Day 146 – Candy Cane Cupcakes

24 Dec

Okay.  I have to begin by telling you that these Candy Cane Cupcakes (recipe below from A Spoonful of Sugar) appear to be pretty similar to the Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes from a couple of days ago.  But.  That’s cause they kind of are….Not exactly though.  There’s some twists, I promise.  And, besides, can there be too many peppermint and chocolate cupcakes right before Christmas?  I don’t think so!

Chocolate-Cupcake     Mini-Chocolate-Cupcake

The cupcakes are dense and moist. A little like Devil’s food, but not quite as airy.  They have a nice, sweet chocolate flavor.

Candy-Cane-Frosting

The frosting is smooth and fluffy.  It’s a sweet buttercream with just a hint of peppermint. Not strong or overwhelming at all.

Note: I couldn’t get my stripes to work the way the recipe called for so I dyed half of my frosting and left half white.

Candy-Cane-Cupcake     Mini-Candy-Cane

These are really nice together. Not an overstated or complicated cupcake. Just a sweet, simple chocolate with a hint of peppermint.

Note: The minis have a really nice flavor balance. I actually preferred it to the full-sized.

Candy-Cane-top     Mini-Candy-Cane-top

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 3
  • Frosting Taste: 4
  • Overall Taste: 4
  • Appearance: 4.5
  • Ease of Making: 4 (one-bowl/no mixer batter!)
  • TOTAL: 19.5

RECIPE

Candy Cane Cupcakes (recipe from A Spoonful of Sugar)

Cupcakes

  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Bicarb soda (baking soda)
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Frosting

  • 125 g butter (1 stick), softened
  • 3 cups icing (confectioners sugar)
  • 2 – 4 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • red food coloring
  • 1 candy cane, crushed
  • drop peppermint flavoring

For directions visit A Spoonful of Sugar.

*Tomorrow: Christmas Tree Cupcakes*

2 Responses to “Day 146 – Candy Cane Cupcakes”

  1. tastytreats13 December 24, 2013 at 7:15 pm #

    They look lovely! Have a great Christmas!

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