I've been wanting to make these cupcakes for a long, long time. Ever since I saw them on Beantown Baker, I knew I would make them the following holiday season, clearly we are kindred spirits. These my friends are no joke! Rich, creamy, chocolately, and full of candy cane peppermint fun!
This is essentially a chocolate oreo cupcake with a doctored chocolate whipped vanilla frosting and candy cane Joe Joe's instead of plain old oreos. If you don't live near a Traders Joe's; one, I'm sorry because that is sad, and two, I'm sure you could use regular mint oreos.
Trader Joe's Candy Cane Joe Joe's are apparently so popular and in such high demand they sell out by mid-December. This year I was not playing around, I went Thanksgiving weekend and bought 4 boxes. So when the Brooklyn Trader Joe's runs out of the Candy Cane Joe Joe's you can blame me because I'm a hoarder. I would apologize but I'm not sorry. I'm willing to share a few goodies, but not a whole box.
These cupcakes were not made for a holiday party, but for my friend & colleague Theresa's housewarming party! She has moved into an awesome new apartment and was kind enough to host us all for a little get together. Work has been extremely stressful the last few weeks for various reasons and we needed a reason to hang out, this was the perfect opportunity! The cupcakes were well receive by all those who enjoy cupcakes. I adore the softness of the frosting with the density of the Joe Joe.
Do yourself a favor, buy some Trader Joe's Candy Cane Joe Joe's, it will greatly improve your life!!!
28 Trader Joe’s Candy Cane Joe-Joe’s 3/4 cup flour 1/3 cup cocoa, I used Hershey's Dark 3/4 cup sugar 3/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 egg 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/4 cup whole milk 1/3 cup hot water
- Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line the cupcake pan with liners and add 1 whole Joe-Joe to each liner. Set aside.
- Sift the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, soda, powder, and salt into the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix together on low with the paddle attachment.
- Beat together the eggs, oil, vanilla, and milk in a small bowl and add to the dry ingredients.
- Mix until just combined and then scrape down the sides. Turn on the mixer and add the hot water slowly until well combined.
- Chop up the remaining 7 Joe Joe’s and fold them into the batter
- Use a 2-tablespoon scoop to portion the batter into the cupcake liners. The batter will only fill about half way. If you want a more generous cupcake, use 3 tablespoons of batter.
- Bake 15-18 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely on a wire rack.
Chocolate Whipped Frosting 1 1/2 cups whole milk 7 1/2 tablespoons flour 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips generous pinch of salt 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 1/2 cups (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 12 Trader Joe’s Candy Cane Joe-Joe’s for garnish Colored sprinkles
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, whisk together the milk and flour. Keep whisking until the mixture becomes smooth and thick resembling pancake batter.
- Remove from the heat and add in the chocolate chips. Give them a few minutes to melt and then mix until well combined.
- Stir in the vanilla and salt and allow to cool completely.
- Beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy - beat for 8 minutes
- Add in the cooled flour/milk/chocolate mixture and beat until the entire frosting is light and fluffy, about another 5-8 minutes. This is a softer frosting, don’t be discouraged!
- Add the frosting into a piping bag and pipe a dollop on each cupcake.
- Cut 12 Joe Joes in half and garnish with 1/2 a Joe Joe. Place sprinkles on top.