Citrus Cocktail Cupcakes

Citrus Cocktail Cupcakes are boozy and sweet. Made with coconut rum, orange liqueur, and lime juice, they're the perfect dessert for a fun girls night in.

  • Author: Renee Rendall
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 12 cupcakes 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian


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For the cupcakes

  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup (2.6 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons coconut rum
  • 1 tablespoon orange liqueur

For the frosting

  • 4 tablespoons (2 ounces) butter, softened
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • Zest of one lime
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1 tablespoon orange liqueur
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • Orange food coloring, optional


For the cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F (175 C) and line your cupcake pan with 12 liners.
  2. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. Cream together butter and sugar by mixing with an electric mixer on medium high speed for at least 3 minutes. Turn the mixer down to low and mix in the egg, milk, rum, and orange liqueur. Your mixture may look curdled. Relax, it'll be fine.
  4. With your mixer on its lowest setting, slowly add in the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  5. Fill your cups about two thirds full with cake batter and bake 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Remove the cupcakes to a wire rack after about 5 minutes. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely.

For the frosting

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat together butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth. Mix in the lime zest and juice and the orange liqueur.
  2. Slowly add in the powdered sugar a half cup at a time until smooth. Turn your mixer up to high for about a minute to make sure everything's light and fluffy. You can also mix in some orange food coloring if you like a bit of color. Or create a stripe effect by painting a few lines of orange food coloring inside your piping bag.
  3. Frost your cupcakes in your favorite way. I used a Wilton 1M tip.
  4. Store your leftover cupcakes in the fridge if you have a warm kitchen. Otherwise, an they'll be fine in an air tight container for a few days.

Keywords: Citrus, Cupcakes

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