Saturday, 17 November 2012

Chocolate Candy Cane Cupcakes

Chocolate Candy Cane Cupcakes


Yes Christmas is still a good few weeks away but I've been dying to make something with candy canes and it's been a while since I baked some cupcakes.

So naturally it had to come in cupcake form.

I love candy canes! Not that I actually eat them.

I'm more of a stick on the christmas tree or use one as a spoon in hot chocolate kinda gal, but now that I've started this blog here I thought it was about time I baked with it.


The smell of these cupcakes through the house was damn near divine. Chocolate and peppermint wafting up the stairs at 8 'o' clock at night.

Now wonder the wee madam woke 3 or 4 times.

This chocolate cupcake is rich and almost brownie like on the top and the peppermint icing just complimented it perfectly.

And of course, being that I'm a bit mad about buttermilk at the moment, I've added some to this recipe to make and even softer, moister cupcake.

This really got me into the christmassy mood, with the candy canes  and christmas music (yes I had a bit of Shakin' Stevens 'merry christmas everyone' playing while I baked).

I did take the pictures the following morning. So Faith was wandering around while i was busy snapping away. Only for me too turn around and find her sneaking bits of candy cane out of the pot.

That kid loves her sweet stuff!!!


I'm getting so excited about Christmas as this year my wee poppet will be 1 month shy of turning 2 so she'll get more excited by the tree and the lights.....and the presents!

So expect festive recipes a plenty now that I've got the Christmas bug.

Chocolate Candy Cane Cupcakes


Ingredients:

For the Cupcake:

40g / 3 Tbsp Butter
140g / scant 3/4 Cup Caster Sugar
1 Egg
1/2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
1/2 Tsp Peppermint Extract
100g / 2/4 Cup + 2 Tbsp Plain Flour
1 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
2 1/2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
120ml / 1/2 Cup Buttermilk

For the Frosting:

80g/ 5 Tbsp Butter
250g / 2 Cups Icing Sugar
1/2 Tsp Peppermint Extract
1-2 Tbsp Whole Milk
1 Crushed Candy Cane to decorate (Optional)

Method:

Preheat your oven to 170c/325f and line a 12 hole muffin tin with your paper liners.

In a large mixing bowl beat your butter and sugar till light and fluffy.

The add your egg and vanilla extract, mixing to smooth.

In a separate bowl sift your flour, baking powder and cocoa powder.

Gently fold in 1 half of the flour mix until just combined, then mix in half of your buttermilk.

Repeat the last step so that all the flour and buttermilk has been added but do not over mix your batter.

Now divide the batter between your 12 cupcake cases and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

Once baked place on a wire rack to cool fully before frosting.

Now to make your frosting, in a mixing bowl, cream the butter till smooth then beat in the icing sugar.

Once fully mixed add your peppermint extract.

If you require a looser buttercream you can add a tbsp or 2 of whole milk.

Then you can pipe your buttercream onto your cupcakes, or use a knife, whichever you prefer.

And sprinkle some crushed candy can over the top to decorate.



stillbeingmolly

26 comments:

  1. oh wow! These look fab! I love ur daughter's sleepy head! Xmas is coming!!

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    1. Thanks Peggy :D Yeah she's not very well atm not that that was going to stop her from getting her sugar fix. Indeed it is and I can't wait!!!

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  2. Such festive cupcakes - love them!!! I've been keeping an eye out for candy canes!

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    1. Thanks Ashley. They put me in a very festive mood, It's certainly not Christmas till you crack out the candy canes :D

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  3. They sound so delicious and are presented so so lovely!
    I would love to have you share this and/or any other recipe of yours at Wednesday Extravaganza – my Link Party with a special something. There is a pretty nice Giveaway going on this week too. Here is the link:
    http://www.hungrylittlegirl.com/1/post/2012/11/wednesday-extravaganza-5-giveaway.html

    Can’t wait to see you there!

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    1. Thankyou so much :D and thanks for the invite. I'll head on over now and have a wee peek :D

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  4. OK, who told you that chocolate and peppermint was my favorite holiday combination?! These look to {almost} die for! And you're little one is adorable, by the way!

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    1. Haha, thanks. I totally fell in love with the choc and peppermint combo after making these cupcakes.

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  5. Your photos are just gorgeous! I love the tiny pieces of the candy cane on top, beautiful! Thanks so much for linking up!

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    1. Thanks! A lot of trial and error with the photos as i just have a point and shoot. No snazzy SLR for me lol

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  6. These are so cute and festive. Love the crushed candy canes on the top. Beautiful. Thank you for linking this post up on Sugar & Slice Sunday link party. You've been featured! Look out for the new post coming soon! Thanks again.

    -Lisa.
    Sweet 2 Eat Baking

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    1. Awww thankyou so much Lisa. I really appreciate that :D

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  7. Yummm!! These look delicious! Found you through a linky party and loving your blog! Great recipes! I hope you will stop by my site if you have a chance! http://www.thetaylor-house.com

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  8. The cupcakes look delicious! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

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    1. Thanks :D Hope you had a great Thanksgiving aswell :D

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  9. YUMMY! Thanks so much for linking up at Heavenly Treats Sunday Link Party! These are being featured on Friday, make sure you stop by to get your button!

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    1. Thanks so much Pamela, that's so lovely of you :D

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  10. I love these cupcakes. They look absolutely delish and can't wait to try them. Your little one is absolutely gorgeous!

    Irene

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    1. Thankyou, you'll love them. it's the buttermilk that makes them really special. Haha thankyou again she is a bit of a cutie :D

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  11. happily found this lovely recipe and pinned it as one of my new favs today - thanks so much for sharing...you can see the pin here: http://pinterest.com/pin/56787645272977900/

    happy happy day to you!

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    1. Thankyou so much :D I'm glad you like them enough to pin them :D

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  12. These are gorgeous, Tash! Can't wait to try them! Pinning :)

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    1. Aww thanks so much Lorraine you'll have to let me know how you find them if you get a chance to try them

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  13. I love chocolate and peppermint together!! Those will definitely get everyone in the mood for the holidays. :)

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    1. It's not christmas until you've eaten something with chocolate & peppermint in it :D

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