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!