How festive are these?!

Perfect cupcakes to serve 
any day of the year, 
although they're extra special on St. Patrick's Day...
Yields: (30 cupcakes)
Prep: 20 Mins.
Bake: 20 to 22 Mins.

***Chocolate Cupcakes
2 cups sugar
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup hershey’s cocoa powder
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon table salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water

***Mint Buttercream
3 cups confectioners' sugar
1 cup butter, at room temp.
1 teaspoon mint extract
A few drops of organic green food coloring
--(enough to achieve your desired green hue)
1 to 2 tablespoons milk

15 peppermint patties, cut in half

Method for cupcakes:

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

In a small bowl, whisk eggs, then add the milk, oil and vanilla. Sift together, through a sieve, sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a large bowl, then add wet ingredients from small bowl; continue whisking for 2 minutes. Add 1 cup boiling water and mix to combine (batter will be thin). Line medium-sized muffin cups with paper baking cups, and fill each 2/3rds full of batter. Bake 20 to 22 minutes until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Move cupcakes onto wire racks to cool completely.

Method for buttercream:

Meanwhile, sift confectioners’ sugar through a clean sieve into a large bowl (do not skip this step as it makes for a creamier frosting). With a hand mixer on lowest setting, begin by adding butter and mix with sugar until well blended, and then increase speed to medium and beat for 3 additional minutes. Add mint extract, a few drops of green food coloring, and cream. Continue to beat on medium speed for 1 more minute, adding additional cream a bit at a time if needed for your desired consistency. Slightly snip bottom corner of a large ziploc bag and place a star-decorating tip into snipped hole, then fill bag with frosting, and close up bag. Pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes.  Top each cupcake off with a half slice of peppermint patty. ~ Enjoy!


sandra said...

These is the most moist and satisfying cupcakes ever...just love em'!!!

Suddenly Susan said...

I made these and took them to an event. I got more compliments than I've ever gotten for any cakes or cupcakes I've made before.

This recipe is a real winner! I love the deep chocolate flavor. And the frosting is simply sinful. It'll make you want to go to confession!

sandra said...

I am so happy you and the people at your event enjoyed these cupcakes, Susan ;) They definitely are a delight and fun to make too!!


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