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Even though the coating probably isn’t 70 percent dark chocolate, York Peppermint Patties are still a safe way to satisfy a sweet tooth without going the whole hog. For 150 calories or less, you can enjoy one regular-size pattie or three of the miniatures. That is the real star of these Vanilla Snowflake Cupcakes, the refreshing cool hit of mint that tops these gems after we make them pretty.
We start out with a box of French Vanilla Cake mix for these – if you keep your eyes out, they are on sale all the time for a buck or less. If you want to make them from scratch, try our favorite recipe here:
A boxed mix is ok too – we dress it up a bit. Do NOT follow the instructions on the cake box, but use our bonus ingredients to transform them into delicious gems that could surprise the most distinguished palate. Do make sure y u eggs and milk are at room temperature, when added to the soft butter, you will create a bit of heaven.
Vanilla Snowflake Cupcakes
You will need:
- 1 box of French vanilla cake mix
- 3 large eggs room temp
- 1/2 C of unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
- 1 C whole milk
- 1 C Blue Jimmie Sprinkles
Preheat the oven to 350 and line a cupcake pan with the cupcake liners. In a medium bowl, beat the cake mix, eggs, butter, and milk until they are smooth and combined. Be careful to not over mix as you create air tunnels in the final baked product.
You know you’ve overmixed when you see “tunneling” in cakes and muffins because often if you slice into a cake baked from an overmixed batter, you will see tunnels where air bubbles were trapped and therefore pushed through the crumb, basically tunneling through your cake.
Now, fold in the sprinkles. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 of the way full. Bake in the oven for about 21 minutes. Pull out the cupcakes and allow to cool before frosting.
Before you start frosting these gems, you might want to check out our article in How To Frost A Cupcake, there are a few tips and tricks that we share.
Vanilla Frosting Ingredients:
- 1 1/2 C unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
- 4 1/2 C powdered sugar
- 5-7 tbsp. heavy whipping cream
- 2 tsp. Pure vanilla extract
- 1 large piping bag with large star tip
- 2 containers of Wilton Christmas wonderland sprinkles (Found at Michaels Craft Stores)
- 24 unwrapped York Peppermint patties
- 1 tube of white frosting with a number 2 tip
Frosting Snowflake Cupcakes Directions
Place the York Peppermint Patties onto a cookie sheet. Pipe a snowflake onto the center of the peppermint patties. Allow to dry. One option is to sprinkle edible glitter over the fresh snowflakes right away. It adds a gorgeous sheen to the finished project.
Using a standing mixer combine the butter, powdered sugar, heavy whipping cream, vanilla and mix on medium speed until combined and smooth. Scoop the frosting into the piping bag
Pour the Christmas sprinkles into a medium bowl.
Using the piping bag, pipe a thick wall of frosting around the edge of
the cupcakes. Coat the frosting in the Christmas sprinkles but dipping them into the bowl of sprinkles. Pipe a dollop of frosting into the middle of the sprinkle coated frosting. Carefully place the decorated York Peppermint Pattie in the frosting dollop.