Mint and chocolate are the flavors of the moment. And if you love thin mints, shamrock shakes and peppermint patties? Then these mint chocolate chip cupcakes are right up your alley. The fluffy chocolate cupcake is filled with a minty creamy ganache and topped with a minty vanilla chocolate chip buttercream. Yummmmm!
For the cupcakes, I made a half batch of my Awesome Cake from a Mix recipe which makes about 18-20 cupcakes. Easy peasy! To add an extra punch to the chocolate flavor, add a tablespoon of instant coffee. Line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners, fill 2/3 full with batter and bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
While the cupcakes are baking, make the minty ganache filling. Start by heating 1/2 cup of heavy cream to just under boiling. Then pour the warm cream over 1 cup chocolate chips. Stir the chocolate and cream until completely smooth then flavor with a teaspoon of mint extract and a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Allow to cool and thicken.
After baking and cooling the cupcakes, I used a paring knife to cut a small cone out of the middle of each cupcake to fill with the minty ganache. Keep the little cone of cake to put back after filling. Pour the cooled ganache into a piping bag or plastic storage bag to make it a little easier to fill. Pipe about a tablespoon or so of ganache into the hole then put the little cone of cake back in. Push it down just a little. And it’s okay if it doesn’t look perfect. The frosting will cover it up.
For the frosting, I whipped up a half batch of my vanilla buttercream. Then to make it mint chocolate chip, I added a teaspoon of mint extract and 1/4 cup of mini chocolate chips. To give it some color as well, I added just a drop or two of green food coloring but this is optional. Fill a piping bag or plastic storage bag with the mint chocolate chip icing. Pipe a swirl of icing on each cupcake and top with a chocolate chip.
These cupcakes are a delightful springtime treat! Now go get your mint chocolate chip cupcake on!