13 October 2011

double chocolate mint cupcakes

these cupcakes are probably the most popular of all the cupcakes i make.  so many people love the combination of chocolate & mint and the pairing exists in lots of well-known pairings... after-eight, junior mints, mint chocolate chip ice cream, ovation {those used to be a christmas staple in my house growing up}, those addictive crunchy girl guide cookies... none of which are vegan i might add.  i tend to be more of a vanilla cake gal, but my double chocolate mint cupcakes are the ones that get requested the most, especially by non-vegans.

what can i say?  there's just something about chocolate and mint...

{double chocolate mint}

double chocolate mint cupcakes based on the basic chocolate cupcake in VCTOTW

makes one dozen
1 cup non-dairy milk {i used almond}
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup sunflower or canola oil
3/4 cup organic cane sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp pure mint extract {or peppermint, spearmint, etc.}
1 cup organic all purpose flour
1/3 cup + 2 tbsp cocoa
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

preheat your oven to 350f.  mix together the almond milk and cider vinegar in a large bowl and set aside to curdle a few minutes.  add in the oil, sugar and extracts and mix until well combined.  into a separate bowl sift and combine the dry ingredients.   add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until the batter is pretty smooth, but don't overmix it either.  {unless instead of cupcakes, you'd rather double chocolate mint hockey pucks.}

spoon the batter into a cupcake tin filled with liners and bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.  allow the cupcakes to cool completely before icing with chocolate mint buttercream.

vegan chocolate mint buttercream
1/2 cup earth balance vegan margarine
3- 3 1/2 cups icing sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1-2 tsp pure mint extract {depending on how minty you like things}
2 tsp almond milk, and more as needed

whip the earth balance and incorporate the mint extract.  add in the cocoa powder, followed by the sugar and almond milk a bit at a time, mixing as you go along until you reach a consistency and flavour you're happy with.  ice your fully cooled cupcakes and if you like with fresh mint.

{so chocolatey}

{garden mint}

moist chocolate cake with a refreshing mmmmmminty goodness.

15 comments:

  1. you're quite the vegan cupcake connoisseur. i want to make all of your cupcake recipes!! these ones looks soo delicious. my husband LOVES chocolate and mint. on my list ;)

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  2. these are beautiful! (and look like a wonderful bite of chocolatey mintey goodness) i can't wait to try to make these!

    just wanted to say i adore your recipes. not only are they delicious but they help me prove to my somewhat skeptical friends that vegan food is delicious. i love when i get replies of "damn, thats vegan?" and "are you sure?" ^_^

    looking forward to your blog as always

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  3. thanks caitlin :) please do let me know how they turn out once you make them gluten-free!

    dear unknown, thank you so much for you kind words. and yes, i too love sharing amazing vegan treats with unsuspecting friends! although, by now, i think they're always expecting to be surprised :)

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  4. These are so pretty!!!! They are like thin mint cupcakes! Love!

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  5. This looks AMAZING - I love chocolate & mint flavors together!

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  6. These look delicious! I can't wait to make them. But on a chocolate and mint note- there are Dark Chocolate After Eights now that contain no dairy! YUMM!

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  7. They can be popular with me too! NOM!

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  8. totally thin mint-ish arielle! i forgot about those...oh, and peppermint patties too!

    sara, thank you for letting me in on dark chocolate after eights - totally picking some up this christmas season :)

    love that enthusiastic 'nom' jeni!

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  9. I can;t wait to try these. they sound delish

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  10. Good internet ettiquette includes citing where the recipe comes from. Anyone who bakes Isa Moskowitz's and Terry Romero's cupcakes, knows this is a Vegan Cupcakes Takes Over The World recipe. It's ok to add some flavoring, but at least please give credit where it's due. It's plagorism otherwise.

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  11. dear jess, thank you for your comment. i am a lover of vegan cupcakes because of one and only inspiration: terry & isa's book. if you are familiar with my blog, you'll also know that i give credit where credit is due - it seems that i missed that here and i thank you for bringing that to my attention. it is not, and has never been my goal to misrepresent myself.

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  12. No problem! I love their cookbook too, and have to say, that was my first time on your blog. Found your cupcake on findingvegan.com. Glad to hear it was just an oversight. Unfortunately, there is a lot of materials taken online for people's own use. Have a great Sunday, and will check back through your recipes. I too love kale and cupcakes! :)

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  13. One of my favorite flavor combinations!

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