Mint Mint Chocolate Chocolate Chip

What happens when someone has a birthday and another runs the Boston Marathon?  They get cupcakes, obviously.  My friend who I like to call Nipkins (yes my friends have weird nicknames, you’re going to get a lot of crazy ones through the course of this blog) ran the Boston Marathon this year.  Fairly close to marathon time, her boyfriend D-Train had a birthday.  Clearly they both need cupcakes to celebrate these momentous occasions.  D-Train had requested mint chocolate chip cupcakes for his birthday so I figured lets make a dozen of these and they can share them in celebration.

They were pretty easy cupcakes.  Because I like the one bowl chocolate cupcakes so much, I used this recipe and added some mint extract to it.  Only about 2 teaspoons though because I didn’t want too much mint flavor in the chocolate cupcakes…I was saving that for the frosting.  The frosting is where the mint lived.  It was a basic buttercream:

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 tablespoon mint extract

All we’re doing here with the frosting is combining the above ingredients and adding just a few drops of green food coloring.  Not too much now, just enough so it looks like the color of mint chocolate chip ice cream.  That is what we’re going for after all, isn’t it?

I like to pipe on the frosting in a pretty swirl.  I used to do this with my #194 tip, but as you might remember it went down the drain, literally, so from now on it’s going to be hard.  Until I get another one that it.  Anywho, it is a must to finish off the cupcakes with a chocolate chip garnish because they are mint chocolate chip cupcakes, aren’t they?

So what was the verdict on these cupcakes?  Well Nipkins told me she liked them but D-Train wasn’t all that excited about them apparently.  I guess they weren’t exactly what he was looking for but he did request them, remember?  If you’re reading D-Train, I shed a single tear over this.  We’re going to have to have a long talk about this because I never got a good answer on why they weren’t great, but Nipkins did tell me that you ate a bunch of them.  Sooooo, I’m guessing they weren’t nauseating. Next time maybe chocolate chips in the actual cupcake?  I promise to try harder.



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