For my first entry, I chose to do chocolate and mint together because, well, you know...It's fabulous. I did a dark devils food cupcake, filled with a dark chocolate buttercream and topped with a mint infused dark chocolate ganache buttercream.
Devils food cupcake
(adapted from Fields of Cake and me)
2 cups AP flour
1 1/2 cup sugar
1/2 dark brown sugar
3/4 cup Cocoa (I love using Hershey's special dark)
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup oil
1 cup buttermilk
1 Tbsp vanilla
1 cup boiling water (or 1/2 coffee, 1/2 water boiling)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, line cupcake pan. I got 28.
Sift together dry ingredients into large mixing bowl. Add oil, eggs, buttermilk and vanilla and mix with electric mixer on med for 2 minutes. Add boiling water and mix to incorporate.
Make sure you do not overfill cupcake pans, or you will have a mess. fill it a scan 2/3 full. bake 18 minutes.
23 oz mixed chopped bittersweet and semisweet chocolate
2 cups plus 1 Tbsp cream
1 Tbsp softened US butter
Tear handful of mint leaves and put into a 2 qt saucepan, take a wooden spoon and squish them hard in the pan...you are trying to release the oils of the mint. Add cream and bring just to a boil, remove from heat, cover and let sit to steep for 30 minutes.
In the meantime, get your other ingredients ready. measure out your chocolate and put into a heatproof bowl (I use my mixer bowl).
Reheat cream, bring to just a boil, add to chocolate. Let sit for 3 minutes then stir to mix. Add butter after mixed. Put a piece of saran wrap over the top and let cool.
Mint Ganache buttercream
2 sticks US RT butter
1/2 tsp mint extract
1 cup sifted powdered sugar
2 cups mint ganache.
Cream butter, add sugar, extract and salt. Add cooled ganache and beat until light and fluffy.
Dark Chocolate Buttercream
note: this is the frosting I made for my chocolate salted caramel frosting that I swore I'ld never make again....people at work liked it so much, I'm making it again.
1/2 cup plus 1 Tbsp unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
1/2 cup plus 1 Tbsp boiling water
2 1/4 cups (4 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temp
3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 pounds best-quality semi-sweeted chocolate, melted and cooled.
combine cocoa and the boiling water, stirring until cocoa has dissolved. with an electric mixer on med-high speed, beat butter, confectioners' sugar and salt until pale and fluffy. Reduce speed to low, add melted and cooled chocolate, beating until combined and scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Beat in cocoa mixture. If not using immediately, frosting can be refrigerated up to 5 days, or frozen up to 1 month, in an airtight container. Before using, bring to room temp and beat on low speed until smooth again.
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