Mint Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting feat. Mint Tulip

Is spring really here?! Living in Chicago, we never really know. In the same week, it can snow one day and be 70 degrees the next. While waiting for warm weather to arrive permanently and the flowers to bloom, I made Mint Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting inspired by a character from The World of Strawberry Shortcake.

Mint Tulip, Marsh Mallard and Mint Cupcakes

Strawberry Shortcake is one of my favorite cartoons and toy lines of the 1980’s. Each Strawberry Shortcake character has a dessert themed name and pet. They are adorable and berry cute! The dolls also smelled like their names. I have a Strawberry Shortcake doll that still smells like strawberries after all these years! The focus today is not on Strawberry Shortcake herself though, it is on one of her international friends. Here we have Mint Tulip and her pet duck Marsh Mallard.

Mint Tulip and Marsh Mallard

Mint Tulip is from Hollandaise and met Strawberry Shortcake while she was on a trip around the world. She came to Strawberryland when Strawberry Shortcake’s friends threw her a surprise house warming party. Considering her age, my doll is in pretty good shape. Her hat is still attached to her head, she has her original shoes (clogs) and her colors are very vibrant. The only thing missing is her minty scent. I have a few SSC dolls and will hopefully make something inspired by each of them.

Mint Marshmallow Cupcakes

I started with Mint Tulip because tulips are usually the first flower that blooms in our garden. The cupcakes turned out delicious. Mint and marshmallow are a great flavor combination, so it makes sense that the doll and her pet were named as they are. The moist cupcake has just the perfect amount of mint to not overpower the flavor of the frosting. I do not like super minty desserts, that is why I kept the flavor mellow. But, if you do, add more mint extract to your liking. I garnished the cupcake with some mint and mini marshmallows dipped in green and yellow chocolate to match the doll’s dress.

Mint Marshmallow Cupcakes

Is it still cold where you live? Do you remember Strawberry Shortcake or Mint Tulip? Do you own any of the dolls? Let us know in the comments and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Mint Cupcake

Mint Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 14 minutes

Total Time: 44 minutes

Yield: 18 Cupcakes

Ingredients

    Mint Cupcakes
  • 1 1/3 C. Cake Flour
  • 2 Tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp. Salt
  • 1/2 C. Salted Butter
  • 1/2 C. Milk
  • 1 Sprig of Mint
  • 1 1/2 C. Sugar
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 1 Tsp. Mint Extract
  • Marshmallow Frosting
  • 4 Large Egg Whites
  • 1 C. Sugar
  • 1/4 Tsp. Cream of Tartar
  • 1 Tsp. Vanilla

Instructions

    Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cupcake pan with liners.
  2. Sift cake flour, baking powder and salt together in a large bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a saucepan over medium heat, add the butter, milk and sprig of mint and heat until butter is melted. Set aside and cool mixture until a thermometer reads 80 to 85 degrees.
  4. In a heatproof bowl of a stand mixer, place eggs, sugar and mint extract. Set the bowl over a saucepan with simmering water.
  5. Warm the mixture over medium heat until the sugar dissolves and a thermometer reads 110 degrees.
  6. Place bowl on the stand mixer and beat the mixture until light and fluffy and has cooled to 80 to 85 degrees, about 10 minutes.
  7. Add dry ingredients and mix until incorporated.
  8. Remove mint sprig from the milk mixture and add it slowly until combined.
  9. Fill each cupcake liner 2/3 full and bake for 12 to 14 minutes until the sides just start to turn golden brown or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  10. Set aside to cool before frosting.
  11. Frosting
  12. In a heatproof bowl of a stand mixer, place egg whites, sugar and cream of tartar; set the bowl over a saucepan with simmering water.
  13. Whisk constantly for about 4 minutes until all the sugar is dissolved and egg whites are warm.
  14. Place the bowl on the stand mixer and whisk on low, gradually increasing the speed to high until you get stiff, glossy peaks (about 7 minutes).
  15. Add vanilla and mix until incorporated.
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RanNOMness – Crimson Peak, Adventure Time, Mega Man X

Time, once again, for this week’s random findings…

Crimson Peak

From the Victorian looking setting, costumes, supernatural happenings… This right here was made for me, and Crimson Peak is now officially my most anticipated movie of the year. Sure, I’m super pumped for Jurassic World, Star Wars, and all that business, but you can’t beat a Guillermo Del Toro original. Pan’s Labyrinth. The Devil’s Backbone. Amazing stuff. His mainstream blockbuster flicks can be hit or miss in spots, but they’re always enjoyable overall. The effects in the trailer definitely need some work, but this doesn’t release until October (perfect time of year for it!!), so there’s plenty of time for some polishing. No worries there. Excited is an understatement.

 

Adventure Time Series (by Kidrobot)

How great do these look?! This appears to be just a taste of an upcoming Adventure Time line by Kidrobot. Overall, the series will supposedly consist of blind box figures, some medium sized figures, and keychains. I need me some Lumpy swingin’ from my key ring. For sure. There’s a Summer 2015 release date set for the lot. Found out about this awesomeness from the site linked in the title there, The Toy Chronicle. Had never really stumbled across it until my wife found this news and forwarded the link to me. Did quite a bit of browsing immediately. Great site. Lots to like there. Definitely give it a look as well.

Adventure Time Kidrobot Ad

 

Mega Man X KickStarter (by TruForce)

Yet another sweet KickStarter. Seems like lately these have been popping up constantly. Gonna have to be more picky in what I back or run the risk of going poor. Take a look at this guy though. That’s a great lookin’ figure from first-timers TruForce. I was huge on Mega Man growing up. From the original series, through X, and on. Can remember sitting with my pad and paper, taking notes to determine the order to approach the villains, resorting to Nintendo Power only when necessary. Good times. If this project is a success, and TruForce delivers a quality product, there’s plenty of other cool characters from the Mega Man series that could see release.

Mega Man X TruForce Figure

 

RanNOMness – Arroz Con Leche, Mythic Legions, Adventure Time

Time, once again, for this week’s random findings…

Arroz Con Leche Beer (by 5 Rabbit)

The Wife and I made another trip to one of our most favoritest of places again last weekend, 5 Rabbit Cerveceria. It was for the release of their new brew, Arroz Con Leche. Plus, they had PorkMafia Chicago preparing a whole hog, sausages, etc. According to 5 Rabbit, “Arroz Con Leche is our liquid version of the popular Latin American dessert. It is a decadent imperial rice ale with plenty of milky creaminess and a pleasant touch of vanilla and cinnamon. There is no other beer like it.”. Agreed. We’ve never had anything quite like it. Everything 5 Rabbit has been putting out destroys. This follows suit. Might be one of their top three beers for me, alongside Vida Y Muerte and 5 Lizard. Seek their stuff out and definitely stop by if you’re in the area.

5 Rabbit Arroz Con Leche Beer
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Disney’s Gaston and Three Philosophers Quadrupel Ale Cupcakes

The other day my hubby asked me a question that really made me think. He asked… What is your favorite Disney princess? I know… it’s a deep, thought provoking question. Haha! But I drew a blank! As I thought about it, I couldn’t come up with one. I like the princesses, but none stick out as my absolute favorite. I have always been a fan of the villains. Now, if you were to ask me my favorite of the villains, I wouldn’t need to think about it… Maleficent. Since we are nearing Valentine’s Day, I started thinking about the characters that became villains because of love. The first one that came to mind was Gaston (his last name is LeGume) from Beauty and the Beast.

 

Disney's Gaston Valentine's Day Card
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RanNOMness – Ganondorf & Scarecrow

A little light, but here are this week’s random findings…

Wind Waker Ganondorf Statue (by First 4 Figures)

Going solely on the memory of playing it many moons ago, The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past on SNES is prob my favorite RPG. I’ve missed a handful of Zelda titles since then, but did play a good portion of The Wind Waker back when it came out on GameCube. Never quite finished it, though I loved what I got through. Recently got both of those titles downloaded onto our Wii U. Can’t wait to play both once again and see where they shake out now. Which means I’ll be battling this fool in the near future. Ganondorf is the big bad of The Wind Waker. First 4 Figures is releasing him as part of their highly detailed statue series. This dude looks amazing, 15 inches of massively stylized awesomeness. And, he’ll only set you back around a measly $250. o.O I need a new hobby.

Ganondorf The Wind Waker Statue by First 4 Figures
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The Book of Life – Xibalba Legacy Figure & Heart Cookies

The Book of Life - Xibalba and Cookies

If you have not seen The Book of Life yet, you should definitely give it a chance. It comes out on Blu-ray and DVD January 27th. It was actually nominated for a Golden Globe! Even though I knew The Book of Life was not going to win any awards being in the same category as How to Train Your Dragon 2, it was still nice for it to get recognized. It has a great story with very unique animated characters. One of my favorites is Xibalba.
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RanNOMness – Star Wars, Vinyl Idolz, Four Horsies

Time, once again, for this week’s random findings…

Star Wars Issue 1 (by Marvel) …and LANDOOOO!!

You’re hyped for Star Wars Episode VII. We all are. It’s a given. How about something to hold you over until December? Taking place between Episodes IV and V, the first issue of Marvel’s Star Wars nails that original trilogy vibe we’ve been clamoring for. If writer Jason Aaron (huge fan) is able to keep this up, we’re in for something special. Plus, the series will officially be considered franchise canon, so you gotta keep up.

Marvel Star Wars Issue 1

You should also be keeping up on Star Wars Rebels, the new animated series. If you haven’t been, now is the time to hop on as the clouds parted this week and a thundering voice announced that none other than Lando Calrissian (voiced by Billy Dee Williams!!) will be appearing on next week’s episode. It’s a good week to be a Star Wars fan.


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Top 10 Movies Of 2014

The holidays are over, it’s a new year, things are back in order… and we’re in business once again. 2014 was a kind of hit or miss year overall, but not when it came to movies. There were so many great flicks released, making this list here quite a chore. In the end though, it boiled down to a nice mixture of smaller releases and major blockbuster business.

 

10.

The Book Of Life Poster

The Book Of Life took me a bit by surprise. I fully expected it to be beautiful visually, but hadn’t planned on an emotional connection. Went in wanting some eye candy at best and left with swirling thoughts of life’s finiteness. One of the many great animation releases of the year.
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RanNOMness – Ghostbusters, Admiral Ackbar, The Babadook

Aaaand, we’re back. It’s Friday and once again I have some of this week’s random findings ready to share. Let’s have a look-see…

Ghostbusters Mini Figures (by Lunartik & Titan Merchandise)

We’re huge Lunartik fans, The Wife and I. You may have seen the cupcakes we made recently based on his Lunartik In A Cup Of Tea mini figure line. His work is just so fun, so excellent. And, now, he appears to have gotten his paws on the Ghostbusters license (through a collab with Titan Merchandise). While all we can see of the upcoming mini figs so far are the designs, Lunartik’s unique and whimsical style appears to marry perfectly with the iconic characters. I wanna give the Key Master fig a poke in the belly. Maybe a squeeze. Recently got myself a few carded dudes from the vintage Ghostbusters action figure line by Kenner, so these little fools are right up my alley at the moment. Hopefully I don’t break the bank on blind boxes trying to get ’em all upon release.

Ghostbusters Mini Figures by Lunartik
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