Peppermint Chocolate Cupcakes
It was a pretty cold weekend here in Spokane. We went out and picked up a six pack of Avery Brewing’s Old Jubilation Ale, a malty winter warmer, and paired it with a peppermint chocolate cupcake. What’s better on a cold winter evening than a roasty-toasty beer and some chocolate? (Not much! Well, maybe a fireplace would be nice, too.)
These cupcakes were all Dylan’s idea. He wanted to make a cupcake that was reminiscent of a cup of hot cocoa, complete with the marshmallows on top. The cake was just a basic chocolate cake and I replaced the vanilla with some peppermint syrup to give the cake a hint of minty flavor. For the frosting we used a mix of whipped topping and marshmallow creme and a splash of peppermint syrup. Warning: this frosting is highly addictive and delicious. (also kind of messy!)
After mixing up the frosting it seemed like it was going to be too runny for the cupcakes, so we put it in the freezer for a little bit to thicken it up. I don’t think it really made a difference, it was still runny. (I believe marshmallow fluff is immune to all things, like freezing) After spreading it on the cupcakes anyways, it started to spread out on it’s own, and we were actually really happy with the way it looked.
This frosting made me want to revisit the s’mores cupcake idea that we did in the beginning of the year and use this as a frosting instead. It is SO good. I must confess, I did eat more than one cupcake, and I may or may not have dropped some extra frosting on top. Don’t judge me. I think these turned out really cute, and very tasty. The white of the frosting looks like little snow poofs, great for holiday gatherings!
– Jackie & Dylan