Summer is just around the corner! What better way to celebrate warmth and sunshine than with a luau party? A luau is a great theme for graduation parties and birthdays, or as a “just because” excuse to pretend you’re on an island. Check out these 8 luau desserts and add some sweet tropical flair to your party spread.
1. Frozen Mai Tai Cake
Your favorite poolside drink is getting a makeover! Featuring all the ingredients that make the Mai Tai so delicious, this Frozen Mai Tai Cake is a great way to enjoy this summer cocktail in a whole new way. Combine rum, maraschino cherries, mangoes and pineapples to make a delicious summertime dessert that will instantly transport you to the beach. For a non-alcoholic option, just replace the rum with pineapple juice for a treat the whole family can enjoy! Get the recipe here.
2. Coconut Pineapple Upside Down Cakes
Enjoy a taste of island living with these Coconut Pineapple Upside Down Cakes. Flavored with coconut rum, brown sugar and pineapple juice, these pineapple upside down cupcakes offer a little escape to paradise. Use the mega muffin pan to make several cakes for a luau party, summer shower or indoor beach party! Get the recipe here and watch how to make it here.
3. Vibrant Pineapple Cake
Rays of bright summer color illuminate this Vibrant Pineapple Cake. Topped with a colorful gum paste pineapple, this cake is ready for summer fun. Serve this cake for a beach-side birthday party or luau-themed retirement party. With enough room to add candles or customize your cake with a name, this cute Vibrant Pineapple Cake is sure to be a favorite among friends and family! Get the how-to here.
4. Tropical Coconut Cupcakes
Take a bite out of summer with these Tropical Coconut Cupcakes. A fun treat for summer BBQ’s, birthday parties or just whenever you just want to take a bite out of island living, these Tropical Coconut Cupcakes also feature a Shot Top topper, filled with whatever liquid you’d like! Rum, champagne or orange juice would be great for adding a little splash of flavor to these cupcakes, and guests are sure to get a kick out of these cute Shot Top coconut cupcakes. Get the how-to here.
5. Summer Sun Beach Theme Cookies
Do you have visions of palm trees and gorgeous summer sunsets? Well then you’re going to love these Summer Sun Beach Themed Cookies. Cute palm tree flip flop cookies and bright pink sunglasses cookies are super fun for beachside wedding favors…or would be great treats for a summer birthday or pool party. All steps should be done the day before, unless otherwise noted. Get the how-to here.
6. Two-Tier Bamboo Cake
Create a peaceful oasis in the middle of your celebration with this Two-Tier Bamboo Cake. A great cake for a retirement party or luau-themed birthday celebration, this cake features fondant bamboo sticks and vibrant gum paste tropical leaves. Want to add a personalized touch? Add a name or message on the side of the square cake. A lovely and calming cake that is sure to bring you good karma, this Two-Tier Bamboo Cake is just what you need for your summertime celebration. Get the how-to here.
7. Coconut Mango Cheesecake
Coconut gives extra oomph to this rich, smooth cheesecake surrounded by chopped mango. The toasted coconut and mango pairing are feast for your eyes as well as your taste buds! Get the recipe here.
8. Pina Colada Cupcakes
We’ve taken the taste of this classic frozen drink and turned it into a cupcake! Pina Colada Cupcakes go down easy, with a perfect balance of rum extract and real pineapple. Get the recipe here.