chocolate mint cupcakes

May 10, 2012

in Cupcakes

Chocolate mint ice cream is my absolute favorite flavor, and I can never resist the dark chocolate mints from Trader Joe’s (in fact, I like to chop a few mints and sprinkle them over my ice cream for the ultimate indulgence!). With my weakness for those flavors, creating chocolate mint mini-cupcakes seemed only inevitable. Each cupcake is topped with a kiss of peppermint buttercream for a delicious cooling sensation – I especially love serving these slightly chilled.

To those of you who are mothers, I wish you a Happy Mother’s Day! If you are seeking inspiration and a way to bless a mother in your life, may I recommend tangerine-vanilla tea cakes or chocolate chip crumb cakes? Last but not least, I have a giveaway planned this weekend, so visit again on Saturday for the details!

Chocolate Mint Cupcakes
Batter
1 1/2 cups boiling water
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 1/4 cups sugar
6 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
1/8 tsp peppermint extract
2 large eggs
1 2/3 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Peppermint Buttercream
3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 1/4 cups powdered sugar
1/8 – 1/4 tsp peppermint extract (depending on your preference)

Preheat oven to 350°F and line two 12-cup mini muffin pans with baking cups. Whisk together boiling water and cocoa, then cool completely. Beat sugar, butter, and peppermint extract in a large mixer bowl at medium speed until well blended (about 3 minutes). Add eggs and beat well. Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Add half of flour mixture to sugar mixture and beat until just combined. Add cocoa mixture, then finish with remaining flour mixture.

Fill each baking cup with a slightly rounded tablespoon of batter, to about 1/4 inch below the top of the liner. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 12 to 15 minutes. Cool the cupcakes for 2 minutes in the pan on a wire rack. Holding an edge of each liner, carefully lift the cupcakes from the pan and place them on the wire rack to cool completely.

To make buttercream, beat butter in a large mixer bowl on medium speed until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low; add powdered sugar and beat until smooth. Add peppermint extract and beat on medium speed until airy. Fit a pastry bag with a large French tip and pipe a spiral onto each cupcake. Store leftover cupcakes in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Yield – 44 mini-cupcakes (serving size: 1 cupcake)
Calories – 112
Carbs – 16

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21 Comments

1 Daisy@Nevertoosweet May 10, 2012

I actually really like the chocolate and mint flavour but somehow I’ve never made this kind of dessert :) i should though thanks for giving me the inspiration :)

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2 Charles May 11, 2012

Hi Laura, these look so dark and rich! I love chocolate and mint together – it’s an amazing flavour combination!. Great cupcakes!

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3 Jennifer (Delicieux) May 11, 2012

Hehe great minds do think alike! Your gorgeous little cupcakes look divine!

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4 Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet } May 11, 2012

What delicious little nuggest of mint joy! They are so cute and I bet they taste even better. I too love trader joe’s – not sure how I live without it. Smile. Have a great weekend!!!

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5 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts May 11, 2012

I love chocolate and mint together. This frosting sounds amazing!!

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6 Patty May 11, 2012

Very pretty cupcakes, love the flavors and I would love these for Mother’s day;-)

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7 Jen L / Tartine and Apron Strings May 11, 2012

Hi, Laura. These mint cupcakes look so dense and moist – just the way I prefer them to be! Mint chocolate chip ice cream has been a childhood fave, so I’m guessing I will be loving these cupcakes! If only someone in my family can make me these for Mother’s Day, hehe!

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8 Suzanne May 11, 2012

I’m a chocolate mint lover too and so is m y daughter. Nice cupcakes I bet I couldn’t stop at one.

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9 Valerie May 11, 2012

Brillant way to transform an ice cream flavor into a cupcake! Looking forward to your giveaway! :-)

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10 Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers May 11, 2012

Mint & chocolate ice cream never lasts long at home. It’s everyone’s favorite! And these cupcakes just make me drool!

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11 Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) May 11, 2012

I didn’t like mint chocolate ice cream when I was growing up but now it’s one of my absolute favorites. If you’ve captured those flavors in these cupcakes then I know I’d love them! They’re so pretty!

Have a great weekend!

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12 Jen @ The Scrumptious Pumpkin May 12, 2012

I have a Trader Joe’s only about 15 minutes from my house, but I’ve yet to check it out (I have a few other stores I always go to instead). I really have to check it out though, because I keep hearing about all the delicious items other food bloggers have found there! :)

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13 Nami | Just One Cookbook May 12, 2012

Mint and chocolate are my mom’s favorite combination for ice cream or chocolate or any kind of desserts. I know she’d be so happy to have this cupcake! What a cute styling. I love these pictures. :-) Looking forward to the giveaway too!

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14 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious May 13, 2012

I’ve never had chocolate and mint together but I’m sure they’d be to die for. Will have to try these soon!

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15 Priscilla | She's Cookin' May 14, 2012

These are adorable and I like mint chocolate chip, but am partial to citrus flavors, so the tangerine-vanilla tea cakes are calling my name :)

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16 Katherine Martinelli May 15, 2012

Mint and chocolate is always a winner combo! Trader Joes strikes again :-)

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17 Roxana GreenGirl { A little bit of everything} May 17, 2012

I love mint chocolate treats (peppermint bark obsession) and these cupcakes sound like a perfect summer treats. Rich and irresistible chocolate cupcakes with a refreshing mint frosting. Mmm

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18 Liren May 18, 2012

This looks SO good!!! Love the mint frosting!

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19 Magic of Spice May 19, 2012

These look fantastic…my favorite combination :)

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20 Alyssa (Everyday Maven) May 24, 2012

Oh my these look gooooood! Mint Chocolate Chip is my absolute favorite flavor as well. I have to make these!

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