When the time came for me to select a cupcake recipe for our DC Cupcake Picnic, I knew I wanted something with a summer flare. As I browsed through my collection of saved cupcake recipes (I feel like I’ll never bake them all…) I was torn between so many different options. In the end, I settled on a cupcake inspired by one of my favorite summer drinks, a Mojito.
The recipe I had started with a box mix, which as you know is the only way I bake. Unfortunately I can’t find where the recipe came from (if you know, please share and I will update this review), but here are the directions I had saved:
“Prepare 1 package of super moist butter recipe white cake mix according to directions, but substitute 1/2 cup of rum” and juice of 1 lime for roughly half the water (I put the rum and lime juice in the measuring cup first, then filled to 1 1/4 cup as the box instructed with water), and add the zest from the lime and ~ 1 oz. of finely chopped mint to the batter while mixing.”
This cake batter was super easy to make and only required a handful of ingredients. The result was a moist cake that contained a complex level of flavors with the lime, mint, and rum.
That same recipe used a pre-made frosting, but since I recently decided that it’s easy to mix up and modify a simple buttercream frosting, I knew I had to find something else. While I was searching for the perfect mojito frosting, I came across instructions for a rum glaze. After having the Piña Colada cupcake from Roland Park Bagel Co. which had some sort of rum glaze, I knew I had to give it a shot.
The rum glaze I found came from the Cupcake Villains’ blog and only contained 4 ingredients! While the cupcakes were in the oven, my awesome baking assistant (AKA: my good friend, Kerry) and I tackled the glaze. It ended up being easier than we thought, so we left it on a low heat while the cupcakes finished baking and moved on to the frosting.
After finding tons of possible recipes to use for the mojito frosting, I decided to go with a recipe from Gooseberry Mooseberry. Her mint was WAY MORE finely chopped than mine was, so I’ll need to work on that, but overall, it turned out great.
I modified her recipe by omitting the triple sec and adding in just a splash (about 1 teaspoon) of the dark rum. I did this for two reasons: 1.) mojitos have rum, and 2.) I didn’t have triple sec, but I did have plenty of dark rum. I thought the rum was a good addition because it helped cut the tartness of the lime juice and lime zest, which was a little overpowering at first.
I really could not have been happier with the final results. Even my trusty assistant, Kerry, loved the cupcakes and she doesn’t even like mojitos. I would definitely call that a success.
Even though Kerry and I decided they were amazing, the real test would be how everyone else reacted to them the next day at the cupcake picnic (especially the real bakers!). Luckily I received nothing but positive feedback, praise, and shocked faces when I fessed up to starting out with a box mix. Maybe I should start keeping that little secret to myself?
– Posted by Cupcake Crusader, Stacy (Baltimore, MD)
This cupcake was so good! It reminded me of our homemade mojitos! 😉 And your photographs are amazing – so great in fact that my mouth is watering for a cupcake!
Elisa, I would be lying if I said I didn’t want one of them right now! But the leftovers are all still in your freezer after the crazy power outage we had!
These look fantastically delicious! I love mojitos and cupcakes, so these sound like a perfect combination : )
Thanks Jamie! I was really happy with the way they turned out! The recipe was SO EASY too, you should definitely give it a try!
Let me just say, the King LOVED this cupcake. You have inspired me to create a line of adult cupcakes! I will bring something to the next picnic.
I’m so happy that you liked it so much! I can’t wait to try your adult cupcake creations!
Mojitos are one of my favourite cocktails and these look delicious!
Thanks Baking Addict! They really were fantastic, but I have to give all the credit to the bloggers and bakers whose have made their recipes available for everyone! Thanks for reading!
Yum! Now this a cupcake that needs to be made every summer.
When do you put on the glaze?
Hi Cheryl, Sorry to just now be responding. I put the glaze on after the cupcakes had cooled, before frosting. I hope this helps. Thanks for visiting!