I have a very loose definition of “health food.” Mostly, it just describes anything that isn’t as unhealthy as it COULD be. Like these cupcakes – I COULD have added butter, but I added super protein-y Greek Yogurt instead. BAM! Healthified. Sort of. Basically, it just makes me feel better about loading the “healthy” cupcakes with fudge frosting and chocolate ganache. And then topping them with cookies. You know how I do.
These mint beauties are a simple twist on my Chocolate Greek Yogurt Cupcakes from a few weeks back. A minty, chocolatey, delicious-y twist. I brought a batch to work, actually, and my coworker told me that these were the best cupcakes I’d ever brought her. And I bring her a LOTTTTTT of cupcakes. A LOT a lot. So that was kind of a big deal.
I really don’t have much to say today, actually. I think I’m still sleep deprived from celebrating America so much this week. And kind of in a food coma from billions of delicious barbecue things and fried chicken and frozen pizzas at midnight and an entire box of wheat thins that mysteriously disappeared from our coffee table over the course of one Mario Kart- and tequila-filled evening. (I didn’t eat it all MYSELF, guys. We had like ten people over. Chillax).
Anywho. Cupcakes. America. Mario Kart. Tequila. It’s all good. Also, public service announcement: New Girl is now on Netflix. Kyle and I and our friends MAY or may not have watched an entire season of it in less than 24 hours this week. Partly because it’s awesome, and partly because I’m somewhat convinced it’s about my life. (Her name is JESSICA and she’s from PORTLAND and she has BANGS and she SINGS to herself and others to bring them good cheer throughout the day. I think Fox may have stolen my identity. For realz. Also, she has the same toothbrush as me. And bakes things. LIKE THESE CUPCAKES. But Kyle is still not convinced).
Yup, that’s it. If you need me, I’ll be the one on the couch with a bottle of wine watching New Girl. Again. Followed by a rousing round of Mario Kart. Followed by probably making more of these cupcakes.
- 6 oz. vanilla greek yogurt (about 3/5 cup)
- ½ cup white sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- ½ tsp. salt
- 1 cup flour
- ½ cup cocoa
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- ½ cup buttermilk (see how I make mine here using 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar + ½ cup skim milk)
- ¾ tsp. vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp. mint extract
- ½ cup boiling water
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- ¼ cup milk (I used skim)
- 1 dash mint extract (about ⅛ tsp should do it!)
- ½ cup butter (1 stick)
- ½ cup cocoa
- 3½ cups powdered sugar
- ½ cup boiling water
- Optional toppings: Thin mint cookies (God bless the Girl Scouts. Seriously.), chocolate shavings (just run a veggie peeler over a chocolate bar and voila!) or a sprinkling of chocolate chips!
- In a large mixing bowl, combine greek yogurt, sugars, and the egg. Beat until combined (you can use your stand mixer for this, although whisking it by hand works just as well).
- Add salt, flour, and cocoa to mixture and mix well.
- Add baking soda to buttermilk (I make my own – see above) and stir until it foams (the vinegar in my homemade buttermilk is what helps it foam – if you use store-bought buttermilk it won’t achieve the same foamy effect, but don’t worry!)
- Add buttermilk mixture a bit at a time to the cake mixture, mixing as you go to incorporate all of the liquid.
- Whisk in vanilla and mint extracts.
- Whisk in boiling water a little bit at a time so you don’t splash/burn yourself.
- Fill cupcake liners ⅔ of the way full and bake at 350 for 15-19 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Remove to a wire rack and let cool.
- Heat milk in a small saucepan over medium heat, whisking occasionally so it doesn’t burn, until it comes to a simmer.
- Place chocolate chips in a large, heat-resistant bowl (glass or ceramic are good choices). Remove milk from heat and pour it over chocolate, then stir gently until chocolate has melted and you’ve formed a smooth ganache.
- Stir in the mint extract and set ganache aside. Let this cool while you make the frosting.
- In a medium bowl, melt the butter (I use the microwave, it’s just easier).
- Stir cocoa and powdered sugar into melted butter.
- Stir boiling water into frosting a few tablespoons at a time, mixing well in between each addition, until frosting has reached a thick, buttercream-like consistency. The frosting will set and harden very quickly, so be prepared to frost the cupcakes as soon as it’s ready! (You don’t need sky-high frosting on each cupcake – it’s SUPER RICH – so use it in moderation!)
- Pipe frosting onto cupcakes (I use a Wilton #1M or a ziploc bag with a corner cut off). You could also spread the frosting on the cupcakes with a knife.
- Give the ganache a stir, then drizzle a spoonful of it over each cupcake once they’re frosted.
- Top the cupcakes with a thin mint cookie and some chocolate shavings or eat them as is!