Brach’s® Starbrites® Peppermint Cupcakes

Brach's Starbrites® Peppermint Cupcakes
Cupcake Ingredients
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cups plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Frosting Ingredients
  • 1 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • Finely smashed BRACH’S® Starbrite® Mints
Brach’s Product
Cupcake Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease or paper-line a muffin pan with 12 cups.
  2. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl and stir to mix. Set aside.
  3. Combine sugar, eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla in large bowl. Whisk until well mixed.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture in two or three additions, mixing with a wooden spoon or a spatula between additions, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  5. Fill the prepared muffin cups about halfway and bake until they spring back when lightly pressed with a finger, about 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes before removing to a rack. Cool completely before frosting.
Frosting Instructions
  1. Beat the shortening on medium-high speed in a large mixing bowl until fluffy and smooth. Add the vanilla extract while the mixer is still on, beating until fully blended.
  2. Add the powdered sugar a ½ cup at a time. Beat the frosting continuously on medium speed. With a rubber spatula, scrape the sides of the bowl down.
  3. Continue beating on medium speed after all of the sugar has been added. Add the milk gradually, a ½ teaspoon at a time, thinning the frosting to the desired consistency. Beat the frosting on medium speed until it is light and fluffy.
  4. Fold in finely smashed BRACH’S® Star Brites® Mints, reserving a ¼ cup to sprinkle on top for decoration.

Frost cupcakes and sprinkle with the remaining crushed Star Brites® Mints. For an added touch, you can also place a whole Star Brites® Mint on the top of each cupcake.