|They're so ready for summer, they even come with their own umbrella!|
|Yep, that easy.|
I've got some recommendations for you here:
- Use a white cake mix, as it has the least amount of natural flavor to allow the rum to shine through.
- Doctor the box mix by adding an additional egg white, using butter instead of oil and doubling the amount, and replace water with milk and rum.
- This box recipe called for 1 1/4 cups of water. You could go for really rummy cupcakes and use 1/2 cup of rum and 3/4 cup of milk (I wish I would've done this!). Or if you're testing out a crazy genius idea and don't want to end up accidentally drunk while trying to operate a stand mixer, you can use 1/4 cup of rum and 1 cup of milk. I did this, but the rum taste in the cupcakes was very faint. Live and learn!
- Optional: add in a tiny (like 1/4 tsp) splash of vanilla and almond extract. If you use the 1/2 cup of rum, this should be an excellent addition for taste. I only used 1/4 cup of rum, so the vanilla and almond overpowered the rum taste. People still ate them, all was not lost.
- I also recommend using a coconut rum and not a spiced rum. Malibu has that perfect summertime flavor, like tanning oil in digestible form.
- Bake according to package temp and time.
|Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then remove to finish cooling on a rack.|
- 1 1/2 cups of butter at room temp
- 7-8 cups of powdered sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 6-7 TBS Malibu Rum
- Optional: crushed Nilla Wafers for "sand" and cocktail umbrellas for decorating
|For a simple swirl, use a 1M tip.|
|Like so. Finish off with a sprinkling of crushed Nilla Wafers. This right here looks like the perfect soft serve ice cream cone. Dammit rain, go away, you're harshing my food vibe!|
|Complete the look by angling a cocktail umbrella into the top!|
|With the other dozen, I wanted to create a mini beach. I took a bowl of crushed of Nilla Wafers to place next to my cupcakes. Then I used my 1M tip and created a ring around the outside edge of the cupcake.|
|Then I gently rolled it in the "sand."|
|And repeated on all 12.|
|Then I got out a new piping bag fitted with another 1M tip and painted gel dye on the inside edges of the bag.|
|And I filled it with the remaining frosting, doing my best not to get blue dye all over myself and failing miserably, of course.|
|Life's a beach, after all.|