A few weeks ago, I ran across this recipe for Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes on Pinterest, and I thought it would be perfect for my husband's birthday. I'm normally not a fan of making cupcakes. I think they're a little bit of a pain, but these looked worth it! Oh my gosh, were TOTALLY worth it! My husband's family expects me to go all out dessert-wise when we get together, and everyone loved these! They really were very easy too, especially since I "cheated" and used a boxed cake mix. (Seriously though, is that really cheating??? Why wouldn't you use a boxed cake mix??? Who can really tell the difference???)
Here is the recipe,
Dark Chocolate Cupcakes -
1 box of Dark Chocolate Cake Mix
Mint Chocolate Chip Frosting -
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
3-4 cups powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons half and half
1/4 teaspoon pure mint extract
2 drops green food coloring
a pinch of salt (Don't omit this! It really made a difference in the flavor!)
2/3 cup mini chocolate chips
1. Prepare and bake the cake mix as instructed for cupcakes. Cool completely.
2. Beat softened butter with a hand mixer. Slowly add the powdered sugar and mix in the half and half, mint extract, green food coloring and salt. Beat for 2 or 3 minutes. If the frosting is too thin add more sugar. If the frosting is too thick add, a little more half and half. You can also add more mint extract and/or green coloring to adjust the flavor and color if necessary.
We really enjoyed this recipe, and I would definitely make it again. I think it would be a fun addition to a bake sale or a kid's party of any kind. It's not that much harder than using a prepared frosting, but it is so much more impressive!
I'm a hard-working, fun loving mom! I work full-time outside the house AND a double "mom shift" at home too. Life is pretty busy with a 7 year old, a 4.5 year old and a 2 year old and a newborn, but we make it work and have fun! I'm committed to the effort of balancing time, expense and health when feeding my family. Most frequently, you'll read about my $50/week grocery project, which I've been doing for over a year now! Over the course of the last 2 years, you can also follow our journey as we tackle a devastating job layoff, a major salary reduction and a big move! Please join me in this crazy experiment called life!