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.
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 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.
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.
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