Today I am enjoying for the first time ever, a Captain Morgan Spiced Rum and Coke. Or, as it is more commonly known, a Captain & Coke.
This would not be a big deal if I was say, only 18 or 21 and new to the drinking thing. But I’m not. Some how or other, I just missed the whole Captain and Coke craze by at least a decade….maybe 2. Let’s just say it’s a generational thing and leave it at that.
So why now? I blame it on the commercials. I am not ashamed to admit that I love a good TV commercial. (I don’t think I’m alone in this, take a look at what happens during the Super Bowl.) And Captain Morgan puts out some great commercials…trendy music, lavish sets, beautiful women in stunning costumes, and a rascal of a Captain Morgan making fantasies come true. If drinking spiced rum can make all that happen, sign me up.
So while waiting for that handsome pirate to come whisk me off my feet, I found the following recipe, courtesy of Cupcake Project and Rum Therapy. A great combination of fall spices, pumpkin and rum that comes together to make a moist, dense cupcake, topped with a delicious spiced rum and cream cheese frosting. These cupcakes are simply decadent. Think of them as another fantasy come true – courtesy of the Captain.
Spiced Rum and Pumpkin Cupcakes
Makes 12 cupcakes
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Whisk together flour, spice, baking soda and salt
In a large bowl, combine sugar, pumpkin, and eggs. Beat until smooth.
Mix in the oil, rum and maple syrup.
Slowly add the dry ingredients and mix just until fully incorporated.
Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full.
Bake at 350 F for 20-25 minutes.
Set on rack to cool.
Spice Rum Cream Cheese Frosting
8 oz. cream cheese
1/4 cup butter
2-3 cups powdered sugar (use more or less to achieve the consistency you like)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons spiced rum
Beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add powdered sugar, 1/2 at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in vanilla, cinnamon and spiced rum. Beat until you reach desired consistency, adding more sugar as needed.