Peppermint So Nice Cupcakes
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INGREDIENTS

Cupcakes

429g all-purpose flour

265g caster (superfine) sugar

3 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

125g unsalted butter, softened

2 large eggs

375ml of milk

125ml vegetable oil

2 tbsp Greek yogurt (can substitute with sour cream)

3 drops turquoise food gel

1 tsp pineapple flavouring

 

Frosting

1 batch American chocolate buttercream frosting

5 drops black food gel

 

Mint Pool Noodles

800g minties

3 drops blue food gel

3 drops turquoise food gel

METHOD

Makes 20

Level: Medium

Cupcakes

Preheat a fan-forced oven to 140C (280F) or 160C (320F) for a conventional oven. Line a cupcake tin with silver foil cupcake liners.

 

Add the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt to a large mixing bowl and mix together using a hand mixer to combine.

 

Next add the softened butter and mix on low speed until mixture reaches a crumbly sand like texture.

 

Add the eggs, milk, oil, Greek yogurt, turquoise food gel and pineapple. Mix on low speed until no dry ingredients are showing. Scrape down the bowl and mix for a final 20 seconds. It’s at this point where you can add any flavourings or gel food colours.

 

Fill each liner 3/4 of the way. Using an ice cream scoop to transfer the batter into the cupcake liners makes this a quick and easy process and ensures everything is filled the same amount and bakes at the same. Bake for 40-50 min or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. I bake my cupcakes on a slow, low temperature. This ensures they don’t colour and crack on top. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely on a wire cooling rack before frosting.

 

Fit the end of a piping bag with a Wilton 1M piping tip, fill your bag with frosting and frost your cupcakes in a swirl.

 

Frosting

Add black food gel into frosting and mix until well combined.

 

Mint Pool Noodles

Add the minties to a large microwave safe bowl and microwave for 20 seconds at a time, mixing each time until smooth and melted.

 

Add half of the mixture into another mixing bowl. Colour one half blue and the other half green.

 

Allow the mixture to cool and firm up slightly before rolling up little noodles. Make the noodles about the thickness of a worm and about as long as your pinky finger. You want about 20 noodles per cupcake.

 

To assemble the cupcake, fit the end of a piping bag with a medium round tip. Frost a tall swirl of frosting on each cupcake and randomly attach the pool noodles on each cupcake.

 

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HELPFUL TIPS!

 

STORAGE: store in an airtight container for up to 3 days (refrigerated and thawed 40 min before serving). Although I’d recommend baking and serving on the same day.

 

EQUIPMENT: Can be made using a hand mixer (always mix on lowest speed) or a hand whisk. Take care not to over mix the batter.

 

OVEN TEMPERATURE: Each oven is different. Some are old, some are new. Some ovens can be hotter on the inside than the temp you set your oven at. If you find your cupcakes, cakes or macarons are browning or cracking, turn the oven temp down 10C. A handy trick is to get an oven thermometer which sits inside the oven and will give you an accurate temperature reading. They’re inexpensive and can be purchased online or at your local kitchen supply store. And always bake in the centre rack of the oven for best results!

 

BAKING TIME: These cupcakes will typically bake on a lower temp and for a little longer than regular cupcake recipes. I find a low temperate and a slow bake results in flatter tops and no caramelisation so that if the cupcakes are coloured they don’t change colour and brown. After 40 minutes, stick a skewer into the centre of one of the cupcakes, if it comes out with wet batter, bake for another 10 minutes until the skewer comes out with crumbs or completely clean.

 

TOOLS:

Large mixing bowls

Spatula

Magic Whisk for wet ingredients

Kitchen Scales

Stand mixer (or hand mixer)

Wire rack

Frosting bag

Tablespoon

Measuring spoons

Cupcake baking tin

Paper liners

Ice cream scoop (optional)

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