Saturday, April 19, 2008

Earth Day Cupcakes

Here is the idea: Anyone can grow mint! Seriously, it's practically impossible to kill, and it thrives easily. It also can grom from cuttings. SO, I thought, make a cupcake that provides pretty much everything needed to start an herb garden. It has the pot and the mint - just eat the cupcake and throw in some dirt and water.

I did get to make the Earth Day cupcakes, and I'm quite happy with the way they turned out! I used a Chocylit recipe for the rich chocolate cupcakes and for mint buttercream icing, and it was delicious. The cupcake itself was almost more like a brownie. I used the mint extract for the flavoring of the icing, and it was good, but I think I might use creme de minthe next time, just because. The recipe below reflects my minor charges, such as the addition of food coloring, the use of locally available ingredients, changes in cooking time for the flower pots, etc.

Chocolate Cupcakes
24 regular cupcakes / 350 degree oven
2-100 gram bars of Hershey 60% cocao
3 sticks butter
2-1/4 cups sugar
8 eggs
1-1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder, unsweetened
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
pinch of salt
(24 mini flowerpots)
1. line flowerpots with parchment and place on a baking sheet.
2. break up chocolate and transfer into the bowl of a standing mixer.
3. add butter to the chocolate and place the bowl over a pan of simmering water. stir until chocolate melts and butter is combined.
4. remove from heat and stir in sugar. let mixture cool for 10 minutes.
5. beat in an electric mixer for 3 minutes.
6. add one egg at a time, mixing for 30 seconds between each
7. sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and a pinch of salt into the mixture and mix until blended.
8. scoop into lined flowerpots and bake at 350 F for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Mint Buttercream Frosting

1 cup (2 sticks) butter
4-5 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1/4 cup milk
1/8 teaspoon all natural peppermint extract
1 tube of green gel food coloring

1. beat butter until creamy, scrape bowl.
2. add 4 cups of sifted powdered sugar, milk, peppermint extract, and food coloring, beat until combined.
3. add more powdered sugar as needed to get piping consistency.
4. pipe on icing.
4. top with a sprig of mint


CH said...

OMG, they are AWESOME! How cute would that be for a preschool or kindy class?!? Very, very cool. Thanks so much!

Elizabeth said...

Thanks so much! I think that I am trying to make up for cutesy kiddie things that I didn't get as a kid.

Michelle said...

Wonderful idea! I've baked bread in the flower pots but never thought about a cupcake!