutes. Remove the pineapple filling from the heat, stir in the butter and allow to cool.
  5. Pineapple Buttercream: Place the softened butter in the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment. Whip the butter until light and fluffy.
  6. Mix in vanilla, Jello mix, and pineapple filling. Then add the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, mixing in between.
  7. Add the milk, one tablespoon at a time, until the desired consistency is reached.
  8. Cupcake Assembly: Use a cupcake corer or a knife to remove the center of each cupcake.
  9. Add the filling to a piping bag with the end snipped off. Pipe the filling into the middle of each cupcake.
  10. Add the frosting to piping bag with a large star tip. Pipe the buttercream on top of the cupcakes in a circular motion to mimic a Dole Whip.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1 Cupcake
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 346Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 66mgSodium: 295mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 1gSugar: 39gProtein: 3g

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Cheryl

Saturday 10th of July 2021

What is the jello mix? You say put the pineapple jello into the cake batter which is the box of island pineapple but you say add the pineapple mix into the frosting! I have no clue what I’m missing here!

Mindy

Saturday 10th of July 2021

The “jello mix” I said to add to the frosting is the same as the pineapple jello powder that you add to the cupcakes, I just phrased it in a different way. Sorry for the confusion 😊

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