mint chocolate cupcakes

In Baked: New Frontiers in Baking by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito, there is a recipe for a “grasshopper cake”.  It is a chocolate cake base finished with a frosting made from scratch with chocolate wafers and chocolate mint candy (such as Andes©) mixed into it.  Big cakes are hard for me to share with friends and coworkers during the week, so I decided to convert the recipe into cupcakes instead.

IMG_4850  I baked the chocolate cake layers as cupcakes and topped it with a mint flavored buttercream.  I added green dye, as to signify that there is mint inside.  I then topped each cupcake off with an Andes© mint!  Since the cake portion is small, crushing wafers into the frosting would have been too much topping.  I liked the way this turned out and it is delicious too!

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