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Shamrock Mint Cupcakes

'Tis the luck o' the Irish you'll be gettin' when you top cake-mix cupcakes with a simple shamrock design.

Cupcake Recipes from AlansKitchen.comMakes 24 cupcakes

Prep Time: 30 min.
Start to Finish: 1 hr 50 min.

Ingredients:

  •    1  box (1 lb 2.25 oz) chocolate fudge cake mix with pudding
  •        Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
  •    1  cup crème de menthe or mint baking chips (from 10-ounces bag)
  • 1/2  teaspoon peppermint extract
  •    1  container (12 ounces) fluffy white whipped frosting
  •  24  large green gumdrops

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups.

  1. In large bowl, beat cake mix, water, oil and eggs with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds; beat on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Stir in baking chips. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups, filling each 3/4 full.

  2. Bake for 21 to 26 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cupcake comes out clean.  Cool in pan 10 minutes.  Remove cupcakes from pan; cool completely, about 45 minutes.

  3. Stir peppermint extract into frosting until well blended; spread on cupcakes.  To garnish each cupcake, cut 1 gumdrop into 4 slices.  Place 3 rounds on cupcake to make shamrock leaves; press remaining round into thin strip and place below leaves for stem.

High Altitude (3500-6500 ft): Follow High Altitude cake mix directions for cupcakes.

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