Saturday, August 27, 2011

Turtle Chocolate Mint Chip Cupcake

In preparation for Hurricane Irene, what Hurricane preparedness kit would be complete without cupcakes? Please excuse the rush...there's a hurricane a comin'!

 Cupcake Ingredients
1 cup sugar
1 stick of margarine
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1-1/2 cup AP flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup Hershey's baking cocoa
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup buttermilk (or 1/2 cup milk + 1 tsp white vinegar and let sit for 5 minutes)
1/2 cup strong brewed coffee
1 cup Andes Creme de Menthe Baking Chips

In mixer combine sugar and margarine and beat on medium for 3 to 4 minutes. Add in egg and vanilla and beat until mixed.
In medium bowl mix together flour, baking soda, cocoa, and sea salt. Slowly add 1/3 of this flour mixture to the mixer combining with other ingredients on low speed, scraping as needed. With mixer still on low speed, add buttermilk. Add 1/3 more of the flour mixture, followed by the coffee. Add the rest of flour mixture just until mixed, not over mixing. Add 1 cup mint chips and stir in. 
Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake in preheated 350 oven for 18-20 minutes.
Makes 20 Cupcakes
Cool completely on rack. I know they aren't beautiful, but they taste fabulous!
Mint Buttercream Icing
1 stick margarine
1/2 cup shortening
3 cups confectioners sugar
1 tsp peppermint extract

Beat together in mixer, margarine, shortening, and peppermint. Add confectioners sugar 1 cup at a time until mixed. Color mint green. (I know it isn't showing up in the picture well but it is mint green colored!)

To decorate you will need: York Peppermint Patties, Gummy Sour Poppers (they already have a happy face on them to trace!), the Runts (just the green ones, feel free to eat the rest), these were all Dollar Tree finds. You will also need a piping bag fitted with a size 3 tip. You can use a zipper bag with just a tiny corner cut off, but I don't like this method, since the bag can burst and it is harder to control.

First frost your cooled cupcakes with the mint icing using a spatula. Add more green to the remainder of the mint green icing until you reach a bright green color and fill your piping bag with the bright green icing. Then assemble your turtles on top of the cupcake.
Place down a York Peppermint Patty. Attach the green Runts for the feet with a dab of your bright green buttercream. Add the Gummi Sour Popper face and trace the happy face on it. If you can't find these candies you could use a similar candy or even M&M's and a Food Writer Pen. Don't forget to pipe a tail on! Decorate the turtle shell however you wish.
Aren't these little guys cute?!
You can't really see the mint chips, but they are in there and this cupcake is minty deliciousness!

If you are on the East Coast it is time to hunker down and prepare for Hurricane Irene. Stay safe! Hope you all have plenty of cupcakes ready for the storm! If you are out of harms way, I have Pink Princess #13 scheduled to post tomorrow morning!
UPDATE 8/30/2011-
Thank you all for your kind words and thoughts. We now have electricity again! I can't tell you how happy I was to wake up at 3:30am to the light. We were lucky to not have much damage and just a big mess to clean up in our yard. Our neighbor even had a tree through there house. I hope everyone else that was in the path of Irene is safe and well!
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These Cupcakes are featured at:
Bizzy Bakes: Bake with Bizzy
Show Your Cake
Bacon Time: Fantastic Features
Rook No.17: A Little Birdie Told Me (Sea Creature Cakes)
Cupcakes Take the Cake


  1. Love these! Just 'pinned' them so I'd remember where to find them. Oh, and just became your newest follower. Thanks for sharing these!
    Tracey @ The Kitchen is My Playground

  2. These are so cute! I love turtles AND peppermint patties. These would be perfect for my kids' classes. Hope your evacuation went well if you had to evacuate. I live near Savannah and it was aimed for us on Monday but the path changed over the week. Take care and thanks for sharing on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

  3. Adorable!! Look forward to a 'Irene' themed cupcake! :-}

  4. Oh my!! These look delicious!! The turtles are absolutely adorable and almost too good to eat! TFS

  5. I saw these linked up and love them. Really came over to see how Irene is treating you. Hope all is well and you will be safe.

    We have stayed so far and I am not sure, we will be able to leave in a few hours. I pray is it not too damaging.

    I have no idea if we will have power. All should be well for you and yours.

  6. These are adorable. Thank you for linking up at bacon Time. I am going to feature them too on Thursday Afternoon. Hope you have power and everyone is ok from that storm.

  7. I love these! Mint and chocolate are the perfect combination.

  8. I told you how much I liked these and they are being featured at Bake with Bizzy. Thanks for sharing.

  9. These are so adorable and they sound delicious! I can't wait to make some :D

  10. These are just adorable! While there are surely kids everywhere who would enjoy, I think my husband would get the biggest kick out of these! I would love to see you link this post up at Freestyle Friday, going on now through Sunday night at Happy Hour Projects!

    So glad to hear you weathered the storm safely.

    Hope to see you there ~ Adrianne

  11. Soo cute! I'm happy to hear that you didn't have any damage and I know you are happy to have your electricity back on. These cupcakes would have been the perfect treat to ride out the storm with. Thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend, Candace

  12. I would take these in my kit any day and wouldn't mind at all to sit in the shelter and have a couple of these great cupcakes! Hope you have a wonderful holiday week end and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  13. Looks yummy.

    Thanks for sharing with us at
    Simply Delish Saturday

    Have a great weekend.

  14. How cute are these! No hurricane kit would be complete without them.

    Thanks for stopping by sweet tooth Friday!

  15. I missed these last week! So so so cute! Will defiantly be trying these babies!

    Tea Party Tuesday link up is open again, would love to have you back!


  16. Super cute! Love how you used the candies on them!
    Thanks for sharing on Cupcake Tuesday!

  17. Not only do they look adorable, but they sound positively delicious!!! Thank you for linking up to "A Little Birdie Told Me...". Your post is one of the features this week!



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