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Chocolate and Mint Happiness

Posted in All Sugar All The Time, Celebrating with Cake! by brandi on September 1, 2009

My friends Carmen and Alex are getting married this weekend (congrats!) and they’ve asked me to make the cupcakes! Today I’m testing options for the groom’s cake, and he requested a chocolate and mint combination. I’m super excited, since I’ve never experimented with mint before. I also wanted to test out a different chocolate cake recipe than the one I normally use. Tonight is my weekly dinner and trashy TV (90210 is away for the moment, so we distract ourselves with True Blood), so I have a captive audience to taste my experiments.

So here goes…

I started by melting some chocolate.

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Once the chocolate was melted, I added butter and stirred it around until it melted into the mixture.

meltingbutter

Once it was all smooth I mixed in sugar.

sugar

Then I whipped it for a few minutes.

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And then slowly whipped in some eggs.

whipeggs

I folded in flour, salt and baking powder and then piped the batter into cupcake liners.

batter

They baked for about 24 minutes and came out looking like brownies… yummmm.

baked

While they cooled I made a swiss meringue buttercream that I flavored with peppermint oil.

mintbuttercream

And then I started having second thoughts, because sometimes mint can just taste like medicine. So I whipped melted chocolate into half of the buttercream. At tonight’s tasting I’ll get the final say on which is yummier!

chocbuttercream

Time to assemble those little suckers. I used a fluted tip to poke a hole into the middle of the cupcakes.

hole

And filled the holes with a chocolate mint ganache!

filled

And then topped half with mint buttercream, and half with the chocolate buttercream. So tonight it’s a taste-off! Chocolate Mint vs. Chocolate Chocolate Mint!

together

Stay tuned for a winner…

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