Dark and Stormy Cupcakes

First, I have to give a shout-out to my younger sister Brooke – today is her birthday! Happy birthday sis – see you next weekend!!

Last week, I shared one of my favorite cocktail recipes. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I enjoy a Dark and Stormy whenever I get the chance. A fellow Boston area blogger, Amanda of Tales from a Kitchen Misfit, also loves a good Dark and Stormy.

She’s usually the first to like my Dark and Stormy pics or comments and has shared quite a few herself. Earlier this year, she made her own birthday cake. As a baker, I can appreciate the feeling. People ask why I don’t want someone else to make my birthday cake and it’s an obvious answer. By making my own, I have complete control over the complexity, flavors, decorations, etc. I can make a big old cake exactly how I want it. But I digress.

Amanda’s birthday cake this year was a Dark and Stormy cake. Mind blown. I knew I had to make this cake the second I saw it. I decided to mix things up a bit to really enhance the flavor of a Dark and Stormy. I find that when baking with alcohol, the flavor of the alcohol often gets lost.

I used the same cake recipe as Amanda, but made it into cupcakes. After they were cooled, I soaked the cupcakes in some rum to really get that rum flavor in there. Instead of the frosting Amanda used, I just used a simple cream cheese frosting but added some ginger to mimic a ginger beer. And added more rum. Finally, I topped the whole thing with some candied ginger.

To say these cupcakes were a hit is an understatement. Everyone loved them and they disappeared very quickly. They were quite boozy tasting, which is what I was going for. I served them at an adult party, so no one seemed to mind. I definitely can’t wait to make these again.

By the way, the lime and straw garnish are a must for these cupcakes.

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Dark and Stormy Cupcakes

A Dark and Stormy is one of my favorite cocktails. Making them into cupcakes is a great way to enjoy them.

Yield: 24 cupcakes

Ingredients:

For the Cupcakes
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1 cup canola oil
3/4 cup plus 2 tbsp sugar
1/2 cup dark molasses
3 large eggs
1 cup boiling water

For the Frosting
4 oz cream cheese at room temp
1/2 stick (4 Tbsp) butter at room temp
2 tsp ground ginger
2 Tbsp Gossling's Black Label rum
2 - 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Optional Garnishes
2/3 cup Gosling's Black Label rum
1/2 cup candied ginger, chopped

Directions:

For the cupcakes
Preheat oven to 350F. Line muffin pans with 24 cupcake liners.

In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon and salt and set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment combine the oil, sugar and molasses. Mix on medium speed until blended. With the stand mixer running on low, add the eggs, one at a time, until completely mixed.

Add the flour mixture slowly and mix until just combined. Add the boiling water and mix on low speed until combined.

Divide batter into both cake pans and bake for about 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Let cakes cool in pan for about 45 minutes.

For the Frosting
Place the cream cheese in the bowl of your mixer. Beat on medium-high until completely smooth, 3-4 minutes. Add the butter and continue to cream until fluffy.

Add ground ginger and rum. Slowly add powdered sugar (1/4 cup at a time) until desired consistency is reached.

Assemble the Cupcakes
Once cupcakes have cooled completely, poke holes into the top of each cupcake.

Pour 1 tsp rum on top of each cupcake and allow cupcakes to soak in the rum.

Spread frosting onto cupcakes and garnish with candied ginger.

Cupcake Recipe adapted from Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones, as seen on Kitchen Misfit.
Frosting Recipe adapted from My Go-To Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

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16 Responses to “Coconut Layer Cake Filled with Lemon Curd”

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    Erica @ Inandaroundtown — April 6, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    WOW – I would like to have a piece of that cake as soon as possible! looks beautiful and delicious!

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    FunandFearlessinBeantown — April 6, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    This cake looks beautiful and I love the addition of toasted coconut!

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    Christina — April 6, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    I love love cakes with coconut. So delicious.

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    Maria — April 6, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Beautiful cake!

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    DeliciousDish — April 6, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Totally agree – the more layers the better! The cake looks stunning!

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    Paula Kelly-Bourque — April 6, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Had I been at your dinner party you wouldn’t have had to cook anything. I would have just completely indulged in this gorgeous cake!

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    Evan — April 6, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    This cake looks incredible! coconut and lemon are two of my favorite flavors; I’m glad you don’t have to choose one or the other with this recipe.

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    Bianca Garcia — April 6, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    This sounds wonderful. Coconut with lemon curd, yummmm!

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    Taryn — April 6, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    This looks fantastic – so springy and beautiful, and absolutely delish 🙂

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    ammy 92 — April 6, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    what a wonderful cake!

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    ErinsFoodFiles — April 6, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Beautiful cake! I’ve been craving a coconut cake, but I know too many people who don’t like coconut cake that if I made it I wouldn’t have anyone to share. Boo.

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    Shannon — April 6, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    ooh, fabulous. love the lemon curd-coconut combo, and in a layer cake, fun!!

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    A Boston Food Diary — April 6, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    OF COURSE 4 is better than 2!!! This looks amazing….I love the idea of lemon and coconut together-and it’s gorgeous!

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    Aimee — April 6, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Love lemon curd, love coconut, especially love a cake that lets me “frost” the sides with ease. This looks so yummy!!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — April 6, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Such a delicious cake! I honestly didn’t know a 6 inch was half of a 9 inch….thank you 🙂

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    Kelly Jaremco — April 29, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    I told my girlfriend I would bake her a cake for her birthday this Sunday !!! I got lemon curd and coconut stuck in my brain, so I started googling… which led me to your page !!! This recipie looks almost perfect !!

    Couple questions…

    Do you think the coconut extract was too strong for the cake, because you also have the browned coconut pcs too? I was considering vanilla bean cake, lemon curd and toasted coconut on the outside… but perhaps that wouldn’t be enough coconut flavour…. your thoughts?

    Lastly… what did you use as the frosting to keep the toasted coconut on? It looks like whipping cream…. ?!?!?

    Thanks !!!
    Kelly

    P.S
    This is the first cake I’ve ever baked !!! lol

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