Last weekend I got a hankering to bake. Sometimes when I have a rough week at work, baking is the only thing that restores my sanity. It doesn’t always make me happy (especially when things burn or don’t go right), but it does make my world make sense again and gives me some balance.
I decided to make something I’d never made before and so consulted my copy of “Cupcakes Galore”. I’ve made a lot of cupcakes from this book, but I’d never made the After Eight Cupcakes, so I settled on those.
These are basically chocolate mint cupcakes. The cake itself is a basic chocolate cupcake with a little mint extract added in. The frosting is Mint Buttercream, which I tinted green. I topped it with a dark chocolate ganache.
These were good, though if I make them again, I’m going to amp up the mint flavor. I
felt like it was a little too subtle, when I was going for more of that intense Andes mint flavor.