This weekend I celebrated my best friend’s 23rd Birthday in Birmingham. It’s something we do pretty much every year in Bham without fail, and it’s always a great night. Instead of bringing a bottle I thought I would bake something instead. This is something which I think is a really good idea/thought if you ever had an event or Birthday. It’s something a little bit different and is fun to make as well!
I ended up making mint chocolate/Aero cupcakes as that was something she wanted and said was one of her favourite things. This was different for me as I’m not a huge fan of mint chocolate. It’s hard to create something you don’t really like as you’re trying to get the flavours right on something you don’t really know much about. However, despite this the end results were great and I even tucked into one in the end!
The colour of the icing is a beautiful pastel green which takes a little bit of patience to create. Food colouring can go very wrong very quick so the trick is to keep cool, and only put tiny drops in at a time until you reach the desired colour. I don’t think a deep or dark green would look great with these, sometimes too much unnatural colour is off-putting!
As I said baking a gift is something which can go a long way with friends and family. You can gain a lot of joy from something which doesn’t cost an awful lot and can make a loved one feel special too! Give this recipe a go for the next Birthday you go to- or check out some of my other ones under ‘Cupcakes’ on the front page!
The recipe was inspired by Humming Bird Bakery and Janes Patisserie. (and my best friend- Happy Birthday!)
- 100g Plain Flour
- 2 1/2 Tablespoons of Cocoa
- 140g Caster Sugar
- 1 1/2 Teaspoons of Baking Powder
- 40g Margarine or Butter
- 120ml Whole Milk
- 50g Aero Chopped into small chunks
- Vanilla Extract
- 150g Butter or Margarine
- 300g Icing Sugar
- 2 Teaspoons of Peppermint Essence
- Green Food Colouring (gel if possible is the best option!)
- Mint Aero Bubbles.
- Preheat the oven to 170 degrees and place cupcakes cases in a muffin tray. (cupcakes tray will also do I just prefer muffin trays)
- In a large bowl, using an electric handheld whisk, mix the butter, flour, sugar, cocoa powder, and baking powder together. This should form into a sand-like consistency.
- In a separate jug whisk the milk. egg and vanilla extract together until well combined.
- Combine the wet mixture with the dry ingredients and whisk well until smooth.
- Add in the Aero chunks and stir in.
- Spoon the mixture into cases until 3/4 full. Bake in the oven for 18-25 mins. Just keep an eye on them, you know they’ll be done as when you lightly touch them they will spring back. Leave to cool on a wire rack.
- To make the icing sieve the icing sugar in a bowl. Add the butter and use an electric whisk to combine together. This will resemble butter cream. Add the peppermint essence and beat again.
- One small drop at a time add the green food colouring until you get the colour you wish- I ended up putting in about 8. If the cake arent cool pop the icing in the fridge (this is advised anyway as it makes it easier and better to pipe when cold)
- Once the cakes are full cooled pipe the icing onto them, finish with 3 aero bubbles in the centre.