Butter Pecan Cupcakes with Rum Frosting

Yesterday was my dear husband's actual birthday. Even though we threw him a party this weekend, Jackson insisted that we needed to make him a special cake.
When I asked what we should make, he insisted on more cupcakes.

I decided we should make some pirate themed cupcakes with a grown up flavor. These are Butter Pecan Cupcakes with a Rum flavored Buttercream frosting. An easy dressed up box of cake mix, you can do this with just about any flavor you like.

Side note: These cupcake liners are StayBright's from Reynolds and they are AMAZING!!! The insides are foil and the outside design didn't fade a bit!

OK, ready? Here we go!

 He did a great job, didn't he? Now it's YOUR turn!

1 box cake mix
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 teaspoons salt
1 1/3 cups water
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup sour cream
4 large egg whites
(This pipes about 36 cupcakes like I've done in the photo; not totally covered. If you like more, you'll need to double the recipe.)
3 cups powdered sugar
1 cup butter (2 sticks), at room temperature
1 teaspoon rum flavored extract
1 to 2 Tablespoons whipping cream

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line cupcakes pans with about 36 liners.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together cake mix, flour, sugar and salt. Add remaining ingredients and beat with hand mixer for about 2 minutes, or until well blended.
3. Fill prepared tins about 3/4 full and bake about 18-20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
1. In mixing bowl, cream together sugar and butter on low speed. Mix until well blended. Increase speed to medium and beat for another 3 minutes.
2. Add rum extract and cream and continue to beat on medium speed for 1 minute more.

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  1. Oooo I love the cupcake liners! I have those, the monkey ones and some white and black swirly ones. I was surprised that the design really didn't fade at all!

  2. Thinkin I may have to make those this weekend!

  3. Hello! i'm your newest follower :) Love the look of these. I stumbled across your blog and love it. I want to be someone who makes nice things to eat and spend less time on makeup ha. Please feel free to come and say hi xx

  4. Becky,

    I just wanted to pop over and say THANK YOU so much for your kind words on my blog!! You totally made my night! And these cupcakes look amazing!!! See you soon:)


  5. Yum. These look fabulous. My husband would love something like this too.

  6. Delish...we did a spiced cake cupcake with Rum frosting for our Holiday Neighbor gifts...I've never tried butter pecan! I guess we will just have to make some...you can never have too many cupcakes!

  7. Those sound delish - I'm bookmarking this to make later!

  8. Mmm!

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  9. I love butter pecan...and love cupcakes too! Saving this one for future reference!!

  10. Damn my gluten intolerance...these look worthy of being sick for a week...but I know I could adapt them...

    Love the whole vibe of this blog...I used to work in the music industry before Ipods..

    following you now.

    if you have a second in between making cupcakes, link these up to my Creative Juice party...

    I'll be back for more!

  11. These look scrumptious!! And your helpers are pretty cute :)

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  12. Oh my goodness these look amazing! I think I will try them out for a Christmas Eve treat! I hope Santa will like them! Hope you'll come link up to Made with Love Monday :) The party will be open until Friday so feel free to link up multiple projects. Hope you have a very Merry Christmas! http://sewchatty.blogspot.com

  13. Looks so good!
    I'm following from the blog hop.
    I'd love a follow back at www.mikaspantry.blogspot.com

  14. I found you on Tater Tots and Jello! I am loving your blog, I saw it before, but now I am hooked! I would like to invite you to my $50 American Express giveaway and a linky party I have, all going on this week! Happy Holidays! Keep up the great blogging!
    -Dana Jean


  15. Yum these look delicious and SO pretty!!! Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a Merry Christmas!


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