March was definitely the month of birthdays for me! Hence the lack of blogs of late! I’m still getting back on track and it’s now June!
A very special person had their 30th birthday recently and being a male I had the challenge of creating a manly cupcake of sorts. I couldn’t do one large cake as the venue wouldn’t allow it, so I crafted a cupcake manly enough to keep everyone happy!
The key ingredient is Captain Morgan rum. Now I know you may hesitate at this but I guarantee deliciousness! Don’t be shy about it either you want lashings of the stuff.
I also made sure the cake was as good as the icing. It’s one of the things that annoys me the most about cupcakes – often the icing is stunning but the cake is horrid. These little treats are the whole package! I topped mine with little man moes and beards to make the cupcakes more manly!
Arrrr me hearties get your peg leg, grab your Captain Morgan and get baking!
Rum cakes with boozy butter cream (Makes 25 – 30 cakes depending on your tin size)
3 cups self-raising flour
1 cup plain flour
2 ½ cups brown sugar
½ cup cocoa powder
1 cup water
1 cup Captain Morgan rum
- Pre-heat oven to 160 degrees celsius
- Melt chocolate, water and rum on very low heat for five minutes until smooth. Set aside to cool
- Beat butter and sugar till light then add eggs, sifted flours and cocoa.
- Slowly add chocolate mixture to the flour mixture and stir together (this will take a little while – don’t over mix though as this will make the cake tough
- Line trays with muffins or cupcake cases and divide mixture between them
- Bake for 20 minutes – allow to cool on rack then ice with boozy butter cream.
Boozy butter cream
4 cups icing sugar
7 tablespoons Captain Morgan rum
1 tspn vanilla extract
- Continue to add icing sugar and Captain until the icing is to desired consistency (I wanted mine thick and stable so I continued to beat for quite awhile)
- Cream the butter until light and fluffy, add half the icing sugar and continue to beat
- Add the vanilla and some of the Captain, keep beating.
Newie – Best Friend – Foster the People. I can’t get enough of these guys – I played their first album over and over and over. Their new album Supermodel is out now and they’re on their way here for Splendour in the Grass this August! Catchy tunes with a great trumpet line in this one too!
Oldie – Alex Lloyd – Lucky Star. Always a goodie and I hadn’t heard it for so long. Solid tune that still makes my heart burst! If you’ve never heard it do yourself a favourite and give it a whirl!