Top of the morning/afternoon to you! I love St Patrick’s Day. Not because I’m Irish (although you would think so with a name like Kelly) but because I love green. Every day is like St Patrick’s Day in my house from our green couch to my little green bunny sitting on the side table for Easter.
I won’t be celebrating the day by sipping pints of Guinness at my local Irish pub. No, today I will be partying in a different manner because my lovely bridal party is throwing me a bridal shower. That’s right the wedding celebrations have begun!
I’m very very excited and about to go and start prettying myself up for the occasion. In amongst the excitement I did manage to whip up a little green treat. I can’t let a ‘Day’ go by without making some sort of food to honor the occasion and so peppermint cream chocolate cupcakes had to be baked. I used the Donna Hay easy chocolate cupcake recipe for the cakes and topped them with a little bit of green coconut and was quite impressed with the chocolate, coconut and peppermint combination.
To colour the coconut, pour some into a bowl and then add a few drops of food colouring.
Very carefully mix it in until it’s well distributed. Green coconut also works very well if you need grass for cake decorating.
I thought I would be very clever and make some disposable piping bags our of zip-lock bags. To make them, snip a corner off and push your icing tip through the hole.
I thought I was clever but it turns out that thick icing + squeezing = icing explosion out the sides. I went back to the traditional non-lazy method after that.
I mixed it up a little bit and made half the cupcakes in white cases and the other half in green. I personally think the green case/white icing combo worked the best. I used a round tip for the icing.
- 2 cups icing sugar
- 2 tbsp butter
- a few drops of peppermint essence
- milk (a few tbsp but add it to get to the right consistency)
- Beat the butter with an electric mixer until it is fluffy.
- Beat in the peppermint essence.
- Add the icing sugar a little at a time and continue to beat.
- If the icing gets too thick, add a little milk to get it to the right consistency.
- To make it nice and white, just keep beating. It will get whiter and whiter.