Oh my heavens, are these little guys delicious! I ended up making these for St. Patrick’s Day and I will make them again. The original recipe was a good starter, but I honestly changed is too much to call it anything but a new recipe. First of all, I didn’t have any legit rum, so I used imitation extract. Also, I am serving these to people who don’t drink alcohol, so I thought a more mild taste would go over better. Without further ado, the darling Rum/Mint/Lime Cupcakes:
Mini Mojito Cupcakes
(Makes around 34-38 mini cupcakes)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1 stick of butter ( ½ cup), softened
½ cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lime zest
3 ½ teaspoon rum extract
¾ cup unsweetened apple sauce
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line one and a half mini 24-muffin pans.
In a bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, beat butter and sugar until creamy, about 2 minutes.
Add the egg, lime zest, rum and vanilla, beat until combined.
Alternate adding the flour mixture and apple sauce, beginning and ending with the flour. Mix until just combined.
Divide the batter between the muffin cups, about ¾ full.
Bake about 17 minutes, or until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.
Remove from oven, then immediately place the cupcakes onto a cooling rack.
MINT AND LIME CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
1 stick of butter, softened
1 (8oz) cream cheese, softened
2 cups of powdered sugar
2 tablespoons lime juice (about 1 lime)
Lime zest of 1 lime
½ teaspoon + 1/8 teaspoon mint extract
Beat butter in a bowl until creamy.
Add cream cheese and beat until combined.
Gradually add powdered sugar until well blended.
Add lime juice, mint extract and half of the lime zest, mix.
Frost your cupcakes once they’re cool, garnish with remaining zest and enjoy the heck out of them.
Optional thing I considered but didn’t actually do: pull out the green food coloring. I just couldn’t help but not want to artificialize the cupcakes any further. Anyway, Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Have a good one!
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Spent lots of quality time this past weekend with Kate. It was all just quite lovely. We played lots of music together and even baked a cake.
The cake was quite an adventure! We wanted to make something sweet to go with our dinner, so we found a recipe via Pinterest (as per usual) and said, “we have all the ingredients, let’s DO IT.” Come to find out it’s one of those recipes that people with degrees in cooking make.
It’s the most dramatic recipe ever.
First of all, it calls for sifted flour with a sieve four times. I don’t even know what a sieve is, much less am I going to take a half an hour to sift some flour FOUR TIMES. I mean really.
But, oh man, did we whip that meringue. It was perfect. We some how managed to make a pretty good cake, regardless of Martha Stewart’s Most High Maintenance Recipe Ever.
So this Thursday is my last day of work (since I’m moving to California) and the department I work in wanted (okay–I kind of insisted) that we have a going-away little mini-party. I don’t know what it’s celebrating exactly–maybe me leaving, or maybe it’s for all the work I’ve done.
Or maybe it’s just an excuse to bring sweets, turn off the phones and do no work for an hour or so in the middle of the day!
We would do it Thursday, but one of the people in my department leaves on vacation on Wednesday (and it wouldn’t be the same without him), so we decided to have our little fête today!
I have to say, my sister did amazing work teaching me to bake. They turned out perfect (somehow) and I have her to thank! She taught me not to add the flour mixture all at once because it flies all over the place and gets on your clothes.
Well, they basically didn’t turn out that well. They were really crunchy and the frosting didn’t really taste hazelnutty as much as like cream cheese and chocolate. I guess that’s why I’m doing this blog, right? To learn about fashion, photography and food…food is the worst. Maybe it’s just Utah. Yeah, that’s it.