Butter Rum Cupcakes Recipe with a Surprise

Wait until you try this mouth-watering butter rum cupcakes recipe that come with a surprise! Have you ever had a hot rum toddy? These cupcakes remind me of that classic drink.

The surprise in our cupcakes is a dark spiced rum. We mixed a bit of rum into the cake batter, the buttercream frosting, and topped it off with a small pipette filled with a bit of rum for added flavor. These visually stunning cupcakes will surely wow!

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This cupcake recipe is sure to be a favorite with the adults in the crowd.

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Buttered Rum Cupcakes Recipe

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we are cupcake connoisseurs. We have made a ton of mouth-watering cupcakes over the years, ranging from our classic and “Internet-famous” easy vanilla cupcake recipe to this today’s confectionary delight. The punch of rum flavor is like nothing we’ve ever tasted in a cupcake before.

This cupcake is pretty versatile. Although we used spiced rum for the infusion of flavor throughout this recipe, you could use just about any liquor you choose. A flavored vodka, whiskey, or a flavored liqueur like Amaretto would be amazing with a dark chocolate.

The possibilities of boozy cupcakes is never ending!

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This easy-to-make butter rum cupcakes recipe is like your favorite rum drink made into a delicious dessert.

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Tips for Making Buttered Rum Cupcakes with Pipettes

  • The pipettes are inexpensive but not all are the same quality. I’ve tested a couple of brands and I use these mini pipettes – they work to suction up the alcohol and squeeze it out easily.
  • When baking with alcohol, start off with a small amount and then taste. You can always add a bit more for a stronger taste but taking it away is harder.
  • If you prefer not to use alcohol in this recipe, you can substitute a rum extract in the batter and the frosting. Use a smaller amount in the pipette as the extract can have a strong flavor.
  • Traditional cupcakes are usually cooled for between 15-20 minutes. If you are baking with alcohol, cool them for 45-60 minutes to remove the harshness of the alcohol. This will give your cupcake a smoother flavor.
  • Although we used a pre-made buttercream recipe for this cupcake, we encourage you to try your hand at our delicious easy buttercream recipe from scratch. It has only 4 ingredients and it is so simple to make.

Ingredients for Buttered Rum Cake Mix Cupcakes

Below are the ingredients I used, but check your pantry, fridge, and bar cart to see what items you have on hand. If you want to make this spiced rum cupcakes recipe without alcohol, read the tips above.

  • Golden Butter Cake Mix
  • Butter Softened
  • Water
  • Spiced Rum
  • Eggs
  • Buttercream Frosting
  • Cinnamon
Ingredients for the butter rum cupcakes recipe on a white marble surface

How to Make This Easy Boozy Cupcake Recipe

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A large clear round mixing bowl with metal beaters mixing a cake mix, against a white marble surface.

Pour the yellow butter boxed cake mix into a large mixing bowl.

A large clear round mixing bowl with metal beaters mixing a cake mix with water and rum, against a white marble surface.

Add the water and rum or rum extract to the mixing bowl.

A large clear round mixing bowl with metal beaters mixing a cake mix with softened butter, against a white marble surface.

Drop the softened butter into the mixture.

A large clear round mixing bowl with metal beaters mixing a cake mix with eggs, against a white marble surface.

Add in the room-temperature eggs. Using an electric hand or stand mixer, beat for about 1-2 minutes or until well combined and has a smooth texture.

A cupcake pan filled with liners filled with cake batter against a white marble background.

Using an ice cream scoop (it makes it so much easier), fill each cavity of the cupcake pan 2/3 full. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean or the cake springs back when you touch the middle with your finger. Place on a cooling rack for 60 minutes.

A round white bowl of buttercream frosting next to a small round white bowl of rum on a white marble surface.

Add rum or the rum extract to the buttercream frosting and beat with an electric mixer for 1-2 minutes.

A cupcake is frosted on a wire rack, next to 4 other cupcakes, on a white marble background.

Using a piping bag fitted with a large round frosting tip or a plastic zip top bag with the corner cut, frost the cupcakes.

A hand placing a pipette filled with rum into a cupcake that is frosted and sprinkled with cinnamon, on a wire rack with 3 other cupcakes on a white marble surface.

Sprinkle each cupcake with cinnamon and add a pipette of rum or rum extract in the middle of the cupcake for added flavor. Enjoy these amazingly flavorful cupcakes.

Notes for Making The Perfect Cupcake

  • Using room-temperature eggs in a cake mix will give your cake or cupcakes a better rise, making them fluffier.
  • Use an oven thermometer before you begin baking your cupcake recipe. This will ensure you reach the proper temperature for a perfectly baked snack.
  • Always measure your ingredients. Baking is a science, so you need to make sure you don’t guess the amounts of any of your additives.
  • Most ingredients in a cupcake recipe, like eggs, fats, and oils, can be substituted for another item. For instance, you can substitute applesauce or yogurt for the eggs. Just do a quick internet search to find the proper swap for a delicious bake.

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This butter rum cupcakes recipe with a surprise is like a favorite cocktail made into a scrumptious dessert.
Yield: 24

Butter Rum Cupcakes Recipe

A close-up image of three cupcakes, with a clear plastic pipette in the middle on a wooden cutting board next to a gold and white towel on a weathered white wood surface.

This easy-to-make butter rum cupcakes recipe is like a hot toddy made into a scrumptious dessert. We started with a boxed yellow butter cake mix, infused it with rum, and then topped it with rum buttercream frosting. As an added surprise, for those who want a little extra flavor, we filled a small pipette with rum and placed it into the center of the cupcake. Boozy cupcakes are the Internet's new dessert trend!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Cooling Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 23 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 box Golden Butter cake mix
  • ⅓ cup butter softened
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup spiced rum
  • 3 eggs
  • 12 oz buttercream frosting
  • 1 tablespoon spiced rum, plus ½ cup for the pipettes
  • Cinnamon for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners. Add the cake mix, butter, water, 1/2 cup of rum, and the eggs to a large bowl. Using an electric hand or stand mixer, beat on high for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Pour the batter into the cupcake liners, filling each of them about 2/3 full. Using an ice cream scoop makes this easier and neater. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  3. Remove the cupcakes from the oven and allow them to cool completely, for about an hour.
  4. Mix 1 tablespoon of rum into the frosting and beat on high for 1-2 minutes or until well incorporated.
  5. Prepare a piping bag with a large round frosting tip. Add the frosting and frost the cupcakes. You can also use a Ziplock bag with the corner snipped off.
  6. Sprinkle the frosting with cinnamon. Fill each of the pipettes between ⅓ - ½ way (depending on how much flavor you want to add) with rum and place one in the center of each cupcake.

Notes

For another boozy cupcake recipe, search maple bourbon cupcake on Ruffles and Rain Boots.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 128Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 38mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 0gSugar: 10gProtein: 1g

All nutrition information is estimated. For accuracy, please calculate your exact brands and ingredients if accuracy is desired.

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