Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Mini Mint Cream Cupcakes

Besides the dishwasher I received for my birthday, I also got a much-wanted mini muffin pan! Thank you, mom-in-law! :-)

I wanted to christen my mini-muffin pan with something a little out of the ordinary...and, after drooling so much over Rhiannon's Mint Meltaways, I came up with these fun little guys:

Mint Cream Mini Cupcakes
Mint Cream Mini Cupcakes
Mint Cream Mini Cupcakes
Basically, I used a plain ol' chocolate cake mix and made mini cupcakes. Once the little pretties cooled, I whipped up a simple mint cream filling.

FILLING:
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 tablespoon water
1/2 to 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
3 drops green food coloring (if desired)

Beat together all filling ingredients until smooth and creamy.

I put the mint cream filling into a plastic bag fitted with a small cake decorating tip. I shoved the tip into the center of each mini morsel and squeezed just a bit of minty goodness into each one.

I then made up a little chocolate glaze to dollop on the top of each cupcake.

CHOCOLATE GLAZE:
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
6 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened

In a microwave safe bowl, combine chocolate chips and butter. Microwave for 60 seconds and stir until melted and smooth.

After spooning a small amount on each tiny cake, I then placed the Mini Mint Cream Cupcakes in the fridge just long enough to set the glaze.

One cake mix filled my 24-cup mini muffin pan and one 12-cup regular muffin pan. The mini muffins were better, in my opinion, because the filling to cake ratio was higher. ;-)

And, because the Mini Mint Cream Cupcakes were sooo good and I could feel myself reaching for another and another and another, I sent them (minus 2 or 3, give or take a few) with my husband to work and left the big cupcakes at home to enjoy.

The Mini Mint Cream Cupcakes were a hit...and, I love my new mini muffin pan!

Recommend: YES

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8 comments:

Melissa said...

Those look pretty and sound delicious! I rarely use my mini-muffin tin, but this is tempting.

Mel said...

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2 Toddlers and Me said...

These look amazing! I love my mini-muffin tin too. Just yesterday I made mini quiches for breakfast on the go.

Lora said...

Mmm...i have never thought of adapting my favorite mint chocolate cake recipe to muffins...

Lisa Anne said...

Oh wow, talk about YUmm. Can you mail one to me. I'm serious!!

Little Miss Baker said...

Nicely done, wow!! These looks so yummy and tasty!! I am very proud. Send me some ok? hehe xo

love lives in the kitchen said...

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justyna

whentheroadisnolongerseen said...

These do look great! I'll try making them in the next couple of days to go with some holiday treat goodness.

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