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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Grasshopper Cupcakes

Cupcakes are a fun way to liven up any day...especially GRASSHOPPER CUPCAKES!
I love the brownie bottom paired with the minty middle...so good!

Grasshopper Cupcakes

Brownie Bottom:
1 box brownie mix (9x13 size)
2 eggs
1/2 c. oil
1/4 c. water

Combine all ingredient, stir well and set aside.

Middle Layer:

2 1/4 c. flour
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 t. salt
3 1/2 t. baking powder

In a large mixing bowl, combine ingredient and stir.

1 1/4 c. milk
1 cube BUTTER, softened but NOT melted
1 T vanilla
3 eggs
Green food coloring
1 t. mint extract 

Pour the milk in a 2 c. measuring cup...then add enough oil to bring the liquid up to 1 1/3 c. Add the milk/oil mixture, butter and vanilla to flour mixture. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Add eggs, continue beating for 2 more minutes. Add mint extract and desired amount of food coloring, mix well. Set aside.

Frosting Layer:

2 lb. powdered sugar
3/4 c. shortening
1 T. vanilla
1/2 c. milk
green food coloring
1/2-1 t. mint extract

Mix all ingredient together, except food coloring. When frosting is smooth, add food coloring and mix until desired color is achieved. Set aside. 

Place liners in muffin tin, spray liners with cooking spray. Spoon the brownie mixture into greased cupcake liners, filling each one about 1/3 full. Pour or spoon cake batter (middle layer) over brownie layer until liners are 2/3 full. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until middle of cupcake bounces back when touched. Cool completely. Frost and decorate as desired.


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