Rum Punch Cupcakes

Hubby and I got married in St Thomas with 23 of our closest friends and family members (we HIGHLY recommend beach weddings!) We had a morning ceremony with lunch immediately after at a restaurant on the beach. After the meal, over half of the bill was for rum punch! Our amazing photographer (Steph Carson – check her out if you need a photographer – tell her Jen P sent you if you contact her – see some of our pics here), caught this picture of the tasty beverages coming out to the table. We love all the pictures that Steph took, but this one really takes us back.

(Photograph by Stephanie Carson)

These cupcakes are inspired by our favorite tropical drink. When I make rum punch at home, I mix cranberry juice, pineapple juice, and coconut rum. So I adapted the Sea Breeze cupcake recipe in Crazy about Cupcakes to make Rum Punch cupcakes. They turned out really good, although next time I’ll put more rum in or some coconut extract.

Rum Punch Cupcakes – makes 12 – adapted from Crazy about Cupcakes
1/4 pound (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
2 large eggs, separated, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup pineapple juice
1/4 cup cranberry juice
Zest of 1 orange

Preheat oven to 350. Insert liners into a medium cupcake pan.

In a large bowl cream together the butter and sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy 3-5 minutes. Add the egg yolks. Beat well.

In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture, alternating with juices. Fold in zest.

With clean beaters, whip the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the whites with a rubber spatula into the batter.

Fill the cupcake liners 1/2 to 2/3 full. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of cupcakes comes out clean. Cool cupcakes in the pan.

Rum Punch frosting – adapted from Crazy about Cupcakes
3 cups confectioners sugar
6 Tbsp heavy cream
1 Tbsp rum
1 Tbsp pineapple juice
1 Tbsp cranberry juice

Combine all ingredients in medium mixing bowl. Beat on low speed until smooth. Add additional liqueur or sugar if necessary to reach desired spreading consistency.

Note: This frosting was very thin. I added more sugar, but stopped adding sugar because I didn’t want it to be too sweet.

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14 Responses to “Pink Lemonade Cupcakes”

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    lifeoftheparty — August 21, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    Thanks for sharing this recipe! My mom is doing the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer this fall and I’m going to make some of these to sell at her fundraiser. They look delicious and summery!

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    oneordinaryday — August 21, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    These look perfect to take along to a cookout or picnic. Great summer flavor.

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    Katrina — August 21, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    These look great to me! Yum!

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    Jelli Bean — August 21, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    I love lemon cupcakes! Yummy and oh so cute!

  5. #
    Carrie — August 21, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    I love pink lemonade but I agree it’s a summer dessert.

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    nutmegnanny — August 22, 2009 at 12:58 am

    These look awesome! You are creative:)

  7. #
    akdilcher — August 22, 2009 at 3:24 am

    Totally going to try these…maybe make up a similar version with limeade and green frosting…hmmm…

  8. #
    Jennifer — August 22, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    These are so cute!!! And the lemonade kick is perfect for last minute summer get togethers!

  9. #
    Jade — August 31, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    These are so cute. How can your husband say they are to sweet. Is that possible!

  10. #
    Bridget — August 31, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    I feel like I can almost taste these…and they are so pretty!!!

    Thank you for linking them to Flavor of the Month! 🙂

  11. #
    Melissa — August 31, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    These cupcakes sounds extra yummy! Can’t wait to try the recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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    Dorothy — August 31, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Is it just me, or does pink lemonade taste better than regular? I don’t consider myself a girly gal, but I love pink stuff! Your cupcakes look wonderful! 🙂

  13. #
    Cindy — September 3, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    great idea!!!

  14. #
    aly — September 10, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    thanks for the recipe! i shared it on my blog here and linked back to you! so yummy!!!

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