Getting Drunk Off Cupcakes?

I really like new flavour ideas and when I find something cool I just have to try it. Of course anything with chocolate is always fantastic, but when I saw these cupcakes, the non-chocolatey-ness really caught my attention. I think the best mojito I had was actually at Evie's 18th birthday party, as weird as that may sound! I asked her about it the other day and she said that they had this apple and lime or apple and mint juice or something and they used that as the base, which is why they tasted so good! I tried making one the day I bought the ingredients for these cupcakes actually... Didn't turn out so well. I think they needed to be sweeter. And have more flavour. But oh well! That day was actually a few weeks ago now and the buttermilk was about to go off so I thought I better get cracking and actually make these! Luckily, my intuition was right and these cupcakes taste fantastic. It's like eating a mojito-really yummy! I used Becca's piping bag again too and I'm totally going to get one. They're amazing. Just like these cupcakes, which, btw come from Brown Eyed Baker. Enjoy!

PS: This photo was accepted on Tastespotting! :D

Mojito Cupcakes

1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup mint leaves, bruised
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2t baking powder
1/4t salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs, at room temperature
Zest and juice of 1 1/2 limes
2T white rum (e.g. Bacardi in New Zealand)
1t vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
4 cups icing sugar
2T lime juice
3T white rum

Directions: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 to 30 minutes. Once finished, strain the milk into a bowl using a fine mesh sieve. The milk may appear curdled or clumpy, but don’t worry, it will come back together. Press on any milk solids and mint leaves to extract all the liquid possible. Give the milk a quick stir to smooth it out and set aside. While the mint is steeping in the milk, preheat the oven to 160°C. Line a standard muffin tin with paper liners; set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt; set aside. In an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat the butter and sugar together until pale, light, and fluffy (about 5 minutes). Reduce the mixer speed to medium and add the eggs one at at time, mixing thoroughly after each addition. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the lime zest, lime juice, vanilla extract and rum. Mix until combined. (The mixture may start to look curdled at this point, but don’t worry, it will all come back together, power on!) Reduce the mixer speed low. Add the dry ingredients in three batches, alternating with the buttermilk in two batches. Mix only until just incorporated, using a rubber spatula to give it one last mix by hand. Divide the batter between the muffin cups. Bake for approximately 25 minutes or until just slightly golden and a skewer shows only moist crumbs attached, rotating the pan at the halfway point. Allow cupcakes to cool for 5 to 10 minutes and then remove to a cooling rack. Set the cupcakes aside to cool completely before frosting them.

Lime and Rum Frosting:To make the frosting, whip the butter on medium-high speed of an electric mixer using the whisk attachment for 5 minutes. Reduce the speed to medium-low and gradually add the powdered sugar, mixing and scraping the sides of the bowl until all is incorporated. Give it a mix on medium speed for about 30 seconds. Add the lime juice and rum and mix on medium-high speed until incorporated and fluffy. If the frosting appears a bit too soft, add some additional sugar, one spoonful at a time until desired consistency is reached.


  1. How many cupcakes does this make?

  2. Hi

    This makes 12 standard size cupcakes. Happy baking!