Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day--Shamrock and Blarney Stone Cupcakes!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Today for St. Patrick's Day I am making 2 different Cupcakes. One is Shamrock Cupcakes made with homemade peppermint fondant and the others are cute Blarney Stone Cupcakes inspired by the "Hello, Cupcake!" Newsletter & Blog.
Ingredients
24 Devils Food or Chocolate Cupcakes
Chocolate or Homemade Frosting
Fondant (ingredients and recipe below)
1 pack of Oreo Cookies (to crush for dirt)
5 Chewy Granola Bars (to break up for Blarney Stones)
Ambrosia White Bark or your favorite melting chocolate
Wilton Candy Color- Black from the Garden Candy Color Set
A few spoonfuls of Icing, colored Kelly Green (to be piped on as grass with tip 233)

"Hello, Cupcake!" and Disney Family Fun, along with many other recipes, and websites use Gummy Spearmint leaves or Green Gumdrops rolled in sugar to make the Shamrocks. Martha Stewart, uses actual Shamrocks or 3-leaf clovers. I was unable to find the candy after going to several stores, and everything in my yard is still dead, so I decided to make the Shamrocks from homemade peppermint fondant.

First we will make the Homemade Peppermint Fondant Shamrocks to place on top of 12 of the cupcakes.
To start we need to make our Homemade Peppermint Fondant. I don't even know if this would really be considered fondant...it tastes like candy! I have never tasted real fondant, but I hear not everyone likes it. I created this recipe with my own trial and error and ended up with more than double what I need, so you may wish to cut everything in half...or if you have little ones...it is fun to play with and keep them busy while you work!

Ingredients
2T softened margarine
1-1/2T light corn syrup
1/2 tsp peppermint extract
1-1/4 cup confectioners sugar
Wilton Kelly Green Icing Color

Mix the first 4 ingredients above in a small bowl and a little of the green icing color (by dabbing a toothpick into the coloring a little at a time until the desired green color is achieved). Knead until fully incorporated. Roll your fondant in between 2 pieced of wax paper to about 1/8 of an inch.  You may need to powder your surface a little with more confectioners sugar if it seems to stick. Using a heart cutter, cut out at least 36 mini hearts (for 3 leaf more for 4 leaf) and then roll by hand 12 thin stems.


Place these on a sheet of wax paper to dry while preparing the cupcakes. Make extra Hearts and Stems in case some happen to get eaten before they land on the cupcakes!
Now mix and bake 24 cupcakes in Shamrock liners, using your favorite recipe or box mix, plus 1 tsp peppermint extract. I am using Duncan Hines Devils Food Cake Mix. Bake and cool completely.
While the cupcakes are cooling...
Put your white chocolate melts into your Wilton Chocolate Pro or microwave them in microwave safe bowl according to package directions. With just a touch of Wilton black candy coloring on the end of a toothpick, color the melts grey...just a tiny dot will do!
Break up your Chewy Granola bar into stone shape pieces and dip them into the now grey candy melts. This can either be done with a spoon or by sticking them on a toothpick. I tried with the toothpick first, which worked but then I found it just easier to use a spoon and give it a swirl and then place it on the wax paper to dry.
Now is a good time to remove the cream from a row of the Oreos and crush the cookie part for dirt. Go ahead and eat the white Oreo filling...you know you want to, unless you have already eaten way too much of that Peppermint Fondant! :)

Once the cupcakes are totally cooled, frost them with the chocolate frosting, rolling the top of the cupake in Oreo immediately, while the frosting is still fresh.
For 12 of the "Hello, Cupcake!" Blarney Stone Cupcakes- Place a couple Blarney Stones on each cupcakes and pipe on a few springs of grass with Wilton Tip 233 and the green frosting.

For 12 Shamrock Cupcakes- Assemble each Shamrock with 3 hearts and a stem on top of cupcake. For a 4 leaf clove, just use 4 hearts and  a stem.
Now...it's time to eat them!

Happy St. Patrick's Day Everyone!



3 comments:

  1. Yum! I love devil's food and those little fondant shamrocks are too cute! I've never made fondant before but you've inspired me to try. Thanks for sharing! :)

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