Saturday, February 18, 2012

Buttered Rum Cupcakes and a Pirate Giveaway



A few months ago my good friend Amanda told me that she was having a book published. So, of course, I immediately inquired as to what the book was about, and she responded, with an ample amount of glee: "LADY PIRATES!" I love an adventuresome tale, so when Lily and the Golden Lute came out this past month, Amanda gave me a copy which I read immediately, laughing hard and often. It's not your typical pirate fare, The Revenge (the pirate ship the book follows) is owned by eccentric millionaire Lily, and her crew is entirely made up of strong, smart, and biting female pirates. They get into many hilarious misadventures and there's tales of love along the way as well, but what I most loved and appreciated about the book was its wide variety of compelling female characters. They may not all be simultaneously athletic, smart, and talented, but every female character possesses at least one of those traits, usually two, which is fairly rare in adventurous fiction where males tend to take the lead roles and women the more subservient ones. Through their biting wit and saucy sword fights, the pirate crew of The Revenge really made these past couple weeks much happier for me, as work has been kind of stressful lately. So, in honor of Amanda's book, I made these delicious cupcakes, which also helped to make my week better. I was very pleased with how easy they were to make, (I used Pillsbury buttermilk biscuits instead of making the dough from scratch), and the rum and butterrum sauce heated up and baked all together with the biscuits was amazing. I don't know if it was the amount of rum in the cupcakes or how great they tasted that filled me with such joy, but I figured that as long as I was happy it didn't really matter.



And to further celebrate the Lily and the Golden Lute's release, Amanda is giving away a brand new autographed copy! To enter, please leave a comment below stating your favorite adventure story. For extra entries, you can:

     - Follow me on Twitter and leave a separate comment saying you did.
     - Like Adventures in Cooking on Facebook and leave a separate comment saying you did.
     - Follow me on Pinterest and leave a separate comment saying you did.

If you already do any of those things, just leave a comment saying you do. The deadline for entries is 11:59 pm PST February 24th, the winner will be announced February 25th, and the giveaway is only open to residents of the United States. Good luck, mates!


Ingredients:

Butter-Rum Sauce

1 Cup Brown Sugar
1/3 Cup Heavy Cream
3 Tablespoons Butter
3 Tablespoons Spiced Rum
2 Tablespoons Lyles Golden Syrup  
1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract 

Rum Ball Cupcakes

(3) 16.3 Ounce Cans Ready Made Buttermilk Biscuits, the non-flaky ones
1/2 Cup Spiced Rum
1/2 Cup Butter-Rum Sauce
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 Teaspoon Nutmeg
Toothpicks (optional)
Brown Paper (optional)
White Paper (optional)

Butter-Rum Ocean Frosting

1 and 1/2 Cups Powdered Sugar
3/4 Cup (1 and 1/2 sticks) Butter, softened
1/4 Cup Butter-Rum Sauce
15 Drops Blue Food Coloring, plus 5 more drops
2 Drops Black Food Coloring


Begin by making the Butter-Rum sauce. Heat the butter, cream, brown sugar, and golden syrup in a saucepan over medium high heat, stirring frequently, until the butter is melted and the ingredients are combined. Bring the sauce to a boil, then lower the heat so that the mixture retains a slow but constant boil. Allow the mixture to simmer for 10 minutes, stirring every minute. The mixture should be thicker at the end. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the rum and the vanilla extract until completely blended, but be careful as the mixture will likely spatter a bit. Set the sauce aside to cool to room temperature.


To make the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix 1/2 cup of the Butter-Rum sauce with the cinnamon, nutmeg, and rum in a large bowl until well blended. Set aside. Cut the biscuits into eighths and place them in the rum marinade, gently tossing them in the mixture with your hands to ensure that they are evenly coated.


Allow them to soak in the mixture for 5 minutes, tossing with your hands every minute or so to prevent them from getting too stuck to one another.


Line a muffin pan with cupcake liners. Fill each of the cupcake liners about 3/4 full with the rum balls. Spoon any sauce left at the bottom of the bowl over each of the cupcakes before placing the pan in the oven to bake for 30 minutes, or until the cupcakes are golden brown.


While the cupcakes are baking make the frosting. Mix together the butter, Butter-Rum sauce, and powdered sugar with an electric mixer until a smooth frosting forms. Remove 1/3 of the frosting and set it aside. Add the black food coloring, and the 15 drops of blue food coloring to the larger amount fo frosting and mix until combined. Add the remaining 1/3 frosting back in and stir until partially blended, so that there are still a few lighter streaks in the frosting. Add 5 more drops of blue food coloring, placing each drop over a different area of the frosting, and stir with a large spoon or spatula a few times until there are bright blue streaks throughout. Set aside.


Remove the cupcakes from the pan and allow the cupcakes to cool to room temperature before frosting. Drizzle 1/2 teaspoon of the remaining Butter-Rum sauce over each one. Then, using a spatula, smear the frosting on top of the cupcake to create an ocean wave.


Cut out sail and boat shapes from the brown and white paper and attach them to the cupcakes using a toothpick. Now you have a handy little sea-faring cupcake! But make sure to remove the boat from the cupcake before eating, we don't want any losses at sea. Enjoy! Makes about 18 cupcakes.




41 comments:

  1. Ahhhh! I'm dying over how cute these cupcakes are. Fabulous job my dear and congrats to Amanda!

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  2. These cupcakes are absolutely adorable! My favorite adventure story is hands down Harry Potter :)

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  3. My favorite adventure story is definitely Harry Potter. For a female character, Hermione Granger is not bad! Smart and talented for sure, and athletic when she needs to be. :)

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  4. Oh! Also, I just followed you on Twitter. P.s. those cupcakes look adorable, and you are such an inspiration!!

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  5. My favorite adventure story is An American Tale!

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  6. I follow you on Twitter (@something_else)

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  7. these cupcakes (bread pudding) are amazing. Will have to try these. I have to say that my life has been quite the adventure story.

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  8. I have several *series* favorites. :D

    Anne McCaffrey Pern series and Robin Hobb has several trilogy's.

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  9. Left a comment on your wall in FB.

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  10. Wow these look amazing! Lovely photos : )

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  11. oooh this is SUCH a cute idea! such a clever concept and a gorgeous follow through.

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  12. These are beyond cute! Beautiful photography as well. Nicely done!

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  13. interesting cupcake you have so cute. you explain the procedure clearly thanks it will help me a lot. i will try this for sure.

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  14. so cool man! haha , if my kids saw this they will say "daddy daddy! lets bake that cupcake i really want it" oh well i guess i should give it a try your pirates cupcake. thank you for sharing.

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  15. These cupcakes are so brilliant! The recipe, but especially the presentation. So inspired! Thank you for sharing. :)

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  16. This is the coolest thing I've seen all day…and I've seen several. I need to somehow convert this to a gluten-free recipe for my wheat-unfriendly shipmates. I also want to win a copy of Amanda's book so bad that it physically hurts, right above my leftern-most giblet. Plus the author cleans up really well on the cover. If I don't win I will write my local congressman and initiate pirate un-friendly legislation. Yes, I'm bitter. As bilgewater. But I just think it important to convey my all-consuming need to win by any means necessary. Thank you. Or "ahoy." Whatever.

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    1. I admire your enthusiasm, mate. Your comment has made my day quite a cheery one! As for gluten-free, you could try making buttermilk biscuit dough from scratch with gluten-free flour, I know Bob's Red Mill brand sells some, and then cut the dough into small pieces for the rum balls.

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  17. Im planing to do this for upcoming birthday of my son for his childrens party. im sure they will be all amaze with this piratecupcake of yours. so creative . thanks for sharing man!.

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    1. Glad you enjoy it! Let me know how it turns out for you!

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  18. wow... GREAT frosting stylin'!! awesome!

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  19. These are so adorable! The way you chose to frost them captures the "rough seas" aspect perfectly!!

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  20. That is a true Adventure in Cooking!

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  21. Best sailing adventure series: Bloody Jack. The audio books are AMAZING!

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  22. that is the cutest GD thing i've ever seen. i actually kinda want a framed print of that last picture.

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  23. I really love that these cupcakes are both really cute and yet not twee at all. Also wherethebadkidsgo's comment is awesome. My favourite adventure has to hands down be Lost in the Barrens by Farley Mowat. I believe that between the first time I checked it out from the library when I was maybe 7 or 8 and now I have read it no fewer than 60 times. I don't really know why it just hit that right moment of childhood for me to be obsessed with it and then sentimentally attached to the ritual of reading it at least twice a year. I was actually angry about the film adaptation Disney made to an extent usually reserved for stereotypical parodies of comic book fanboys from script to casting to everything.

    As an adult I'm alsmost ashamed to say my favourite adventure series is probably Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series, which I know started out as a time traveling romance novel, but I started reading my mom's copies one night when I was transitionally living in my parent's "library" between college and a job and got hooked. After the first one they're sort of less about romance and more about insane levels of adventure, intrigue, cabals, piracy, wars and history, and would probably make great movies (if they got the casting right, and maybe time-traveled the Steven Spielberg of the early 80s in to direct)

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  24. I just stumbled upon this...so great! I definitely want to try and make them.

    Quick question - is there a typo up there where it says 35 degrees Fahrenheit? Is it supposed to be 350? Maybe that's obvious but I just wanted to make sure! :)

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    1. lol, yes that is indeed a typo! 350 degrees Fahrenheit is what is should say, I will go back and fix it :) Thanks for letting me know!

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  25. These look divine and I want to try them! What a food artist you are <3

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  26. These cupcakes are incredible. The colors are rustic and so beautiful! I love them.

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  27. Oh my goodness! How creative is this! You should share these in the cupcake crown contest: http://www.celebrations.com/cupcakecrown/

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  28. Hi there! I am making these for my boyfriend's dad for father's day, I am curious exactly what those type of cupcake liners are called? I like the rough theme and they go with it perfectly. In the mean time I will be using plain brown liners. Thanks :)

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