Today we are kicking off a month long Bake Craft Sew and this year we added Decorate. Through all of November in addition to my post 4-5 days a week there will be a post each day from some of my favorite blogging friends. Get ready for two posts a day and so many amazing ideas of fun things to bake for your friends and family for the upcoming holidays! In addition to all the Bake ideas here on the blog my friends Mique will be sharing Craft ideas and Cindy will be sharing Sew ideas and Mallory and Savannaho at Classy Clutter are sharing decorate ideas! Exciting right!? Be sure to check out all the ideas they are sharing each day as part of Bake Craft Sew
Today we’ve got Liz from Hoosier Homemade to start things off for us with some amazing cupcakes!! Liz is pretty amazing herself and has been such a help and mentor to me with all things blogging! Please welcome Liz!
These Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes are bursting with flavor! A simple chocolate cake mix is turned into a luscious holiday treat. And then if that’s not enough, topped with Buttercream Peppermint Frosting.
Hello friends! I’m so excited to be here for the Bake Craft Sew 2015. I’m Liz from Hoosier Homemade, a national baking and lifestyle website devoted to helping the everyday Mom spend less time in the kitchen and more time with her family with our with simple, easy and creative recipes and projects. By providing easy to understand recipes and step-by-step DIY craft and party-planning ideas, Liz and Doug help the everyday mom to be heroes to their family.
Nothing beats a chocolate cupcake…except maybe one with peppermint. I love the cool creamy flavors of chocolate and peppermint together. Somehow it just screams the holidays to me.
So let’s get this party started…
These Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes are perfect for any occasion really. But would make your Christmas Dessert Table shine! They are super easy to make too.
The cupcakes start with a simple chocolate cake mix, I used Devil’s Food. Then I like to add ingredients to make the mix taste homemade – milk instead of water, and 4 eggs instead of 3. And for these Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes, I added 2 teaspoons peppermint extract. You can add a little more if you like your flavor stronger.
After they are baked and cooled, I added Buttercream Peppermint Frosting, similar to my favorite Buttercream Frosting but instead of all butter, I substituted half with shortening to get the bright white color, and I added peppermint extract instead of vanilla. Often times vanilla can color frosting, unless you use white vanilla extract.
To frost the cupcakes, I filled a decorator bag fitted with a 2A decorator tip, and swirled on the frosting. Some of the cupcakes I added blue crystallized sprinkles and then a mini York Peppermint Pattie.
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- 1 box chocolate cake mix
- 1 cup milk
- 4 eggs room temperature
- 1/3 cup oil canola or vegetable
- 1-2 teaspoons peppermint extract - depending on how strong you like the flavor
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 2-3 tablespoons milk - depending on consistency
- 1-2 teaspoons peppermint extract
- Blue Sprinkles
- Mini York Peppermint Pattie Candy
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place cupcake liners in pans
- In a large bowl, combine cupcake ingredients and beat until smooth, about 5 minutes on medium speed
- Fill cupcake liners using a cookie dough scoop
- Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean
- Whip butter and shortening until creamy
- Gradually add powdered sugar alternating with milk
- Beat in peppermint extract
- Fill a decorator bag fitted with a #2A tip with frosting
- Swirl on frosting
- Add sprinkles and candy if desired
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