chocolate peppermint war cupcakes

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This recipe from Veggie Life became one of our favorites An eggless, milkless cake that turns out very nice every time. I prefer the Creme De Menthe version to the tea or the peppermint extract version. The peppermint extract version is almost like a peppermint patty. The Creme De Menthe is more like a Andies.

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  • add   1-1/2 cups unbleached white flour
  • add   1 cup sugar
  • add   1/3 cup cocoa
  • add   1 teaspoon baking soda
  • add   1/2 teaspoon salt
  • add   1 cup cooled strong peppermint tea or 1/2 tsp peppermint extract or 1/2 tsp creme de menthe
  • add   1/2 cup canola oil
  • add   2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • add   Creamy Chocolate Frosting:
  • add   4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
  • add   6 ounces firm silken tofu
  • add   1 cup sifted powdered sugar (sift before measuring)
  • add   1 teaspoon vanilla or 1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract or 1/8 tsp creme de menthe
  • add   Sprinkles:
  • add   Small candy canes or crushed
  • add   peppermint candies

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line a standard 12-muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. Sift together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt into a large mixing bowl.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together tea, oil, and vinegar. Add wet to dry ingredients and mix until smooth.
  4. Distribute batter evenly into paper-lined cups of muffin tin. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until tops are springy to the touch. Remove from tin and cool completely on a rack before frosting.
  5. To decorate: Frost each cupcake generously; top with a candy cane or sprinkle with crushed candy.
  6. Icing [use your own favorite instead]
  7. In the top of a double boiler over gently simmering water, melt chocolate.
  8. In a food processor, combine tofu, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Add melted chocolate and blend until smooth.
  9. Makes 1-1/2 cups
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philocrates 17:57, 21 Oct 2007

Use a bit of water if it seems too thick. I use Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar because it is the sweetest I have tried. Also Add the peppermint extract slowly. The taste depends on your extract. I have used some that has made it taste like a chocolate Altoids and some that makes it a nice mellow peppermint patty as well as a regular patty. Know your extracts strength.

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