Sunday, May 4, 2008
Everyone has a dream, something that you want to do with your life. I have always wanted to be a chef or caterer. It hasn't been in my life plan or style to do that but you never know what will happen. Before I started this blog I was asked by friends of ours to make their child's birthday cake. I was extremely flattered and of course said yes. It was a learning experience for sure and it did turn out well. Now that P and my nieces are going to have their first birthday, his sister asked if while we were down there if I could make cupcakes. Of course I said yes. She is still working out the details for the party and what she is looking for in cakes but mentioned a mint and chocolate cake. So I decided to try my hand at a mint chocolate cupcake. The batter I have made before just as chocolate cupcakes and its really easy and makes a lot of cupcakes in a small amount of time.
Mint Chocolate Cupcakes
2 1/2 cups of AP Flour
1 1/4 cups of cocoa powder
2 1/2 cups of sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda
1 1/4 teaspoons of baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons of salt
2 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk
1 1/4 cups of heavy cream
1/2 cup of vegetable oil
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of peppermint extract
1 1/4 cup of water at room temperature
1/2 cup of Milk Chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350. Line 2 cupcake pans with paper liners. Combine the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a bowl and whisk until combined. In another bowl combine the eggs, yolk, heavy cream, vegetable oil, extracts and water. Once the wet ingredients are combined add them to the dry and stir until the batter is almost smooth. Since this was an experiment, I made one pan just the cake and the other pan I put half the batter in and then added 3 or 4 chocolate chips in each cup then put the other half of the batter on top. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.
I just put a simple ganache glaze over the top of the cakes as I had no powdered sugar in the house. I'm not happy with how it came out so feel free to put what ever kind of frosting you would like on it.
P thought the cake had good flavor but were rich enough with out the chocolate chips.