Saturday, December 14, 2013

Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes-American Heritage Chocolate #Sponsored Post #MC



"I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for American Heritage Chocolate. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.” www.momcentralconsulting.com /#MC


Ahh...the Holidays. My favorite time of year. Family, Friends, Gifts, and of course Food! Desserts have always been an important part of our Holiday parties and dinners. So I was very excited when given the opportunity to create a delicious dessert using American Heritage Chocolate. Who doesn't love Chocolate?!
I personally am a huge fan of dark chocolate but what I love about American Heritage Chocolate is how unique the flavor is. Their chocolate recipe dates back to the 1750's and contains a blend of spices including vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, chili pepper, orange, and anise. These spices give American Heritage Chocolate a mildly spicy and slightly sweet flavor. A flavor combination that I really love! I couldn't wait to create something using this chocolate! Also, American Heritage Chocolate is made with all natural ingredients, no preservatives, and is certified Kosher.

While on the American Heritage Chocolate website I discovered some interesting facts about chocolate.
Did you know that during the Pre-Colombian Era Hernan Cortes discovered that the Aztecs used cocoa beans as currency?

In 1641 America discovered chocolate from a ship that sank of the coast of St. Augustine, Florida. We sure have come a long way from those early days. Chocolate is an integral part of today's culture and continues to sweeten the lives of millions of people around the world.


The recipe I am sharing with you today was based off of a chocolate cupcake recipe that I originally found on the American Heritage Website but decided to put my own Holiday spin on it. It was a huge hit!
To learn more about American Heritage Chocolate, please visit their website at www.americanheritagechocolate.com.



Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes
Makes Approx-18 cupcakes

Ingredients
2/3 cup American Heritage Finely Grated Chocolate Drink
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups buttermilk or whole milk
1 cup sugar
6 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
2 eggs
1/4 cup powdered sugar
crushed peppermint candies
whipped topping (for frosting)

Preheat the oven to 350.  Line cupcake cups with paper liners, set aside.

Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl and set aside.

In a saucepan bring the buttermilk, sugar and butter to a simmer. Cook until the sugar and butter are dissolved. Remove from heat, stir in the chocolate and mix until it dissolves.

Pour the chocolate mixture into the dry ingredients, stirring until incorporated. Stir in the eggs and peppermint extract.

Scoop the batter into the cupcake liners filling them about 2/3 full. Bake until the center is firm and cake tester inserted come out clean, about 16 minutes.

Once cupcakes are cooled, sprinkle with powdered sugar and top with whipped topping using a piping bag. Sprinkle crushed peppermint on top. Enjoy!

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