Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Mint Chocolate Cupcakes {Totally Tasty Tuesdays}


I am in love with cupcakes lately. I love everything about them. They are tasty, versatile, and just so darn cute. I came across this recipe from My Baking Addition. I had to make them and share them with you. I love mint chocolate food. Thin Mints from those darn Girl Scouts, the new minty 3 Musketeers bar, and this cupcake. Don't make these if you do not want to develop an addiction.


Cupcakes
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 large eggs
3/4 cup warm water
3/4 cup buttermilk
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
 1 cup Andes mint chips plus more for garnish
 Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners; set aside. Sift together cocoa powder, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl. Add eggs, warm water, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla, and mix until smooth, about 3 minutes.Using a large scoop (about 3 tablespoons), divide batter evenly among muffin cups, filling each 2/3 full. Sprinkle Andes Mints onto the surface of each cupcake. Bake in preheated oven for 18-20 minutes or until tops spring back when touched. Transfer to a wire rack; let cool completely.


 Frosting
  1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 pound powdered sugar
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
2 1/2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled
2-4 tablespoons heavy cream
 In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, beat butter on medium speed until fluffy. Turn your mixer down to low speed and slowly add in the confectioner’s sugar, and continue mixing until well blended. Add salt, extracts, and 1 tablespoon of heavy cream and blend on low speed until moistened. Beat in melted chocolate until combined and no white streaks remain. Add an additional 1 to 2 tablespoons of heavy cream until you reach the desired consistency. Beat at high speed until frosting is smooth and fluffy. Pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes and top with  Andes mint chips.



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17 comments :

  1. Oh, can you say heavenly?!?! I see what I'm making over the weekend. Perfection... chocolate and mint! ~ Ellen

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  2. These sound so good. I love mint and chocolate! Bring on the addiction ;)

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  3. Great looking recipes today. Your cupcakes are wonderful.

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  4. Mint and chocolate are such a good combination. Thanks for hosting this blog hop.

    -Brenda

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  5. Yum, yum, yum! We are making these! I am linking up with you today, and would also like to invite you to link up at my blog for "What's for Dinner" each Wednesday. It can be anything for dinner... main dish, side, dessert - anything goes! Grab my cute button and hopefully get some new recipes, too!

    ~Mary
    http://www.homegrownlearners.com/2011/03/whats-for-dinner-my-favorite-side-dish.html

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  6. I just found your site! Thank you so much for hosting this fun Linky Party. I love the look of these muffins. So cute!

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  7. I just wanted to say thanks for linking up for
    "Made it on Monday"

    I just added my Homemade "Napa Valley" Crackers.

    I hope you join often :)


    http://larkscountryheart.blogspot.com/

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  8. Hi, there Mandy. Great to meet you via Holly's site. And you made these beautiful cupcakes for me, didn't you? Why, thank you! :)

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  9. Just came over from Holly's- love your blog too! These cupcakes look delicious. I'm probably way behind times, but I just saw those Andes baking bits for the first time last week in the grocery store and thought they were an amazing idea. I'm a chocolate-mint addict as well, so these cupcakes might be dangerous! :)

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  10. Mandy, I've gone cupcake crazy too lately. Can't get enough of them. I've put these on my "to bake" list. They look fabulous!

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  11. Mandy, the cupcakes are perfect. I don't often comment, but I did want you to know how much I appreciate the food and recipes you feature here. You've created a lovely spot to visit. I'll be back over and over again. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  12. Your mint choclate cupcakes look delicious! Please link up to Muffin Monday and share your recipe with our readers. Thanks!
    http://www.talkingdollarsandcents.net/muffin-monday-peanut-butter-muffins

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  13. ahhhh this look delicious, I can't wait to try this recipe. I've always loved mint and i adore chocolate. I have 1 question though, about how many cupcakes does this recipe make?

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  14. for anyone who wants to know...i just made these and they came out HEAVENLY i made about 23

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  15. I'm super excited to try a new recipe, but I was wondering if it would work as well to mix the andes mints into the batter and not sprinkling it on top?

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    1. Absolutely. Those are just a garnish, but you could add some to the batter instead.

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