Shamrock Mint Cupcakes

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

  • prep time 30 min
  • total time 1 hr 50 min
  • ingredients 6
  • servings 24

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 creme de menthe or mint baking chips (from 10-oz bag)
1/2
teaspoon peppermint extract
1
container (12 oz) fluffy white whipped frosting
24
large green gumdrops
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups. 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 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.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1 Cupcake
    Calories
    280
    (
    Calories from Fat
    110),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    12g
    12%
    (Saturated Fat
    3 1/2g,
    3 1/2%
    Trans Fat
    1g
    1%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    25mg
    25%;
    Sodium
    200mg
    200%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    42g
    42%
    (Dietary Fiber
    0g
    0%
      Sugars
    29g
    29%
    ),
    Protein
    2g
    2%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    0%;
    Vitamin C
    0%;
    Calcium
    2%;
    Iron
    4%;
    Exchanges:
    1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 1/2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    3
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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