Pink Peppermint Cupcakes
My cupcakes evolved from the design in my head of a peppermint cupcake atop an Oreo cookie encased in a silver cupcake case and topped with a creamy white frosting and a sprinkle of chocolate was brought to a rather abrupt halt by a severe lack of silver cupcake cases in the County of Gloucestershire, well the three shops that I had the chance to visit anyways.
And so, these are my pink peppermint cupcakes, still a surprise Oreo in the bottom, but now topped with a creamy and light pink peppermint frosting.
Peppermint Cupcake Recipe
Optional mint green food colouring
MethodLine your bun tin with your cupcake cases and pop an Oreo cookie in the base of each cupcake case if you want to use them
Beat in the eggs, mix well
Mix in the flour until just incorporated.
Things always taste better when they look like what they taste like, if you want to, add some mint green colouring. I used a mint green liquid colour from Squires Kitchen. (I think actually I overdid it a tiny bit)
Fill the cupcake cases with the batter until they are about two thirds full.
Bake at 180 C or 350 F for 15 to 20 minutes.
Fluffy Pink Peppermint FrostingI delayed making these cupcakes for days, whilst I mused on what the frosting should be, then, I developed this recipe to be white because I wanted the frosting to have the look of whipped cream on top of the cupcake and then I decided to make the frosting pink!
250g / 5oz solid vegetable fat / shortening (Trex)
250g / 1 cup icing / confectioners sugar
1 397g / 8oz can condensed milk
2 to 4 teaspoons culinary peppermint oil
Mix the solid vegetable fat with about half the sugar and beat in a mixer or with a hand mixer until smooth.
Add the rest of the sugar and beat again until smooth
Next tip in the whole can of condensed milk and beat again until the icing is soft but still firm
Add 2 teaspoons of peppermint oil, mix in and then taste. Add a bit more peppermint if you like it more perpperminty.
Add a couple of drops of gel food colouring if you like. I used a tiny amount of Wilton Rose.
The frosting is piped with this Wilton Nozzle 2F
Hold the nozzle perpendicular to the cupcakes to get this flower effect. Squeeze slowly and pause before lifting the bag.
Pipe the flower in the centre first and then pipe a circle of flowers around it. Finish by piping another flower on top of the first one in the middle
Making the Fondant Birds
You will need
A little sugar paste / fondant or modelling fondant in whatever colour you fancy. I coloured mine with a tiny amount of Wilton Gel colour in Leaf
A bird mould. This is the Wilton Nature Mould
Lustre dust. I used Squires Kitchen Magic Fairy Sparkle in Absinthe
Mould the birds by pushing a small amount of fondant into the mould. Press down gently and remove any excess fondant. Then gently flex the mould and lift the moulded fondant out. If you find your fondant is stretchy and or sticky, pop the fondant into the fridge for 20 minutes and then try again.
Add the lustre by dipping a clean paint brush into the lustre and gently brush it over your moulded bird
I thought you might like to see the difference between the bird moulded in fondant and what it looks like when it is brushed with the lustre.
Pop one of the birds on top of each cupcake and you are finished.
One last thing - Grasshopper Pie Recipes. Just in case you were still wondering