A few years back, when my daughter was still in high school, it seemed as though every week ushered in a new fad and the phrase, “We have to go shopping for……..” was heard with painfully expensive frequency. So when she announced after school one day that we had to go shopping for pirate stuff, my curiosity was only slightly piqued as I grabbed my keys and headed out for what was now the weekly trip to the mall.
Little did I know that this was for an international event: September 19 – International Talk Like a Pirate Day! What a wonderfully whimsical reason to celebrate a day! After all, who doesn’t love a good pirate? You’ve got Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow, of course, and also that rascally Captain Morgan guy, but don’t forget the Goonies One-Eyed Willie, The Dread Pirate Roberts from The Princess Bride, and if you want to go really old school, there’s always Errol Flynn as Captain Blood. (Apparently Captain is the highest rank to which any good pirate can aspire.)
And let’s be honest, talking like a pirate? Aye matey, who doesn’t like to do that? Arrrrggghh!
Speaking of Captain Morgan, it was just about this time last year that I started this blog, and my first post was Spiced Rum and Pumpkin cupcakes, featuring Captain Morgan’s. So I thought now was a good time to break out that bottle of Captain Morgan’s (ok, yeah, we finished off that bottle ages ago, so actually it’s a new bottle) and turn the classic rum and coke into a cupcake. But while I was doing my research, I came across something even better – The Dirty Pirate – basically a rum and coke with Kahlua! As far as I’m concerned, if you’re going to have a pirate, it might as well be a dirty pirate. So here it is: a delicious chocolate Coke cupcake filled with a little spiced rum ganache and topped with Kahlua frosting… definitely give these cupcakes a try….they’ll shiver yer timbers, for sure!
DIRTY PIRATE CUPCAKES
I recommend making the ganache filling first so it can cool and thicken while you make the cupcakes. I put my ganache in the fridge while I mixed, baked and cooled the cupcakes and it was the perfect consistency for piping when I was ready to use it.
3 – 4.4 ounce bars milk chocolate or 13 ounces good quality milk chocolate chips
1 cup whipping cream
3 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
3 teaspoons Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum
Put whipping cream into medium sauce pan over medium heat. Heat to boiling. Meanwhile, break chocolate bars into small pieces in a medium bowl. Pour boiling whipping cream over chocolate and let it set for 2 minutes. Stir mixture until smooth. Add butter and spiced rum and stir until combined. Set in the refrigerator to thicken.
I took a chance and figured if it works for beer, it’ll work for Coke too. So, as I did for my Blue Moon Cupcakes, I followed the directions on the box but substituted the water with the Coke. I’ve noticed that when I used carbonated beverages with the mixes the cupcakes finish baking a little sooner, so check on them after about 15 minutes to avoid over baking. The cupcakes turned out perfectly – nice and moist and light. I used Pillsbury this time, so I included those directions here.
1 box Pillsbury Devils Food Cake mix
1/2 cup oil
1 cup Coke
Line 2 cupcake pans with paper liners. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine cake mix, Coke, oil and eggs in bowl of stand mixer at low speed until just combined and then for 2 minutes at medium speed. Fill cupcake tins about 2/3 full. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 15 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.
Kahlua Buttercream Frosting
1 1/2 sticks of butter
4 cups confectioners sugar
3 tablespoons of Kahlua
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
splash of milk, if needed
Cream butter in bowl of stand mixer. Add sugar, salt, Kahlua and vanilla and mix on low speed until combined and then at high speed for 4-5 minutes until light and fluffy, adding a little milk if needed.
Using a small melon baller, scoop out the center of each cupcake. Spoon thickened ganache into a quart size ziplock bag, close the top and snip off a small corner. Gently squeeze a small amount of ganache into each cupcake. Scoop frosting into piping bag and frost cupcakes as desired.