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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19 Responses to “Pecan Pie Cookies”

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    Carrie — October 19, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    Wow those look awesome, I am going to have to add these to my cookie idea list which seems to be never ending

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    Crystal — October 19, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    These look delicious! I will have to try them. I have a recipe for pecan pie cake. It’s quick, easy and tastes just like pecan pie.

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    Joe — October 19, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    There is nothing better than a perfect pecan pie. These look great and really easy.

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    stephchows — October 19, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    perfect for a pecan pie addict!

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    gaga — October 19, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    These are such a great idea! One of my favorite pies is pecan, but I can never finish a whole slice because it gets too disgustingly sweet. These are perfect bite-size versions, I love it!

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    Stephanie Wagner — October 19, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    So thoughtful! My dad loves pecan pie, I’ll have to make these for his birthday this winter.

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    Kat — October 20, 2009 at 12:18 am

    What a great way to have pecan pie in moderation :). Sometimes I find pecan pie too sweet so the cookie base is a nice change.

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    Jigginjessica — October 20, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    These look and sound really great! I think these would be a perfect dessert addition to my families Thanksgiving!

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    nutmegnanny — October 21, 2009 at 4:05 am

    These looks great!

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    Mansi — October 21, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    I make these too, aren’t they simply delicious! loved your pic!:)

    btw, they’d be perfect for my sweet celebration contest I’d be glad if you could send them in for my blog event!

    I’off to check out your giveaway:)

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    thereddeer — October 24, 2009 at 12:56 am

    Yum! My hubby loves pecans so I might have to give these a try one day 🙂

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    Amethyst — October 25, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    These are perfect to add to my cookie bags for holiday gifts! Thank you for sharing!

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    Tami — November 4, 2009 at 4:17 am

    I love pecan pie so I can’t wait to try these little gems. 🙂

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    How To Eat A Cupcake — November 4, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    I totally saw the write up about Baking Gals in Taste of Home! I was so excited! 😉

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    Tami — November 12, 2009 at 3:54 am

    I made these this week for the Clean Plate Club Cookie Carnival. They’ve become a family favorite! Oh my are they good!!

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    Tari McDonald — November 27, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    Jen, you left a comment on my blog asking if I chilled my dough when I made these cookies (responded on my blog, but I’ll do it here, too!). I didn’t chill the dough, altough I think I will last time. Some of my cookies spread too much just making it following the recipe. Thanks for sharing and submitting it for the cookie carnival!

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    booksncooks — December 11, 2009 at 2:37 am

    You saved me this weekend – after being unable to find an ingredient for another recipe, I was in a jam, as all the desserts for my holiday party this weekend had chocolate in them. I remembered I had flagged these cookies to try out – I’ll be making these tomorrow night. Thanks!

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    Shannon Pivetta — November 11, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Does anyone know if these freeze well?

    • beantownbaker — November 11th, 2013 @ 9:09 pm

      These freeze really well. I’m actually making a batch tomorrow night to freeze until Thanksgiving.

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