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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A Dark and Stormy is one of my favorite cocktails. Making them into cupcakes is a great way to enjoy them.
Yield: 24 cupcakes
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
2/3 cup Gosling's Black Label rum
1/2 cup candied ginger, chopped
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.