Chocolate drizzled peppermint cupcakes

Chocolate drizzled peppermint cupcakes

I'm not a fan of cupcakes piled high with frosting, but I'm a fan of these cupcakes. Despite the fact that they're gluten containing and capable of doing very bad things to my digestive tract. They're just so good. And not overwhelmingly pepperminty. But they do contain a massive amount of sugar. Which means you probably shouldn't give one to a three year old an hour before bed. No, really. She'll wake up at 3am and insist you two watch Toy Story 3. That's a lot of threes.

CHOCOLATE DRIZZLED PEPPERMINT CUPCAKES

1 1/2 cups unbleached flour
3/4 cup cane sugar
1/4 tsp fine sea salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup vegan butter, melted
1 cup soy milk
1 1/2 tbsp soft silken tofu, blended
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp pure almond extract
1/2 cup vegan butter
1/2 cup non-hyrdogenated shortening
2 cup powdered cane sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp pure peppermint extract
2 tbsp soy milk
1/4 cup unbleached flour
1 cup vegan chocolate chips, melted
2 oz all natural candy cane, crushed

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line a 12 cup muffin pan with paper liners; set aside. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the butter, milk, tofu, vanilla extract and almond extract; mix with a hand mixer, on high speed, for 45-60 seconds. Divide the batter evenly between the paper liners; about 1/4 cup of batter each. Bake at 350˚F for 20 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack. While the cupcakes are cooling, cream the butter, shortening, powdered sugar, milk, vanilla extract and peppermint extract. Sift in the flour and continue mixing until combined. Pipe or spread frosting onto cupcakes, then drizzle with chocolate and crushed peppermint. Store in an air tight container for up to three days.

Yield: 12 cupcakes

7 comments:

  1. Okay, that picture of Eden is *adorable* I would feed her all the cupcakes in the world just because she is that cute! You purposely make these filled with gluten so you don't eat them, don't you??? You are better than I am :)

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  2. These sound so wonderful! Peppermint season is the best.

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  3. these cupcakes look amazing! and btw- do you have celiac? you don't actually eat these, right?

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  4. Cara & Caitlin - I did eat one. And I don't have celiac, just a gluten intolerance. Thaaank goodness.

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  5. there you've gone & done it. you made me swoon.

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  6. Those look quite eye-wateringly good!

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