I have recently discovered that I love making fun and unique cupcakes. For a potluck movie night I was going to on the weekend, I decided to try something extra Christmasy and tasty!
Chocolate cupcake mix (or you can make them from scratch… but I won’t explain that here)
3 eggs, 1 cup oil, 2 cups water (or what the mix calls for)
24 After Eight Mints
Icing Sugar (and ingredients listed on bag)
Mint hot chocolate powder
Pretty Christmas cupcake wrappers
First, make your chocolate cupcake batter. Pour 1 Tbs of batter into each cupcake wrapper in tray. Place one After Eight Mint over batter. Pour another Tbs of batter intoeach cupcake. Bake at 350 F, or as cupcake mix box indicates.
While cupcakes are baking, make icing by following the directions on the bag. Put half of the icing to the side, and add the mint hot chocolate powder to the other half of the icing. Add powder to taste. It should have a nice minty flavour without being over powering. If there is not enough mint, add 2 drops of mint extract.
With the white icing, separate into half once again. One half will remain white, and the other half will be red. Use red food colouring for this. If you are like me, and hate that red icing always ends up pink, then go ahead and buy red icing in a squeeze tube.
Remove cupcakes from oven, and allow to cool on cooling rack.
Put white a red icing into icing bags with your prefered tips. Spread mint chocolate icing over all of the cupcakes. This icing is purely for flavour. Then, use red and white icing to make a swirly mint candy shape on top of the mint chocolate icing. My white icing was a bit too runny; that is why they look kind of blobby.
Crush up a couple candy canes, and sprinkle them all over the cupcakes. This really makes the mint flavour pop! It also adds texture.
The secret to these cupcakes is the baked in After Eight Mint. The chocolate melts, releasing the mint into the cupcake. The mint spreads and creates a delicious flavour. The chocolate remains in the middle and creates a tasty little treat when you bite into it!