Friday, August 21, 2009

SOUTHERN LIVING'S CHOCOLATE MINT BUTTERCREAM FROSTING, ADAPTED


You've got to hand it to Southern Living -- sometimes they come up with really good recipes. This frosting recipe is to die for -- that is, if you like chocolate and mint together. Actually, their recipe calls for peppermint schnapps. Since I didn't feel like buying a bottle of schnapps that would probably sit for 10 years in my cupboard, I decided to improvise with what I had (peppermint extract and cream de cocoa). This frosting will take a so-so cupcake to a sublime level.

Chocolate Mint Buttercream Frosting
Adapted from Southern Living
Rating: 10 out of 10

INGREDIENTS: 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 tsp peppermint extract (if using creme de cocoa -- do not use with mint liqueurs)
1-1/2 Tbsp. cream de cocoa or peppermint schnapps or creme de menthe
1/8 tsp. sea salt
1/2 box 10X sugar (1 box is 16 oz.)
1/2 - 1 Tbsp. fat-free half and half or milk
2 oz. finely chopped good quality bittersweet chocolate, 60-70% cacao

In medium bowl, beat first 3 ingredients at medium speed of electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugar, alternately with milk, until frosting is of desired consistency. Beat in chocolate. Yield: about 1-1/4 cups




9 comments:

Barbara Bakes said...

Chocolate mint desserts always remind me of Christmas. I can think of so many ways to use this frosting!

Martha said...

This looks so good.

Kerstin said...

I love chocolate and mint together, this looks delicious!

Lynda said...

This frosting looks delicious, Judy... mint and chocolate is a great combination!

A Feast for the Eyes said...

Well, there you are! Somehow I lost track of your blog, so I'm going to follow you this time. I shouldn't scroll too far down right now, because I'm hungry and the desserts look so good!
Debby

Donna-FFW said...

Sublime level, love that phrase. Your raves as of late about Southern Living have me looking at the recipes differently. More intently. Loe the sound of chocolate mint frosting, fav flavor combination of my hubby.

biz319 said...

I LOVE YOUR NEW HEADER!!!!!!

Just catching up on my blog roll!

nora@ffr said...

vat a delish looking cake.. love the frosting you have made! also love the chocolate and mint combo!! my first visit here and m loving every bit of it!
cheers nd hav a great day!!

Kitchen Butterfly said...

Fantastic. Love the frosting....