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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.

Rum Soaked Raisins

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 of it.

A Feast of Mini Cakes

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.

Rum and Raisin Cupcakes

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 Cupcakes – The Recipe

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Rum and Raisin Mini Cakes

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.
Prep Time35 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Afternoon Tea
Cuisine: British
Keyword: buttercream, cupcakes, mini cakes, rum & raisin
Servings: 24 mini cakes
Author: Choclette



  • 100 g raisins soaked in 50 ml of dark rum or more for as long as possible.
  • 125 g unsalted butter
  • 125 g dark muscovado sugar
  • 2 large eggs I use duck eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 75 g wholemeal flour
  • 75 g plain white flour
  • 40 ml of rum from the soaked raisins

Rum Buttercream

  • 100 g unsalted butter
  • 200 g icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp dark rum



  • Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in the eggs, one at a time together with the vanilla extract and salt.
  • Sift in the flour and gently stir until just mixed.
  • Drain the raisins and stir in the rum, followed by the raisins themselves (reserving 24 for decorating purposes).
  • Divide the mixture between 24 mini muffin moulds and bake at 180℃ for about 15 minutes or until the cakes are risen and golden,
  • Turn out onto a wire rack to cool.

Rum Buttercream

  • Beat the butter together with half the sugar.
  • Beat in the rum, then the remaining sugar.
  • Continue to beat until lightly whipped, then spread over the cakes.
  • Top with a rum soaked raisin.


Makes 24 mini cupcakes or 12 large ones.
Adapted from Primrose Bakery Christmas by Martha Swift


I’m sharing these mini rum and raisin cupcakes with Treat Petite over at The Baking Explorer. The bakes also go to Bake of the Week with Mummy Mishaps and Casa Costello. And I’m also sending them to #CookBlogShare which is with Easy Peasy Foodie this week.


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  1. Emma @ Supper in the Suburbs

    8th June 2017 at 11:28 am

    You had me at rum and raisin! These are such an adorable size too!

    • Choclette

      9th June 2017 at 9:45 am

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

  2. Dom

    8th June 2017 at 12:18 pm

    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!!

    • Choclette

      9th June 2017 at 9:44 am

      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 🙂

  3. Kat (The Baking Explorer)

    8th June 2017 at 1:16 pm

    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 🙂

    • Choclette

      9th June 2017 at 9:43 am

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

  4. Galina V

    8th June 2017 at 5:32 pm

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

    • Choclette

      9th June 2017 at 9:41 am

      Oh do Galina and let me know how you get on.

  5. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    8th June 2017 at 7:08 pm

    Rum and raisin…they remind me of holidays 🙂 These cupcakes look awesome!

    • Choclette

      9th June 2017 at 9:34 am

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

  6. Janice

    8th June 2017 at 8:39 pm

    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.

    • Choclette

      9th June 2017 at 9:40 am

      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.

  7. kellie@foodtoglow

    8th June 2017 at 9:46 pm

    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!

    • Choclette

      9th June 2017 at 9:32 am

      Luckily, in this particular instance, I wasn’t able to indulge 🙂

  8. Kavey

    9th June 2017 at 12:30 pm

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

    • Choclette

      11th June 2017 at 8:07 pm

      Good luck Kavey. I hope Pete gets the message loud and clear.

  9. Helen @

    9th June 2017 at 1:16 pm

    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.

    • Choclette

      11th June 2017 at 8:07 pm

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

  10. Emma @ Adventures of a London Kiwi

    11th June 2017 at 11:35 am

    Rum and Raisin (Old Jamaica) is such a taste of my childhood – I need to make these!

    • Choclette

      11th June 2017 at 8:05 pm

      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.

  11. Monika Dabrowski

    11th June 2017 at 1:36 pm

    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

    • Choclette

      11th June 2017 at 8:04 pm

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

  12. Angela / Only Crumbs Remain

    11th June 2017 at 8:57 pm

    Wow Choclette, i bet they packed a punch! They look so cute and unassuming too. Definitely pinning for later 😉
    Angela x

    • Choclette

      12th June 2017 at 5:37 pm

      Ah, never trust something by how it looks 😉

  13. Eb Gargano | Easy Peasy Foodie

    12th June 2017 at 10:06 am

    Ooooh – yum! These sound very very naughty, but very very delicious!! 😀 Thanks for linking up with #CookBlogShare! Eb x

    • Choclette

      12th June 2017 at 5:36 pm

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

  14. Kat (The Baking Explorer)

    14th June 2017 at 12:06 am

    I love your mini cakes! Rum and Raisin sounds yummy too, thanks for linking up to #TreatPetite

    • Choclette

      14th June 2017 at 4:17 pm

      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.

  15. Karen

    14th June 2017 at 8:53 pm

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

    • Choclette

      14th June 2017 at 9:26 pm

      Thanks Karen. The fairy cakes bit noted 😀

  16. Kate - gluten free alchemist

    17th June 2017 at 11:16 pm

    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

    • Choclette

      19th June 2017 at 5:16 pm

      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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