Vanilla Mint Chip Cupcakes

Mint chip cupcakes

You know when life just sort of sucks you into a tornado of stuff to do? There is so much going on around you and you feel like you can’t get it under control. I am in one of those tornados! Work is so very busy right now, exciting things are happening with my blog, and the demand to keep up is awesome, but difficult at times. I have been without my partner in crime for almost two weeks while he is traveling in Asia, and he will be gone for another week. I miss him dearly. However, with all that’s going on, I am so happy to be spending the weekend in Colorado with my family while my little brother graduates from college; and bonus, he called me yesterday to tell me he got a full time job in the medical field. I am so proud of him!

Okay, enough ranting. Thanks for listening, but lets move onto cupcakes. That’s why you are all here right? Today I am sharing Vanilla Mint Chip Cupcakes. Oh my word, these cupcakes… these cupcakes are in my top three favorites. You see, mint chip is my favorite flavor weather it is in ice cream, brownies or chocolate; you name it. I have seen lots of cupcakes with mint chip frosting, but a couple weeks ago, I found myself searching for an actual mint chip cupcake. I wanted the cupcake to be mint flavored, with chocolate chips and chocolate frosting.

Mint Chip cupcake

I am so in love with these. Even my boyfriend, (who, gasp, isn’t a fan of mint chip) enjoyed these cupcakes. They are the perfect balance of mint flavor cake and subtle chocolate chips. I topped them off with my absolute favorite dark chocolate frosting. I have to tell you that once you make this chocolate frosting, you might never make another chocolate frosting. I found a similar recipe a couple years back, scribbled it on a sticky note and now, I have not be able to locate it since. It continues to be my favorite frosting recipe.

Mint Chip Cupcakes

Vanilla Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes
Makes 24 cupcakes

1 Box Vanilla cake mix

1/4 C Dry instant vanilla pudding mix

3 Large Eggs

½ C Vegetable oil

1 C Buttermilk

3/4 C Sour cream

1 tsp Pure vanilla extract

1 1/2 tsp Mint extract

1/2 C Mini chocolate chips

  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl, except chocolate chips, and mix thoroughly. I like to fold my chocolate chips in last once the batter is mixed.
  • Fill lined cupcake pan 2/3 full. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Check your cupcake for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center of the cupcake. If your tooth pick comes out clean, your cupcake is done. Allow the cupcakes to cool in the pan for at least 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.

Mint Chip Cupcakes

Dark Chocolate Frosting

1 1/3 C Dark chocolate cocoa powder, sifted

1 C Butter at room temperature

1 Package cream cheese (8 oz) at room temperature

3 tsp Pure vanilla extract

4 C Confectionary sugar

2 tbsp Milk

  • Allow butter and cream cheese to come to room temperature.
  • Using a fine sieve to sift the cocoa powder, eliminating any clumps.
  • Once softened, combine butter and cream cheese in a large mixing bowl and beat on medium speed until well combined.
  • Slowly add cocoa powder and continue to beat on medium speed until you achieve a smooth consistency. Add vanilla extract. I like to add the vanilla extract after the cocoa powder too help keep the mixture from getting dry and clumpy to quickly.
  • Continue by adding 2 cups of powdered sugar, followed by 1 tablespoon of milk. I alternate the powdered sugar and milk because the frosting will get clumpy. Add the last two cups of powdered sugar and 1 tablespoon of milk. Here is where you need some patience, and you might need to increase the speed of your mixer up one notch. The frosting takes a little time to cream together in order to get a silky smooth finish. If you feel your frosting is still too thick, add 1 teaspoon of milk until desired thickness.

I used an open circular tip to frost my cupcakes and topped them with chocolate sprinkles. I still have dreams about these cupcakes! Good thing my birthday is coming up, because someone will be making themselves some vanilla mint chocolate chip cupcakes.

Mint Chip Cupcake

Gluten-Free S’mores Cupcakes

S'mores Cupcakes

Part of the fun of being a food blogger is trying recipes from my peers. I love experimenting in the kitchen. I have also been inclined to try various baking mixes to see how my favorites compare. On a recent shopping trip to Wholefoods, I found a Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake mix from King Arthur Flour. I must say, that I am in love with this cake mix, it is the fudgiest cake I have ever had. You can purchase their cake mixes online. I used it to make cupcakes instead of a layer cake as shown on the box.

Once my cupcakes cooled, I took a heaping spoon of chocolate and smeared it over the top of each one. Obviously you need an excess amount of chocolate for anything s’mores related. Instead of graham cracker, I used Annie’s Gluten-Free Bunnie crackers, they are most compared to Teddy Grahams. I used a food processor to grind them up into smaller pieces.

S'mores Cupcakes

I have never made marshmallow frosting before (gasp!). So I spent some time looking at ingredients from different recipes to see what I wanted to try. I was never a huge fan of marshmallow fluff when I was a child, so I was looking for something different.

S'mores Cupcakes

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Cake Batter Whipped Cream

homemade whipped cream

There are a many things I love when it comes to dessert; homemade whipped cream is one of them. It’s so easy to make and often impresses my guests! At Christmas time, I made a Hot Chocolate Whipped Cream, which is my most pinned recipe on Pinterest. Now that winter is coming to an end, I figured it was time for a new whipped cream. I have been dreaming about Cake Batter Whipped Cream for weeks. I love cake batter, but most cake batter flavored desserts are too sweet or over flavored for me.

This Cake Batter Whipped Cream is perfect. It is a bit thicker than regular whipped cream, but it’s not overpowering or overly sweet. I dipped strawberries in it, put it on some cake and basically ate the entire batch myself. Seriously, my boyfriend didn’t even take a bite. Continue reading

Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting

This post is long over due, as someone’s birthday (not mine) was a little over a month and a half ago. This someone shall remain nameless, but if you follow my blog, you probably know who I am talking about; he hates his birthday. Whatever. He did however request a mini cake, which I was really excited about because it gave me an excuse to buy 6” cake pans!

He also specifically requested chocolate cake from the Ghirardelli Cookbook, which I was really excited about. The first cake we baked together was a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting; this boy has a major crush on chocolate cake.

While I adore the small size of this cake, I am going to tell you honestly that I am not a fan of the actual cake recipe; therefore, I am not going to share it here today. Maybe it was too rich for me, maybe I over baked it or maybe the small pan size caused the cake to be too dry. Continue reading

Triple Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes

Brownie Batter Frosting

Chocolate Cupcakes with Brownie Batter Frosting

Okay, so yesterday I told you about the Cupcake Camp Conejo Valley. Today I am talking cupcakes. I baked and frosted more than I have ever before. My list of ingredient included 22 eggs, 18 sticks of butter, 3 lbs of powdered sugar, 6 boxes of cake mix and 4 boxes of brownie mix! I baked 13 dozen cupcakes and made 16 pounds of frosting. It was awesome! The cupcake I am sharing today is a Triple Chocolate Brownie Cupcake.

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