A belated September Birthday #9 – Mojito Cupcakes

I should have posted this birthday ‘cake’ on 20th but I’ve been a bit behind this month. My apologies E, but I assure you this was no afterthought. So I raise my baked version of that fabulous summer cocktail – the Mojito (traditionally made with fresh mint, fresh squeezed lime, light rum, sugar syrup and soda water) one sip of which conjures up visions of sultry Cuban beauties, even sultrier Cuban weather, long hot days lazing on the beach and long hot nights salsa-ing till dawn.

And this is my birthday wish for you, Ecuador – to sipping mojitos on the beach (not necessarily a Cuban beach), enjoying good food, good friends and that greatest luxury of all: Time.

My own favourite version of a Mojito uses dark rum (Havana Club) for its caramelized depth and flavour, and homemade ginger beer. Not traditional but it sure is delicious. I’ve used the same flavours for this Mojito Cupcake which is a cocktail of ginger and lime cake, drenched in a rum and lime syrup, and garnished (of course) with a sprig of fresh mint!

Laurie over at Quirky Cupcake is launching her monthly blog event Cupcake Hero and the ingredient du jour is lime. This is my entry as I can think of no better tribute to the outwardly restrained but inwardly wild lime, than a slightly drunken celebratory cupcake, bursting with sunshine and zesty flavour.

Vanielje Kitchen Cook Book

Mojito Cupcakes

Rum and Lime Syrup

5 Responses to “A belated September Birthday #9 – Mojito Cupcakes”

  1. on 27 Sep 2007 at 7:51 pm Belinda

    What beautiful cupcakes, Inge! And a great idea to take the ingredients from a mojito, and transform them into a dessert…and cupcakes, all the better…wonderful. :-)

  2. on 28 Sep 2007 at 10:05 am Amanda at Little Foodies

    I love Havana Club – love mojitos, would love mojito cupcakes!

  3. on 28 Sep 2007 at 10:26 am african vanielje

    thanks girls. sorry I’ve been so scarce. new job this week. TG it’s Friday. I am just waiting for 4pm when I can legitimately have a huge Mojito – just to round off my week!

  4. on 28 Sep 2007 at 8:40 pm Marye

    I need to make these for Marc. Fantastic!

  5. on 29 Sep 2007 at 1:09 am african vanielje

    thanks Marye, a pretty easy basic cupcake and adapt the syrup to your booze stock. Simply delicious

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