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Candy Cane Freakshake Cupcakes

by Nick Makrides
Candy Cane Freakshake Cupcakes

Christmas is peppermint! So yum! And these cupcakes celebrate that flavour so beautifully!

Candy Cane Freakshake Cupcakes

Candy Cane Freakshake Cupcakes

Serves 12

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 40 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 25 mins
Course: Dessert, American
Cuisine: American

Ingredients

Cupcakes

  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups caster sugar superfine
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp fine salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp Greek yoghurt or sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract vanilla bean paste
  • 4 drops red food gel
  • 2 tsp peppermint extract or essence
  • 1 cup mini choc chips
  • 1 cup chocolate sauce
  • x10 candy canes
  • x 10 white chocolate ball candy

Frosting

  • 1 batch Swiss meringue buttercream frosting
  • 2 tsp peppermint extract/essence
  • 4 drops red food gel

White choc ganache

  • 1 1/2 cups white chocolate
  • 1/4 cup thickened cream


Instructions

Cupcakes

  • Preheat a fan-forced oven to 160C (320F) or 180C (356F) for a conventional oven. Line a 12 hole cupcake tin with cupcake liners. Spray a 12 hole donut tin with oil spray. Use a brush to spread around. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the flour, baking powder, caster sugar and salt. Turn mixer on low speed and allow it to mix for a couple minutes to help everything combine well (alternatively you may do this by sifting the ingredients together). Add the softened butter and let it mix until it resembles a fine sand like texture.
  • Next, add milk, eggs, yogurt. Peppermint extract, red food gel, oil and vanilla extract in a large jug and whisk well.
  • Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients in a slow and steady stream until no dry ingredients are visible. Scrape down the bowl and mix for another 20 seconds.
  • Add mini choc chips to the bottom of the donut holes and add batter using a piping bag. Fill to just above half way.
  • Fill each cupcake liner 3/4 of the way (using an ice cream scoop to transfer the batter into the cupcake liners makes this a quick and easy process otherwise you can use two tablespoons).
  • Bake donuts for 20 min and cupcakes for 40-45 min or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow them to cool completely on a wire cooling rack before frosting.
  • White chocolate ganache
  • Add white chocolate and ganache into a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 20 seconds at a time mixing each time until smooth. Set aside to cool slightly before using

Frosting

  • Add peppermint extract to all of the frosting and mix until well combined. Set aside ¼ of the frosting in a bowl. Add red food gel and mix until well combined. Add white frosting and red frosting in two separate frosting bags.
  • Lay out a sheet of plastic wrap on your work bench and frost lines of the red and white frosting. Roll up and twist each end. Add to a piping bag fitted with a medium round tip.
  • Core each cupcake and fill with chocolate sauce. Frost a double donut swirl on top. Drizzle with chocolate sauce. Add donut on top and drizzle with white ganache. Add candy cane straws and finish with white chocolate ball candy.

Notes

Cupcakes can be stored in an airtight container for up to three days.

Nutrition

Serving: 12g
Calories : 529kcal
Carbonhydrates: 56g
Protein: 8g
Fat: 31g
Saturated Fat: 20g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g
Monounsaturated Fat : 0.1g
Trans Fat : 0.1g
Cholesterol: 62mg
Sodium: 283mg
Potassium : 160mg
Fiber: 1g
Sugar : 27g
Vitamin A: 375IU
Vitamin C: 1mg
Calcium: 185mg
Iron: 2mg
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