Chocolate Cupcakes With Peppermint Frosting

I love peppermint but I usually shy away from the bright green artificial tasting stuff. I wanted to make something festive looking for Christmas and, inspired by the peppermint candy cane, I decided to create a minty frosting with stripes!

The cupcake is a basic chocolate one – mint and chocolate make a great pair. For the frosting, I did up a basic Swiss Meringue buttercream first and then beat in a few drops of good peppermint oil. Divide the frosting between 2 bowls, color one batch pink. When you fill the piping bag, fill half with white buttercream and the other with the pink buttercream. Then pipe as you normally would. I didn’t bother with getting “perfect” stripes as I wanted something more “natural” looking.

So pretty!!!!

So pretty!!!!

Ingredients:

For the cupcakes
Makes 12

1 cup self-raising flour
1 cup caster sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp espresso powder
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup olive oil
1 egg
1/2 cup boiling water

For the frosting

Whites of 4 eggs
1 cup caster sugar
227g butter, cut into small pieces and softened slightly
1/2 tsp peppermint oil
Few drop of red food coloring

Steps:

To make the cupcakes

Heat oven to 160C and line a 12-muffin tray with cupcake liners. In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, salt and espresso. In a mixer, combine milk, egg and oil. Then add the dry mix into the wet. Whisk slowly and carefully add the hot water in. When batter is lump-free, spoon into the liners and bake for 12 – 15 minutes.

To make the frosting

Whisk egg whites and sugar in a bowl placed over gently boiling water until the mixture reaches 60C. Then transfer into a standing mixer and whisk until you achieve stiff, white peaks. When the egg mixture is cool, add in the butter bit by bit with the mixer going on slow. Beat until all the butter is added and the buttercream takes on the fluffy, pillowy texture. Once you get the texture you want, add the peppermint oil to the buttercream, making sure it is well distributed. Split the buttercream into 2 bowls and add the food coloring into one.

Decorate with broken pieces of candy cane if desired.

So far, everyone who’s had the opportunity to tuck into one of these cupcakes love it! They are a joy to look at and make for a great gift.

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Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Frosting, $38 for 12 (self collection).

Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Frosting, $38 for 12 (self collection).

 

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