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Mojito Cupcakes

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About the bake

Entertaining your friends with a dinner party? Why not serve them up these cheeky mojito cupcakes to really get the party started.

15Total Time
45Prep Time
20Bake Time
9Serves
Easy

Method

  1. Step 1:

    Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C, gas mark 4). Line a mini muffin tin with paper cases.

  2. Step 2:

    In a small bowl, mix together the buttermilk, rum and vanilla extract.

  3. Step 3:

    In another bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder and salt.

  4. Step 4:

    In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix the butter and sugar on high speed until creamy.

  5. Step 5:

    Reduce speed and add eggs one at a time, scraping the sides of the bowl after each addition.

  6. Step 6:

    Add 1/3 of the flour mixture (while mixing at low speed), then 1/2 the buttermilk mixture.

  7. Step 7:

    Add another 1/3 of the flour, then the remaining buttermilk, and finally the remaining flour. Scrape the edges of the bowl to ensure all of the flour has been incorporated.

  8. Step 8:

    Pour the mixture into the prepared tin, filling the cases halfway and bake for 20 mins in a preheated oven.

  9. Step 9:

    Meanwhile, prepare the syrup. In a small saucepan, bring the water and sugar to the boil. Once the sugar dissolves, remove from heat and add rum. Then add the zest of lime and mint.

  10. Step 10:

    Let this steep for 5 minutes, then pass the syrup through a sieve into a bowl, discarding what is left over.

  11. Step 11:

    Once the cupcakes are cool, use a skewer to make a hole in the centre of each cupcake.

  12. Step 12:

    Get a piping bag with a small round nozzle and poke the end of the nozzle into the hole you've made in the first cupcake, and pour some of the syrup into the bag, filling the cupcake. Alternatively poke holes in the cupcakes with a skewer and drizzle the syrup into the holes with a spoon.

  13. Step 13:

    To make the icing, beat the butter at high speed in an electric mixer until creamy.

  14. Step 14:

    Reduce speed and add the icing sugar gradually. Beat for 1 minute until well incorporated. Beat for another 2 minutes at high speed.

  15. Step 15:

    Scrape the edges of the bowl, add the rum and chopped mint. Beat one last time at medium speed.

  16. Step 16:

    Once cupcakes are fully cooled, ice with the buttercream icing. Decorate with slices of lime and mint leaves.

Ingredients

  • For the cupcakes

    • 120ml Buttermilk
    • 0.5 tsp Dark rum
    • 210g Plain white flour
    • 110g Butter (unsalted) (room temperature)
    • 150g Unrefined golden caster sugar
    • 2 Egg(s) (free range) (room temperature)
    • 0.5 tsp Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Extract
    • 1 tsp Baking powder
    • 1 Salt (pinch of)
  • For the syrup

    • 100g Unrefined demerara sugar
    • 1 tbsp Water
    • 2 tbsp Dark rum
    •  Mint leaves (a few)
    • 2 Lime zest
  • For the buttercream

    • 50g Butter (unsalted) (room temperature)
    • 200g Icing sugar
    •  Mint leaves (chopped)
    • 0.5 tsp Dark rum
    •  Lime (for decoration)

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