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Peppermint Chocolate Cupcakes

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Growing up, my family was never big on celebrating Christmas, or any North American holiday for that matter. In fact, I didn’t know who or what Santa was until I started kindergarten. The day I learnt about Santa and his elves in the North Pole was life-changing. Of course, the excitement didn’t last long:

“MOM! DAD!”

“Hey, how was school?”

“There’s an old fat man named Santa who flies around the world in his sleigh giving presents on Christmas eve!!!!”

“Oh honey, Santa’s not real.” 

Then they proceeded by laughing at me for a solid 5 minutes. (Jerks!)

Weird thing is, I’ve always loved anything and everything Christmas related. Probably because I was deprived of it in my early years 😛 

Now that I’m older, I try to make up for it! I listen to Christmas music (Michael Buble to be exact) from October to January, eat EXTRA chocolate, organize a gift exchange with my cousins, and watch A Charlie brown Christmas at least 3 times. 

I’m going to add these peppermint chocolate cupcakes to my growing list of traditions as well. I made my go-to chocolate cake, filled it with ganache then topped it with a hint-of-mint peppermint buttercream. My sister had one and actually liked it – that says A LOT! 

What are some of your favourite Christmas traditions?

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Oh and if you’ve ever wondered how I take my photos… here’s a picture of my setup. I’m very minimalistic when it comes to photo set-up 😛

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Peppermint Chocolate Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk or sour milk* (I used 1 cup skim milk with 1 tbsp white vinegar)
  • 1 cup strong black coffee 
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 

How To 

1. Heat oven to 350°F. 

2. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, buttermilk, coffee, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes (Batter will be thin). Pour batter evenly into prepared pans.

3. Bake 15-20  minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely. Frost as desired. Yields 35 ccupcakes.

Peppermint Buttercream

Ingredients

2.5 cups unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
4 cups icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
1 tsp vanilla extract 
mint extract (add to taste) 

1. Beat butter and icing sugar together until light in colour. My trick to getting super fluffy buttercream is to whip the heck out of the butter for 15 minutes.

2. Mix in vanilla bean paste and vanilla extract.

3. Add mint extract little by little (a little goes a long way!!!) until you like it. 

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June in a nutshell

Wow, it’s been a month since my last post? I wouldn’t have realized it if Brenna didn’t send me this blunt, but much needed reminder: Update your blog missy.

I don’t really have an excuse. Yes, I do have 3 jobs and 1 summer course going on, but between all those things, I do have a lot of time left over. Instead of doing more productive things, I decline all social outings (is anyone else an introvert?) and spend HOURS lying on my couch in my pjs just watching my backed up DVR with one hand on the remote and the other in a family sized bag of chips. Family size = Connie size. (Have I ever disclosed my name before?)  I just have to stop showering for weeks on end then I’ll officially achieve SLOB status. Oh wait, I already do that….

Just kidding.

Just kidding about the just kidding. I’m actually not a religious shower-er.

Alright, now that that’s on the table, I feel like we’ve come to a milestone in our relationship. I always want to be open and honest with you guys, even if it means disclosing disgusting information about me 😛

ANYWAY, moving on, here’s my month  in a nutshell:

1. Baby bro graduated!!!! He’ll be studying Computer Sciences (nerd alert) at the same university that I go to!!!! Proud sister moment :’)

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2. I delivered cakes and cupcakes to 2 events.

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3. Took night walks along the beach

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4. Had my first cannoli ever at the Vancouver Italian Day Festival. I kept calling it cannelloni =.= It was so good that I didn’t want to be bothered with taking pictures of it.

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5. Witnessed a giant duck invasion.

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6. Met a reader of my blog!  She also bakes!

I was working at the Wellness Centre, when someone walked in and asked “do you have a blog?” I looked up from my clipboard and replied “yes?” Then she asked “are you the cookie monster?!” And I screamed “YYEAHH!!!!” Then we hugged and squealed with excitement (ok I was doing most of the squealing.) This encounter made my month!

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7. Baked a pie for the second time ever. It also failed, just like the first one. I’m gonna stick to cakes and cookies from now on.

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8. Made a Ferrero Rocher bouquet for my bro’s grad… then forgot to bring it =.= Good job Connie, good job.

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9. Attended what feels like a bajillion weddings. (I’m an event coordinator)

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No longer a teenager

20th bday

Holyyy smokes, my age begins with a 2 now!! Gosh I feel old. (No offence to those of you who are over 20 :P) 

Carrying on the tradition, my friend C came over right at midnight again to tell me happy birthday! 

To be honest, I didn’t think it would happen this year. When I told him that he asked, “What? Why did you think that?” Then I said, “Well because you’re a relationship and all. And relationships change people.”  I’ve had waayyy too many incidences where I grew distant from friends because of the other person having a bf/gf, so it was a safe assumption.

I’m super glad he did come over though because he brought ICE CREAM CUPCAKES!!!!!!

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Aren’t they beautiful???? 🙂

I swear that C is a mind reader because I was dreaming about ice cream cupcakes during my nap earlier in the day. 

Because I’m an awesome self-less friend, I let him have the PB and chocolate cupcake (his favourite flavour).

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Photo is blurry because we are awk-balls about having our picture taken and refused to take a second one lol

I have to show you the cross section! Don’t worry I caught that drip before it landed, no ice cream shall be wasted! I had the turtle cupcake.

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