Mojito Cupcakes

Can you all believe that Cinco de Mayo is NEXT WEEK? Man, this year has truly flown by. To think that May is starting in just a few days is totally mind boggling to me. But, I’m not going to complain about being able to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, since the holiday brings some of my favorite foods! And today I have a special treat for you all. I’ve teamed up with a bunch of amazing bloggers to bring you a bunch of Cinco de Mayo recipes (see the end of this post) so you’ll have plenty of options to choose from for all of your festivities.

My delicious Cinco de Mayo recipe is these Mojito Cupcakes. Yes, they’re made with rum. Yes, they’re amazing. Yes, they’re perfect for a fiesta.

mojito cupcakes

mojito cupcakesThese cupcakes are packed with a lime, mint & rum flavor that blends together into a perfect little dessert. With lime zest and fresh lime juice mixed right into the batter, this little guys have a burst of flavor that I’ve never experienced before.

mojito cupcakes

mojito cupcakesThey’re refreshing, tart & sweet all at the same time. But on top of the amazing taste–they’re really pretty. That’s what I look for in a dessert!

mojito cupcakesSo for your Cinco de Mayo celebrations this year, whip up a batch of these. I promise they’re sure to get the party going, or keep it going if you’re already started ๐Ÿ™‚

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Mojito Cupcakes
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Delicous Mojito Cupcakes with rum, fresh lime juice & mint.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12
  • Zest from two limes
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup butter, room temperature
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons of white rum
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1¾ cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons rum
  • 5 mint leaves
  • 1 1/ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 cups of powdered sugar
  • Juice from one lime
  • Lime wedges and mint leaves for garnish (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Fill cupcake pan with 12 cupcake liners
  3. Combine lime zest and granulated sugar in a bowl
  4. Using the back of a rubber spatula, press the sugar and lime zest together until fragrant (1-2 minutes)
  5. In a standing mixer, beat the butter on medium-high until smooth
  6. Add the lime sugar mixture and beat on medium until well combined (1-2 mins)
  7. One at a time, add eggs in--beat for 30 seconds on high after each egg (scrape sides down as needed)
  8. Add the lime juice, rum, and vanilla to the bowl and mix until well combined (note: the mixture may look curdled, this is normal!)
  9. In a prep bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt
  10. In three parts, add the flour mixture to the standing mixer bowl on low speed. Between each addition of flour, add half the buttermilk. After the last amount of flour has been added, turn the mixer off and scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl and fold in the remaining flour. Turn the mixer back on to medium-high speed for 10 seconds.
  11. Pour batter ¾ of the way up in all cupcake liners
  12. Bake for 18-20 mins (until you can stick with a toothpick and remove without any batter)
  13. Allow to cool in pan for 5 mins and then move to a wire cooling rack to cool completely
  14. In a small saucepan, heat 3 tablespoons of rum and 5 mint leaves (heat through but DO NOT bring to a boil--remove from heat after about 30 seconds)
  15. Brush cupcakes with rum/mint mixture
  16. To make the frosting, whip the 1½ cup unsalted butter (cubed) on medium-high speed of an electric mixer for 5 minutes. Reduce the speed to medium-low and gradually add the powdered sugar, making sure to scape the sides of the bowl as needed. Increase speed to medium for about 30 seconds. Add the juice from one lime and the rest of your rum/mint mixture and mix on medium-high speed until incorporated and fluffy
  17. Add frosting to your cupcakes and garnish with a lime wedge and a mint leaf

(Adapted from Java Cupcake and Brown Eyed Baker)

For all of your other Cinco de Mayo recipe needs, be sure to check out the rest of the incredible recipes:
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  1. says

    Oh these cupcakes look good! I personally prefer cupcakes over cake and these are definitely worth baking! Congratulations on your blogiversary!

  2. says

    mojitos + cupcakes! OF COURSE! how have I never seen that before? Genius! Seriously though, congrats on blending two awesome things together in one awesome recipe! And happy blogiversary ๐Ÿ™‚
    Sofia @ Salty Tomatoes recently posted…Greek BagelsMy Profile

  3. says

    Saw these on Facebook and couldn’t pass up checking them out. All my favorite flavors – lime, rum and mint – rolled into one delicious looking cupcake! I think these will be appearing on my table very soon!

  4. says

    Hello! I’m visiting via your post in the Framework Facebook group. Those cupcakes look phenomenal! I’m not one to spend much time in the kitchen, but these are reason enough to pull out my baking supplies this weekend. Thanks for the recipe and happy blogiversary!
    Emily @ Small Stuff Counts recently posted…Dip-Dyed Tin Can VasesMy Profile

    • Catherine Elsby says

      Thanks so much for stopping by Emily! I definitely recommend dusting those baking supplies off ๐Ÿ™‚


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