Sorry for the extended break, but we are back from our trip to So Cal to visit my husband's family for Christmas. I took a much needed break and really enjoyed our time with his family. These types of visits with family always go by to quickly and tend to leave me with a longing feeling when we say good-bye, but we left with some wonderful memories of this year's Christmas.
I am raring to get into the new year but before we dive head first into 2010 I wanted to leave you all with one last festive and cool holiday recipe. Multi-tasking is my thing, so I loved that I was able to complete December's Cake Slice challenge (albeit a little late) and with a few modifications use it as my entry for December's IRON CUPCAKE.
The cake chosen for this month's Cake Slice was a white chocolate cake with white chocolate buttercream. It just so happened that December's ingredient for IRON CUPCAKE was mint, any mint you like. I immediately thought of peppermint bark, which is so popular during the holiday season. With an easy swap of peppermint extract for the vanilla that the recipe called for, I had a fabulous Christmas cupcake.
I was actually very surprised at how well the two flavors melded together in cupcake form. The white chocolate was not overly sweet and the peppermint flavor was just enough. Just remember to halve the amount of peppermint extract when substituting in a recipe - it is much more potent than other extracts.
These cupcakes were so good in fact, that I placed second again in IRON CUPCAKE! I will most definitely be adding this cake to my holiday baking staple list.
If you have time, wander over to The Cake Slice Bakers and check out everyone else's creations. And here is a printable link to the recipe.