Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Mint Chocolate Cupcakes

As I've mentioned before, I'm a chocoholic. The boyo doesn't understand it - to him chocolate is too heavy, too rich, too ... oh darn, I'm drooling. Needless to say, when I ran that poll, he agreed with the majority of you and voted (audibly) for fruit cupcakes.

But after all was baked and done, I couldn't get the mint chocolate cupcakes out of my mind. I love the mint-chocolate combo, but it is strong, and it's definitely not an overwhelming preference of the masses. So I pace myself - about one mint recipe every few months. It was due time though, and this recipe demanded to be made. The cupcake base is dense and fudgy, with a mint chocolate ganache filling you can smell a mile away. The peppermint buttercream isn't as light as the lemon, but it's much sweeter to counter the dark chocolate that permeates the treat. The garnish is an Andes mint sliced in half diagonally (using the dip-knife-in-hot-water-and-wipe-dry trick).

One thing I noticed when packing these up: compared to the angel food, these weigh a ton. They are indeed a very filling dessert - after taking the cross-section picture, I had to eat the subject (of course, mustn't waste!) and half that would have been plenty. It was absolutely delicious though and I still have the mint lingerings on my tongue.

Recipes are from Chockylit's Cupcake Bakeshop - I used this recipe for base then got the frosting and ganache recipes from here.

10 comments:

off the (meat) hook said...

These look so tasty! Since you said they are heavy I am going to make them in mini cupcake pans! Thanks for sharing.

Losillewen said...

Dang, girl.... You've made me hungry!

michelle @ TNS said...

woa - those look I to the N to the TENSE. i love mint and chocolate together.

+2 on the andes candies! or as we call them around here, "grandma mints." (you know your grandma had 'em)

Tarah said...

These look so good! I love mint!

Deborah said...

I love the chocolate mint combo. These are gorgeous!

Lina said...

mint n' chip is my favorite ice cream! These cupcakes must be amazing! oh my gosh!!!!

Vega Byrne said...

This was the perfect recipe. I ended making a whole bunch of these cupcakes for my aunt's wedding shower and everyone went crazy for them. Thank you so much!

Weeva said...

These I think made my top 10, so I'm glad you enjoyed them so much! Considering the response, maybe I should make chocolate-mint a bit more often ;)

Julie said...

These look so good! but when i try to go to the link for the recipe its not there...is there another way i could get the recipe?

Weeva said...

I just fixed the links, so you should be all good. Thanks for pointing them out! :)