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Mojito Cupcakes

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Airy cake and sweet frosting infused with rum and citrus make the most delicious mojito cupcakes. The perfect combination of drinks and dessert!

Spread of mojito cupcakes on a galvanized cake stand.

If you use Instagram at all, I’m sure you’re familiar with the concept of hashtags, and specifically the “themed” hashtags for certain foods on certain days of the week. #tacotuesday .. #wafflewednesday .. #thirstythursday .. #fryday .. you get the idea. The possibilities are endless, of course!

So a few months ago, when a couple of blogging friends from The Itsy-Bitsy Kitchen and A Classic Twist started making #cupcakemondays a thing, you know I was on board right from the start. I mean, I love to eat a healthy salad and veggies and dip as much as the next gal, but I also never met a cupcake I didn’t like. 🙂

Spread of mojito cupcakes on a galvanized cake stand.

And long-time readers know I definitely never pass up a boozy dessert. What can I say? Maybe I just like the efficiency of having two courses in one? 😉

How to make mojito cupcakes

To make a mojito cupcake, no need to think too far outside the box. Take a great base cake recipe, and doll it up with all the best components of the classic cocktail – rum, lime, and mint.

I adapted this recipe from one included in Jessica Merchant’s lovely cookbook, The Pretty Dish, to play up the lime, and excise the lemon. I do adore lemon cupcakes, but wanted this to be more of a classic mojito flavor. Plus, fewer ingredients is always better in my book!

Mojito cupcake on a white plate.

Should cream cheese be cold for frosting?

You might notice I also suggest using cold cream cheese in this – and nearly all – cream cheese frosting recipes, even though nearly every other source will propose using it at room temperature!

I find that using cold cream cheese has no real downside. It still mixes in very easily, at least with any type of electric mixer. And as a plus, it helps the finished frosting hold its shape much better, which is nice if you are going to the trouble of piping it on. Experiment and use your best judgment!

And because I’ve received quite a few questions on piping, I used a Wilton 1M open star tip to make these rosettes, just starting in the center and drawing circles outward. This tutorial is a big help!

Flat-lay of mojito cupcakes arranged on a galvanized cake platter surrounded by more cupcakes and glasses of rum on the rocks.

Mojito cupcake on a white plate with one bite removed.

If you try these mojito cupcakes or any other recipe on the blog, please remember to rate the recipe and leave a comment below. I love hearing from you, and other readers will benefit from your experience!

5 from 8 votes
Close-up of a mojito cupcake on a galvanized cake platter.
Mojito Cupcakes
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins

The best mojito cupcake recipe, packed with fresh lime juice, zest, and just the right amount of rum for the perfect boozy dessert!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: mojito cupcakes
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Calories: 426 kcal
Author: Monica | Nourish + Fete
For the Cupcakes:
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter - at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg + 1 large egg white
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • juice and zest of 1 lime
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp rum - for brushing (optional)
For the Frosting:
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter - at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz.) cream cheese - cold
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • zest of 1 lime
  • 2 tsp rum
  • fresh mint leaves and lime slices - for garnish (optional)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 C). Place paper liners in a 12-cup muffin pan.

  2. Using a stand or electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar together for 3-4 minutes, until light and fluffy. Add the egg and egg white, scrape down the sides of the bowl once, and beat on medium speed until combined.

  3. Add the oil, vanilla, and lime juice and zest, and continue beating for 1-2 minutes, until well-combined. Pour in the milk and beat on low speed to combine, then sprinkle the cake flour, baking powder, and salt over the batter. Mix again on low speed just until combined and no large streaks of flour remain. Take care not to over-mix.

  4. Fill the cupcakes liners 3/4 full. Bake for 20-24 minutes, until the tops are lightly golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs. Let cupcakes cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.

  5. When cupcakes are cool, but before frosting, use a pastry brush to lightly coat the tops with rum, if desired.

  6. To make the frosting, using a stand or electric hand mixer, beat together the butter and cream cheese for 3-4 minutes, until creamy. With the mixer running on low speed, gradually add the powdered sugar. Increase the speed and beat the frosting, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed, until frosting is fluffy. Beat in the vanilla, lime zest and rum.

  7. Frost cupcakes and garnish as desired.

  1. Cupcakes will last for at least 2-3 days, and are ideally stored in the fridge, because of the cream cheese in the frosting.
  2. Recipe adapted from Jessica Merchant's cookbook, The Pretty Dish.
Nutrition Facts
Mojito Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving (1 cupcake)
Calories 426 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 32%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 67mg 22%
Sodium 92mg 4%
Potassium 89mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 54g 18%
Sugars 42g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 12.8%
Calcium 4.8%
Iron 1.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
And lastly, continue the #CUPCAKEMONDAYS party with some amazing cupcake recipes published today by my blogger friends, and don’t forget to check out hashtag on Instagram. You’re in for a serious treat!

Brown Sugar Toffee Cupcakes from Kelly Lynn’s Sweets and Treats

Piñata Cupcakes from A Table Full of Joy

Chocolate Cherry Chip Cupcakes from Love in My Oven

Chocolate Banana Cupcakes from The Itsy-Bitsy Kitchen

You might also like these perfect filled lemon cupcakes – one of the most popular recipes on Nourish + Fete – or these Paloma cupcakes that have been featured on Buzzfeed!

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The best mojito cupcake recipe, packed with fresh lime juice, zest, and just the right amount of rum for the perfect boozy dessert! #cupcakes #mojitos #rum


  • Reply
    August 22, 2018 at 10:49 am

    That’s 2 of my favourite things in one, cupcakes and mojito! The perfect summer dessert 🙂

    • Reply
      Monica | Nourish + Fete
      August 26, 2018 at 8:17 am

      Agreed on all counts, Diana – thank you so much!

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    August 22, 2018 at 10:11 am

    I love that these are cupcakes for adults. I bet the flavours are amazing!

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      Monica | Nourish + Fete
      August 26, 2018 at 8:18 am

      Thanks, Danielle! Yes to cupcakes for adults! 🙂

  • Reply
    August 22, 2018 at 9:57 am

    these look amazing! love the little limes on top too! cold cream cheese?!!! ohhhh, I’ve always tried to use room temp because I feel like if it’s cold I always get small dots of powdered sugar or whatever I’m mixing in that doesn’t incorporate & it just always turns out grainy, this doesn’t happen if you pull it straight out of the fridge? (hope that’s a yes because it would make my life easier!!!)

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      Monica | Nourish + Fete
      August 26, 2018 at 8:19 am

      Yes! I always thought the same and granted, you do have to be sure to beat it maybe an extra 45-60 seconds and at medium-high speed, but when I do this it turns out well with cold cream cheese! Agreed – it makes life easier, which is so welcome!

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    Lisa | Garlic & Zest
    August 22, 2018 at 9:51 am

    I honestly didn’t think you could improve upon a mojito, but transforming that cocktail into dessert does just that! Now what to wash it down with….

    • Reply
      Monica | Nourish + Fete
      August 26, 2018 at 8:20 am

      Hahaha.. choices, choices! These are the tough questions of our times! 😉

  • Reply
    Shashi at SavorySpin
    August 22, 2018 at 9:46 am

    I couldn’t agree more with “I love to eat a healthy salad and veggies and dip as much as the next gal, but I also never met a cupcake I didn’t like” Yaass – besides – those salads and veggies need balance in the form of cupcakes – right?! And these are gorgeous! I’d eat salad for every meal if I could follow it with one or two of these!

    • Reply
      Monica | Nourish + Fete
      August 26, 2018 at 8:21 am

      Riiiiight?? Everyone has their own definition of balance and that is totally mine! It works, you know!? Makes me happy that someone else can relate! 🙂 Thanks so much, Shashi!

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    Katherine | Love In My Oven
    August 21, 2018 at 11:22 pm

    A mojito is one of my favourite summer drinks! Even better when it’s in cupcake form 😉 So glad you could join the Cupcake Monday party!

    • Reply
      Monica | Nourish + Fete
      August 26, 2018 at 8:21 am

      Thank you, Katherine!! It’s a great party to be at, right? 🙂

  • Reply
    August 21, 2018 at 9:59 pm

    Boozy desserts are the best, aren’t they? Especially when we’re talking cupcakes! YUM These sound amazing, I LOVE lime anything and mojitos in cupcake form sound like the perfect summer treat. Can’t wait to give these a try!

    • Reply
      Monica | Nourish + Fete
      August 26, 2018 at 8:24 am

      They are indeed! Thanks so much, Dana! Hope you try and love them! 🙂

  • Reply
    Kelly Lynns Sweets and Treats
    August 21, 2018 at 11:26 am

    Yes to alcohol in cupcakes!! I love Mojitos so I think these cupcakes are AMAZING! Pinned!! Happy Cupcake Monday!

    • Reply
      Monica | Nourish + Fete
      August 26, 2018 at 8:25 am

      These were made for you, then! Thanks so much, girl! 🙂

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    August 20, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    Gorgeous! Love the flavors! Yay for Cupcake Mondays!

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      Monica | Nourish + Fete
      August 26, 2018 at 8:26 am

      Thanks so much, Lisa!

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    Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen
    August 20, 2018 at 9:34 am

    Is it wrong to want these for breakfast? I’m thinking that since lime is a fruit it’s acceptable. . .I might be reaching. But OMG they sound so good! And also slightly dangerous :). Happy Cupcake Monday!

    • Reply
      Monica | Nourish + Fete
      August 26, 2018 at 8:29 am

      SO NOT WRONG, haha! 🙂 Cupcake Mondays are the best Mondays, no two ways about it!

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