Chocolate Cupcakes with Mint Frosting

Chocolate Mint Cupcakes
For the monthly dinner potluck I attend, the drink of the night is Absinthe, aka the Green Fairy and to go along with it I decided I wanted something green. Plus I have been on a bit of a mint kick lately. I frequently drool over the creations of Chockylit and chose her Rich Chocolate Cupcakes Filled with Chocolate-Mint Ganache with Topped with Mint Buttercream as a delicious sounding choice. I had some Ghiradelli chocolate from Trader Joe’s that I used for the chopped chocolate in the cupcakes. I skipped the ganache, as it seems to be optional. For the mint buttercream, I used 1/8 tsp of peppermint extract, also from Trader Joe’s. I also added a bit of green gel food coloring. I don’t think I added quite enough powdered sugar, because I was able to pipe it, though it was also a little loose. When I first made these, the smell of mint in the kitchen was overwhelming and when I tried to first cupcake I was very nervous they were too minty. The next day at lunch they were just right.

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