Cooling Minty Moments – Mint Chocolate Cupcakes

Winter is here, and it´s cold outside. These cupcakes and their mint chocolate buttercream are perfect for the winter season, and maybe even as a fresh treat during the upcoming Holidays.

Ingredients
175 g (6,2 oz) softened butter
150 g (5,5 oz) sugar
3 eggs
250 g (8,8 oz) plain flour
2 tbsp cocoa
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp vanilla sugar
2,5 dl (1 1/4 cup) milk

Mint Chocolate Buttercream
200 g (7 oz) After Eight Mint Chocolate Thins (melted)
0,5 dl (1/4 cup) milk
100 g (3,5 oz) softened butter
250 g (8,8 oz) powdered sugar
1 tbsp cocoa

Decoration
Silver pearl sprinkles, candied mint.

How to do it

    1. Preheat the oven to 200ºC / 390ºF.
    2. Beat together the butter with the sugar in a large bowl. I use a stand mixer, but you may just as well use an electric hand mixer.
    3. Add the eggs, one by one.
    4. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa, baking powder and vanilla sugar.
    5. Slowly add the mixed dry ingredients to the mixture.
    6. Add the milk to the mixture until you have a smooth batter.
    7. With a couple of spoons, transfer the batter to cupcake liners in a cupcake form.
    8. Bake the cupcakes in the middle of the oven until a skewer put in the centre of the cupcakes comes out clean. Regular cupcakes take about 15-17 minutes, small cupcakes about 10-12 minutes.
    9. Take the cupcakes out of the oven and the cupcake form, and let them cool down on a cooling rack.

Mint Chocolate Buttercream

    1. Slowly melt the After Eight chocolates with the milk and some of the butter.
    2. Beat the rest of the butter with the powdered sugar and cocoa in a bowl. Use a stand mixer or an electric hand mixer.
    3. Slowly add the melted chocolate mix, and mix until you have smooth mixture.
    4. Let the buttercream cool down.
    5. When the cupcakes and the buttercream have cooled down (about room temperature), cover the cupcakes with the buttercream using a cake piping tool, a knife or a spatula.

Decorate the cupcakes with silver pearl sprinkles, candied mint…

Enjoy!

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