Shamrock Shake Cupcakes

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I don’t think I’m alone when I say that shamrock shakes are without a doubt the best part of St. Patrick’s Day. So, when I found a recipe that combined two of the best things ever (cupcakes and shamrock shakes), I was really excited to try it. I was completely amazed with the results. Somehow, I got the cupcakes to taste EXACTLY like shamrock shakes. These are not mint cupcakes. These are shamrock shake cupcakes. So, even though St. Patrick’s Day is over, you still need to make these cupcakes because it’ll be worth it, I promise.

For the cupcakes (makes 22):

  • 4 egg whites
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. mint extract
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 2/4 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • green food coloring

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line 22 cupcake tins with paper liners. 2. Mix buttermilk, milk, mint extract, and several drops of green food coloring in a bowl. In another bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. 3. In a large bowl, beat together shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Add egg whites one at a time. Alternate adding the flour mixture and the buttermilk mixture to the shortening mixture (you can add more food coloring, if needed). 4. Fill cupcake tins 2/3 full and bake for15-20 minutes. Let cool before frosting.

For the white chocolateĀ mint frosting:

  • 6 oz. white baking chocolate, chopped
  • 1/3 cup whipping cream
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. mint extract
  • cornstarch, if needed

1. Place white chocolate in a large bowl, pour boiling whipping cream over it and let it sit for about 5 minutes. Stir until melted (I had to put it in the microwave to let it melt completely). 2. Refrigerate white chocolate mixture for about 10-15 minutes. 3. Beat in butter, powdered sugar, and mint (and cornstarch if you need to thicken the frosting). Frost your cupcakes, and enjoy!

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