THESE TASTE LIKE MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP ICE CREAM.
*Deep Breath. Okay.
Wanted to get that out of the way right off the bat.
Also, I think it's safe to say that you want me at your summer bbqs. (My schedule is filling up fast, however, so book early.) These little babies are what I whipped up for one I attended on Sunday evening.
I don't remember how I decided on mint chocolate chip as a flavor. Maybe because it was super warm last week (high 80s) and refreshing and light things like mint sounded good. But as soon as it was chosen, it was quite obvious that the theme would have be ice cream like as well. And I dont just mean using an ice cream scooper to fill the liners.
And little wooden spoons. And fresh sprigs of mint (that I bought at Safeway only to find out later that I have oodles of mint growing in my own backyard. Spanish Lesson for the day: Yerba Buena means is Spanish for mint. This whole time I never knew! I just thought we had some weird fresh herb in the yards. Oops.)
I used a new chocolate recipe for the cupcakes. I am still in search of my Holy Grail chocolate cupcakes. Does anyone have any recommendations? Because the one that I used was by David Lebovitz, and it was good... but not UH-MAZING. I strive for UH-MAZING afterall.
Makes 18, Bake for 15 minutes at 350*
9 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups cake flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 stick butter, room temp
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs, room temp
1/2 cup cooled, strongly brewed coffee
1/2 cup low fat milk
1. In one bowl, sift together cocoa powder, cake flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder and set aside.
2. In a cup, mix milk and coffee and set aside.
3. In mixer, cream butter and sugar together. Add in vanilla. Add in eggs one at a time.
4. Add flour and milk mixture in additions to mixer, beginning and ending with flour.
5. Scoop into cupcake liners and bake. Let cool before frosting.
Truth be told though, I was a little terrified going into this one because the thought of using peppermint extract in something was pretty scary. The chance for failure was high. Every recipe that I read said to use peppermint but that makes me think of peppermint bark.. or even those York peppermint patties, neither of which I like.
A better blogger than I would look up the differences between peppermint and mint and why these came out awesome anyways. Yeah. I'll be a better blogger one day. Today, we'll call is magic.
I looked up a good five recipes before deciding on not using any of them. It's supposed to be ice cream like. We needed some cream cheese up in there!
Mint Chocolate Chip Frosting
1 1/2 sticks butter, room temp
1/4 brick of full fat cream cheese
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoons peppermint extract
2.5* cups of powdered sugar
4 oz bar of dark chocolate (60% cocoa works good)
Itty bit of green food gel coloring
1. Cream butter and cream cheese together until fluffy in stand mixer.
2. Add in powdered sugar. *Feel free to use more powdered sugar, you probably should anyways, it will come out about the same and be firmer. I just hate too much sugar. I'd rather fatten people up with butter than sugar.)
3. Add in extracts, slowly.
4. Add food coloring, if desired. I put about 5 SMALL drops of coloring in with the head of a toothpick. I wanted a light color, and you probably do too so go easy.
5. Chop up your chocolate bar. Don't feel like you need to put it all in, I ended using about 3/4 of it. Make big chunks. I use Ghirardelli because I am a Ghirardelli fan girl. No shame in it.
6. Gently fold the chunks into the frosting. My tip to you is to not just dump all the chocolate in there off of your cutting board. When you chop it off, there are tiny little "crumbs" and shavings everywhere and this can dirty the frosting up. Instead use the bigger chunks/pieces.
This is where the fun part comes in. Putting it all together!
I got some of the cupcakes naked (no liner) and put them inside waffle bowls. They fit perfectly!
Then I took a small cookie scoop and filled it with frosting. (DOESN'T IT LOOK LIKE ICE CREAM ALREADY??? At this point I am pretty sure I was actually giddy.)
I tried using a big ice cream scoop but that proved to be way too much frosting for a cupcake. I used a medium cookie scoop to "frost" the cupcakes. But if you like that kind of thing, double (or even triple) the recipe and go for it! And let me tell you, frosting with a scoop is so much more fun than with a piping bag, haha.
Then just add a little bit of mint for garnish and stick a spoon in it (I found my little wooden spoons at JoAnn's for 3.99) and you are done.
Again, I made just a few with waffle bowls but I don't think that anyone ate the leftover bowl. Everyone did use their spoons though! It was cute, lol. And unnecessary but made me happy I found the spoons. I made a lot with just white liners too. Or if you can find them, you can also put them in little ice cream cups! And maybe drizzle them with ganache? Mint ganache. I had toyed with the idea of doing so, but I ran out of time because my best friend held me up an hour away while he plowed himself with bottomless mimosas, lol. Next time!
Best part was that even though it's a lot of chocolate, they still remained light and refreshing. This only make me hopeful for the few other things I have in my head. Hopefully you'll see those soon, too. For now let's just be happy I finally posted something that was not a cookie...