The Freshman Cook: Triple Chocolate Shamrock Cupcakes

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I love St. Patrick’s Day, don’t you? I thought it would be fun to celebrate with some Triple Chocolate Shamrock Cupcakes. They are made with milk, dark, and bittersweet chocolate and topped with thin mint frosting for a festive, fun, and tasty St. Patrick’s Day celebration! printable recipe

Cake 2 cups Flour 3/4 cup Unsweetened Cocoa 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder pinch of Salt 1 1/2 cups Butter, softened 3 cups Sugar 5 Eggs 1 1/4 cups Buttermilk 2 teaspoon Instant Espresso 2 teaspoon Vanilla 1 cup 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Morsels

Royal Frosting

6 ounces warm Water

5 tablespoons Meringue Powder

1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar

2.25 pounds Confectioner’s Sugar
1 1/2 cups Coffee Mate Thin Mint Flavoring

Cupcake Topper Parchment or Wax Paper 1 cup Green Candy Melt-melted Gold Sprinkles Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Whisk together flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt.
Beat butter on medium speed until smooth. Add sugar gradually, mixing it until it is light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, mixing after each one.
In a separate bowl, mix together the buttermilk, instant espresso, and vanilla. Start adding some of the flour mixture to the egg mix, alternating the flour and the buttermilk mixture. Mix on low as you are adding the flour and buttermilk.
Fold in the bittersweet morsels.
Fill cupcake holder just slightly less than normal.
Bake for 15-20 minutes
Add the meringue powder to the warm water. Whisk for 30 seconds. Add cream of tartar and whisk for 30 more seconds. Add all of the confectioner’s sugar at one time. Mix for 10 minutes on low speed. Remove frosting and place in an airtight container. Take 1 cup of frosting and add 1and a quarter to  1 and one half  cup of Coffee Mate Thin Mint flavoring to the cup of frosting. Pour over each cupcake. Let dry. Take a small shamrock cookie cutter and trace around it onto the parchment paper. Then turn the paper over and trace the shamrock design with the green candy melt. Let dry completely. It is pretty quick.
Lay the shamrock on top of the cupcake. Sprinkle with gold sprinkles. Enjoy your Shamrock Cupcakes. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!! You might enjoy these St. Patrick’s Day recipes: St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes A Tip of Me Hat to Ya! Magically Delicious Leprechaun Sticks

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