I found the recipe on a blog I follow regularly called Tracey's Culinary Adventures. Tracey is always whipping up something spectacular and all the recipes I've tried off her blog are just fantastic. Do try to get over to her blog and check it out - you'll be hooked as soon as you browse some of her recipe archives!! She made these for St. Patty's day, but these cupcakes with their pretty green icing are just fine for any occasion!
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 3/4 tsp baking powder
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 2 large eggs
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- 3 tbsp vegetable or canola oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup warm water
- Preheat oven to 350F. Line muffin tins with paper liners.
- In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the eggs, buttermilk, oil, vanilla and water. Whisk together until mixture is smooth and all ingredients are evenly distributed.
- Distribute batter evenly among the prepared pans, filling each about 2/3 of the way to the top. Bake for about 20 minutes or until the cupcake spring back when pressed lightly. Remove from the oven and cool in pans for about 5-10 minutes. Then remove from pans and cool completely on wire racks.
- Ice liberally with mint icing (see below for recipe).
Recipe from Tracey's Culinary AdventuresIngredients:
- 4 cups icing sugar, sifted
- 8 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 6 tbsp heavy cream
- 4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp mint extract
- 1/2 tsp salt
- green gel food colouring
- semisweet chocolate chips for garnish
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the icing sugar and the butter until evenly distributed and crumbly, about 1-2 minutes.
- Add the cream, extracts, and salt and beat on high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. If you want green buttercream, beat in a few drops of green food colouring until you get the desired shade of green.
- Frost as desired, garnish with chocolate chips.