These chocolate-and-mint cupcakes are a festive -- and sweetly delicious -- way to kick off football season.
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- Yield: Makes about 18
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 3/4 cup warm water
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 18 Andes mints
- Peppermint Buttercream
- 1 cup white jimmies
- 1 cup dark green non-pareil sprinkles
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line 18 cups in two standard muffin tins with paper liners. Whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. In another bowl, whisk together eggs, warm water, milk, sour cream, butter and vanilla; add to dry ingredients and whisk until smooth. Pour a scant 1/3 cup batter into each prepared muffin cup. Bake, rotating once, until a tester comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Let cool completely.
Meanwhile, use a paring knife to cut the corners off each mint. Holding the mint in your hand, run the knife along the edge to make a rounded football shape. Using the frosting as an adhesive, arrange 5 jimmies on the mint to decorate the "football". Repeat with remaining mints and jimmies.
Spread a thin layer of buttercream on each cupcake. Place non-pareils in a small bowl and dip in the top of each frosted cupcake to coat. Scoop off non-pareils from center of each cupcake and top with football-shaped mint, pressing gently to adhere. Cupcakes can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days.