Peppermint Twist Cupcakes

Peppermint Twist Cupcakes
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Ingredients
  1. Cupcakes
  2. 2 3/4 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
  3. 3 teaspoons baking powder
  4. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  5. 3/4 cup shortening
  6. 1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
  7. 5 egg whites
  8. 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  9. 1 1/4 cups milk
  10. 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  11. Red paste food color
  12. Peppermint Frosting
  13. 5 cups powdered sugar
  14. 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  15. 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  16. 6 to 8 tablespoons milk
  17. Red liquid food color
Instructions
  1. 1Heat oven to 350°F. Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups. In medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.
  2. 2In large bowl, beat shortening with electric mixer on medium speed 30 seconds. Gradually add granulated sugar, about 1/3 cup at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping bowl occasionally. Beat 2 minutes longer. Add egg whites, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. On low speed, alternately add flour mixture, about one-third at a time, and 1 1/4 cups milk, about half at a time, beating just until blended.
  3. 3Spoon 1 1/2 cups cake batter into small bowl; stir in 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract and paste food color to make red batter.
  4. 4In each muffin cup, spoon about 1 tablespoon white cake batter. Top with about 1 tablespoon red batter, then another 1 tablespoon white batter. With table knife, draw an “S” in batter of each muffin cup to swirl batter.
  5. 5Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pans; place on cooling racks. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  6. 6In large bowl, beat powdered sugar, butter, 1 teaspoon peppermint extract and 6 tablespoons milk with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Beat in additional milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until frosting is smooth and spreadable. Spread scant 2 tablespoons frosting on each cupcake. With tiny paintbrush, “paint” liquid food color in swirl pattern on frosting on each cupcake.
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