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Friday, March 16, 2012

Mint Oreo Cupcakes

Green is the theme for the weekend, right!?...Since St. Patrick's day is tomorrow, I thought I would be a little "festive" and throw this YUMMY cupcake recipe out there for you to try. FIRST, I want to say that I KNOW the frosting doesn't LOOK green (at least not the green I was going for)...its a little more the color of something you might see in a cow pasture BUT...I know what I did wrong and NEXT time I make these, the frosting will be a BRIGHT minty shade of GREEN...SO with that being said, I will share with you the WAY I SHOULD HAVE made the frosting so yours will be the right shade of green (recipe bloggers have "mess-ups too)! My "mint cupcakes" got the affectionate nick-name of "Pooh Cakes".....MARK MY WORD THOUGH, they didn't taste like pooh ( just the frosting on top took on a slight "shade" of pooh), they were delicious and melted right in my mouth...as well as in my children's mouths too. THEY were gobbled and eaten QUICKLY (that's a tale tale sign that they were delish)...SO, I guess the moral of my short story is....follow the frosting directions to a T and you won't be left with "pooh cakes"....

Mint Oreo Cupcakes

2 eggs
1 1/2 c. flour
1/3 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1/2 c. shortening
1 1/4 c. sugar
1 t. vanilla
3 oz bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled
8 oz sour cream
1 c. milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 cupcake pans with liners. Spray each liner with pan coating (this helps so that your cupcake doesn't stick to the liner and comes out better when you go to EAT your scrumptious cake). Combine all dry ingredient in a small bowl and set aside. In a large bowl beat shortening and sugar until fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla until combined. Beat in melted chocolate and sour cream. Mix until combined. Add dry ingredient alternately with milk; beat on low after each addition just until combined. Fill each liner 2/3 full. Bake for 25 minutes in preheated oven. Cool and frost with Mint Oreo Frosting (below).

Mint Oreo Frosting:

8 oz cream cheese
6 T butter
3-4 c. powdered sugar
1 T heavy cream
2-3 t. peppermint extract (according to taste...if you like super minty, add more mint)
green food coloring
1/2 package Oreo cookies, broken into small pieces (I put mine in a zip lock bag and beat them with a rolling pin because I like the chunks..but you could put them in a food processor and crush them completely if you choose)

Mix cream cheese and butter until completely combined. Add cream, powdered sugar, peppermint and food coloring. Beat until frosting is thick and will hold a shape. AFTER you've mixed frosting completely, STIR in crushed Oreo's WITH a SPOON, just until mixed in. DO NOT over stir or you will have "POOH FROSTING", but then again, if that's the look your going for, go for it. Pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes and top with a chocolate chip if desired. THESE CUPCAKES are SO TASTY!


1 comment:

  1. My grandkids would go crazy for these, thank you for sharing!!