Recipe: Peppermint Crisp cupcakes (and cola cupcakes!) using Flavour Nation sugar-free flavourings

I love to bake (and cook!) so when my friend Lizzie told me about Flavour Nation, a local company that makes sugar and kilojoule-free flavourings, I had to try them for myself. If you check out their site you’ll see they have a wide arrange of flavours that range from the expected chocolate and strawberry all the way through to exciting-sounding dragon fruit, apple crumble and bubblegum!

After a bit of a browse I picked out cola, choc mint crisp and whiskey and mentally planned all the things I would do with them. Choc mint crisp hot chocolate? Yes please! A li’l ‘whiskey’ in my booze-free dom pedro? I’ll take some of that! You could add them to pretty much anything, really – from yoghurt and ice cream to cookie dough or sparkling water.

Hello there new friends!

Also, I’ve got to give a quick shout out to the super cute package it arrived in.

This box does not like being opened upside down, yo!

Anyway, the first thing I whipped up was Peppermint Crisp cupcakes that might have spotted on my social media accounts.

Guys, these were sooo good, you have no idea!

I promised to share my recipe, which is, like, ridiculously easy so here it goes.

To start, I bought a Snowflake chocolate cupcake box mix because I’m a lazy cow and I love the way their ‘cake’ tastes. You mix it up using oil, milk and an egg and the result is a very moist cupcake that everyone assumes you made from scratch.

I then took the chocolate icing portion of the kit and used it to make my favourite cream cheese frosting. It’s just a matter of melting a third of a brick of butter (never marge!), adding a tub of cream cheese and a squirt of lemon juice. Immediately you’ve got chocolate cream cheese frosting and then you can send it to flavour town with a few drops of Flavour Nation’s choc mint crisp flavouring.

Once the cupcakes cooled, I iced them and finished things up with a generous sprinkle of crushed Pepper Mint Crisp chocolate. Told you it was easy right?

The next set of cupcakes I made were going to be Jack and Coke flavoured as I was going to add the whiskey flavouring to the batter (using my same beloved box mix) but I totally forgot. Oops! I did add a few drops of red food colouring to it, however, to give it a red velvet visage.

I got red glitter everywhere! My home looked like a dressing room from the Moulin Rouge!

As far as the icing goes, I made the same cream cheese frosting (as per above) but used plain white icing sugar (not the chocolate kind that comes with the mix) and added a few drops of Cola flavouring. The result was magnificent!

I initially planned to decorate each cupcake with a gummy cola bottle (Haribo makes them) but couldn’t find any in store so I settled, rather glamorously, for scarlet edible glitter that I found at The Baking Tin in Belvedere road in Claremont.

So! If you like to bake or just appreciate your food and drinks with a li’l ‘extra extra’ I think you’re going to have fun with Flavour Nation. Each flavour is just R35 a pop!

Love, love


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