Being born in January does not guarantee that you are a winter person. The only thing I like about winter is Christmas and the occasional ski trip, otherwise this season is a hard pass for me. I make the best of the chilly weather by baking in the kitchen of course. It’s the big 2-5 this year and to celebrate I baked buttered rum cupcakes.
On January 12 I was born during a snow storm and at only nine days old my parents brought me to Vermont for a winter weekend getaway. I’m a first born. Does anyone else know parents who leave their home after giving birth to their first child? Not likely. I believe this is where my disdain for winter stems from. Don’t get me wrong, I love snow and skiing and curling up next to a fireplace, but living in NYC doesn’t come with those joyful moments. So I find that joy in baking. If I’m going to be stuck inside at freezing cold temperatures I’m certainly going to make the best of it. Enter buttered rum cupcakes.
Has anyone else made buttered rum? Or know how to make it? I, for one, had to do a little research. I’ve heard of the wintery drink, but had never once had the opportunity to try it. It’s simply melted butter, brown sugar, hot water (or sometimes cider) and rum. I don’t know about you, but drinking melted butter does not sound appealing. Those ingredients do, however, sound like they would make a delicious cupcake.
And that they did. I took the recipe for my spiked cider cupcakes—a spiced batter with cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar—and switched out the cider for rum. That gave these cupcakes a shot of flavor (pun intended). I made a buttercream frosting also spiked with rum and drizzled a little buttered rum sauce on top. You might be thinking, “Wow this girl went to town with the rum.” Keep in mind a lot of the alcohol bakes off, but the spiced part of the rum adds a lot of flavor.
This may be one of the best birthday treats I have ever made myself (German chocolate cake is a close second). Cocktail cupcakes are always a science experiment in the kitchen for me and each time they turn out to be better than the last–or at least that’s how the cupcakes taste after I’ve washed them down with a few celebratory drinks. But in all seriousness these buttered rum cupcakes are divine and will warm up those winter blues.