Mint Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 30 min (includes cooling time)
  • Active: 25 min
  • Yield: 12 cupcakes
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Ingredients

Cupcakes:

1 cup firmly packed fresh mint leaves

1/2 cup whole milk 

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 

1/2 cup almond meal 

1 teaspoon kosher salt 

1 teaspoon baking powder 

1/4 teaspoon baking soda 

Zest of 1 lemon 

1 1/4 cups granulated sugar 

3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 

2 large eggs 

1/2 teaspoon vanilla 

Frosting:

12 tablespoons (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened

12 ounces cream cheese, softened 

2 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar 

4 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 

3/4 teaspoon almond extract 

Pinch kosher salt 

2 cups crushed pistachios, for topping

Directions

  1. For the cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 12-cavity cupcake pan with liners.
  2. Add the mint and milk to the carafe of a high-powered blender and blend until the mixture is very smooth and the milk is bright green.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, almond meal, salt, baking powder, baking soda and lemon zest. In a large bowl, whisk together the granulated sugar and oil until combined. Add the eggs one at a time to the sugar-oil mixture, whisking very well after each, and then add the vanilla. Add the dry ingredients and mint mixture in three alternating additions, whisking after each until just combined.
  4. Pour into the cupcake liners so the batter comes up about halfway. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Let cool in the pans for 10 minutes and then transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. For the frosting: Meanwhile, add the butter and cream cheese to a large bowl. Beat with a hand mixer or the paddle attachment of a stand mixer until smooth and combined. Gradually add the confectioners' sugar and beat to combine. Beat in the extracts and salt. Transfer to a pastry bag or large ziptop bag and snip the tip.
  6. Pipe frosting onto the tops of the cooled cupcakes. Roll the top of each cupcake in the crushed pistachios.