M 8 year old son. Jaxon, looooooves chocolate mint. It all started with ice cream, but now he will eat just about anything with that flavor combination. For awhile now I have been telling myself that I was going to make him some kind of special treat that was chocolate mint flavored but I wasn’t exactly sure what. I finally decided on cupcakes, because who doesn’t love a good cupcake?!? I wanted to use dark chocolate because he tends to prefer dark, over milk, although he will eat just about anything chocolate (he gets it honest!). My final creation are these super rich, very indulgent, Dark Chocolate Mint Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache Icing.
The cake portion is where you will find the mint. I added mint extract (easily found in the baking section of the grocery store near the very popular vanilla extract!) to the batter before baking them. I decided not to add it to the ganache because I was afraid of having too much mint. I think the final product came out exactly like I was hoping. The mint is obvious in the cake, but far from overpowering.
The chocolate ganache just takes the whole thing over the top in chocolatey richness. I used semi-sweet chocolate chips and I really do think the flavors all worked out really well together. Looking at the photos, you can really tell just how dark the cupcakes are! I also think a dark chocolate ganache would work well too! Just use dark chocolate chip. And, watch your heavy cream when you’re boiling it – it can boil over quickly! To get your ganache to a spreadable consistency, let it cool. I put mine in the fridge for a little while to speed up the process.
I sprinkled some chopped up Andes candies on top of a few of the cupcakes. I don’t like mint chocolate as much as Jaxon, but I love me some Andies and have for as far back as I can remember. To my surprise, Jaxon didn’t care for the candy on top, so I listed it as optional in the ingredients list. If you want a more intense mint flavor, I would suggest adding them.
If you love chocolate mint, then you really should try these Dark Chocolate Mint Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache. Definitely let me know how it goes and what you think! I would love to know! Leave a comment or send me a message anytime!
If you like this recipe, you might also like my Perfect Vanilla Caramel Icing! A delicious way to top almost any cupcake!