I have been on a roll with baking cupcakes lately! A few weeks ago I did four dozen using spirits from my husband’s distillery for a party they held (see photos with details here and here) and then I did red velvet cupcakes for the Super Bowl.
Today I’m sharing a recipe I’ve been tweaking for the past couple of weeks - Mint Chocolate Cupcakes! I think the key is in the kind of mint you use and how much… read on for details!
Chocolate Mint Cakes
- 3 T butter, softened
- 2 eggs
- 1 C, 2T sugar
- 1 C flour
- ½ C unsweetened cocoa
- 1 ½ t baking powder
- 1/8 t baking soda
- ¾ C milk
- ½ t vanilla extract
- 1 drop peppermint extract
- 1 drop spearmint oil
Preheat your over to 350 and line your cupcake tin with parchment liners.
Cream together soft butter and sugar in a mixer until combined. Add one egg at a time and mix thoroughly.
In another bowl, sift together remaining dry ingredients.
Add vanilla, spearmint and peppermint to milk.
Alternate adding dry and wet ingredients to batter, making sure to fully combine.
Give it a good whip on high. Fill liners about half way to ¾ full using an ice cream scoop (this was a tool that really upped my game!)
Bake 17 minutes and check with a toothpick to ensure center is baked through (a clean toothpick means they are ready to come out!)
While they are cooling, prep your icing!
Mint Cream Cheese Icing with Oreos
This is my favorite icing base and I use it for every kind of flavor I do! Be VERY careful adding the mint extract and oil… the smallest amount goes a very long way and gives a wonderful nuance to the flavor. Too much and it tastes like toothpaste!
Yields enough to frost 16-20 cupcakes
- 6 oz cream cheese, softed
- 6 oz butter, softened
- 2 C powdered sugar
- 2 drops green food coloring
- 1 drop blue food coloring
- 1 drop spearmint oil*
- 1 drop peppermint extract*
- 2 Oreo Cookies, smashed
Cream together softened cream cheese and butter until fully combined and fluffy.
Slowly add powdered sugar in ½ C increments.
Add food coloring and mix until pigment is combined.
*Now for the mint. Using a spoon, drip one drop of each flavor and let it roll off the spoon. Stir the icing with that spoon and remix to incorporate flavor. Taste your icing and repeat if necessary.
When flavor is to your liking, fold in crumbled Oreo cookies, leaving enough crumbs to garnish your frosted cupcakes.
Once cupcakes have completely cooled, use a large star tip (Wilton 1M shown here) to ice and top with crumbled cookies.