Sunday, 15 January 2012

Mint Filled Brownie Cupcakes for Martha Stewart's Cupcake Club

My Cupcakes by Martha Stewart is one of the very first Cupcake books I got waaay back in 2009 when I was just 'getting into' cupcakes (you can tell from the pure delight on my face in the picture below that I was pretty excited to receive it!) Recently I came across an awesome blog full of cupcake loving bakers who are baking their way through that very book - and it's called Martha Stewart's Cupcake Club - don't you just want to be a part of something that sounds so cool?! I know I did! 

This month was the first recipe I've joined in with and how fitting that it is the recipe on the very page that has fallen out of my Martha book because I have used it that much. This brownie cupcake recipe is my go to recipe and I'd say I've baked with it at least 100 times over the past few years and that is not an exaggeration! Remember when I made a zillion mini's for a tea party, and my popping candy rainbow cupcakes for Iron Cupcake, and my patriotic USA stars and stripes cupcakes for a Miss Usa Murder Mystery party, and my double stuff Oreo cupcakes, and my mini festive cupcakes for my church Christmas party, and my red and white heart themed cupcakes for my friend's wedding, and my new baby cupcakes for Baby Elijah and even the peanut butter bauble cupcakes - you guessed it, they were all made using this very recipe! because who doesn't love a fudgy moist cupcake!

However, you may have noticed the title of the recipe is mint filled, and in all the times I've baked them I've neglected to make mine mint filled.  Why you ask? because in England we don't get peppermint patties! but for this recipe I wanted to do it right...I was even going to buy some online from one of the American grocery websites at triple the price! but time ran away from me, so then I thought I'll make my own homemade peppermint patties as I found a great recipe but in the space of 5 days I've had 3 exams and a 3000 word essay to write so time wasn't on my side! so in the end I just bought some Tesco own brand peppermint fondants and hoped for the best!

Unfortunately the moral of this story is if you want something done right, do it the American way! When I got my cupcakes out the oven and cut into them, the peppermint fondant had full on disappeared! it had melted away completely and just left a chocolate-y goo behind! Not quite what Martha or I was going for!  so if you live in the States and have access to peppermint patties I'd definitely advise going that route!

P.S I adapted mine slightly by adding peppermint frosting because as much as I value Martha's opinion, in my book a cupcake isn't a cupcake unless it is accompanied by frosting!

Mint Filled Brownie Cupcakes:
Makes 12
From Cupcakes by Martha Stewart

225g milk chocolate
1/2 cup unsalted butter (at room temperature)
1 cup caster sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
1/2 cup plain flour
1/4 cup sifted cocoa powder
12 peppermint patties

Preheat oven to 180 degrees.  Place chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water.  Stir occasionally until just melted, about 4-5 mins.
Remove bowl from heat.  Whisk in sugar and salt until mixture is smooth, whisk in eggs to combine.  Gently whisk in flour and cocoa just until smooth (do not overmix).
Spoon 1 heaped tablespoon of batter into each cupcake case, place 1 peppermint patty on top, gently pressing into the batter.  Top with remaining batter until 3/4 full, covering the patty completely.
Bake, rotating tin halfway through, until a cake tester inserted halfway in centres (above the mint patty), comes out with only a few moist crumbs attached, about 25-30 minutes.

Peppermint Frosting:
Makes enough to frost the above

110g unsalted butter, at room temperature
60ml semi-skimmed milk, at room temperature
1/2 tsp good quality peppermint extract
500g icing sugar
Few drops of green food colour

In a free standing mixer, beat the butter, milk, peppermint extract and half the icing sugar until smooth - this can take up to 5 mins.  
Gradually add the remainder of the icing sugar and beat again until the buttercream is smooth and creamy.  
Taste the icing at this stage to see if you want to add more peppermint extract (if you are using standard mint extract that you get in a supermarket you may need to add slightly more than half a tsp).
Add a few drops of green food colouring and beat thoroughly.  Check the colour, add more as needed.

I'm looking forward to next month when we get to bake my choice: the raspberry marble cheesecake cupcake! If you don't already own this book then what are you waiting for - it is an absolute must for any cupcake enthusiast! and if you do buy one you can start baking along with us too! 


  1. What a delicius sounding recipe and I'm sure that even though the mint fondants all melted they still tasted great. And I love that you've baked these over 100 times!

  2. Dad said to me on the phone last night - I don't think Gems would be motivated about anything but those cakes she makes - so true!! These look great! I think I may have to try this one as the hummingbird choc cupcakes were do dry that I made for Martha's trial!

  3. Your cupcakes look beautiful! And I think I agree about the frosting! It makes the cupcake! Love the little heart accent on yours. Thanks so much for baking with us!


  4. Yours look really beautiful. I will put the frosting on my list. Thanks for baking along and going through all that to try to get the peppermint patties. I am dying to make homemade ones.

  5. Love your mint version!! I have this book too and never knew about the Martha Stewart cupcake club. Definitely joining in althought I wonder where I will find the time?! I think I had the same look on my face when I got the book! I bought one for a baking friend as well. Good luck with your exams and essays!

  6. These look amazing!!! And thanks for the tip about the Martha Stewart Cupcake Club; I am going to join in the fun!

  7. OOO yummy!!! I like how they're a brownie and a cupcake hehe I've actually never made a Martha Stewart recipe but her recipes look delicious!

    Thanks for sharing :)



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