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 Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes

Here I go with another cupcake recipe, that makes three in a row, not that anyone is counting. ūüôā What can I say, I love cupcakes! That and I just threw my daughter a birthday party and I am still sharing all my fun recipes from that wonderful day.

Last year I decided to finally try the popular peppermint mocha from Starbucks and oh…my…goodness…was I sorry that I hadn’t tried it before! All year long I have been waiting for it to be back in season and I am so happy that the time is here! I have enjoyed quite a few of them already this season! ūüôā So when I was researching ideas for the party and I came across this recipe, it was like a dream come true. It was the perfect flavor cupcake to go a long with the winter wonderland theme of the party, plus the added bonus was that I got to fulfill my everlasting need for peppermint mocha.

These cupcakes were very delicious. The cake was very moist and chocolatey. The frosting was very light and fluffy and tasty, however when I make this recipe again, I would maybe try a buttercream frosting flavored with peppermint. The frosting was good, it was just time consuming to make and I think that buttercream has a better flavor with much less work. I colored the frosting pink because it was a birthday party, however the original recipe is to do the frosting in a red and white swirl which looks really cute and is festive for the holidays. These would be the perfect treat for any holiday gathering this season.  

Pepermint Mocha Cupcakes

Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes
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Ingredients:
For the cupcakes:
2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2-3 tsp. espresso powder
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
¬Ĺ tsp. salt
1 cup whole milk
1 cup strong brewed coffee
1 tsp. peppermint extract
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
2 large eggs

For the frosting:
6 large egg whites
1¬ĺ plus 2 tbsp. granulated sugar
1¬Ĺ cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
4 tsp. peppermint extract
1-2 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions:
To make the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 350¬į F. ¬†Line two cupcake pans with paper liners. ¬†In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, espresso powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt; stir together. ¬†Combine the milk, coffee and peppermint extract in a liquid measuring cup.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter and sugars.  Beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.  Blend in the eggs one at a time.   Alternately mix in the dry and liquid ingredients, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients and mixing just until incorporated.
Divide the batter evenly between the prepared cupcake liners.  Bake 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.   Let cool in the pan 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
To make the frosting, combine the egg whites and sugar in a heatproof¬†bowl set over a pot of simmering water. ¬†Heat, whisking frequently, until the mixture reaches 160¬į F and the sugar has dissolved. ¬†Transfer the mixture to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. ¬†Beat on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form and the mixture has cooled to room temperature, about 8 minutes. ¬†Reduce the speed to medium and add the butter, 2 tablespoons at a time, adding more once each addition has been incorporated. ¬†If the frosting looks soupy or curdled, continue to beat on medium-high speed until smooth again, about 3-5 minutes more. ¬†Stir in the peppermint and vanilla extracts and mix just until incorporated.
If you would like a red and white swirled frosting effect, remove about half of the frosting to a bowl. ¬†With the remaining frosting in the mixing bowl, add red gel coloring and mix until you have achieved the desired shade. ¬†Fit a pastry bag with a large tip. ¬†Fill one side of the pastry bag with the white frosting, and then fill in the other side with the red frosting (this does not need to be exact ‚Äď just enough so that both colors are included.) ¬†Pipe a test streak until you see both colors coming out of the tip. ¬†Frost cupcakes as desired, refilling the pastry bag in the same manner as needed.

Adapted From: Annie’s Eats

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 4th Birthday Invite

Wow! I can’t believe my little girl just turned 4! She is such a sweet little girl and it has been so much fun watching her grow and learn. Ever since her 1st birthday I have put a lot of thought and time into the theme of her parties, the invitations, the food and of course the desserts. I have so much fun planning and preparing for her special day (and my younger daughter’s birthdays as well). This year Katelyn helped with the theme and one of the cupcake flavors. Her and I sat down together and looked through a cupcake book, Hello, Cupcake! , and she picked the snowglobe cupcakes and she wanted them to be blueberry flavored.

ÔĽŅSnowglobe Cupcakes

Since her birthday is in December I thought it was a fun choice. Once I knew I was going to have a December baby, I never planned to do a Christmas theme for her birthday (unless she absolutely would like one) so with this theme I decided to just stick to a winter wonderland theme and focused more on snowflakes and snow. Now living in Southern California we really have to imagine and create a winter wonderland, but I think we did a pretty good job.

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We had so much fabulous food and I can’t wait to share all the recipes with you all over the next few weeks. Here was the menu for her fun and special day followed by some of the photos:

Appetizers:
White Bean Dip with Pita Chips and Home Made Pita Bread
Spicy Cheddar and Cream Cheese Dip with Tortilla Chips
Veggie Platter with Ranch Dip

Main Course:
Beef Sliders
Chicken Sliders
Winter Salad with Candied Pecans, Cranberries, Pears and Feta Cheese
Fruit Salad
Potato Chips

Desserts:
Blueberry Flavored Snowglobe Cupcakes
Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes
Oatmeal Cranberry and Pecan Spice Cookies

Party Favors:
Gingerbread Snowflake Cookies Decorated with Royal Icing

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All the yummy appetizers!

Lots of Yummy Desserts

All the yummy desserts!

Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes

Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes with snowflake sprinkles!

Gingerbread Snowflake Party Favors

A little “Thank You” to all our fabulous guests! We had such a wonderful time and we are¬†so glad that everyone could share Katelyn’s special day with us!

Katelyn is 4!

Happy 4th Birthday sweet baby girl! We love you so much!

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