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EASY Chocolate Mint Cupcakes

20 Dec

Only 5 days left!!!

Happy Monday! Its officially the week before Christmas! Most of us are running around like maniacs trying to get the perfect (not to mention very last-minute) gifts for our family members, trying to make the house semi-presentable  for visitors, putting on a half baked grin for your in-laws, and scouring the house for that darn scotch tape that you “swore  you saved from last Christmas”.

So today, I am offering you a 30 minute semi-homemade cupcake recipe. Yup – 30 minutes – including bake time! Just in time for that Christmas Party, or even Christmas day dessert. It’s so easy and the kids can even help!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. Duncan Hines Double Fudge Chocolate Cake Mix
  2. 3 eggs
  3. 1/3 cup of Vegetable Oil
  4. 1 1/4 cup of water
  5. One pack of instant chocolate pudding
  6. Andes thin mints
  7. Chocolate Frosting (you can make your own or use the Duncan Hines canned frosting – note that making your own will increase the time it takes to make these cupcakes 🙂 For my favorite chocolate frosting click this link: https://fontgirl.wordpress.com/2010/09/13/chocolate-caramel-cupcakes/

Ok, here’s what you need to do:

Make the cupcakes according to the directions on the box

Add the package of instant pudding

Chop 10 Andes mints – add to the batter

Fill liners halfway with cupcake batter

Bake for 18-20 minutes

Let cupcakes cool (place them in the fridge for a few minutes to speed up the process)

Chop 15-25 Andes thin mints – place in a shallow bowl

With a knife, frost the top of each cupcake – no need for fancy technique, we are going to cover it up!

Dip each frosted cupcake in the chopped up Andes Mints

 

   

Display nicely – and enjoy!!

There you have it – an easy breezy recipe that is sure to impress!! Happy Holidays! xoxo

P.S. The winner of my Cupcake Magnet Contest is Beth from happylifehappywife.wordpress.com. Congrats Beth! You will get your cupcake magnets this week!!

Christmas Tree Treats!

2 Dec

Today in Florida the weather is refreshingly chilly, a bit windy, and so very seasonal!! I was admittedly not in any sort of holiday spirit a week ago, but am coming around. I finally feel like being festive!

Today’s recipe is for Christmas Tree Cupcakes. These cupcake are so easy, and are a great project to do with the kids or even a group of your girlfriends. The decorating options are endless and people won’t believe how delicious these little trees taste!

Christmas Treats!

For starters, you will need to decide on a base flavor for your cupcake. I chose chocolate because I knew I wanted to top it with my mint buttercream. But if you don’t like mint chocolate you can make regular buttercream frosting and tint it green.

Here is the buttercream recipe I use (and love!!)It is a wonderful base recipe that can be adapted to almost any flavor you desire!!

Easy Buttercream

  • 2 sticks of softened butter
  • 3 cups of powdered sugar
  • 3 tbs of whipping cream
  • 1 tbs of vanilla

**If you want this to be mint buttercream, simply add mint extract and tint with green food coloring.**

Directions

  1. In a standing mixer with a whisk attachment, whisk together powdered sugar and butter on medium high speed. Once combined, whisk for about 3 minutes until light and fluffy
  2. Add the vanilla extract (if using mint, add the mint extract at this time) – mix well
  3. Add the whipping cream and food coloring and whisk for another 3 minutes

To decorate fill a piping bag with your frosting and cut the tip off. Make sure you have a large enough hole for the frosting to come out of. Pipe the frosting onto your cupcake starting from the bottom and swirling your way to the peak of the tree. Practice a few times if  you aren’t comfortable with it.

Gather your Christmas sprinkles and start decorating! I used little candy pearls and placed them on first. I then used little snowflake sprinkles and placed them around each layer – topping the tree off with one as the star. You honestly cant go wrong here, any type of sprinkle you use will be absolutely adorable!

Voila – Christmas Tree Cupcakes! I took mine into the office and they were such a hit. People always love a festive treat!

Til next time, stay sweet xoxo

P.S. Don’t forget to order your cupcake goodies for the holidays. I have added a ton of new stuff to my shop. Visit me at www.etsy.com/shop/staycalmcupcake . Use code SCCS10for a  10% DISCOUNT!

Strawberry Buttercream

30 Nov

Pretty in Pink!

It should come as no surprise to that I love anything and everything girly! Including the color PINK! I especially love pink around the holidays – aren’t hot pink Christmas trees adorable?? These days it’s “trendy” to decorate with colors other than the traditional red, green, and silver. So today I want to give you a recipe for festive strawberry buttercream cupcakes. These will be a huge hit at any holiday party and are really fun to decorate!

Strawberry Buttercream

 

Pink Holiday Cupcakes - Yum!

  • 2 sticks of softened sweet-cream butter (unsalted)
  • 3 cups of powdered sugar (no need to sift)
  • 2 tsp of Vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons of Strawberry extract
  • 2 tablespoons of whipping cream
  • Pink food coloring

Directions

  1. In a standing mixer with a whisk attachment, whisk together powdered sugar and butter on medium high speed. Once combined, whisk for about 3 minutes until light and fluffly
  2. Add the vanilla and strawberry flavoring – mix well
  3. Add the whipping cream and food coloring and whisk for another 3 minutes

Golden Butter Cupcakes

Complete with Snowflake Sprinkles!

  • 2 1/2 cup(s) (plus 2 Tbsp.) flour
  • 1 tablespoon(s) baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 1 cup(s) milk
  • 2 teaspoon(s) (pure) vanilla extract
  • 1 cup(s) (2 sticks) unsalted butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 cup(s) sugar
  • 4 large eggs

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. In medium bowl, stir together flour, baking powder and salt. In measuring cup, mix milk and vanilla.
  3. In large bowl, with mixer at medium-high speed, beat butter and sugar until light and creamy, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Reduce speed to low; add flour mixture alternately with milk mixture, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Beat just until smooth, scraping the bowl occasionally with a  spatula.
  4. Pour batter into cupcake liners and bake for about 20-22 minutes.
  5. Let cool completely before frosting the cupcakes.

Hope you enjoy the recipe! Til next time, stay sweet!

xoxo, Jill

P.S. Don’t forget you can get 10% off any cupcake purchase if you use the code SCCS10. Visit my shop for some yummy holiday treats. www.etsy.com/shop/staycalmcupcake