Mojito Cupcakes

We recently ran across a picture of delicious looking Mojito Cupcakes on Pinterest and thought we’d give ’em a try. We’re not whizzes in the kitchen (we’d prefer the bar!), but in the interest of good rum recipes, we got to work. We searched for a few recipes on the web and threw out the ones that used a boxed cake mix or rum extract (really? instead of real rum??)

The recipe we decided to try was found on the browneyedbaker. The following is a very slight variation of her recipe. The resulting cupcakes were pretty light and tasty with a hint of lime or mint – nothing overpowering, and the lime zest added to the frosting added just a little more tang. The recipe is fairly time consuming, but the cupcakes would be great for a summer picnic or get together.
Mojito Cupcakes
(makes 12 – 14)

For the Cupcakes:
½ cup buttermilk
½ cup mint leaves, bruised
1½ cups all-purpose flour
1½ teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 tsp. lime zest
3 tbsp. lime juice
2 tablespoons dark rum
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

To Brush the Cupcakes:
2 tablespoons dark rum
2 sprigs fresh mint

For the Frosting:
1½ cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
4¼ cups powdered sugar
1½ tablespoons lime juice
3 tablespoons dark rum
lime zest

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Fill muffin tin with paper liners and set aside.

1. Combine the buttermilk and the ½ cup mint leaves in a small saucepan over medium heat. Warm until just starting to steam (do not simmer), then remove from the heat and cover. Let steep for 15 minutes. Once finished, strain the milk into a bowl using a fine mesh sieve. When we made these, the buttermilk separated when warmed and had chunks of mint in it causing us a little angst, but once incorporated into the mix, we were good with it!

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.

3. In an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat the butter and sugar together until pale, light, and fluffy. Reduce the mixer speed to medium and add the eggs one at at time, mixing thoroughly.

4. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the lime zest, lime juice, vanilla extract and rum. Mix until combined. Reduce mixer to low speed. Add other ingredients, alternating the buttermilk mixture and the dry ingredients.

5. Divide the batter between the muffin cups. Bake for approximately 25 minutes or until just slightly golden.

6. While the cupcakes are baking, combine the rum and mint sprigs in a small saucepan and warm over medium heat until the rum is heated through (do not let it simmer). Remove the pan from the heat, cover, and let steep until ready to use.

7. Allow cupcakes to cool for 5 to 10 minutes and then remove to a cooling rack. Brush the tops of the cupcakes with the mint-infused rum. Set the cupcakes aside to cool completely before frosting them.

8. To make the frosting, whip the butter on medium-high speed of an electric mixer for 5 minutes. Reduce the speed to medium-low and gradually add the powdered sugar, mixing and scraping the sides of the bowl. Add the lime juice and rum and mix on medium-high speed until incorporated and fluffy.  Frost cupcakes sprinkle with a little lime zest, and garnish with a lime wedge and sprig of fresh mint.

Comments

  1. cheryl bowens says:

    I think I might try the recipe for bookclub this week!

  2. DANG, THIS SOUNDS GOOD. WILL MAKE OVER THE WEEK-END. MY MOUTH IS WATERING NOW. DOES ANYONE KNOW WHERE TO PURCHASE CRUZAN BLACKSTRAP RUM? I’VE TRIED LARGE SCALE LIQUOR STORES AND NO ONE HAS HEARD OF IT.