Banana Daiquiri Cupcakes

Cupcakes for grownups!


  • 150 g (5 ¼ oz / 1 cup) plain (all-purpose) flour
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 175 g (6 oz / about 2) mashed banana
  • 3 tbsp buttermilk
  • 30 ml (1 fl oz) dark rum
  • 65 g (2 1/3 oz) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 95 g (3 1/3 oz / ½ cup lightly packed) soft brown sugar
  • 1 egg

Coconut and Rum Frosting

  • 2 egg whites
  • 110 g (3 ¾ oz / ½ cup) caster (superfine) sugar
  • 3 tbsp glucose syrup
  • 40 ml (1 ¼ fl oz) dark rum
  • 1 tsp natural coconut extract
  • 30 g (1 oz / ½ cup) shredded coconut, toasted (optional)

Makes 36

  • Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F/Gas 4). Line 36 x 30 ml (1 fl oz / 1/8 cup) capacity mini-muffin holes with paper cases.
  • Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder together into a bowl. Combine the banana, buttermilk and rum. Place the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat on medium speed for 2-3 minutes. Add the egg and beat well. Add the banana mixture, in 3 batches, alternating with the flour mixture, scraping down the sides of the bowl as required.
  • Transfer the batter to a large piping bag fitted with a 1 cm (½ inch) plain nozzle and pipe into the cases, filling them three-quarters full. Bake for 10 minutes or until lightly golden and they spring back lightly to the touch. Cool in the tins for 1-2 minutes, then turn out onto wire racks to cool completely.
  • To make the frosting, place the egg white, sugar, glucose and 2 tablespoons water in the top of a double boiler over medium heat and, using electric beaters, beat for 7 minutes or until glossy and stiff. Add the rum and coconut extract and beat for a further minute. Immediately frost the cupcakes and top with the shredded coconut.

One thought on “Banana Daiquiri Cupcakes

  1. Banana Daiquiri cupcakes sound UNBELIEVABLE!! My family is starting a local eating experiment next week and I won’t be able to buy bananas, flour, coconut or rum, so I’m just going to have to try them this week!! By the way, your illustrations are just lovely!

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