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Grasshopper Cupcakes

A labor of love, and well-worth the result! These cupcakes are amazing. You could skip the frosting and just eat the cupcakes with the mint syrup to save yourself a step and eat these delicious treats sooner.

Mint Syrup Ingredients
½ C sugar
½ C water
Pinch of salt
½ tsp vanilla
4 sprigs fresh mint

 

Mint Syrup Directions

Combine sugar, water, salt, and mint in a saucepan.

Bring to a boil, stir to dissolve sugar.

Add in vanilla.

Remove from heat, cover, and let sit for 20-25 minutes.

Strain the mint from the finish syrup (meaning, pour syrup through a sieve or colander into a container).

Use warm or at room temperature, can be stored in the fridge

 

Cupcake Ingredients
2 ½ C flour
1 ½ C sugar
1 tsp baking soda
¾ tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
½ C cocoa powder
4 oz semisweet chocolate, melted and mostly cooled (chocolate chips work well. Zap in the microwave for 10-15 second intervals, stirring in between, until just melted)
¾ C plain yogurt (if you can only find Greek yogurt at the store, thin it down with water until the consistency of regular yogurt)
1 C (2 sticks) butter, melted and cooled (can substitute 1 C oil for 1 C butter)
1 C water
4 large eggs at room temperature

 

Cupcake Directions

Whisk together the dry ingredients in a large bowl.

Add in the wet ingredients (chocolate, yogurt, butter, water, eggs) and whisk until no longer lumpy

Bake at 350 until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean (cooking time varies depending on what you are making. Regular cupcakes took about 13-16 minutes, mini cupcakes took 9-10 minutes, 8-inch or 9-inch cake pan would probably take 25-35 minutes)

After removing from the oven, poke holes in the cake/cupcakes and pour on mint syrup. Let the cake/cupcakes finish cooling in pan (for maximum syrup absorption), then remove.

 

Frosting Ingredients
1 ½ C unsalted butter (3 sticks) at room temperature (let butter sit out about 30 minutes)
2 Tbsp cocoa powder
Pinch of salt
4 oz unsweetened chocolate, melted and mostly cooled (same instructions as above)
4 C powdered sugar
For additional labor of love, whip up a batch of plain frosting and divide it into three parts. Flavor one with mint extract, one with vanilla, and one with melted chocolate.

 

Frosting Directions

Combine butter, cocoa powder, salt and 2 cups of powdered sugar on low speed until just incorporated, about 1 minute.

Add remaining sugar and beat on medium speed about 1.5-2 minutes

Add in melted chocolate and beat frosting until very light and fluffy, about 2 more minutes

Enjoy!

 

This recipe from Cake Magic

 

 

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Red Velvet Cupcakes, variation 1

You really can’t go wrong with red velvet cupcakes. I’ve found that most recipes call for the same ingredients in slightly different quantities, and all of them end up as delicious pieces of heaven covered in cream cheese frosting – yum! This recipe adapted from Sprinkles.

Cupcake Ingredients
1 ½ C flour
3 Tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2/3 C buttermilk, shaken
1 ¾ tsp white vinegar
1 tsp vanilla
1 oz red food coloring
1 ¼ C (10 Tbsp) unsalted butter, softened
1 ¼ C sugar
2 large eggs

Frosting Ingredients
1x 8 oz package cream cheese, softened
½ C (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/8 tsp salt
3 ½ C powdered sugar
½ tsp vanilla

Cupcake Directions

Sift together the dry ingredients (flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt)

Combine wet ingredients (buttermilk, vinegar, vanilla, food coloring)

Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy

Add in the eggs one at a time, mixing until just combined

Add in half the dry ingredients, then the buttermilk mixture, and the remaining dry ingredients. Mix until just blended

Divide the batter into your preferred baking pan, bake at 350 until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean

Frosting Directions

Cream together the butter, cream cheese and salt until light and fluffy

Gradually mix in the powdered sugar

Add the vanilla and mix until just combined

Add milk if needed for desired texture

Slather on in heaping quantities, and enjoy!

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