Saturday, March 10, 2007

Chocolate Mint Cupcakes & warmer weather!

The weather finally broke out of the freezing temps and it is forcasted to be close to 50* everyday this next week! It's ALMOST warm enough for me to wax my car! Don't get me wrong...I LOVE WINTER! I love snow (seriously, I think we got about 4" of snow this year), I love the crisp morning when you walk outside, you can see your breath...I am a freak, I already know this and I have shamelessly admitted it many times, but I too, get to that point that I am ready for it to be over and move onto the next season.

Heading down to Cory's today for a day of scrapbooking...I should be packing, but I'm sitting at my computer drinking my morning coffee. I ate oatmeal for breakfast, I need to get on the treadmill, take a shower and then I can leave!

So, I've jumped on the cupcake/scrapbook bandwagon! I made cupcakes to take to Cory's. Now, I am NOT A BAKING KINDA GIRL! I obviously can bake and cook, but I have never been one to whip out homemade cookies, fudge, cakes or muffins during the holidays. (I am ok if it comes in a box) I can impress the best of them with a loaf of bread - little do they know, I have a really cool easy to use breadmaker! And the best bread mix in the world is:

OK, back to cupcakes. So, I bought a box of chocolate cake mix, the ONLY THING I ADDED was a teaspoon of peppermint extract and a teaspoon of vanilla extract to the mix and baked the cupcakes as usual.

While they were cooking, I made a buttercream frosting ( click here for recipe ) (NOTE: I also added a teaspoon of peppermint extract to the buttercream frosting to give it a slight minty flavor) and loaded it into a gallon ziploc bag and put it in the fridge to get cold and stiff.

When the cupcakes were done, I let them cool and as soon as they were cool, the frosting was stiff, I cut off a corner of the ziploc bag and added frosting and Ande's mint chocolate's and WA-LA: to pack to go to Cory's! Enjoy the Day! Enjoy the Sun (if it's out where you are, of course! LOL!!)


The Parsons said...

ohhh yum!!! now that really will take some serious treadmill work!!! I love home made bread too...mmmmm

Anna-Marie Still said...

Any leftovers? I could use a sweet cupcake about now!