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Rum and Raisin Cupcakes – a Boozy Bake for Old Time’s Sake

Rum and Raisin Cupcakes

Cupcakes | 8th June 2017 | By

These rum and raisin cupcakes are a delicious, but rather boozy bake. They’re reminiscent of Old Jamaica, a chocolate rum and raisin flavoured bar from my childhood. I used to save up my pocket money so I could occasionally indulge in what seemed to be a highly sophisticated treat at the time.

I have a jar of raisins soaking in rum permanently on the go, but as the jar hides at the back of the cupboard, I keep forgetting about it. When I saw a recipe for rum and raisin cupcakes in Primrose Bakery Christmas, I was instantly reminded.

Rum and Raisin Cupcakes in a Selection

This was the 4th bake for a friend’s event two years ago. I’ve just discovered the post in my draft folder – I think I may have a few more. Luckily I wrote the recipe down at the time, or it would remain forever forgotten. I’ve already posted about the mini chocolate surprise cakes, the dairy and gluten free lemon and almond coconut cakes and the apple crumble cakes with custard buttercream that I also baked for the event.

For these rum and raison cupcakes, I used my standard mini cupcake recipe. It has stood the test of time. In true cupcake style, the cakes are topped with buttercream, but a buttercream doused in rum. For this reason, it’s probably best to keep these cakes as adult only fare. All of the cakes went down very well, but I do remember that these were a particular favourite.

Rum and Raisin Mini Cakes
Yields 24
Boozy mini cakes reminiscent of Old Jamaica, a chocolate rum and raisin bar which seemed highly sophisticated at the time. Topped with rum buttercream, they are best left to the adults.
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Prep Time
35 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
35 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
50 min
Cakes
  1. 100g raisins soaked in 50 ml of dark rum or more, for as long as possible.
  2. 125g unsalted butter
  3. 125g dark muscovado sugar
  4. 2 large eggs (I use duck eggs)
  5. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  6. pinch of salt
  7. 75g wholemeal flour
  8. 75g plain white flour
  9. 40 ml of rum from the soaked raisins
Rum Buttercream
  1. 100g unsalted butter
  2. 200g icing sugar
  3. 2 tbsp dark rum
Cakes
  1. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Beat in the eggs, one at a time together with the vanilla extract and salt.
  3. Sift in the flour and gently stir until just mixed.
  4. Drain the raisins and stir in the rum, followed by the raisins themselves (reserving 24 for decorating purposes).
  5. Divide the mixture between 24 mini muffin moulds and bake at 180℃ for about 15 minutes or until the cakes are risen and golden,
  6. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool.
Rum Buttercream
  1. Beat the butter together with half the sugar.
  2. Beat in the rum, then the remaining sugar.
  3. Continue to beat until lightly whipped, then spread over the cakes.
  4. Top with a rum soaked raisin.
Notes
  1. Makes 24 mini cupcakes or 12 large ones.
Adapted from Primrose Bakery Christmas by Martha Swift
Adapted from Primrose Bakery Christmas by Martha Swift
Tin and Thyme http://tinandthyme.uk/

Treat Petite LogoI’m sharing these mini rum and raisin cupcakes with Treat Petite over at The Baking Explorer.

 

 

Bake of the Week LogoThese bakes also go to Bake of the Week with Mummy Mishaps and Casa Costello. 

 

 

 

 

Cook Blog ShareAnd I’m also sending them to #CookBlogShare which is with Easy Peasy Foodie this week.

 

 

 

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      Choclette
      9th June 2017

      Thanks Emma. I do like little cakes. You can try one and then if you like it, you can have another πŸ™‚

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    Dom
    8th June 2017

    Ooooh. I am so making these. Rum and raisin is The Vikings fave ice cream flavour and he adores old Jamaica too. This is such a win win for me!!

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      Choclette
      9th June 2017

      I’m going to have to see if Old Jamaica is still going now. I just assumed it had long gone. Really dance a bar now. Hope you treat the Viking to some – he deserves it πŸ™‚

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    Kat (The Baking Explorer)
    8th June 2017

    Your cupcakes sound amazing, I love rum and raisin! Thanks for linking them up to #TreatPetite as well, there’s a new logo now if you’re able to update it πŸ™‚

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      Choclette
      9th June 2017

      Thanks Kat. I obviously missed the new logo. Will head over to have a look.

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    Galina V
    8th June 2017

    Ooh and aah, love the sound of those cupcakes. Must try your delicious boozy recipe.

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      Choclette
      9th June 2017

      Why of holidays? Rum and raisin ice cream? That was all the rage in my youth.

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    Janice
    8th June 2017

    Oh I just love the sound of these, I love Old Jamaica chocolate also Rum and Raisin ice cream, I think I would be very happy to eat one of your cupcakes.

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      Choclette
      9th June 2017

      Yes, rum and raisin ice cream. That used to be such a big thing here in Cornwall. Next time I’m out and about and fancy an ice cream, I shall see if they still do it.

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    kellie@foodtoglow
    8th June 2017

    If I wasn’t cutting back because of last week’s rather indulgent holiday these would be made in a flash. And eaten as quickly!

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      Choclette
      9th June 2017

      Luckily, in this particular instance, I wasn’t able to indulge πŸ™‚

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    Kavey
    9th June 2017

    Love this boozy bake, so much to my street in flavours, really love the look of it. Sending to Pete to make!

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    Helen @ family-friends-food.com
    9th June 2017

    Those look adorably delicious! We have a few bottles of rum from a caribbean holiday a few years ago, so I will have to put them to good use in these lovely little cakes.

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      Choclette
      11th June 2017

      A few bottle of rum Helen? They should keep you going for a while. Or maybe you just need to have a cocktail party πŸ™‚

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      Choclette
      11th June 2017

      Yes exactly. I heard from someone that they still make Old Jamaica, so I’m determined to search some out for old time’s sake.

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    Monika Dabrowski
    11th June 2017

    I love boozy desserts and this one looks so yummy! I also love muscovado sugar in desserts, it really adds depth and richness of flavour to anything sweet. #CookBlogShare

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      Choclette
      11th June 2017

      Thanks Monika. A little booze can go a long way to enhancing cakes and desserts I find πŸ™‚

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      Choclette
      12th June 2017

      Well they are only little, so if you can manage only one, they aren’t too bad at all πŸ™‚

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      Choclette
      14th June 2017

      Thanks Kat. I haven’t made any cupcakes in a very long time, so it was good to get a reminder at how nice they can be.

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    Karen
    14th June 2017

    I love that old fashioned combo of rum and raisin and these wee fairy cakes look so tasty!

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    Kate - gluten free alchemist
    17th June 2017

    I love the fact that you have a rum-soaked jar of raisins permanently in your larder….. Not sure they would ever get as far as a cake if they were in mine…. they would be all gobbled up! x

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      Choclette
      19th June 2017

      Hahaha, I can see the temptation indeed, but they tend to live at the back of the cupboard and get forgotten about, otherwise the raisins could be in danger.

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