Celebrate the luck of the Irish with St. Patrick's Day Crème de Menthe Cupcakes. Rich chocolate cake surrounds a dense filling of minted fudge, topped by a beautiful swirl of fluffy green buttercream. St. Paddy would approve.

Julia Dowling Rutland
Recipe by Coastal Living March 2014

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Stephen Devries; Styling: Julia Rutland

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
bake:
20 mins
cool:
30 mins
total:
1 hr 10 mins
Yield:
Makes 1 dozen
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350°. Line 1 (12-cup) muffin pan with paper baking cups.

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  • Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl at high speed with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla.

  • Combine flour and next 3 ingredients. Stir flour mixture into butter mixture, alternating with milk and beginning and ending with flour. Fill muffin cups evenly with batter.

  • Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

  • Meanwhile, heat cream in a small saucepan over low heat until hot. Remove from heat, and stir in chocolate and peppermint extract until mixture is smooth and well blended. Let cool completely.

  • Core cupcakes with cupcake corer. Pipe or spoon about 2 teaspoons chocolate mixture into center. Pipe or spoon Crème de Menthe Buttercream on top. Garnish, if desired.