Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes. Chocolate cupcakes with a mint chocolate Swiss meringue buttercream and chocolate shavings.
Mint chocolate chip ice cream is my kid’s favorite flavor. If we go out for ice cream, at least one of them will order mint chocolate chip ice cream. I had some extra Swiss Meringue buttercream leftover from a cake I made and decided to make a cupcake inspired by their favorite ice cream flavor.
These lasted all of about four minutes in my house. They are so good. I love when I get good ideas like this one.
Swiss meringue buttercream is my favorite frosting. It is super smooth, glossy, and tastes amazing. You can flavor it and color it to just about anything you could ever imagine. Lemon, strawberry, chocolate, caramel, coffee, you name it.
I like mint, but sometimes if you go too far whatever you make can taste like toothpaste. Go slowly with the peppermint extract. You can always add, you can’t take away. Go slowly, give it a taste after you mix it up and add more if you need it.
You can add mini chips, but I really like how chocolate shavings work in this frosting. You rarely get chips in mint chocolate chip ice cream, so I wanted to use shavings. I put a bittersweet chocolate bar in the freezer for about 10 minutes, then used a cheese grater to get the shavings the size that I wanted.
I usually make my cakes from scratch, but I’m not going to not use a mix every now and again. Especially since I was making these mint chocolate chip cupcakes for my kids and let’s be honest, all they really care about is the cupcake being the delivery vehicle for the frosting.
I do like to doctor my cake mix whenever I use one. Adding extra eggs, some sour cream, and vanilla punch up the flavor and make the cake super moist. (I do this with whatever flavor I use.)
Swiss meringue keeps really well. If I make a full recipe and have some leftover, I keep it in an airtight container. To refresh it, let it come to room temperature and put it back in the mixer and rewhip it. If I already have really soft buttercream, I just color and flavor it by hand using a whisk.
I hope you give these cupcakes a try. If you have a mint lover in your life, make these for them.
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