So, finally yesterday I got around to making the cupcakes I've been talking about. Somehow I got derailed every evening and just didn't get to it, may it have been Movie Night, Dinner or just working late.
I decided, to do something a little bit different and, because I like "After Eight" mints and "York Peppermint Patties", I felt I could incorporate those flavors in a cupcake. To work I went with just a basic batter recipe.
Here is what you need to make 12 delicious "Inside Out Peppermint Patty" Cupcakes,
For the batter:
125 g butter (unsalted), soft and cut in small cubes)
125 g flour (sifted)
125 g sugar
125 ml milk coffee (latte)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 Tbs coffee (ground)
2 Tbs cocoa powder
1/2 cup mini dark chocolate chips
Splash of Amaretto or Rum
In a medium size bowl, whip the butter until it is soft and creamy, slowly add the sugar and the egg, while continuing to mix on high speed (you can use a hand mixer or a stand mixer). Then start mixing in flour and milk coffee, little by little, so the batter gets nice and smooth, once all that is added, add in the cocoa powder, the ground coffee and a couple splashes of Rum or Amaretto. Finally mix in the dark mini chocolate chips.
Fill the batter in the prepared cupcake pan. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 25 minutes. Cool on a rack. While the cupcakes cool down you can prepare your frosting. I used a ready made "Pillsbury" Vanilla Frosting for this, but you can make your own. I just didn't have time to do it this time.
For the Frosting:
1 tub Vanilla Frosting
1 Tbs Peppermint extract
Mix the vanilla frosting well with the peppermint extract, so you have a nice creamy texture. Fill it in a pastry bag. Take a skewer and poke a little whole in the bottom of each cupcake, then pipe some of the frosting inside each cupcake. Change out your nozzle to a star nozzle and pipe remaining frosting on the cupcakes.
Decorate cupcakes with a mint leave and half and "After Eight". You could also just use chocolate sprinkles or thinly shaved dark chocolate.
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Friday, March 26, 2010
Inside Out Peppermint Patty CupCake
Labels: after eight, butter, chocolate, Eggs, frosting, inside, mint, out, patty, Peppermint, pillsbury, vanilla, york
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LOVE the combo of mint and chocolate!
For me, being a chocoholic, I would have preferred more cocoa
or more chocolate chips for the cake batter. The mint flavoring
was the perfect strength, not too overpowering, but strong enough
not to be missed or overpowered by the cake flavor. A really
tasty and refreshing dessert that doesn't leave you feeling overloaded.
These are amazing. They take me back to my childhood in France. I love the "after-eight" touch and the fresh mint leaf! What a treat!
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