Grasshopper Cupcakes

by aimee @ shugarysweets on February 25, 2014

Rich chocolate cupcakes topped with a creamy Mint whipped cream frosting . So light, so refreshing, Grasshopper Cupcakes are the perfect after dinner treat!

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Dark chocolate cupcakes with Grasshopper frosting. A fresh, minty, whipped cream frosting!

I love going to restaurants that have bowls of mints to enjoy on the way out of the door. Like Olive Garden…here’s your Andes mints. LOVE. Our family has been blessed to have some great servers who give us a big cups worth of mints (not just one per person)!

Our TGIFridays has a bowl of peppermint candies. Seriously, that little something sweet and minty is perfect after dinner. Especially if you’ve skipped dessert.

Which, of course, I don’t do very often. Remember last week when I told you about my “frosting” cookbook proposal? Well, today, I’ve got another new recipe for you. I’m sorry to do this so soon. I promised not to put you in a sugar coma and bombard you with frosting, and here I am just days later with another recipe.

But seriously. I’ve got over 70 recipes to share. It’s going to be hard to hold back. Especially when I’ve got the treats made, photographed and written.

One of the things I focused on in the “cookbook that never was“…was to share new techniques for frosting. I mean, most people can make a buttercream frosting. Powdered sugar, milk, butter, flavoring…beat 5 minutes. (yes, I have over a dozen new varieties to share). But today, we’re talking whipped cream frosting.

It’s light, and fluffy, and creamy. And yes, it has to stay refrigerated.

If given the option at a bakery, I always choose buttercream. Always.

However, when making cupcakes at home, I love fresh whipped cream frosting.  There is a time and place for buttercream, but as a sweet minty dessert for after dinner, whipped cream frosting is begging to be eaten!

I’ve again used my favorite dark chocolate cupcake recipe as a base, but cutting the recipe in half (making about a dozen cupcakes). Use whatever cupcake recipe YOU like.  If you’re using the full recipe or a boxed mix, you will want to double the frosting recipe below. Top these with a little chocolate syrup (or hot fudge) and an Andes mint for a fun garnish! Or just spoon the whipped cream frosting out of the bowl with graham crackers. You decided. ENJOY!

Dark chocolate cupcakes with Grasshopper frosting. A fresh, minty, whipped cream frosting!

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Grasshopper Cupcakes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 12 cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 12 chocolate cupcakes
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp mint extract
  • 3 drops green food coloring
  • 2 Tbsp chocolate syrup (garnish)
  • 6 Andes chocolate mint candies

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat heavy cream with a whisk (attached to a stand mixer or a handheld electric mixer) for 2-3 minutes until thickened. Slowly beat in the powdered sugar, mint extract and green food coloring. Beat an additional 2-3 minutes until desired consistency.
  2. Frost cupcakes, cake or brownie and drizzle with chocolate syrup. Top with mint candies.

Notes

**Note: Tip 32 was used to frost cupcakes in photo above. Recipe will frost 12 cupcakes, one 13x9 pan of brownies or a 2 layer 8 inch cake.

http://www.shugarysweets.com/2014/02/grasshopper-cupcakes

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Rachel @ Baked by Rachel February 25, 2014 at 7:53 am

Absolutely mouthwatering and so festive! I can’t wait to see all that you’ve got prepared. I’m sure another cookbook deal/idea will come along in due time :)
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aimee @ shugarysweets February 25, 2014 at 9:29 am

Awww thanks Rachel. Due time is fine with me…not ready right now :)
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Averie @ Averie Cooks February 25, 2014 at 8:19 am

The grasshopper flavor profile is an awesome one. Thin Mints, Andes Mints, Frango Mints, the whole family – yum! These look great and regarding not competing with Courtney re your other post. I can ONLY imagine how this feels Aimee. So bittersweet not to go thru with it. Gosh, the work. I can really only imagine how you have soul-searched this but it sounds like you’re in a good place with it :) And you’ve got blog posts for a year :)
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aimee @ shugarysweets February 25, 2014 at 9:32 am

I agree. Love chocolate mint! And Frango mints? OMG yummy!
I am definitely in a good place with it. Tough call to make, but after reading her book, my word, I just can’t compete with that awesomeness :)
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Jocelyn @BruCrew Life February 25, 2014 at 9:15 am

Those Andes mints are one of the reasons I love Olive Garden so much!!! Mint and chocolate is such a great combo. Gorgeous cupcakes girl!!!
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aimee @ shugarysweets February 25, 2014 at 9:32 am

Haha, we are so the same :)
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Kelly February 25, 2014 at 9:15 am

These look so pretty and festive Aimee! Chocolate and mint are one of my favorite flavors that I can have all the time and I love the sound of this lighter whipped cream frosting. Can’t wait to see the rest of what you’ve put together :)
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aimee @ shugarysweets February 25, 2014 at 9:40 am

Thanks Kelly. I love whipped cream frosting!!!
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Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust February 25, 2014 at 9:52 am

Whipped cream frosting is my FAVORITE. I love love love it!
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Maralyn Woods February 25, 2014 at 1:21 pm

You had me at Grasshopper. In the late 1950s my mom and I would go out to dinner and then retire to the “lounge” for a “little cocktail” (illicit, since I was only 18) and it was always a grasshopper. I’ve had a nostalgic love for the flavor all these years. I love whipped cream frosting too. When I see Cool-whip in a recipe I automatically hit the delete key. Love your blog.
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Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction February 25, 2014 at 3:50 pm

Love whipped cream frostings! I would have no discipline around of bowl of this and a spoon!
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Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar February 25, 2014 at 4:17 pm

I always look forward to those mints at Olive Garden :) Love this icing too – light, whipped – yum!
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Emily @ Life on Food February 25, 2014 at 8:29 pm

“Grasshopper” recipes always make me smile. Such a fun name! These cupcakes are super cute.
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Kayle (The Cooking Actress) February 25, 2014 at 8:57 pm

1. I love Andes mints.
2.BIG FAN of whipped cream frostings
3.I’m so sorry about the canceled book proposal! I totally get it though–I’m excited to see all the yummy frostings you have to share!
4.THESE CUPCAKES: beautiful. delish. want. need.
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Shannon @ Bake.Frost.Repeat February 26, 2014 at 12:49 am

I love chocolate and mint together. I can’t wait to make some of these!
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marcie February 26, 2014 at 2:10 am

I’m a huge fan of whipped cream frosting, Aimee, and I love that this is mint flavored! These are just perfect for St. Patty’s Day. Pinning!
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whatjessicabakednext February 26, 2014 at 6:55 am

These look amazing! I remember first seeing the Grasshopper pie on a Nigella cookery programme- the colours look so amazing! :)
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dina February 26, 2014 at 10:31 am

i love the color. great for st. patty’s day!
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Mary Frances February 26, 2014 at 1:14 pm

Now I don’t know whether I want buttercream or whipped cream frosting! I guess at long as it is mint, it’ll be good. :) That green is a really pretty shade!

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Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats February 26, 2014 at 3:22 pm

These are gorgeous! Never can go wrong with mint and chocolate that’s for sure!
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Allie February 27, 2014 at 4:20 pm

This looks incredible!!!! I’d love for you to share it on my link party http://thecraftiestallie.blogspot.com/2014/02/worthwhile-wednesdays-6.html
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Julianne @ Beyond Frosting February 28, 2014 at 2:31 am

Oh my gosh, mint flavored whipped cream, I die. I just might have to make a batch to have tomorrow night. By itself. Just because.
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Ashton February 28, 2014 at 1:45 pm

YESS!!! Whipped cream frosting is totally the way to go! I mean— nothing even compares. I <3 these!
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Nutmeg Nanny March 4, 2014 at 3:40 pm

Oh my, I am drooling over these cupcake! Divine.
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