So almost a month ago was National Chocolate Mint day (February 19), so to celebrate the day we made some Mint Cupcakes with Mint Dark Chocolate Ganache. They were spontaneous and I was sort of winging it in the kitchen because I wasn’t obviously prepared.
“Will these turn out?” “Are they minty enough?” “Are they too minty?”
I set out with a plan. I wanted a cupcake that tasted a lot like the famous candies that are chocolate mint. But not necessarily the batter, the ganache. I wanted to be sure there was plenty of mint flavor.
Andes Chocolate Mints are my favorite candies. If I was going to celebrate a Chocolate Mint holiday, I was going to do my best to celebrate it with a flavor reminiscent of my favorite candy. This post is NOT sponsored, SO it allowed me to get creative in the kitchen. We came up with these awesome Mint Cupcakes with Mint Dark Chocolate Ganache and they were so worth the time!
Instead of topping our cute cupcakes with a piece of Andes (which was our original plan), we found these Dove Dark Chocolate Mint candies and I just loved how they looked sitting on top.
And I have to be honest, of all the chocolate mint I’ve eated in my life, these are probably the closest to tasting like actual Andes Chocolate Mints. Plus they are cute. Just saying. They totally made theses Mint Cupcakes with Mint Dark Chocolate Ganache.
So these were supposed to be posted the day after Chocolate Mint Day, but at the time, my daughter was having some odd pregnancy complications, so she came before cupcakes. Carsyn Oliver was born February 22, 2016 and so the cupcakes really got put off. And now I’m posting them, because it’s almost St. Patty’s day, and they are PERFECT for St. Patty’s day!
So forget that Chocolate Mint Day stuff, and focus on these cupcakes. Eat them whenever, but they are obviously perfect for St. Patrick’s day! In fact, it doesn’t really matter WHEN you eat Mint Cupcakes with Mint Dark Chocolate Ganache, it’s only important that you do!
I did one other thing. I made the mint cupcakes batter and the ganache using Dekuyper Liqueur Creme De Menthe. I wasn’t real sure it would work, but I persevered.
I had been tempted to just use Creme De Menthe syrup, but I didn’t have that on hand and really did not want to go to the store. I had the Dekuyper Liqueur, so that’s what I used. And it worked.
They were a HUGE hit and even though I only got one, which I devoured in like 30 seconds, the rest of the family enjoyed them and has been begging me to make them again!