When You Look At A Cupcake….

“When you look at a cupcake, you have to smile”-Anne Brynn

As many of you know, cupcakes are one of my favorite things. What is there not to love about all the flavor from a favorite treat being baked into an unassuming, single serving that is adorable in every way?  They are the right amount of sweet, each a little unique and for the novice baker the perfect endeavour to practice detailing.  For Kristy’s shower I made chocolate mint with mint frosting..mmm. They were delicious! I topped them off with a fresh mint leaf dipped in chocolate with a little para-wax, for a fun and fresh detail. Recipe follows, enjoy!

Chocolate Mint Cuppy-Cakes: (…adapted from Martha S.)

-1.5 cups flour

-3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
-1.5 cups sugar
-1.5 tsp of each baking soda and baking powder
-3/4 tsp salt
-2 eggs
-3/4 cup buttermilk
-3 tbs veg. oil
-1.5 tsp peppermint oil
-1/2 tsp vanilla
-3/4 cup warm H20
Pre-heat oven to 350…mix dry ingredients in one bowl and wet in another. Slowly beat two together until mixed. Fill each liner 3/4 full and slap in oven and bake for twenty minutes. Allow to cool and dress however you deem appropriate! I made fluffy vanilla frosting and added mint extract instead of vanilla!
Choc. mint details!
My skills are getting better…slowly…

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