I celebrated my birthday a few days ago. It's nice to have someone else make the cake for a change and I had 2 delicious cakes - lemon drizzle and chocolate, both firm favourites of mine. Of course, I couldn't resist baking something myself hence these Painkiller Cupcakes. I initially planned on making pina colada cupcakes but came across these on Hazel's blog and decided that with a few tweaks, I could enter this to multiple blog challenges this month!
A painkiller cocktail is made from dark rum, orange juice, pineapple juice, sweetened coconut cream and shaved ice, topped with nutmeg. It was originally invented at the Soggy Dollar Bar in the British Virgin Islands. I decided to make a coconut and pineapple cupcake filled with homemade orange curd topped with a white chocolate cream cheese frosting and a sprinkle of nutmeg on top. Unfortunately, the orange curd was a failure (should have stuck to my normal recipe for lemon curd) so I had to improvise slightly. The result was a really moist and fruity cupcake and the flavours worked well together. They were a real hit at work and even though I don't like coconut, I really enjoyed these cakes.
I'm entering them to AlphaBakes which I co-host with Caroline from Caroline Makes. The letter for this month is "P". You can use the letter in the name of the bake or as the main ingredient. It's a double whammy here with painkiller and pineapple.
I'm also entering them to We Should Cocoa which is celebrating it's 2nd anniversary this month. Happy birthday WSC! Choclette from Chocolate Log Blog has chosen cocktail inspiration as the theme this month. We should Cocoa is hosted on alternate months by Choclette and Chocolate Teapot. The idea is to make something with chocolate each month. WSC was the first blogging challenge I ever entered and I've not missed a month since then!
I'm also entering them to Calendar Cakes hosted by Laura from Laura Loves Cakes and Rachel from Dolly Bakes. The theme this month is cupcakes as it's national cupcake week in September.
I discovered a new blog challenge this monhth (thanks Caroline!) called Baking with Spirit. It's hosted by Janine from Cake of the Week who challenges us to bake or cook with alcohol each month. This month, she chose rum so these painkiller cupcakes are perfect.
For the cupcakes - makes 11 cupcakes of size shown
120g caster sugar
1.5 teaspoon baking powder
120ml coconut milk
30g dessicated coconut
1 teaspoon rum flavouring (or real rum) *
5 pineapple rings, chopped
5 tablespoons of homemade unset orange curd - you can either fill the cupcakes with proper orange curd or use the zest of 1 orange plus 1 tablespoon of orange juice
* I used rum flavouring as these were for work, didn't want to get everyone tipsy!
For the frosting
30g white chocolate, melted
100g cream cheese
1 teaspoon orange water
250g icing sugar, sifted
For the decoration
Ground nutmeg to sprinkle
- Preheat the oven to 170C.
- Combine all the cake ingredients except for the pineapple and dessicated coconut in a large bowl.
- Stir in the pineapple and dessicated coconut by hand.
- Spoon into cupcake cases and bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.
- Allow to cool completely before frosting.
- To make the frosting, melt the white chocolate in the microwave or in a bowl over a pan of simmering water.
- Beat together the cream cheese, butter, icing sugar and orange water until smooth.
- Stir in the white chocolate and continue beating for a few minutes.
- Pipe the frosting on the cupcake.
- Sprinkle with ground nutmeg.
- Decorate with half a cherry on top and a cocktail umbrella.