#43: After Eight Cupcakes

In September, I started a cupcake adventure. If you haven't read about it yet, you can do so here. ***

If you like chocolate and mint together, you would LOVE these cupcakes! Layer upon layer of chocolate, then mint, then chocolate, then mint. Mmm.

I was so excited to have a chance to use the cupcake papers my friends Emily and Jacee had gotten me for my birthday--pretty much the greatest gift for a baker and paper-lover like me! :) For these cupcakes I chose the obvious choice--brown!

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As with pretty much every other recipe, I started by creaming butter and sugar...soon to be followed by eggs (shown hiding in the background).

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While the butter and sugar are combining, I measured out the dry ingredients, including cocoa powder, as well as a half-cup of Andes mint chips.

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Dry ingredients were added to the batter mixture.

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As well as some half-and-half.

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Then, the mint chips were sprinkled on top of the batter and pressed in slightly.

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Would you LOOK AT THAT?! Mmm.

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Once the cupcakes came out of the oven, they looked like pure perfection...but we're not finished yet!

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((look at those mint chunks! Yummy!))

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Butter and powdered sugar form the base for the icing...

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And a little green coloring and some drops of peppermint extract make everything a bit mintier.

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What a beauty! But we're still not done! (remember what I said about layers and layers?!)

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Next, I melted some dark chocolate to make a ganache.

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And each cupcake was dipped in the chocolate and then topped with a Junior Mint!

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Woo hoo! Chocolate, mint, chocolate, mint, chocolate, mint!

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Hallelujah!