Tuesday, April 30, 2013

It Doesn't Get Any Better! Chocolate and Mint Cupcakes!

Hi Neighgbors!

Here is a recipe I just had to share!  Yes, I am diabetic, but I can have one cupcake if I watch what I eat the rest of the day and only do it occasionally.  These are definitely worth the extra!


Here is what you need:
Cupcakes:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 30 Andes mints for garnish
  • Chocolate Mint Filling:
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • Mint Buttercream:
  • 1 cup (2 sticks, 16 tablespoons) butter, softened to room temperature
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 32 ounces powdered sugar (about 7 cups)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • Green food coloring

To begin:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line your cupcake pan with papers or grease and flour and set aside.  

Cupcakes
Stir together Sugar, Flour Cocoa, Baking Powder, Baking Soda and Salt in a large mixing bowl.  Next add your eggs, milk, oil and vanilla.  Mix on medium speed approx. 2 minutes.  Last of all stir in the boiling water.  Batter will probably appear thin.  Now grab your cupcake pan and fill the cups 2/3 full.  Bake for approx. 20 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.        Allow your cupcakes to cool on a wire rack while you finish baking the rest.

Mint Filling
You can work on the mint filling while the cupcakes are baking.  Put your chocolate chips and heavy cream in a small, microwave safe bowl heat at 50% power for 1 minute and then remove and stir.  Repeat this step until the mixture is smooth.  Next add the peppermint extract and powdered sugar using a whisk stir the mixture until smooth.  Let this cool, but do not allow it to become stiff.  You can place this in a squeeze bottle or use a ziploc bag, we use a tube we have for decorating cakes and cookies.  

Filling Cupcakes
Once your cupcakes have cooled insert the tip of your decorating tube or squeeze bottle into the center of the cupcakes, squeezing gently to fill them.   


Frosting
In a large bowl add your cream cheese and butter and beat until fluffy.  Now add your powdered sugar and mix until smooth.  Next add the heavy cream, peppermint and vanilla extracts and beat until fluffy.  Add green food coloring to your color choice.

You are now ready to frost your cupcakes.  Use a large spatula or a decorator tip and frost to your satisfaction.  Add an unwrapped Andes Mint.  You can drizzle with some of the leftover filling if you like.  Refrigerate until serving.

ENJOY!  These are soooo good.  If you like mint and chocolate you will LOVE these cupcakes.

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42 comments:

latanya t said...

These look yummy. I love mint and chocolate together!

Donna Rollings said...

I love andies. Have to try this. Thank you.

D.T. said...

That looks delicious!

D.T. said...

sounds yummy!

Angie B. said...

I'm not much of a mint fan but I love chocolate. They look cute!

DEBIJOT said...

I will have to try this recipe. I love anything mint flavored.

Darlene said...

This recipe looks too good to be for someone that is a diabetic, yummy. I love the idea of having a filling inside it.

Vunda Vall said...

you did a beautiful job!! they look amazing

barbara stenby said...

These look very good I think I will try them out for mother's day! My two favorite things Chocolate & Mint

BethElderton said...

Wow---this is beautiful! I can't believe the coincidence---I just got some peppermint extract and was wondering what the heck to do with it. Perfect.
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Rusthawk said...

chocolate and mint - yum! they sound wonderful! and pretty, too!

tawndam said...

...you're killin me... I SO want to make these... but my daughter hates mint............. (HOW does THAT work??)

Amanda Rauch said...

Wow! Those look and sound from the recipe like they would be so fantastic!! I may have to try this one-i don't usually make cupcakes-more of a cookie or brownie girl-but wow!

tarter95 said...

They would be great for St. Patrick's Day.

ape2016 said...

I am not a mint fan, however my son and nephew both love mint chocolate anything. I will have to keep these in mind for a special reward or birthday treat.

april yedinak

scottsgal said...

mint and chocolate are the best combination. These look so delish!

Stacie said...

I heart chocolate and mint together. This doesnt look too hard to make. Def. gonna try this out sometime. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Miranda said...

reminds me of a thin mint

Anne said...

Chocolate pairs well with many different flavors, but mint is one of my favorites. And your cupcakes are so pretty! Thank you for the recipe.

Peggy Damon said...

great combinations, and of course they look divine!! Can't wait to give them a try!

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Colleen M said...

These look delicious - I love the combination of mint and chocolate. I also like mint chocolate chip ice cream - would go great with these!

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phxbne said...

yum yum yum

Vera Khule said...

Such a pretty dessert!

Realia Mazing said...

one word - YUM, i love mint and chocolate

andrea v said...

These look wonderful. Both of my kids love chocolate and mint

Michele P. said...

mmmm... I can so see making these for my daughter's birthday in December since she loves mint chocolate anything!

Robin Wilson said...

Wow you did an amazing job. I love chocolate and mint together, cocoa , ice cream and now this! YUM!

bettycd said...

they are beautiful, and remind me of girl scout thin mints. I think we gotta have them
thanks for sharing

rookieabh said...

These look AMAZING! May have to give them a try!
Ashley Sifers

Gianna said...

Those look so decadent!

Lucy Ray said...

sounds delicious

debbie said...

I love mint and chocolate. These look so good, I have to try them.

LauraJJ said...

Oh these look so good! I love mint and chocolate together! Will have to give this a try!

Hope said...

Wow, look delicious! I made some very similar to this recently, and the entire family loved them!

Rachelle Anderson said...

It looks so good, but I'm too lazy to make anything with that many ingredients!

mijulin said...

This sounds delicious!

Julie said...

love the chocolate mint combo

lindilala said...

cute cupcake

Donna said...

Looks great

cassandra said...

yum i love chocolate and mint! i am going to have to try this

Stacy said...

I cannot eat mint, but the cupcake looks delicious! So pretty too, almost too pretty to eat. ALMOST!

[Whatever U are, be a good one!] said...

Oh wow! It looks so yummy! I love Mint and Chocolate!!!!!
Thanks for the recipe

Fiona N