does anybody want a cupcake?

Tuesday, August 6

I made these for my Junior League meeting last night and wanted to share them with you too because, well, who doesn’t love chocolate cupcakes?! No one, that’s who! I usually don’t bake desserts either because sweets tend to last less than 24 hours in the McFarland house {which is not good for my hips} so this was a special treat.

So moist and delicious! I think these would be great additions to your girl’s night too. Enjoy!
Mint Chocolate Cupcakes {yields 20 cupcakes}
2 cups cake flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
2/3 cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
1.5 cups superfine sugar
3 large eggs
2 tsp peppermint extract
1 cup milk

3 oz semi-sweet chocolate
4 Tbsp unsalted butter
2 tsp peppermint extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin cups with paper liners. Sift flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa. Set aside. Cream butter and sugar until light, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in peppermint extract. Slowly blend in flour mixture, alternating with milk, until blended. Spoon batter into paper liners, filling each cup three-fourths full.

Bake 12 to 15 minutes, or until cake tester inserted in center comes out clean. Do not overbake. Cool cupcakes in pan on a wire rack 5 minutes. Remove cupcakes to wire rack to cool completely.

Melt chocolate and butter in a medium saucepan over low heat. Stir until smooth. Remove saucepan from heat and stir in peppermint extract. Cool frosting until spreadable. Frost cupcakes.
source: Junior League Cookbook: Stop and Smell the Rosemary; page 269

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