Dairy-Free Mint Humbug Cupcakes

The humble humbug gets a makeover with these fabulous, dairy-free mint humbug cupcakes, topped with swirled buttercream frosting.

Mint Humbug Cupcakes

by Eloise Dowell (Eloise's Dairy-Free Delights) Ingredients: Cupcakes:
  • 250g plain flour
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 250g self-raising flour
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 250g dairy free margarine
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. unsweetened almond milk
  • Black food colouring
  • Yellow food colouring
  • Peppermint extract
Dairy-free buttercream:
  • 200g dairy free butter
  • 600 icing sugar
  • Black food colouring
  • Yellow food colouring
Method:
  1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 4/ 180C
  2. Cream the butter until pale and fluffy. Add the sifted sugar, flour, salt, and then the eggs and milk and beat until fully combined.
  3. Separate the mixture evenly between two bowls and put peppermint extract in both bowls. Colour one bowl with yellow food colouring, and the other with black food colouring,
  4. Scoop the mixture into the cupcake cases until they are two-thirds full, alternating the colours to form layers.
  5. Place into the oven for 15-20 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean and has a springy feel when touched. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  6. Cream the butter in an electric stand mixture until pale and fluffy for 4-5 minutes on a medium to high speed. Sift the icing sugar into another bowl and add to the butter in 2 additions. Beat well after each addition. Scrape the sides of the mixer, and beat on low speed for 2 minutes.
  7. Separate the buttercream evenly between two bowls; colour one with yellow food colouring and one with black food colouring.
  8. Place the buttercream in a piping bag, layering one colour on top of one another, and pipe onto the cupcakes. Decorate with mint humbugs and serve.
About the author: Eloise suffers from a dairy intolerance, but she has not let this get in the way of her love for baking! She loves creating her own, unique recipes, and at just 15-years old has used her passion for baking to write and self-publish an eBook,  titled 'Eloise's Dairy-Free Delights'. Eloise's eBook is now available on Amazon for 99p, and it features a number of classic recipes, and well as her own creations, all of which are dairy-free.

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