Chocolate Mini Constellation Cupcakes

Chocolate Mini Constellation Cupcakes image Author: Canadian Living Credits: Chocolate Mini Constellation Cupcakes image

These super-moist cupcakes make a tasty canvas for a constellation-themed dessert. Mixing black and royal blue paste food colouring makes a deep navy icing that resembles the night sky. Add a little bit of each colour at a time until you reach your desired shade—it will take more food colouring than you may think, but the longer the icing sits, the darker it gets!

  • Portion size 24 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: June 2014

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cups cocoa powder sifted
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
Mint Icing:
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 6 cups icing sugar
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream 35%
  • 4 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • paste food colouring
  • 125 g rolled yellow fondant

Method

In large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk in 2 cups water, oil and vanilla. Stir in vinegar. Divide batter among 24 large paper-lined muffin cups.

Bake in 350 F (180 C) oven until cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer cupcakes to rack; let cool completely.

Mint Icing: Meanwhile, in large bowl, beat butter until light and fluffy. Alternately beat in icing sugar and cream, making 2 additions of sugar. Beat in peppermint extract, vanilla and enough food colouring to tint to desired shade. Using piping bag fitted with 3/4-inch (2 cm) plain tip, pipe icing onto cupcakes.

Using star-shaped cookie cutters, cut out assortment of star shapes from fondant. Arrange on top of cupcakes.

Nutritional facts per cupcake: about

  • Fibre 1 g
  • Sodium 210 mg
  • Sugars 50 g
  • Protein 3 g
  • Calories 427.0
  • Total fat 20 g
  • Potassium 85 mg
  • Cholesterol 27 mg
  • Saturated fat 7 g
  • Total carbohydrate 64 g

%RDI

  • Iron 9.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 11.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 1.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 9.0
  • Vitamin C 0.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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