Day 142 – Chocolate Cupcakes with Mint Chocolate Chip Frosting

20 Dec

So, last week we had mint chip cupcakes with mint chip frosting.  This week, to change it up a little, I’m doing Chocolate Cupcakes with Mint Chocolate Chip Frosting (recipe below from Sally’s Baking Addiction).  See how different that is?!  No?  Oh well!  I’m sure I’ll still enjoy them.

Chocolate-Cupcake     Mini-Chocolate-Cupcake

The cupcakes are airy and cakey. A little crumbly, but not too dry.  They have a nice chocolate flavor. Not too dark or light. Also not terribly sweet, which is interesting and nice.

MCC-Frosting

The frosting is a nice, whipped texture – if you follow the recipe directions. And it’s beautiful to look at!  It’s very (very very) sweet. The chocolate chips break up the sweetness a little, but it’s pretty aggressive. It is frosting. So I’m not saying it’s a bad thing.

MCC-Cupcake     Mini-MCC-Cupcake

The sum is definitely stronger than the parts. The cupcake counters the sweetness of the frosting beautifully! The chocolate cake and the mini chocolate chips do a really nice job of cutting through and making their presence known.

MCC-Cupcake-top     Mini-MCC-Cupcake-top

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 3.5
  • Frosting Taste: 3.5
  • Overall Taste: 4
  • Appearance: 4
  • Ease of Making: 4
  • TOTAL: 19

RECIPE

Chocolate Cupcakes with Mint Chocolate Chip Frosting (recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction)

Chocolate Cupcakes

  • 1 cup (240ml) water
  • 1/2 cup (64g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 and 1/3 cups (167g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick or 115g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Mint Chocolate Chip Frosting

  • 1 cup (2 sticks or 230g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3-4 cups (360-480g) powdered (confectioners’) sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons (30ml) heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2 drops green food dye
  • pinch of salt, as needed
  • 2/3 cup (120g) mini chocolate chips

For directions visit Sally’s Baking Addiction.

*Tomorrow: Egg Nog Cupcakes*

2 Responses to “Day 142 – Chocolate Cupcakes with Mint Chocolate Chip Frosting”

  1. sophiebowns December 20, 2013 at 10:52 am #

    Yummy!

  2. tastytreats13 December 20, 2013 at 3:04 pm #

    Looks tasty!

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