These gluten free raspberry lime mojito cupcakes are tender and sweet. Each bite will whisk you away to your favorite summer patio with a cold mojito in hand!
I am still "recovering" from all the fun that I had at Everything Food Conference a few weeks ago. I got to "meet" several of my gluten-free blogging buddies including Chrystal from Gluten-Free Palate for the first time.
Not only did I get to meet Chrystal, but we also got compete as a team in a cupcake battle HOSTED BY JUSTIN WILLMAN (the host of cupcake wars) and judged by several past cupcake wars winners and competitors. We competed with these gluten free raspberry lime mojito cupcakes!
Chrystal and I found out that our team, "Sassy Sprinkles", was selected to compete about a month before the conference so that we had a little time to test and perfect the recipe that we wanted to compete with.
We wanted to create a cupcake that was tender and sweet and that would be the perfect bridge from spring to summer. This gluten free raspberry lime mojito cupcake does just that!
How to make Mojito Cupcakes?
The lime and mint cupcake is beautifully tender and soft with the PERFECT crumb (Chrystal gets the credit for that, she is a cupcake wizard!) We used lots of fresh lime zest so that you don't miss the bright citrus flavor and we made our own mint-infused rum by muddling fresh mint and rum about 12 hours before we competed. The rum adds the perfect hint of mint just like your favorite mojito.
When the cupcakes came out of the oven we brushed them with some more of our mint infused rum and lime juice to bring the mojito flavor home! The moisture evaporates quickly since the cupcakes are still hot, leaving an extra layer of flavor behind.
The raspberry mojito frosting might be my favorite part... and it is what I am sharing with you today. I am a buttercream gal for sure.
How to make mint frosting?
I took my favorite american buttercream recipe and used that mint infused rum instead of the vanilla and cream in the recipe, and then I whipped in some fresh raspberry puree.
The frosting is sweet, buttery, and fluffy with the perfect amount of raspberry, mint and rum to dance on your tongue.
Each cupcake was garnished simply with a sprinkle of lime zest, a juicy fresh raspberry, and a fresh mint sprig.
We were the only gluten free team competing, and I think that we definitely held our own. The judges took FOREVER to decide who won. All of the competing cupcakes looked amazing, I wish that I had been able to sample them.
Spoiler....we didn't win. But I was ok with that.
The judges all commented that they would have never guessed our cupcake was gluten free if we hadn't told them. THAT is the highest praise a gluten free cupcake can get. And from people who really know their cupcakes too.
This gluten free raspberry lime mojito cupcake recipe is a perfect summer treat, and it tastes like a cocktail!
For the Mint Extract
- ¼ cup white rum
- ½ cup mint leaves
For the Gluten Free Mojito Cupcakes
- 11/2 cups all-purpose gluten-free flour blend
- 11/2 teaspoons gluten-free baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs, at room temperature
- Zest from two large limes
- ¼ teaspoon gluten-free vanilla extract
- ½ cup buttermilk1 lb (by weight) powdered sugar (approx 4 cups)
For the Mojito Frosting
- 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
- 1 ½ tablespoons mint infused rum (see Chrystal's recipe, it is in the cupcakes too)
- ¼-1/2 cup fresh raspberries (to make 3 tablespoons of puree plus more to garnish the cupcakes)
- fresh mint leaves, to garnish
- lime zest, to garnish
- Place the white rum and mint leaves in a liquid measuring cup and muddle the mint to extract mint oil; set aside.
- While the mint is steeping in the rum, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a standard muffin tin with paper liners; set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.
- In an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat the butter and sugar together until light, and fluffy.
- Reduce the mixer speed to medium and add the eggs one at at time, mixing thoroughly after each addition.
- Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the lime zest, vanilla extract and two tablespoons of your mint/rum mixture (save the other 2 tablespoons for the frosting and brush).
- Mix until combined.
- Reduce the mixer speed low. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and beat until
combine. Add the buttermilk and mix just until combined.
- Divide the batter between the muffin cups. Bake for approximately 23-25 minutes or until
just slightly golden and the centers are set.
- While the cupcakes are baking, make your rum/lime brush. To make the rum/lime brush, combine the 2 tablespoons of rum and 3 tablespoons of lime juice in a small bowl; set
- Allow cupcakes to cool for 5 to 10 minutes and then remove to a cooling rack. Brush the tops of the cupcakes with the rum/lime brush.
- Set the cupcakes aside to cool completely before frosting them.
- With a heavy-duty electric mixer, whip the butter for 5 minutes or until it is very light and fluffy.
- While it is whipping make the raspberry puree by pushing the raspberries through a sieve with the back of a spoon until you have 3 tablespoons of puree.
- When the butter is light and fluffy add the powdered sugar, rum, and raspberry puree and whip for 2-3 minutes, starting at a low speed so you don't dust your kitchen with powdered sugar, and then increasing speed to high.
- Load the frosting into a piping bag with a french tip (or your favorite) and pipe onto the cooled gluten free mojito cupcakes. Garnish with fresh raspberry and mint leaves and a sprinkle of lime zest
- Frost with Raspberry Buttercream Frosting top with a raspberry and mint leaf.
Nutrition InformationYield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 265Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 56mgSodium 298mgCarbohydrates 38gFiber 1gSugar 27gProtein 2g
All nutrition info is a guestimate and will vary depending on the ingredients you use.
The other competitors cupcakes aren't gluten free, but I thought you might like to look at their blogs/recipes too!
- Chloe from The Chocoholic Baker and Anna-Marie from Beauty and the Beets (Made a Chocolate Pink Champagne Cupcake)
- Jasmine from The Blenderist and Jessica from Jessica Gavin (Made a Chocolate Ferrero Rocher Cupcake)
- Amber from Dessert Now, Dinner Later and Yvonne from Tried and Tasty (Made THE WINNING Pina Colada Cupcakes with Blackberry Frosting!)