Steve and I went for a keep-the-kids-out-too-late hat trick this weekend, and we succeeded.
Friday night began with a drive to Door County with no particular plan. We wound up at the drive-in theater for Despicable Me 2. It was adorable. Veronica and Clarissa really liked the movie. Who cares if the kids ate candy and popcorn for supper and we didn’t get home until after midnight?
I went to game night at Rebecca’s on Saturday evening. Steve wanted to get out of the house with the girls, so he drove (Rebecca lives about half an hour away), and took Clarissa and Veronica for a picnic, while I ate yummy hors devours and played games with a half dozen delightful and silly women. I tested these mint chocolate chip cupcakes out on these ladies, and they were a hit! That makes getting home after 10pm, with a pair of toddlers, worth it, right?
And the coup de grâce? A Sunday of hiking with Steve’s family at Pike Lake. We went out of our way to get our overly tired babes in the car in time to get home for a (first in three days) bath and a normal bed time. But we just couldn’t leave well enough alone. If you follow me on Instagram (skohlmann), you know that we made another Sunday night visit to Bay Beach. Yesterday was the last late night of the season, and we couldn’t resist one last ride on the Ferris wheel in the dark. On the trip home from Pike Lake, we drove right past our normal exit from the highway and kept on to Bay Beach for “just one ride on the Ferris wheel.” That turned into a handful of kiddie rides, the Ferris wheel in the dark, and a trip on the train. We had the whole train to ourselves and we rode in the last cars. Bay Beach was loads of fun.
The kids ate cupcakes in the car on the way home. We pulled into the driveway at 9:15pm with two chocolate covered toddlers. Baths were inescapable, and the gals didn’t get to bed until almost 10pm. Our weekend was jam packed with summer. And cupcakes. Mint chocolate chip cupcakes. Awesome, huh?
How was your weekend? Tell me about the last few days, then get in the kitchen and bake some cupcakes!
- 1/2 cup vegan butter, softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 3 tbsp minced, fresh mint*
- 1 tbsp powdered egg replacer
- 3 tbsp cool water
- 1/4 cup vanilla non-dairy yogurt
- 1/2 cup vanilla non-dairy milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups white flour
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 cup vegan chocolate chips
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 2 tsp coconut oil
- 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a cupcake pan with a dozen cupcake papers.
- 2. Place the butter and sugar in a large bowl, and cream with the paddle attachment of an electric mixer, until fluffy.
- 3. Add the mint and beat to evenly distribute through the butter and sugar.
- 4. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg replacer and water, until smooth.
- 5. Add the yogurt, milk, and vanilla and whisk again, until smooth.
- 6. In a medium sized bowl, stir together the flour, salt, and baking powder.
- 7. Change to the whisk attachment, and mix on low, add 1/3 of the flour mixture, followed by 1/2 of the egg replacer/yogurt/milk mixture. Repeat, mixing gently between additions. End with the last 1/3 of flour. Beat just until the batter comes together, and be sure not to overmix.
- 8. Use a wooden spoon or rubber spatula to incorporate the chocolate chips.
- 9. Divide the batter evenly into the cupcake cups.
- 10. Bake for about 35 minutes, until the tops are golden brown and a knife inserted into the center or one of the cupcakes in the middle of the pan comes out clean.
- 11. Transfer the cupcakes to a wire rack to cool, completely.
- 12. While the cupcakes are cooling, place the chocolate chips for the glaze in a small, microwave-safe bowl. Heat in the microwave, on low power for about 45 seconds, or until the chips on the edge of the bowl start to melt.
- 13. Add the coconut oil to the chocolate chips, and return to the microwave. Heat on low again for 45 seconds to a 1 minute, until melted.
- 14. Remove from the microwave and whisk until smooth.
- 15. Use a spoon to spread melted chocolate on the cooled cupcakes. Serve while the chocolate is still melted, or wait until cooled and set.
- *The freshly minced mint really makes these cupcakes, but it isn't super-duper strong. If you want the mint to really hit you over the head, add 1/2 tsp mint extract along with the vanilla extract.