Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Scary Green Monster Cake Frosting

Last night there was as potluck at Big A's school.  Her class was given the task of supplying desserts.  I'm feeling kind of baked out right now from all the birthdays in our house, and I'm still not done yet.  Big A's actual birthday is tomorrow, so I have to make a treat today for her to bring for her kindergarten class and her party for her friends is this weekend, which means pink cupcakes are on order. 

But duty calls, so I spent the afternoon yesterday making these green monster cupcakes, which I thought were adorable.  I know I will never be a professional cake decorator, but these really charmed the kids.  I found this cute set at the dollar store and couldn't resist:

Now even I thought putting spinach into cake frosting might be pushing things a bit, but everyone loved them, they were ALL devoured, and the frosting was such a big hit that several parents asked for the recipe.  Ask and you shall receive!

Scary Green Monster Cake Frosting

1 handful fresh mint leaves
1 handful baby spinach leaves
1 cup pure white chocolate chips, melted
2 tbls butter, softened
1 tsp pure mint extract
3.5+ cups icing sugar
3-4 tbls milk

Puree mint and spinach in food processor.  Add melted chocolate, butter and extract and process for 1-2 minutes until you have a nice green colour.  Add icing sugar and milk a bit at a time, pulsing to combine, until desired consistency is reached (I like mine pretty thick and stiff like fondant).  Spread or pipe icing onto cooled cake or cupcakes.  If it hardens too much, add a bit more milk or warm it a bit.  Makes enough for 1 layer cake or about 24 cupcakes.

The only one not charmed by these cupcakes was Little A, who declared them too scary because of the monsters and wanted to know why I didn't make Dora cupcakes.  Oh man!

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