After Eight Cupcakes

After Eight Cupcakes
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1-1/3 cups flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tea. baking powder
1 tea. salt
6 tbsp unsalted butter at room temp
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
2/3 cup half-and-half
Few drops of mint extract
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips or mini mint chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350F
2. Mix flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt together; set aside
3. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, mixing after each addition. Alternately beat in flour mixture and half-and-half. Add a few drops of mint extract to batter and mix well.
4. Spoon batter into cupcake liners. Sprinkle mini chocolate chips over cupcakes and bake for 20-25 minutes or until tester comes out clean.
5. Remove from oven and cool.

Mint Butter Cream Frosting:
3/4 cup unsalted butter at room temp, cut into pieces
2 cups powdered sugar
2 tbsp milk
Few drops of mint extract
Green food coloring (optional)

1. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add milk and mint extract and mix well. You may want to add more or less milk. Add food coloring if you wish. Spread over cooled cupcakes and set in a cool place until frosting hardens.

Chocolate Ganache:
5 oz. high-quality dark chocolate, broken into pieces
2/3 cup heavy cream
12 Junior Mints

1. Place chocolate and cream in a double boiler or a microwave and heat until cream is warm to the touch and the chocolate starts to melt. Remove from heat and stir until all of the chocolate has melted and the mixture is homogeneous. Remember – you don’t want to cook the chocolate, just melt it. Cool slightly and drip over cupcakes. Place a Junior Mint on each cupcake.

Makes 12 cupcakes.

Recipe credit: “Cupcakes Galore” by Gail Wagman

  • Rachel - February 5, 2009 - 4:07 pm

    Hey Annie – I found your AE Photographie blog recently thanks to a Google Alert that came up with MY name – I guess because I’d made a comment on a Flickr photo that you linked to, it somehow associated me with it. Anyway…from there I found this new baking blog. I’m going to recommend it to a few friends too. -Rachel :)

    Oh, and P.S. My best friend always says you should live life “with sprinkles on top” in regard to enjoying the small things. So I love the name of your blog!ReplyCancel

  • aephotographie - February 5, 2009 - 4:08 pm

    Thanks!! Isn’t it funny how the Internet works and how it can track you down?!ReplyCancel

  • Rainbowchips - February 5, 2009 - 10:49 pm

    Hey!
    Love these, cute and yummy, but uhh… why are they called After Eight? Just wondering…. I couldn’t think of anything but then again I am neither creative nor witty, so, I have not a clue.ReplyCancel

  • aephotographie - February 5, 2009 - 11:39 pm

    I think they’re called After Eight cupcakes because it’s supposed to be a take on an after-dinner mint — but I could be wrong. Who knows!ReplyCancel

  • kern.justin - February 6, 2009 - 7:32 am

    Mint and chocolate is the best flavor combination there is.ReplyCancel

  • Amber - February 8, 2009 - 7:08 pm

    I can answer the ‘After Eights’ question for you. In the U.K., there are after dinner candies, called After Eights. Much like our Andes. The recipe must have originated there.

    Love me some After Eights! Even more though, I love real cadbury’s chocolate. It’s such a treat in our house. My husband is British, and we lived in England for a time. They do chocolate much better than we do!

    He was all over this recipe when he stumbled on it, and told me I’m required to make it. Thanks so much, Annie. :P

    I’ve requested to follow you on twitter. Username aryssabrooke.ReplyCancel

  • aephotographie - February 8, 2009 - 9:30 pm

    Ah, thanks for the clarification, Amber! :)ReplyCancel

  • […] Original recipe is from With Sprinkles on Top. I did not use the “ganache” and used Andes mints sliced in half as garnish. I find the cake to be . . . mediocre at best. The frosting however (I had about one tsp of mint extract in mine) was awesome. […]ReplyCancel

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