Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Peppermint Lollipop Cupcakes

I can't believe that Christmas is in 4 days!  I am really excited to have all my children and grandchildren together under one roof!  Our house will be crowded, but brimming with love:) I think I have actually reached my Christmas baking limit.  I still have to make pies for Christmas day dessert, and whip up two of my mom's Christmas cookie recipes(candy cane and magic cookie bars) for the sake of tradition and my kid's wishes, but other than that, I am done:)
The cookies are all spread out on the table(many thawed from the freezer) and are being packaged up for gift giving.  Of course, I'm saving some of them to eat with my family, and to decorate with the grandchildren:)  As much as I wanted to make a gingerbread house,  I ended up picking  up a pre-baked,  FULLY ASSEMBLED house at Costco. What a relief!  It was nice to purchase one and let go of some of the overwhelming stress! I'm really looking forward to decorating it with my grandkids!
Now, to these cupcakes.  I was grocery shopping about a week ago and was looking through a magazine that I hadn't ever seen before, entitled "Yum Food & Fun for Kids".  I came upon a cupcake that spawned the idea for this one. Their icing was done with a wide tip, in a spiral and then red sugar was sprinkled into the crevasses making it  loosely look like a lollipop.  I didn't buy the magazine, but wanted to try my hand (unsteady though it is) at making my version of the lollipop cupcake. As you can see my spirals are not perfectly symmetrical, but I still think the cupcakes look pretty cute.
Half of the cupcakes were made with a white cake mix, and to it I added 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract and about  a dozen crushed peppermint starlight mints. For the other half of the cupcakes I used a  chocolate muffin recipe from the book "Chocolate Never Faileth" by Annette Lyon.  Besides the recipes,  I love this cookbook's graphics and the scalloped edges of the pages:)

For the icing I used cream cheese icing.  I meant to add peppermint extract to the red icing, but I forgot:(
 
Chocolate Muffins
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1 stick butter, melted and cooled
1 3/4 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Line muffin pan with paper liners or coat with nonstick spray.  Beat eggs.  Add milk and then the melted, cooled butter. Add the remaining ingredients; mix well. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until done.  Makes 12-18 muffins.
Note on the lollipop sticks:
I used foil cupcake liners and had a difficult time cutting a slit into the side of each cupcake to insert the popsicle sticks.  I decided to freeze the cupcakes and then making the slits in the side/inserting the sticks was easy:) Of course to eat the cupcakes, you need to remove the sticks:)

I am linked to Joni's "It's Your Wonderful Life" Party/Giveaway and
Alicia's "Tasty Tuesdays Bloghop".

These cupcakes are featured on Edible Crafts!

Merry Christmas!

33 comments:

  1. these are fantastic! I love your creative ideas.
    Merry Christmas!!!
    They made me smile, so so cute!

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  2. Sue, these are so adorable! What a great concept. I don't know if I have told you how much I love the red and light blue for Christmas. I bet you will have a great time with the kids and grands. Joni

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  3. Wow. Something about these just really, really got me!! I posted immediately on EdibleCrafts.Craftgossip.com. These might even need some twitter shouting, too. Wow. I just love love love these!

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  4. They are very well crafted! Love love love your creativity! They are very pretty!

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  5. OMGness, these are just TOO cute! I am in love with how you designed them. <3

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  6. These are just beautiful Sue - love the idea. In fact I love visiting your blog to check out some of your fabulous ideas. Have a wonderful Christmas, enjoy it to the max & Happy Holidays all around.

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  7. Sue, I am just speechless! Goodness these lollipop cupcakes are beyond adorable!!! - they are FANTASTICALLY ADORABLE!!! Love that you got your inspiration from that magazine but held back from actually buying it.

    Keep up the good work of reducing your "stress load" Darling!

    Merry Christmas!
    ~avril :-)

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  8. Oh my goodness Sue! You must be the most popular mom among your children's friends!

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  9. Absolutely adorable!! I am sure all the kiddos will go nuts over all of your yummy baked goods..I know I would :-)

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  10. These look fast and easy. Wish I could have a piece of your Christmas Pie.

    Merry Christmas. Enjoy your family.

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  11. I love that you bought a gingerbread house. Good for you! Time is so limited during the holidays, we all have to decide where we want our little supply spent. I can just imagine how fun it is for your grandchildren to come to your house with all of the wonderful goodies! Have a Merry Christmas, Sue!

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  12. These cupcakes look fantastic. These swirls are super cute.

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  13. I'm so irritated I'm not recieving your blog. I have to make special trips over here to find out what's going on in your kitchen! But I'm always glad when I do ;-) So, these are fantastic as are your Christmas sugar cookies. Your photos are so colorful. I want to enlarge and print them, then frame them, and hang them up. They are so darn festive looking. They would make great seasonal artwork. I bet they are as much fun to eat as they are to look at. Have a superb holiday Sue! You'll be in my thoughts :)

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  14. These are totally adorable! I love them! Have a Merry Christmas.

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  15. Aren't those adorable!!! I can't wait until my grandson is old enough to bake with me. We're coming back to your blog and making every single one of your recipes!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family Sue!

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  16. These are the sweetest thing! I couldn't even tell they were cupcakes at first. What a great idea.

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  17. Sounds like you've got a fabulous holidays planned. The cupcakes are adorable. A really fun idea.

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  18. Like always these are adorable. Pleas, please, please take photos of the table with thawing cookies and pictures of the completed assortments. I would love to see them all. Have a wondrous Christmas surrounded by all the fun and love that family brings.

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  19. These are SO SO cute Sue! I bet your kids just adore you with all of your lovely creations! I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and New Year! :)

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  20. These are fun a cute cupcakes! :) What a great idea.

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  21. Cute, I just adore baked goods masquerading as lollipops :)

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  22. HI Sue-these are sooo cute! I wish I could try one right now! Beautiful:)

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  23. Sue, these are adorable!!! And I'm totally with you on the pre-assembled gingerbread house; the funnest part is the decoration & and the toughest part is construction! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas :)

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  24. Sue, these are awesome!!! How totally festive! They look amazing!!!

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  25. This s a great idea! I really like it and I can trick my kids with this lollipop look alike cupcakes of yours. LOL. Thanks for sharing the recipe and the idea.

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  26. Oh my gosh, I just came across your blog via Edible Crafts, and these are absolutely adorable! I definitely have this bookmarked for next year :) Happy New Year to you!

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  27. I absolutely love these, however, can you please explain how you attach the sticks. For some reason, I just can't grasp how it's done. Thanks!

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  28. Anonymous, I don't see a way to get a hold of you to answer your question, so hopefully you'll check back here:) Please note my explanation in red at the end of my post regarding the lollipop sticks. To reiterate~ Once the cupcakes are baked, place them in the freezer until thay are firm, and then with a small, sharp knife cut a small slit into one side of the cupcake(about an inch deep). Insert a popsicle stick into the slit and that's it:) Hope this helps!

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  29. Sue, thank you soooo much. I checked back today and couldn't believe how fast you responded. I am soooo looking forward to making these this upcoming holiday season. I'm not even sure how I came about this site, but I absolutely love it, and you are now in my favorites! Thank you soooo much!

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  30. You're very welcome! Thanks for the kind comment:) Good luck with the cupcakes and have fun making them!

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  31. Hola me encantan tus cup cakes piruleta,pero tengo una duda;usa medida de taza, pero que tamaño? ,aqui (españa) usamos las medidas en gramos y me es complicado convertirlas
    te agradeceria si me puedes contestar

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  32. Such a sweet presentation idea!! Makes it extra fun for gift giving. Pinning immediately!

    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!
    Wildly Original Link Party is open.

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