January 20, 2007

Cuba Libre Cupcakes



Ingredients:
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup coca cola
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup milk
3 tablespoons dutch processed cocoa
2 tablespoons rum
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350. Line or grease and flour 1 12 cupcake cupcake pan. In a small saucepan, heat butter, coca cola and rum to boiling. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Mix together lime juice and milk in a small bowl* or measuring cup and set aside. Meanwhile, whisk together cocoa, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add the cooled butter/coke mixture and beat until well combined. Add egg, beat then pour in the milk. Mix until combined. The batter will be rather thin. Fill each well 2/3 of the way full. Bake 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove cupcakes to wire racks as soon as possible to cool. Frost with Chocolate Rum Cream Cheese Frosting when cool. Garnish with a wedge of lime.
*This will sour the milk a bit. Do not worry if it looks slightly curdled.
My thoughts:
When I heard about the Cupcake Round up, I knew this was the excuse I needed to make the recipe I have been creating in my head for months: cuba libre cupcakes! Cuba Libre is the fancy name for a simple cocktail: a rum and coke served with a wedge of lime. I am so glad I finally sat down and figured out a recipe that would combine all of these flavors. These are divine. Their light and fluffy texture is perfectly balanced by the creamy frosting. They are also not as sweet as the list of ingredients would lead you to believe and the chocolate, while not traditional to the drink, adds a depth to the flavor.

One caveat: please use good rum.