Monday, June 6, 2011

Mojito Cupcakes

What can be better than a refreshing, crisp and clean Mojito in the summer?....A Mojito Cupcake! You heard me, the perfect little treat for adults. I made these for my friends birthday at the weekend which we celebrated with a perfect garden party on a beautiful sunny day. Everyone needs cake on their birthday so this was the perfect time to treat ourselves with cake and of course a Mojito or two!

I used the syrup to keep the cakes moist since I had to make them 2 days before they were being eaten – however it also packs a nice rum punch into the cake! You can miss it out if you don't want the alcohol or you have made the cakes on the same day as they are being eaten.

Makes 12 cupcakes

120g plain or all-purpose flour
140g caster or berry sugar
1 ½ tsp baking powder
a pinch of salt
40g unsalted butter, softened
120ml milk
1 egg
Zest of 1 lime {finely grated}

For the syrup: {optional}
125ml sugar
125ml water
2 tbsp white rum

Buttercream Icing:
250g icing sugar
85g unsalted butter, softened
2-3 tbsp white rum
Zest of ½ - 1 lime plus a squeeze of juice
Few mint leaves, finely chopped

To decorate:
Slices of lime
Mint leaves
Edible green glitter (I used Disco Green from Edible Glitter

Preheat your oven to 170C/ 325F/ GM 3 and line a cupcake tin with medium sized paper cases.

Place the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and butter into the bowl of a KitchenAid (or other freestanding mixer) and using the paddle attachment mix slowly until everything is combined and you have a sandy consistency (if you don't have a KitchenAid use a hand-held electric beater). While the mixer is running, slowly pour in half of the milk and mix until it's just incorporated. Add the egg to the remaining milk along with the lime zest and continue beating until it's mixed in. Scrape down the sides of the bowl to make sure everything is properly mixed but be careful not to over beat the mixture.

Evenly spoon the cake mixture into the cupcake cases and bake for 20-25 minutes until the sponge bounces back when touched (with my oven 22 minutes works perfectly every time) and a skewer comes out clean with put into the centre of the cake. Leave to cool for a few minutes then transfer the cupcakes onto a wire rack.

If using the syrup put the sugar and water into a small pan and cook gently until the sugar has dissolved. Leave to simmer for 5 minutes until it begins to thicken slightly. Add the rum then remove from the heat and leave to cool completely.

To make the icing sift the icing sugar into the bowl of a free-standing mixture or large bowl, then add the butter and beat on a low setting until it comes together. Turn the speed up a little and continue beating until it is well mixed. Turn it back down to low then add the rum, zest, squeeze of juice and finely chopped mint and mix until it is well combined and smooth, then turn up to a higher setting and beat for roughly 5 minutes until the icing is light and fluffy.

Once the cakes have completely cooled drizzle over some of the sugar syrup (if using) to keep them extra moist then ice with the buttercream icing. Finish by sprinkling over some glitter if using and top with half a slice of lime and a sprig of mint. Delicious and refreshing and it's all in a cake! The only thing that can be any better is to serve it with a classic Mojito!


  1. Nice! I'm a big fan of mojitos and of cupcakes. Great combo!

  2. Now these look amazing and what an awesom and creative flavor that must be...I have a bday soon,you wanna make some for me? :)

  3. Mmmmmm. I don't drink mojitos but I could surely eat them in cupcake form. Sounds so delicious.

  4. I love lime and I'm a huge mojito fan. It screams of summer to me. Yup, I'll be giving these bad boys a try. Many thanks for the recipe.

  5. Thanks everyone!

    I have to say they are incredibly refreshing - even for a cupcake! And if you don't drink Mojitos Im sure you will like them in cake form!

    Alana - haha, would love to! Although I have to say - they are super simple to make so im sure you'd have no problems making them!

  6. These look lovely. It' Kelly from your FB page. Hope you enjoy and try the secret meatball sauce. Cheers!!!

  7. A bunch of awards for you! :)

  8. these sound as good as they look! Great pics...theresa

  9. I had a mojito cupcake from a cupcake shop once but was dissapointed as it was just sugary without much flavour but these look gorgeous. The splash of rum sounds wonderfully grown up!

  10. These sound and look amazing! I made some rum cake cupcakes recently which came out great, so I can only imagine how these must be considering that the mojito is one of my favorite drinks. Thanks for sharing!

  11. I love using spirits in baking-the rum in these is what makes these extra special. Great pic-makes my mouth water. Thanks for posting.

  12. These are so cute! I love lime flavored anything, and these are making my mouth water with the mint addition. So perfect for summer.

  13. Thank you all so much for your lovely comments!

    Kelly - I'm looking forward to trying out your secret sauce - im so intrigued!

    Giulietta - Thank you so much!!! Im absolutely delighted - it is really appreciated!

    These cupcakes are so refreshing and ideal for summer time. The great thing is if you want you can add more rum to the cake (I haven't tried it but im sure you could miss out the sugar syrup and just go for straight rum!!) And if you aren't a rum drinker miss it out completely and you will still have a delicious, refreshing cake!

    Enjoy and thanks again - I really appreciate you all taking the time to comment : )

  14. You can't go wrong with a cocktail in a cupcake! They look so pretty, and perfect for summer!

  15. I couldn't agree more - cocktails and cupcakes - what more could anyone want!!?! ; )

  16. I love mojitos! These look great! and your cream looks so light a fluffy! I'll have to try them!

  17. Lyndsey, you're brilliant. They look gorgeous AND I love the idea of having these all to ourselves. JUST for the adults ;-)

  18. Yum! These will be perfect for the adults at our annual Canada Day party! Cake and mojitos!! Bliss!

  19. Thanks Sabrina, Jill & Laurie!

    Jill - Us adults need treats all to ourselves every now and then and these are ideal!

    Laurie - Great idea!

    Thanks again : )

  20. Mojito cupcakes?! Oh my..., a new application for my favourite summer drink! These look sinfully delicious...

  21. Thanks Kelly! If you are a fan of Mojito's you'll love these! : )

  22. Oh i do love mojitos and cupcake such a treat for us, thanks for the share soon it shall be baked!

  23. One word.. YUMMMMMMiiiieeeee.. I really can't wait to try them. Oh no!?!?!.. am drooling.. and it's beyond my control ;). Thanks for accepting in FoodBuzz. Do stop by when you can too. I love hearing from another foodie. Cheers, Jo



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