These mint choc-chip cupcakes not only look pretty but taste amazing too. Inspired by Ava, our young friend, these cupcakes were decorated with pretty pink flowers and a green 'grass' buttercream.
Recently we were introduced to two new family friends, Victoria & Ava (big wave to Victoria & Ava!) Mum & I had planned for us all to enjoy a lovely family picnic at a well equipped local park. Mother nature, however, had other ideas; the temperature dropped dramatically and the day before they arrived from the warmer climes of Essex a reasonable amount of snow fell here in Yorkshire. The snow soon disappeared, but the chilly weather, as you may recall, lingered a few days longer putting an end to our picnic idea. All was not a washout though. Following our indoor picnic we took a leisurely stroll to the local park and wandered around the butterfly house, watched Ava whilst she tried out the climbing frame and swings before pitting our muscles against those of Mr E & my brother on the exercise equipment!
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So, having been inspired by our young friend, I donned my pinny and rustled up some daisy themed cupcakes. OK, the sugar flowers are actually blossom and not having the skills (yet) to pipe a daisy you will have to imagine them to be daisies! Having decided to flavour the cakes, I rapidly came to the conclusion that mint would be an effective flavour for the green grass. And what better accompaniment for mint than chocolate! Both cocoa and chocolate chips were incorporated into my preferred sponge mixture, the Victoria sponge. These mint choc-chip cupcakes were then topped with a green buttercream, which had been lightly flavoured with mint. My attempt at using icing to represent grass using a number 133 nozzle certainly requires more practice, the cakes resembled an overgrown, neglected garden and nothing like the manicured lawns fitting of stately homes that I was aiming for! So having scraped off the offending icing, I started again with a small star nozzle (number 32) and decorated the mint choc-chip daisy cupcakes more classically with a cluster of small swirls before finishing the bake with a few sugar flowers.