Chocolate Mint Cupcakes with Mint Chocolate Chip Icing

I have been meaning to experiment with my bottle of peppermint essence for a while now, but I just was not sure what I would use it for. I then thought I would try to make Chocolate Mint Cupcakes with Chocolate Chip Mint Icing.

I was not sure how much peppermint essence to use for the cupcakes because peppermint essence can be quite over powering if you use too much, so I sought advice from my baking friends on Twitter.

According to my taste testers, the Chocolate Mint Cupcakes with Chocolate Chip Mint Icing ended turning out really well, the peppermint flavouring was not over powering. The Chocolate Mint Cupcakes with Chocolate Chip Mint Icing were delicious.

The icing is actually a light green colour, but it was hard to pick up the colour with my camera.

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I only wish I could find my Wilton 1M piping tip, because I do not like how the Wilton 199 piping tip pipes.

Chocolate Mint Cupcakes with Chocolate Chip Mint Icing

250 grams of butter

1 block of dark cooking chocolate

2 cups of brown sugar

1 and 1/3 cup of milk

1 teaspoon of peppermint essence

1 and 1/2 cups of plain flour

1/4 cup of self raising flour

1/4 cup of cocoa powder

2 eggs

Icing

125 grams of room temperature butter

2 drops of green food colouring

1/4 teaspoon of peppermint essence

chocolate chips for decoration

2 cups of icing sugar

2 tablespoons of milk

 

Method

1) Preheat oven to 170 degrees C/150 degrees C fan-forced. Place cupcake cases into cupcake tin.

2) Combine butter, chocolate, milk, sugar and peppermint essence in medium saucepan, stir over low heat until mixture is smooth.

3) Cool mixture until barely warm, whisk in sifted dry ingredients and eggs.

4) Pour mixture evenly into paper cases and fill to about three-quarters full; bake about 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven and stand 10-15 minutes on a wire rack to cool.

5) For the icing, mix butter, milk, peppermint essence, 2 drops of green food colouring and icing sugar with a mixer. Place mixture into a piping bag. Once the cupcakes have cooled down, pipe the icing onto the cupcakes. Scatter chocolate chips on the top of the icing.

Coconut Rough Cupcakes

As you all know, coconut, chocolate and cupcakes are three of my favourite things to eat. Just the other day I thought it would be a great idea to combine these things and make Coconut Rough Cupcakes.

The Coconut Rough Cupcakes are basically a chocolate mud cupcake with toasted coconut. The cupcake will then be iced with chocolate icing and decorated with a piece of Nestle Golden Rough chocolate.

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I was quite impressed with the Coconut Rough Cupcakes, they tasted so delicious and coconutty. The chocolate mud part of the cupcake was so moist and rich.

Unfortunately I could not find my Wilton 1M piping tip, so I could not pipe the icing onto the cupcakes as I had hoped for. In the end, I had to resort to using a Wilton 22 piping tip.

 

Coconut Rough Cupcake Recipe

250 grams of butter

1 block of dark cooking chocolate

2 cups of brown sugar

1 and 1/3 cup of coconut milk

1 teaspoon of vanilla essence

1 and 1/2 cups of plain flour

1/4 cup of self raising flour

3/4-1 cup of toasted coconut (depending on how coconutty you want the cupcakes to be)

1/4 cup of cocoa powder

2 eggs

A few packets of Nestle Golden Rough chocolates

Icing

125 grams of room temperature butter

1/4 cup of cocoa powder

2 cups of icing sugar

2 tablespoons of milk or coconut milk

 

Method

1) Preheat oven to 170 degrees C/150 degrees C fan-forced. Place cupcake cases into cupcake tin.

2) Combine butter, chocolate, coconut milk, sugar and extract in medium saucepan, stir over low heat until mixture is smooth.

3) Cool mixture until barely warm, whisk in sifted dry ingredients and eggs.

4) Pour mixture evenly into paper cases and fill to about three-quarters full; bake about 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven and stand 10-15 minutes on a wire rack to cool.

5) For the icing, mix butter, milk, cocoa powder and icing sugar with a mixer. Place mixture into a piping bag. Once the cupcakes have cooled down, pipe the icing onto the cupcakes. Place a 1/4 of the Golden Rough chocolate on the top of the icing.

 

If you are a  huge fan of coconut like I am, give this recipe a go.

 

 

 

Fare Gourmet’s Triple Chocolate Brownie

Back in the days when I used to live near the city, I used to visit Eveleigh Markets every Saturday and it was a tradition that I would buy one Fare Gourmet Chocolate Brownie. I used to love their brownies so much and always used to share them with my mother in law.

Since moving away from the city, I had not been able to get my Fare Gourmet brownie fix and I have not been able to find a brownie that tasted as good.

Then one day whilst I was visiting my local markets, I discovered that Fare Gourmet had a stall selling their brownies. I was so happy and delighted. I ended up buying the usual Triple Chocolate Brownie.

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Fare Gournmet’s Triple Chocolate Brownie tasted as good as I had remembered, actually I think it tasted better. The Triple Chocolate Brownie tasted so decadent and rich like chocolate fudge, that I ended up eating a quarter of the Triple Chocolate Brownie. The Triple Chocolate Brownie was definitely a chocaholics dream.

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I cannot wait until the markets are on next month, because I will be definitely stocking up on more of Fare Gourmet’s chocolate brownies.

Fare Gourmet’s chocolate brownies are still the best chocolate brownies that I have ever eaten!

Fare Gourmet’s Website:

http://www.faregourmet.com/

Good News!

I want to share with you my good news, I passed my diabetes test. I was so worried because for the previous test I was 0.7 from having type two diabetes.

Having gestational diabetes during pregnancy was really hard for me, so passing the test was the best thing ever.

In case you were worried, just because I passed me test does not mean I plan to go crazy eating tonnes of sweet things again. I feel like I have been given a second chance and I plan to be slightly more healthier.

But never fear, I will still have my occasional sweet indulgences.

 

My Newest Sweet Addiction: Daim Chocolate

Call me slow, but I just discovered Daim Chocolate. I did not know that these delicious and addictive chocolates existed, until I saw a photo of them on Instagram.

Being the crazy chocoholic that I am, I raced to Ikea to buy some. I ended up buying a huge bag of them.

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All I can say is that I am addicted and cannot stop eating them. Having sweet things in small pieces or packaging is never a good thing for me, because it makes me want to eat more!

Someone save me from this addiction!

Kez’s Taking Cafe Home Chocolate Mud Cookie Bites Chocolate Chip

As you may or may not have noticed, I am going through a crazy biscuit/cookie phase. Every time I see a new biscuit or cookie in the shops, I have to buy them and try them. I think I have an obsession with trying new things.

On a recent visit to Woolworths Supermarket, I stumbled upon Kez’s Taking Cafe Home Cookie range. On the shelf in the Woolworths Supermarket I saw the Chocolate Mud Cookie Bites Chocolate Chip, the Florentines and the Melting Moments from the Kez’s Taking Cafe Home range. I decided that I would try the Chocolate Mud Cookie Bites Chocolate Chip because they looked delicious and I am obsessed with anything containing chocolate chips.

As usual, when I got home I decided that I would open up the box of Kez’s Taking Cafe Home Chocolate Mud Cookie Bites (Chocolate Chip).

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Kez’s Taking Cafe Home Chocolate Mud Cookie Bites Chocolate Chip tasted really delicious. The bite sized cookie was crunchy, the chocolate chips in the cookies were divine and fact that the it was smothered in chocolate made them even more delicious. Kez’s Taking Cafe Home Chocolate Mud Cookie Bites Chocolate Chip were so moreish that I nearly ate the entire box.

Out of curiosity, I decided to visit their website http://www.kezs.com.au/products-kez’s-taking-cafe-home-.asp and noticed that they have so many other delicious products in their range. There seems to be so many more products in their range. The Chocolate Mud Cookie Bites Salted Caramel and their Cookie Slices Salted Caramel Peanut & Pretzel Milk Choc Coated Cookie Slice look really delicious, I must find out where to buy them from.

One thing that I have to say about the Chocolate Mud Cookie Bites Chocolate Chip is that I do not understand why the cookies are called chocolate mud because the cookie itself are not really chocolate mud.

Kez’s website:

http://www.kezs.com.au/products-kez’s-taking-cafe-home-.asp

 

 

Arnott’s Peanut Butter Tim Tam Biscuits

When I found out that Arnotts had released a new peanut butter Tim Tam flavoured biscuit, I was so excited. I was so excited because I really love peanut butter flavoured biscuits and could not wait to try them. I crossing my fingers hoping that they would taste as good as Arnotts Gaiety Peanut flavoured Biscuits (unfortunately no longer on the market).

Despite my excitement over the new Tim Tam Biscuit flavour, I did not end up visiting Coles Supermarket to buy them straight away because I was too busy. Over the next few weeks I watched my friends post photos and comments on Instagram and Twitter about their thoughts when they tried the Peanut Butter Tim Tam Biscuits, the reviews were quite mixed.

After a while curiosity got the better of me and I decided that I would go to Coles Supermarket and try the  Peanut Butter Tim Tam Biscuits. As soon as I got home, I decided I would try one.

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My immediate thoughts after my first bite of the Peanut Butter Tim Tam Biscuits was disappointment. I did not like the taste of the Peanut Butter Tim Tam Biscuits, I thought that the flavour tasted artificial. The peanut butter filling was not very nice and I did not like how the biscuit was a peanut flavour too.

In my opinion, I think it is such a shame, I think that the Peanut Butter Tim Tam Biscuits could have been an amazing product.

Have you tried Arnott’s Peanut Butter Tim Tam Biscuits? I would like to know what were your thoughts.

Stockists: Arnott’s Peanut Butter Tim Tam Biscuits are exclusively sold at Coles Supermarkets

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