Is there anything better than a deliciously fudgy chocolate cupcake? There is! A cupcake with a fantastically minty Junior mints centre. When it comes to Junior Mints, Perth residents may not be aware of this tasty treat. They are a popular cinema snack in the United States, but they are available in Australia and make the basis for these fantastic cupcakes.
To Make 12 Junior Mint Chocolate Cupcakes you will need;
100 grams of dark brown sugar
150 grams of caster sugar
125 grams of unsalted softened butter
225 grams of sifted plain flour
50 grams of sifted cocoa powder (good quality works best)
½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
Two teaspoons of vanilla extract
250 milliliters of boiling water
2 x 100 gram boxes of Junior Mints
150 grams of chocolate chips
Preheat your oven to 180ºc and line your muffin tin with paper cases.
Place the dark brown sugar and cocoa in a heatproof bowl or jug and add in the boiling water. Whisk everything together before setting aside for later.
Cream the caster sugar and butter together until fluffy and pale. Add the vanilla extract and mix in before beating in one egg at a time between spoonfuls of flour. Add the remaining flour, bicarb and baking powder. Fold in the cocoa liquid, ensuring that everything is well combined.
Spoon your batter into the cupcake cases until they are half to three quarters full. Press two or three of the junior mints into the centre of each cupcake. This is a little messy, but it gives you a good excuse to lick your fingers.
Bake for approximately ten to fifteen minutes. Allow your cupcakes to go cold on a wire rack before you decorate.
Delightfully Devilish Frosting:
No cupcake is complete without frosting, and if you are going to have a decadently delicious chocolate cupcake, it needs delightfully devilish frosting. You will need;
30 grams of dark brown sugar
300 grams of good quality finely chopped dark chocolate
175 grams of unsalted butter
125 milliliters of water.
Put the water, butter and brown sugar in a heavy bottomed pan and melt over a low heat. When it has all melted together, remove from the heat and add in the chocolate. Whisk the mixture until it is glossy and smooth. Set the icing aside for at least half and hour, whisking occasionally. Pipe or spread the icing over the cupcakes and if you are feeling particularly decadent, you could even top the icing with another Junior Mint. Just be sure to do this before the icing has time to set.
These cupcakes are deliciously rich, with a burst of rich chocolate and mint in the centre. Just be sure to bake plenty as they are sure to be a hit with adults and children alike. If you would like to try this recipe and need Junior Mints, Perth based Funworks can help. We have a wide selection of sweets and candy including Junior Mints.