St. Patrick’s Day Mint Cupcakes

Total Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Servings: 24

Showcase the Emerald Isle’s favourite colour on St Patrick’s Day with these minty cupcakes complete with a lavish swirl of delicious frosting.

All You Need Is ...

  • Small check mark in a circle icon 1 box Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ Vanilla Cake Mix
  • Small check mark in a circle icon 3 extra large eggs
  • Small check mark in a circle icon 80g butter, melted
  • Small check mark in a circle icon 3/4 cup (180ml) milk
  • Small check mark in a circle icon Mint green food colouring drops or gel
  • Small check mark in a circle icon 6 round mint cream filled chocolate sandwich biscuits, cut into quarters, to decorate
For the frosting
  • Small check mark in a circle icon 2 1/2 tubs Betty Crocker™ Creamy Deluxe™ Vanilla Frosting
  • Small check mark in a circle icon 1-1 1/2 teaspoons peppermint essence (see tip)

Betty's Easy Steps

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan forced). Line 2 x 12-cup muffin pans with green paper cupcake cases.
  2. Open the cake box, remove enclosed frosting sachet and reserve for another use. Place the cake mix, eggs, butter and milk in a bowl, then whisk (by hand or with an electric mixer) for 2-3 minutes until smooth and creamy. Whisk in enough green food colouring drops or gel to give a fairly bright shade of green. Divide the mixture equally among the cupcake cases and bake for 18-22 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool completely; about 30 minutes.
  3. To make the frosting, beat the vanilla frosting and peppermint essence together in a large bowl. Spoon about half of the frosting into a large disposable piping bag fitted with a plain 1cm nozzle. Insert the tip of the nozzle into the centre of 1 cupcake, about halfway down. Gently squeeze the piping bag, pulling upward until the cupcake swells slightly and the filling comes to the top. Repeat with the remaining cupcakes.
  4. Spoon the remaining frosting into the same piping bag and generously pipe swirls of frosting on top of the centre of each cupcake. Decorate each cupcake with a piece of biscuit to serve. Store any leftover cupcakes in an airtight container in a cool place for 2-3 days.

Betty's Tips

  • Add 1 teaspoon of the peppermint essence to the frosting then taste and, if you want a really minty flavour, add the rest.
  • Take care when piping the frosting into the cupcakes that you don’t overfill them as they will crack.