Mint Choc Chip Christmas Cupcakes

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Mint Choc Chip Christmas Cupcakes | The Purple Pumpkin Blog

Mint and chocolate is a classic combination and when I saw these mini candy canes in the shops I snapped them up with the idea that they’d go on some cupcakes!

Mint Choc Chip Christmas Cupcakes | The Purple Pumpkin Blog

Mint Choc Chip Christmas Cupcakes | The Purple Pumpkin Blog

Starting with the ingredients for the cupcakes:

  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 4tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 225g unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 1tsp mint essence
  • 100g chocolate chips

And for the icing:

  • 115g unsalted butter, softened
  • 225g icing sugar, sifted
  • 1tsp mint essence
  • green food colouring
  • 100g chocolate chips

I actually tweaked the quantity of icing as I had ready made frosting that I wanted to use up, but will talk about that as I go on through the recipe.

Mint Choc Chip Christmas Cupcakes | The Purple Pumpkin Blog

As always, preheat the oven – mine goes to 140C as it’s a fan oven, or if you have a conventional oven it is 160C/325F or Gas 3. Place the cupcake liners in the pans and away we go!

Mint Choc Chip Christmas Cupcakes | The Purple Pumpkin Blog

First off, sift the flour, cocoa and baking powder into a bowl and set to one side.

Mint Choc Chip Christmas Cupcakes | The Purple Pumpkin Blog

Mint Choc Chip Christmas Cupcakes | The Purple Pumpkin Blog

Then beat the sugar and butter together in another bowl until smooth.

Mint Choc Chip Christmas Cupcakes | The Purple Pumpkin Blog

Mint Choc Chip Christmas Cupcakes | The Purple Pumpkin Blog

Mint Choc Chip Christmas Cupcakes | The Purple Pumpkin Blog

Mint Choc Chip Christmas Cupcakes | The Purple Pumpkin Blog

The eggs go in next, one at a time, beating well after each one is added.

Mint Choc Chip Christmas Cupcakes | The Purple Pumpkin Blog

Mint Choc Chip Christmas Cupcakes | The Purple Pumpkin Blog

Then add the flour mixture gradually, stirring until well combined. I used a wooden spoon rather than the electric beater for this.

Mint Choc Chip Christmas Cupcakes | The Purple Pumpkin Blog

Mint Choc Chip Christmas Cupcakes | The Purple Pumpkin Blog

Mint Choc Chip Christmas Cupcakes | The Purple Pumpkin Blog

Mint Choc Chip Christmas Cupcakes | The Purple Pumpkin Blog

Next the mint essence goes in.

Mint Choc Chip Christmas Cupcakes | The Purple Pumpkin Blog

And then the chocolate chips – stir them in until well combined.

Mint Choc Chip Christmas Cupcakes | The Purple Pumpkin Blog

Mint Choc Chip Christmas Cupcakes | The Purple Pumpkin Blog

Spoon the mixture into the cupcake cases. I put a spoonful in each one and then go around again adding mixture until it is all used up. I do this to try and get even cupcakes.

Mint Choc Chip Christmas Cupcakes | The Purple Pumpkin Blog

Mint Choc Chip Christmas Cupcakes | The Purple Pumpkin Blog

Into the oven they go for 20 minutes. I always stick a cocktail stick into a cupcake to check that it is done – it should come out clean with no batter on it. When cooked, cool in the tins for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Mint Choc Chip Christmas Cupcakes | The Purple Pumpkin Blog

Mint Choc Chip Christmas Cupcakes | The Purple Pumpkin Blog

Now time for the fun part – the decorating!

I decorated my cupcakes three different ways – the book tells me minty frosting with chocolate chips – which I did for some of them…

To make the frosting, beat the butter and icing sugar in a bowl until smooth and creamy.

Mint Choc Chip Christmas Cupcakes | The Purple Pumpkin Blog

Mint Choc Chip Christmas Cupcakes | The Purple Pumpkin Blog

Mint Choc Chip Christmas Cupcakes | The Purple Pumpkin Blog

Then add the mint essence

Mint Choc Chip Christmas Cupcakes | The Purple Pumpkin Blog

And then the green food colouring. I use paste colourings and you don’t need much at all to give the icing a light hue of mint green.

Mint Choc Chip Christmas Cupcakes | The Purple Pumpkin Blog

This is the end of a teaspoon showing how much I used to get the desired colour. It’s always best to use too little than too much as you can darken the colour, but never lighten it.

Mint Choc Chip Christmas Cupcakes | The Purple Pumpkin Blog

Mint Choc Chip Christmas Cupcakes | The Purple Pumpkin Blog

Mint Choc Chip Christmas Cupcakes | The Purple Pumpkin Blog

I put a star shaped nozzle in a piping bag to do the first batch of decorations.

Mint Choc Chip Christmas Cupcakes | The Purple Pumpkin Blog

Fill the bag up with the frosting and squeeze down to get rid of air bubbles – nothing worse than in the middle of piping and an air bubble messes up your work!

Mint Choc Chip Christmas Cupcakes | The Purple Pumpkin Blog

Mint Choc Chip Christmas Cupcakes | The Purple Pumpkin Blog

Applying pressure to the bag, pipe a swirl on top of the cupcake and decrease the pressure to stop piping. Once you get the hang of it, it’s pretty easy to pipe swirls on cupcakes!

Mint Choc Chip Christmas Cupcakes | The Purple Pumpkin Blog

Mint Choc Chip Christmas Cupcakes | The Purple Pumpkin Blog

Mint Choc Chip Christmas Cupcakes | The Purple Pumpkin Blog

To decorate the swirls I used chocolate chips…

Mint Choc Chip Christmas Cupcakes | The Purple Pumpkin Blog

…that I sprinkled on top…

Mint Choc Chip Christmas Cupcakes | The Purple Pumpkin Blog

Mint Choc Chip Christmas Cupcakes | The Purple Pumpkin Blog

For the next batch of cupcakes I wanted to use up the frosting that I had in cans ready made.

Mint Choc Chip Christmas Cupcakes | The Purple Pumpkin Blog

I fit the piping bag with a round nozzle this time and coloured the white frosting mint green but didn’t flavour it.

Sadly, the ready made icing didn’t live up to my expectations when piping out – and the nozzle was way smaller than I anticipated! These didn’t come out like the idea I had in my head for nice fluffy icing mounds, more like a dribble…!

Mint Choc Chip Christmas Cupcakes | The Purple Pumpkin Blog

To decorate the top of this batch, I used mini candy canes…

Mint Choc Chip Christmas Cupcakes | The Purple Pumpkin Blog

Mint Choc Chip Christmas Cupcakes | The Purple Pumpkin Blog

Mint Choc Chip Christmas Cupcakes | The Purple Pumpkin Blog

The final batch were covered with ready-made chocolate frosting that I spooned on top (after the previous piped mess, I didn’t want to risk it!)

Mint Choc Chip Christmas Cupcakes | The Purple Pumpkin Blog

Mint Choc Chip Christmas Cupcakes | The Purple Pumpkin Blog

Mint Choc Chip Christmas Cupcakes | The Purple Pumpkin Blog

Mint Choc Chip Christmas Cupcakes | The Purple Pumpkin Blog

All done and ready for the party!

Mint Choc Chip Christmas Cupcakes | The Purple Pumpkin Blog

Mint Choc Chip Christmas Cupcakes | The Purple Pumpkin Blog

Mint Choc Chip Christmas Cupcakes | The Purple Pumpkin Blog

I displayed them in a wire cupcake stand that I have, I think they looked great altogether!

Mint Choc Chip Christmas Cupcakes | The Purple Pumpkin Blog

These cupcakes last without frosting for up to three days in an airtight container, or you can freeze them, un-iced for up to 3 months.

Most of the cakes got snaffled at the party, but they lasted well for a few more days after that in a cake tin.

Mint Choc Chip Christmas Cupcakes | The Purple Pumpkin Blog

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