Fudgy Brownie Cupcakes with fresh whipped cream mint topping

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It’s a glorious 70 degrees outside today. Seventy! Thank you, Mother Nature! Let’s celebrate with cupcakes!

Not just any cupcakes. The beginning of Spring requires a little step up from classic chocolate cupcakes. Besides, St. Patrick’s Day is just a few days away and chocolate and mint combinations are highly sought after. I added it all up and came up with this chocolate mint combination.

Enter Fudgy Brownie Cupcakes with Mint Whipped Cream Topping.

They will knock your socks off! My girls were wearing flip-flops today, so apparently it works! icon wink Fudgy Brownie Cupcakes with fresh whipped cream mint topping

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These brownie cupcakes are so utterly fudgy and chocolatey and are faster to make than pan brownies. Do I hear applause? icon smile Fudgy Brownie Cupcakes with fresh whipped cream mint topping Than check this: I topped each and every one with freshly whipped cream with a drop of peppermint extract. Chocolate brownie base and peppermint topping. Oh yes!

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The real star here is the brownie cupcake. Dense, fudgy, chewy and super chocolatey. I thought that a sugary frosting will be too overwhelming and since we are in a Spring mood here (think refreshing), I decided to go with something lighter. What better than freshly whipped cream with a hint of mint? Perfect combination, dare I say. icon smile Fudgy Brownie Cupcakes with fresh whipped cream mint topping

Fudgy Brownie Cupcakes with fresh whipped cream mint topping

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 10 cupcakes

Super fudgy brownie cupcakes topped with light whipped cream topping with a hint of mint.

Ingredients

    for the brownie cupcakes:
  1. 10 Tbsp unsalted butter
  2. 1 1/4 c granulated sugar
  3. 3/4 c unsweetened cocoa powder
  4. 1/4 tsp salt
  5. 1/2 tsp vanilla
  6. 2 large eggs
  7. 1/2 c all-purpose flour
  8. for the topping:
  9. 1/2 c heavy whipping cream
  10. 1 tsp powdered or regular sugar
  11. 1 drop peppermint extract
  12. 1 drop of green gel food color (optional)

Instructions

    to make the brownie cupcakes:
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Place 10 cupcake liners in 10 cavities of your muffin pan. Set side.
  3. In a medium saucepan, combine butter, sugar and cocoa powder. Cook on medium, stirring constantly, until butter is melted and the mixture is grainy but fairly uniform.
  4. Remove from the stove. Cool to room temperature.
  5. Whisk in vanilla extract and salt.
  6. Add eggs and whisk until smooth.
  7. Gently fold in flour, just until no streaks remain. Do not overmix.
  8. Fill cupcake liners almost all the way to the top.
  9. Bake 20 to 22 minutes, or until the tops look cracked slightly. Do not overbake.
  10. Cool completely in pan.
  11. to make the topping:
  12. In a bowl of a stand mixer, whip cream until soft peaks form. Add sugar and whip 1 minute longer on medium speed. Add peppermint extract and whip for 10 seconds. Stir in food color if using.Transfer into a piping bag or ziploc bag with snipped corner.
  13. Decorate completely cooled cupcakes with the topping just before serving.

Notes

Try not to exceed the amount of peppermint extract beyond 2 drops. A little goes a long way with this extract - it's very strong. Cool cupcakes completely before removing wrappers (if desired). Finish the cupcakes with the topping just before serving. Refrigerate any leftovers.

I adapted this recipe for Cocoa Brownies, originally from "Bittersweet" by Alice Medrich

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xoxo,

Anna

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  • http://www.averiecooks.com/ Averie Cooks

    Love the dense, fudgy, chewy and super chocolatey action. And it’s the same recipe I used for brownies earlier this week! But in cupcake form. I’ve gotta try this!

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      One of my favorite when it comes to brownies! Thanks, Averie!

  • http://twitter.com/thejoyofcaking The Joy of Caking

    Anna, these fudgie little delights look like the perfect solution to any chocolate attack :)

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      Aww, thank you!

  • curryandcomfort

    Oh yes… totally fantastic combination!! I would knock my socks off too. YUM!

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      :) Thanks, my friend!

  • http://twitter.com/SallysBakeBlog Sally

    I just saw these on facebook Anna and almost fell off my chair. They look like perfection! I love that brownie recipe :)

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      lol They are known to do that ;) Thanks so much, Sally!

  • http://twitter.com/Tutti_Dolci Tutti Dolci

    Fudgy brownie cupcakes with mint topping? Yum, a classic combo!

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      Thanks, Laura!

  • domesticfits

    That last picture!! The fudgyness looks insane, gorgeous :)

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      Totally insane! Thanks, Jackie :)

  • http://damndelicious.tumblr.com/ Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    When eating a brownie, a cupcake form is definitely preferred in my book! And that frosting – YES PLEASE!

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      I know, right? :) Thanks, Chung-Ah!

  • http://twitter.com/BakerByNature Ashley

    Holy YUM, Anna! And also – totally jealous of your weather over there!!! Send both the cupcakes and warm temps my way PLEASE! xx

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      Right away, Ashley! :) Thanks!

  • Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe

    Chocolate and mint are THE best! And maybe even a cure for very un-Spring like weather? (Hello two feet of snow – WTF?)

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      Woah! I don’t think I can take any more snow…. These cupcakes on the other hand.. :) Thanks, Amanda!

  • http://www.unegaminedanslacuisine.com/ Valerie

    Please send some of these cupcakes (and 70 F. temps!) this way! :D

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      Will do! :) Thanks, Valerie!

  • http://blueberrykitchen.wordpress.com/ Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen

    Oh I’m so envious of your warm weather, it’s lovely and cold and rainy in england right now! Your cupcakes sound so delicious!

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      Yeah, it was just a few days thing… We are smack back down to 40s today.. Ugh…

  • http://tartineandapronstrings.com/ Jen Laceda

    Anna, did you have to pipe the frosting or did you just use a spatula to spread it on the cupcakes? I like how simple the frosting looks, just coating the tops!

    What?!? 70 F temps? We are still going to have one more big snowfall here in Toronto next week! No fair! Oh, Spring, where are you? Can you arrive a little earlier???

    • CrunchyCreamySw

      I used a plain decorating tip to pipe the whipped cream. It will spread and sit a top of the cupcake like a little cloud :) So glad you like it, Jen! Thanks!

  • http://kirantarun.com/food Kiran @ KiranTarun.com

    You have every word in this blog title that’s so delicious — from fudgy to brownie, to cupcakes, then fresh whipped cream, with mint topping.

    I’m already huuunngggrrryyy :D

  • http://twitter.com/BruCrewLife Jocelyn

    I’m jealous of your 70* weather! That fudgey brownie at the end is killing me…it looks awesome!!!!

  • Monica Ma

    My goodness – these look and sound utterly divine! I love the cloud of whipped cream on top and the center of these cupcakes…YUM!!