A labor of love, and well-worth the result! These cupcakes are amazing. You could skip the frosting and just eat the cupcakes with the mint syrup to save yourself a step and eat these delicious treats sooner.
Mint Syrup Ingredients
½ C sugar
½ C water
Pinch of salt
½ tsp vanilla
4 sprigs fresh mint
Mint Syrup Directions
Combine sugar, water, salt, and mint in a saucepan.
Bring to a boil, stir to dissolve sugar.
Add in vanilla.
Remove from heat, cover, and let sit for 20-25 minutes.
Strain the mint from the finish syrup (meaning, pour syrup through a sieve or colander into a container).
Use warm or at room temperature, can be stored in the fridge
2 ½ C flour
1 ½ C sugar
1 tsp baking soda
¾ tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
½ C cocoa powder
4 oz semisweet chocolate, melted and mostly cooled (chocolate chips work well. Zap in the microwave for 10-15 second intervals, stirring in between, until just melted)
¾ C plain yogurt (if you can only find Greek yogurt at the store, thin it down with water until the consistency of regular yogurt)
1 C (2 sticks) butter, melted and cooled (can substitute 1 C oil for 1 C butter)
1 C water
4 large eggs at room temperature
Whisk together the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
Add in the wet ingredients (chocolate, yogurt, butter, water, eggs) and whisk until no longer lumpy
Bake at 350 until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean (cooking time varies depending on what you are making. Regular cupcakes took about 13-16 minutes, mini cupcakes took 9-10 minutes, 8-inch or 9-inch cake pan would probably take 25-35 minutes)
After removing from the oven, poke holes in the cake/cupcakes and pour on mint syrup. Let the cake/cupcakes finish cooling in pan (for maximum syrup absorption), then remove.
1 ½ C unsalted butter (3 sticks) at room temperature (let butter sit out about 30 minutes)
2 Tbsp cocoa powder
Pinch of salt
4 oz unsweetened chocolate, melted and mostly cooled (same instructions as above)
4 C powdered sugar
For additional labor of love, whip up a batch of plain frosting and divide it into three parts. Flavor one with mint extract, one with vanilla, and one with melted chocolate.
Combine butter, cocoa powder, salt and 2 cups of powdered sugar on low speed until just incorporated, about 1 minute.
Add remaining sugar and beat on medium speed about 1.5-2 minutes
Add in melted chocolate and beat frosting until very light and fluffy, about 2 more minutes
This recipe from Cake Magic