Rum & Raisin Cinnamon Muffins for #MuffinMonday

Nov 26, 2012 by

These muffins were destined to be baked. I’ve been wanting to make Rum & Raisins muffins for a while now. The time just didn’t seem to be right, until now. I was so determined to make these muffins that I made 2 batches before I actually got to the one you see here.




Rum & Raisin Cinnamon Muffins


You see, the first batch I made was…well, lets just say I didn’t want to eat them. I realized afterwards that I had too many ingredients, or not enough moisture. Either way, it just was a disaster. I had a good laugh at myself. I don’t often throw anything away but I’m well aware that it can happen. I was a little bit annoyed though, as I don’t like to waste food/ingredients. I couldn’t save them. When I realized where I went wrong, I had renewed confidence and proceeded with a big grin.

And then as soon as I carefully placed the muffins into the oven – I saw a main ingredient on the counter. I forgot to fold in the raisins!!!!! Argh!!!!! Ok, now I was MAD! How could I have forgotten to add the raisins!!!???? I could have continued and called the muffins something else. But I really REALLY wanted raisins! So…I proceeded for the third time to make my muffins.

Has this ever happened to you? A bad baking day that turned out great?

Today’s #MuffinMonday recipe comes from King Arthur Flour – Simply Sinful Cinnamon Muffins. Of course, my own spin made it a tad bit risqué. I think I may have created a filling. Butter, sugar, cinnamon and Jamaican Appleton Rum. I’m going to call it Rum Butter. How’s that for festive?


Rum & Raisin Cinnamon Muffins for #MuffinMonday

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Yield: 15

A Cinnamon infused muffin with rum soaked raisins, and a rum butter centre Ingredients


  • Topping:
  • 1/3 Cup Turbinado Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Rolled Oats
  • 1/4 Cup Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 3 Tbsp Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 1 Tsp Cinnamon
  • Rum Butter:
  • 3 Tbsp Unsalted Butter, melted
  • 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp Dark Rum
  • Batter:
  • 6 Tbsp Sunflower Oil
  • 3/4 Cups Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Cup 2% Milk
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 2 Cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Allspice
  • 1 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Cup Raisins
  • 1/4 Cup Dark Rum


  1. In a small bowl, soak raisins in 1/4 Cup rum for about an hour
  2. Preheat oven to 400F
  3. Line 2 muffin pans with 15 paper liners
  4. Topping: In a small bowl, combine turbinado sugar, cinnamon, oats, flour and butter until crumbly. Set aside.
  5. Rum Butter: Combine melted butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and rum in a small bowl. Refrigerate until you are ready to add to the center of the batter
  6. In a medium bowl, sift flour, baking powder, salt, allspice and cinnamon. Combine with a whisk. Set aside
  7. In a large mixing bowl, beat oil and sugar. Add eggs and beat until smooth.
  8. Add some of the milk and mix to combine. Gradually add flour and milk, mixing between each addition until fully combined.
  9. Fold in the rum soaked raisins
  10. Into each liner, add 2 tablespoons batter. Scoop 2 teaspoons of the rum butter into the centre of the batter. Cover with the remaining batter.
  11. Sprinkle the batter with the topping, gently pressing down to keep the mixture in the batter


This was from the second batch. They came out great, minus the rum soaked raisins. I guess these were Rum Butter Muffins.


Rum Butter in batter


The rum butter oozing out of the muffin. The aroma in my kitchen. Just lovely.


Fresh out of the oven


A sweet and crunchy topping, for your Monday morning delight.


Rum & Raisin Cinnamon Muffins


Moist muffins with a hint of rum.


Rum & Raisin Cinnamon Muffins


Happy Monday!


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  1. Rum n Raisin – Mmmmm! One of my favorite combinations. These sound absolutely delightful! Glad you were determined and baked that second batch. :)
    Baker Street recently posted..#MuffinMonday: Sinful Cinnamon MuffinsMy Profile

  2. Oh I love the sound of Rum Butter!Your Muffins look fantastic Lyn :)

  3. I’ve had those days! But I am glad you persevered! Your muffins look marvelous and the rum butter is genius. I’ve got some golden raisins soaking in golden rum my refrigerator, even as I type and if they weren’t destined for a special Bundt, I would totally be making these!
    Stacy recently posted..Cinnamon Gingernut Muffins with Cinnamon Glaze for #MuffinMondayMy Profile

  4. Great flavour combination with the rum and raisins! And kudos to you for persevering through all the baking mishaps :) glad it all turned out in the end! Happy Muffin Monday
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  5. These sound delicious! Thanks for getting this right!
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  6. Liz

    I have more baking disasters than I care to admit! Your muffins sound fantastic…I love that dollop of rum butter in the centers!!!

  7. Sometimes it’s great to stick with what you determine and the result came out beautifully! I had some experience that I simply gave up after some trials… Rum and raisin is my mom’s favorite combination. She’d love these cupcakes for sure!
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  8. Bestie, I didn’t quite make it to baking as planned today, but I think this is the one that will be made next weekend. Rum Butter … I <3 it!! I'm going to get my missing ingredients on Friday in preparation for this great dessert! Thanks for sharing! I have always loved Rum & Raisin anything so I'll make these with great pleasure :)
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  9. And … 2 years later, I’ll be making a few adjustments to this recipe to make it … today … ironically on a Monday, when I came looking for a cake recipe!!! Will let you know how it goes!