Mojito Cupcakes

Mojito Cupcakes

There’s plenty of debate about the origins of the Mojito. While most claim it was invented some time in the 1800s, others trace it back to much earlier—to the 1500s—and a concoction known as El Draque. El Draque was allegedly created by English pirate Richard Drake in honour of his boss, Sir Francis Drake, with aguardiente (fire water), a precursor to rum. Mull it over while you munch on some of these (makes 12).

  • 80g (3 oz) sugar
  • 200g (7 oz) flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • zest and juice of half a lime
  • handful of fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 50g (2 oz) butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 250ml (1 cup) milk
  • 1 shot dark rum
  • For the icing:
  • 110g (4 oz) butter
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 200g (7 oz) icing sugar
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4. Mix the sugar, flour, salt and baking powder in a large bowl. In a smaller bowl, beat the egg with the melted butter, then gently whisk that into the larger bowl, then stir in the milk and rum until smooth. Add half the zest and lime juice, then the mint, stirring all the time. Divide the batter evenly between 12 paper cupcake wrappers and bake for 10-12 minutes, until golden and spongy. Place on a rack and cool.
  2. For the icing, beat the butter and the icing sugar very hard in a bowl until fluffy. Add the milk, the remaining lime juice and zest, and beat some more. Spread over the cooled cupcakes, and consume.

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