Archive for September, 2011

Mint Chocolate Cupcakes

Written by JaNae on . Posted in Cakes and Cupcakes, Desserts, Food

As a child, my favorite flavor of ice cream was mint chocolate chip – I believe Starlight Mint was it’s name.  Those small morsels of chocolate in the creaming mint ice cream made for a tiny celebration in my mouth.  These two flavors have always been a favorite combination to me, so when I saw this recipe from Your Cup of Cake, I knew I wouldn’t be happy till I made them.

These little beauties were the perfect mixture of minty goodness and fudgey chocolate.  Complete with a mint fudge filling and mint cream cheese frosting, these are sure to please.  If you are a mint and chocolate lover, you simply must give these simple cupcakes a try.

Mint Chocolate Cupcakes

1 c sour cream
1/2 c oil
1 t vanilla extract
3 eggs
1/4 c water
1/2 c milk
1 Devil’s Food Cake Mix

1/3 c semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 T heavy cream
1 t peppermint extract
1/4 c powdered sugar

8 oz. cream cheese
1/2 c butter
3-4 c powdered sugar
1 T heavy cream or milk
1 t peppermint extract
green food coloring

Preheat the over to 350°. Line two muffin tins with cupcake wrappers.

Mix together sour cream, oil, vaniila, eggs, water, milk, and cake mix. Beat on medium speed for two minutes. Fill liner ¾ full with batter and bake for 14-18 minutes.

Melt chocolate chips and heavy cream. Combine until smooth. Mix in peppermint extract and powdered sugar. When cupcakes come out of the oven, use a squeeze bottle or spoon to put filling in cupcakes. Allow cupcakes to cool completely.

Beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add the peppermint extract. Beat in powered sugar one cup at a time. Add milk to reach desired consistency. Mix in food coloring. Pipe onto cooled cupcakes. Drizzles extra chocolate mint filling on tops if desired.

Marriage Standards

Written by JaNae on . Posted in Church, Youth Group

Choosing the right eternal companion equals a pretty big decision!  This is such an important lesson for young women.

I found a clever idea on sugardoodle that used a cupcake analogy, and since I especially relate well with cupcakes, I decided to go for it.    The cupcake represents all the essential ingredients that are needed to make a good eternal companion, and the frosting represents all the bonuses – dances well, handsome, cooks…you know, all those fun things.  The girls were given a sheet to list their essential ingredients in a future spouse in the ingredients column and the bonuses in the frosting column.

Also, as part of the lesson we dissected The Family: A Proclamation to the World.  The young women were instructed to find what essential ingredients are described in the proclamation which we then listed on the board.  I then had them compare their ingredients list with the list on the board.

Here’s a copy of the frosting and ingredients and marriage standards handout with the quote from President Kimball


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