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Look, if anyone asks, I am a goddess in the kitchen.

I never make mistakes.

Everything always turns out beautifully.

And sure, I may lick my share of spatulas.  And stick my fingers into just about everything I create.  And double dip.  But who doesn’t?

(And never have I ever given anyone Salmonella.  Which, for those of you who care is a gram negative, lactose negative bacteria that causes gastroenteritis, turns black on a test for hydrogen sulfide, and causes more of an inflammatory type of diarrhea than osmotic or malabsorptive or secretory.  Yes.  I said it.  Diarrhea.  We are in the middle of the GI module.  If I have to hear about diarrhea at 8AM every day then so do you.  Amen.)

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But I am going to let you in on a little secret.  Sometimes. I  mess up.  Sometimes.  I mess up big time.  Sometimes.  I mess up enough to have to make two batches of cupcakes in one night.  True story.

Take these mint chocolate cupcakes, for instance.  Maybe I was distracted or in a rush or got it into my head that I was actually in lecture and thus was not paying attention at all whatsoever. Who knows.

But I was speeding along, mixing up batter as quickly as possible.  (And with mint chocolate cupcakes lurking in your future, what are you doing hemming and hawing?  Get to it, people!)  And when I got to the end of the mixing, I thought.  Hmmm.  That’s weird.  This is a really thick batter.  But because I am stubborn and occasionally think I can never make mistakes ever and certainly never forget entire ingredients, I didn’t bother to recheck the recipe. I just forged ahead.

And what happened was.  That I pulled out my cupcake tins.  And instead of having a moist light and fluffy batch of chocolate cupcakes. I was presented with a cupcake disaster in the form of dense, dry really bad brownie-esque cupcakes.  All because I forgot 3/4 cup warm water.

Goddess status.  Revoked.

Thankfully, these are actually super easy to whip up.  There is no butter to soften.  Only three tbsp of vegetable oil to measure.  And so another batch went into the oven within about 10 minutes.  This time, with that 3/4 cup of water included.

Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, shame on me.  And all that jazz.

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So what my point is that while these cupcakes are obviously not indelible.  Nor will they hold up to any major baking errors.  They are worth any potential blows to your ego that may or may not ensue should you omit key ingredients and then expect everything to turn out for the best.  When made right, they are deliciously moist and light and fluffy.  Chocolate with a hit of mint.

And topped with a swiss meringue buttercream that, especially after the cupcake baking fiasco, will have you growing gray hairs like there’s no tomorrow as you worry at each and every step that your eggs are curdling and that nothing will come together and that it might actually be too buttery, as if that’s even a possibility.

They won’t.

It won’t.

Everything will be okay.

You will end up with something slightly sweet and minty (after all, it has been infused with the flavor from actual mint leaves and not just that overpriced extract that you purchased this holiday season) and absolutely ideal for those of us with a slight mint chocolate obsession.

It took all the strength that I could muster to only eat one.  But that one.  Was kind of like heaven.  Even to this fallen baking goddess.

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Mint Chocolate Cupcakes
Makes 18, adapted from Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes

1 1/2 cups AP flour
1/4 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
2 large eggs
3/4 cup buttermilk
3 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp pure peppermint extract
3/4 cup warm water
Mint Buttercream (recipe below)

1. Preheat oven to 350.  Line standard muffin tins with paper liners.  With an electric mixer on medium speed, whisk together the flour, cocoa, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt.  Add eggs, buttermilk, oil, extract and the water.  Beat on low speed until smooth and combined, scraping down teh sides of the bowl as needed.

2. Divide the batter evenly among lined cups, filling each about two thirds full.  Bake, rotating tins halfway through, until a cake tester inserted in the centers comes out clean, about 20 minutes.  Transfer tins to wire racks to cool 10 minutes.  Turn out cupcakes onto racks to cool completely.  Cupcakes may be stored overnight at RT or frozen up to 2 months in airtight containers.

3. To finish, fill a pastry bag fitted with a large plain tip with buttercream and pipe onto cupcakes.  Once frosted, cupcakes can be stored up to 1 day at RT or 3 days in the fridge.  Bring to room temperature before serving.

Mint Swiss Meringue Buttercream
Makes about 3 1/2 cups, adapted from Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes

2 large eggs, separated
1/2 cup sugar, separated
2/3 cup milk
1/3 tsp pure vanilla extract
2/3 cup coarsely chopped fresh mint leaves
1 lb unsalted butter, room temperature (4 sticks)
1/2 tsp pure peppermint extract

1. In the bowl of a standing electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, mix egg yolks and 1/4 cup sugar on high speed until pale and thick, 2 to 3 minutes.

2. Prepare an ice water bath.  Bring milk, vanilla, and mint leaves just to a boil in a medium saucepan.  Remove from heat.  Whisk about one third of milk mixture into yolk mixture to temper.  Pour yolk mixture into pan with remaining milk mixture and whisk to combine.  Clip candy thermometer to side of pan.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture registers 185 F.  Remove from heat.  Strain through a fine sieve into a heatproof bowl (discard solids).  Set bowl in ice bath, stirring and mixing until cool.

3. In another bowl of an electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream butter on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy.  Beat in chilled egg-yolk mixture.

4. Heat egg whites and remaining 1/4 cup sugar in the clean heatproof bowl of an electric mixer set over a pan of simmering water, whisking constantly by hand until mixture is warm to the touch and the sugar has dissolved.  Attach bowl to teh mixer fitted with the clean whisk attachment.  Starting on low speed and gradually increasing to medium-high speed, whisk until stiff peaks form and mixture is completely cool, about 10 minutes.  NOTE – the peaks were not stiff in the usual meringue sense but were a bit thicker and wetter because of the sugar.  Do not be alarmed.

5. Add egg-white mixture to butter mixture.  Switch to the paddle attachment and beat on medium-high speed until smooth.  Beat in peppermint extract. Keep buttercream at RT if using the same day or transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate up to 3 days or freeze up to 3 months.  Before using, bring to RT and beat with the paddle attachment on low speed until smooth again, about 5 minutes.

This is my submission to Weekend Herb Blogging, which is being hosted by Astrid of Paulchen’s Foodblog.

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130 Responses to Mint Chocolate Cupcakes

  1. I have been on a chocolate cupcake kick recently! I am just afraid to make cupcakes without having a place to take them:-) What did you do with the “bad” batch? I probably would have eaten it!

  2. I won’t tell…sshh and everyone can still believe that you are a kitchen goddess :)!

  3. Simply Life says:

    wow, those look PERFECT and well worth the wait!!!

  4. Looks amazing. Would also love to see photos of the ‘bad batch’. The bad batch would make excellent mud cake, chocolate slice, mint chocolate hard cakes…

  5. Ok, is there anything better than the mint/chocolate pairing? No… there isn’t. And in cupcake form… divine!

    You are so honest here! Now, it doesn’t happen that often (because, unlike you, I’m not much of a risk taker) but I too make mistakes. These things happen! ;-)

  6. Lea Ann says:

    If you lived in Colorado and baked at high altitude you’d be used to cupcake failures.

  7. Ada says:

    I think I would eat anything containing both mint and chocolate, even if it had the texture of horse manure. You can definitely still keep your Goddess status, in fact, it makes you more Julia Child-esque (a definite compliment!)

    By the way, the mint milkshakes from TLC are totally awesome:)

  8. Is there anything more enticing than something deep, dark and chocolatey? With the requisite 3/4 of water of course! And, with the weather you’ve been having, I recommend staying in and having one of this TID.

    Best,
    Bonnie

  9. Daryl says:

    Definetley sounds like a mistake I have made many times, but your end result looks absolutely scrumptious!

  10. I soooo love the mint choc combo! Looks delish.

  11. Oh YUM! I can’t believe I’ve never thought to do mint chocolate cupcakes! I want to try using mint extract instead of vanilla in my next buttercream attempt, MMMM!!!

  12. Oh, and I have to hear about diarrhea ALL DAY. And people telling me I cooked their eggs too much. Because of course I cook their food in the hospital kitchen. Awesome.

  13. I still remember those LAST mint desserts you made, I LOVE mint and so does the family (except one). These will have to be made.

    I am FAMOUS for leaving out an ingredient. I always do it. So were the first ones edible at all? Surely the poor starving med students would have eaten them! :-)

  14. Barbara says:

    Just when we start to think we are infallible, along comes a mint cupcake to bang us down to earth. We all need that once in while. Sometimes it takes me 3 tries to get something right.

    Really a super idea to use fresh mint, Joanne.

  15. Nina at Salt says:

    Fantastic post, Joanne. So glad so know I am not flying solo on the baking mishaps. I am sure these tasted delish…who doesnt love choc/mint? Esp the mint leaves in the frosting? Nice.

  16. Baking goddess you are. I wouldn’t have tried a second time and moved on after chucking then “in the bin” as they say…where..I don’t know, England maybe. I am glad you tried them again for us all to enjoy.

  17. Joanna says:

    They look incredible, mistake or no! It happens to the best of us!

  18. Maya says:

    This happens to me more often than I would like. Usually it consists of me being almost done with the cake batter and then going…oh…I had to add the eggs after creaming the butter and sugar. WHOOPS. Usually turns out ok! I guess the dessert gods take pity on me.

  19. corina says:

    That frosting looks just amazing. Love the fact that it’s made with real mint leaves.

  20. brandi says:

    mint + chocolate = my kryptonite.

    These look so good! I need to learn to do icing like this.

  21. Anyone who can take photos this beautiful can still hold onto their Kitchen Goddess status, even if they mess up once in a while. And I will also crown you as the Food Blogger Goddess. All in a day’s work!
    PS I hope you were able to eat the first batch! Me, I’d eat anything with chocolate and mint in it, regardless how hard or un-chewable.

  22. you coulda skipped the part about messing up and just pretended that you made these flawless cupcakes after one try. knowing your mad skillz, i would have believed you.

    i’m not even going to attempt something like this. i would fail at every step along the way. and the frosting? pshhhaw.

  23. Katerina says:

    Lol, it has happened to me my friend more than once. Sometimes my head is so full of everything I read without reading in reality. They look delicious and I am glad you made them right the second time.

  24. chocolate and mint, a gorgeous combo
    bises
    Delphine

  25. YOU ARE very very evil. These look sinfully delicious and each so perfectly perfect… and so sweet and ooey gooey. But, I will not succumb. However, I have bookmarked your recipe, and your encouragement for the future.
    :)
    Valerie

  26. Heh, I like reading about people’s kitchen disasters. It makes me feel better about my own. But really, this was a solid recovery indeed! I love peppermint extract, especially when combined with chocolate! :)

  27. polwig says:

    I have done that way too many times, mostly forgetting the eggs and wondering why it is not coming together. My husband loves mint/chocolate combo, maybe I will make these for him for valentines

  28. aipi says:

    Droolzzzzz …….. Feel like grabbing one now :)

    US Masala

  29. Eden says:

    I’m a profession chef and I mess up more than a novice. But I think it makes me a better chef. Mind you, I have burn scars all of my arms as evidence to this and people think I shoot up.
    And martha stewart has nothing on you

  30. Amy says:

    Isn’t that insane how a tiny bit of water can make or break a recipe? I’ve cheated a few times where something calls for 3 eggs, but I only have two. In the end, I always realize I wasted 2 eggs…there’s just no room for error in baking. Having said that, I bet your first batch was still edible. I mean, we’re talking cupcakes here. And chocolate and mint. I’ll take the rejects :D

  31. Mo 'Betta says:

    The brownie-esque cupcake sounds pretty darn good to me. Send me your baking failures :) And yes, I did over pay for mint extract during the holidays b/c I was determined to make a Starbucks replica of a peppermint mocha latte. Also, the diarrhea talk doesn’t phase me as today’s post on my blog is about vomit. ew.

  32. First of all, you are clearly still a baking goddess, because these look amazing.

    And second of all, there is no such thing as too buttery… ever.

  33. vanillasugar says:

    why is it in winter i crave way more mint than any other time of the year? for real? and yes you are a baking goddess, you go on with all your double dipping shit. love it

  34. Really, you could have skipped the second batch of cupcakes and just eaten the frosting don’t you think? Yeah, I’m a straight sugar kind of girl and that frosting looks amazing. Stop doing this to me at 10am!!!

  35. ann says:

    These look beautiful, Joanne! you’re still a godess. I’m on a cupcake kick. I need to make these. NOW

  36. Practice makes perfect right? and these look absolutely PERFECT! Chocolate mint cupcakes are my favoriiite

  37. That Girl says:

    I always almost forget to add the liquid ingredients until I realize, hmmm this is really thick. Or I’ll forget to add the dry and think “why is my batter so soupy?”

  38. These cupcakes look so moist, and the frosting has me salivating. Salivating, I tell you! And I’m not even hungry. See what you do to me??

  39. This is what I call Pure Indulgence.Love the frosting that u have whipped.and the dark cupcake and white frosting combo is both intelligent and stark!

  40. Lizzy says:

    you should write a book. seriously. how you write is so intriguing- i love reading your blog. factor in that your food is amazing and I’m hooked. And thats why I am no good at baking. You forget one little thing and its over! So frustrating. But great job turning it all around… those look fabulous and your pictures are gorgeous!

  41. Candace says:

    They look absolutely perfect! I want one. :)

  42. Cara says:

    Shhh. I mess up sometimes too. Sometimes I force my husband to eat the same thing three nights in a row, and once again the next week, before it’s perfect for blogging!

    Fortunately, neither of us would mind eating mint chocolate chip cupcakes over and over again so I might mess up on purpose. Not enough to make them inedible. Just a little, so that they aren’t quite blogworthy the first time around.

  43. Sippity Sup says:

    I am sure you know this. But there is another blog with the similar “Eats Well with Others” name! Somehow I ended up over there. I was in a right kerfuffle! The blog looked different. It sounded different. She was talking about the weather in San Francisco… I was sooo confused. Thank goodness I found my way back to your cupcakes. Thanks for leaving a trail of them… GREG

  44. Swathi says:

    You are the Goddess of kitchen , this cupcakes are awesome one die for, i too make mistake, but ready to admit. This cupcake and icing is awesome.

  45. Dawn says:

    Love mint and chocolate together. I’ve definitely had my baking issues. It’s is a bit more unforgiving than cooking.
    Hey…what comment platform do you use? Yours is so easy to comment.

  46. Louanne says:

    Goddess or not, your cupcakes are divine!

  47. Oh my goodness, these totally look like goddess material. We all screw up now and then, like when I added 3 tablespoons of baking powder to my chocolate chiffon cake instead of 3 teaspoons. You know the line, ‘Results may vary.’

    These could win a cupcake beauty contest!

  48. Jessie says:

    You are a brave gal for admitting your kitchen mistakes – good for you! All of us have them, but not many will admit it *cough* Jessie *cough* The end result looks delectable, even if it took you a little longer to get there then usual :) There was the time when I forgot the sugar in a chocolate lava cake – awful. And then the time I baked brownie batter in a sheet pan and got chocolate crisps. At least I was eight at the time of that flop. The missing sugar one – no excuse.

    Have a great weekend, Joanne!

  49. You test me with all of these mint/chocolate combinations… still waiting for my grasshopper squares btw, did they get lost in the mail?

  50. Debbie says:

    I’m another one that “never” makes mistakes….I only forgot to put in the other half of the butter in brownies I made today. I can only imagine how dry they will be. Your cupcakes look great. I love mint and I have never made swiss buttercream. Going to have to give that a try.

  51. I saw your post title. I saw the first picture. And I had to laugh at myself since my eye lit up like a kid on Christmas. ;) No joke. Sad? lol

    Those cupcakes look super moist (hehe) and the frosting.. oh the frosting! So rich and creamy looking. Who are you’re taste testers? I want to meet them (and punch them for hording these!)

  52. Aurelia says:

    Wow they look great, really moist and delicious!

    I wasn’t hungry but now I am.

  53. Megan says:

    I seriously want to make cupcakes right now. The mint buttercream sounds so good, especially with real mint instead of mint extract in it. And hey, you saw my short ribs. No judgment here.

  54. elra says:

    very pretty cupcakes Joanne!

  55. I love mint and chocolate. (And haven’t we all stuffed up things before). I think these would be fabulous. And hey, your piping looks spot on.

  56. teresa says:

    i love mint and chocolate so much! i froze those creme-de-menthe bars, which i still enjoy on a semi-weekly basis. these look amazing!

  57. Yum! I can never ever ever say no to anything mint chocolate. Can’t say no to cupcakes either. I’m weak in the knees.

  58. Julie says:

    You are a goddess in the kitchen!! Baking or otherwise!!! Love the chocolate and mint combination.

  59. I have made cake twice in an evening as well, these look wonderful :-) have a great weekend Rebecca

  60. Dear Joanne,

    Please send me some cupcakes now…Love Mom on the Run!!!

    I promise to come visit soon :) I miss you girls so much!!

  61. Geez – in my kitchen it’s the baking successes that are the rarities – not joking! I could just eat a whole bowl full of the butter cream, if only I was brave enough to try making it.
    Sue :-)

  62. Victoria says:

    Okay, I TOTALLY have that cookbook and don’t remember this recipe from it. How? Mint and chocolate together is one of my favorite flavor combos! I think I need to revisit this cookbook asap. Oh, and have one of these cupcakes, yum.

  63. Shannon says:

    i mean, who would complain about a brownie that looks like a cupcake… covered in frosting?? not me :) however, diarrhea and cupcakes in the same post… only you ;)

  64. These cupcakes look so dark and good and impossible to resist with that creamy swirl on top!

  65. Catherine says:

    These cupcakes look like beautiful white tea roses~heavenly! Have a wonderful weekend~Blessings, Catherine

  66. Mary says:

    These really look wonderful. I love the chocolate mint combination and you’ve made these cupcakes sound delicious. I hope you have a great evening. Blessings…Mary

  67. Claudie says:

    Joanne, you are a baking *temptress*! This buttercream looks so good, I think I could eat it all even without any cupcakes! Although, to reassure you, I won’t mind the chocolate cupcakes that come with it :) Not at all! In fact, I think I’ll push this recipe to the top of my priority baking list… I’ve been craving for something sweet the past couple of days.

  68. I’m going to bed tonight dreaming of that buttercream- it looks so good on those wonderful chocolate cupcakes. :)

  69. Once a goddess, always a goddess–they look delicious! ;-)

  70. Whatever u do , ur still a goddess for me in the kitchen , a rock star at the marathons and a brilliant bulb (thats a compliment ok) at class:-)
    Love u for all this but more for jus who u are:-)
    I loveee cupcakes and thought i didn like mint till candy cane happened !
    I still have have candy cane kisses and wanna stick one in all those cupcakes, oh as soon as i turn my back u’ll pick tem or maybe i will when u turn ur back:-))
    Gorggeous cuppy’s !
    Keep baking , someday MS will have u over at her show and then there is no turning back:-)

  71. Laura says:

    Mmm sounds delicious! I’m sorry about the first batch gone wrong – at least you knew where you made your mistake so you could correct it! I hate when my baking results are obviously botched and I can’t figure out the cause! Anyway I’ll have to try these soon – I love the sound of a bit of mint in my cupcake and that icing looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  72. janet says:

    Joanne, your recipe blunder is too funny. I remember a time when I was making pizza dough in my bread machine early in the morning before school. I popped all the ingredients in, set the timer, went to school and was hoping to come back to pizza dough. As I put things in, I thought – weird it calls for flour twice, but didn’t think too much about it since the recipe was great before.

    Instead when I came back, it was still all flour, nothing had happened. Turns out one of those “flour” measurements I put in was really for water. And then I had to run to get a storebought pizza crust before my guests showed up!

    So who is sharing your baking fests these days? :)

  73. yum! and i just bought a bottle of peppermint extract! can’t wait to use it ;)

  74. And i loveee those USA Pans too:-)

  75. Oh can I please have one of these right now! Crazy day ahead of me and I need some suga!

    Just found your adorable and oh so yummy blog! You are too cute girl and I love your about me bio thingy. I swear your a northern version of me! LOL! Hope to be back often. Have a fabulous weekend!XO
    Jessica
    http://www.kitchenbelleicious.com

  76. I’ve said it before..you really need a WARNING/RATING system before posting things like these cupcakes! I give this a XXX rating and you should really be ashamed to publish such food porn! Sigh!

    Despite the water mishap – you are STILL a goddess in the kitchen!

  77. marla says:

    Joanne, what do you think would have happened if I had shoved a few of these cute lil cupcakes in my pockets when I skied? They would have given us tons of fuel on the slopes ;) Delish girl!

  78. Peggy says:

    I’ve been a fan of everything and anything mint chocolate right now! I definitely see these cupcakes in my future! They’re downright gorgeous!

  79. Karen says:

    If I didn’t have half of a cake I made the other day sitting on the counter, I’d go to the kitchen and make these right now. Beautiful pics!

  80. Kerstin says:

    Glad you figured out what was wrong and was able to whip up another batch so quickly! I need to get my hands on some peppermint extract – these sound amazing!

  81. Lynda says:

    These are gorgeous, perfect looking cupcakes. I’ve had my shares of kitchen disasters, like everyone else has. Thankfully, your cup cakes turned out perfectly the second time!

  82. Ah, the “hmmm.. that looks weird” moment you have in the kitchen, after spending over half an hour hauling out your ingredients, your bowls, your mixer, your measuring spoons. “No no no, I’m sure it’s gonna be fine” is always the best way to go, because really , who ever wants to say, “Oops. I better start again” That is just a drag. And as a result, Michael and I ate homemade pizza with crust about as flavorful as Holy Communion for about six months, the time it took for me to finally get it right!

  83. girlichef says:

    You don’t know how badly I want to grab one of those and lick the frosting off! Man, it’s tempting. And ya know, I’m sure you’ll be fully restored shortly, I mean…even goddesses have their bad days ;P

  84. La Liz says:

    So relieved to hear that this culinary goddess has an occasional misstep. I’m just a mortal — oh, kitchen my disasters! Must make your Mint Chocolate Cupcakes — Yum-isssimo!

  85. grace says:

    sometimes failures aren’t failures at all, but happy accidents. sometimes…not so much. great cupcakes, whether they were made by a goddess or not. :)

  86. Raina says:

    I have made many, many kitchen boo boos. Usually because I am rushing too or talking on the phone:) I once threw away two batches of pizelles because I kept putting baking soda in them instead of baking powder and stupidly did it twice.

    Your cupcakes sounds amazing. I have never made meringue buttercream. It must be fantastic with the fresh mint.

  87. Maria says:

    I can’t think of any pair more delicious than chocolate and mint! Perfect!

  88. Julie says:

    i feeeel like there has to be SOMETHING that could have been done with the messed up cups!

    i’m impressed you started over haha i would have thrown them out and sat down with a box of chocolate cake.

  89. Martha Stewart has the best cupcake and cookies recipes. I like the cool contrast of peppermint to dark chocolate. I like that these cakes are so easy to whip up. These cupcakes look so good!

  90. Monet says:

    Mistakes happen quite often in my kitchen…and I should probably share them more with my readers because this post was totally endearing. I wanted to hug you (and then eat all your cupcakes). I love mint and chocolate, and I’ve been seeing girl scouts everywhere lately. These cupcakes come at the perfect time!

  91. Lisa says:

    Your cupcakes look spectacular. I like how you piped the frosting so prettily onto them. That mint chocolate combo sounds like it would make my tastebuds sing. I have a huge linky party going on at my blog right now specifically for sweet treats and I’d like to invite you to stop by and link your cupcakes up.

  92. I love those beautifully piped swirls! So pretty!

  93. katiez says:

    And you can always take the failures to class with you and leave them, secretly, of course, on a back desk….. Students will usually eat anything!

  94. daphne says:

    Jo, I hope you don’t mind me taking this recipe because i read “no butter” (well, except for the butter cream but I am thinking of using cream cheese instead- i have one that has a lower calorie and fat content here in aus).

    and you still have the kitchen goddess title for sure. Hey look, even Goddess have to err to make humans look good sometimes right? ;P

  95. Nadji says:

    Tu es une déesse de la cuisine : ces petits gâteaux sont magnifiques.
    See soon

  96. Aw honey, even goddesses make mistakes ;). I’m sure you’ll be reinstated shortly hehe. You may recall I did something similar except it was twice as much liquid instead of none. Equally inedible results. Oops…all’s well that ends well and these look very very well…

  97. Chris says:

    I know you were just joking about the rapid evacuation stuff but I started wondering about the hydrogen sulfide part and gasses found in sewers. Far too off the path my mind went. Thanks. Just thanks:)

    So 3/4 c of water is kind of a big deal? ;)

  98. Faith says:

    Oh wow, I am in love with the idea of using actual mint for flavoring!! I will absolutely concede — you are a goddess in the kitchen, Joanne! I need these…now! :)

  99. Oh man..sorry to hear that. But that happens to me quite often, really.

  100. Joanne says:

    Discussing diarrhea in the morning? Well, is there really any GOOD time? But hey! _ _ _ _ happens, right?
    As for those cupcakes, you were right, I kind of raced through the reading to get to the recipe. It so cruel of you! Those little babies look awesome! I’ll even take the brownie like ones without the 3/4 cup water. Totally awesome!

  101. tigerfish says:

    I am never a big fan of cupcakes – and till now, I don’t know why :O

  102. darcyeats says:

    These look absolutely divine! Chocolate & mint…a match made in heaven.

  103. Dana says:

    As I have said, probably ad nauseum, I am kind of over cupcakes. But I have that book and that Martha knows what she is doing and the combo here is pretty intoxicating. And for the record, I NEVER make mistakes either.

  104. Beth says:

    Your goddess status will NEVER be revoked. And God bless bloggers who admit their mistakes!

  105. Kristen says:

    Second time’s the charm and all that stuff..those look like incredible cupcakes. Mint and chocolate are definite friends.

  106. Astrid says:

    WOW these look so delcious and yummy!

    Thank you for joining us this week at Weekend Herb Blogging!
    The round up is up at: http://foodblog.paulchens.org/?p=3422

  107. Julie says:

    So glad to know I’m not the only one who does stuff like that. Sometimes I think I’m getting senile. The cupcakes look like they were worth that second effort.

  108. Acky says:

    Don’t know if you are a goddness (it’smy first time here! ) but your ‘second round’ cupcakes look quite superbe!

  109. Well, better the mistakes be in the oven than with the patient. ;-)
    Delicious looking cuppys. I love a hint of mint in my chocolate. ?

  110. Natalie says:

    hahaha i KNEW poop would enter a post somehow ;)

    i think i’d score major points with ryan if i made these. let’s hope i remember the water :)

  111. kellypea says:

    Wow. You’d fit right in at my dinner table. Raising 3 boys you can bet on any night this subject would come up. I’m impressed you stuck in there for the second batch of cupcakes. I would’ve pooped out. hahahaha. Pun actually not intended. Lovely cupcakes!

  112. Reeni says:

    You’ll always be a kitchen goddess in my eyes! The cupcakes look heavenly – the frosting sounds completely divine!

  113. Miriam says:

    My, oh my. I’m in love with these already! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  114. Eliana says:

    As far as I’m concerned (and if anybody asks me) there is no one better than you mama!

  115. Pam says:

    We all forget ingredients sometimes… the second batch looks beautiful. My mint/chocolate loving daughter will DIG these beauties!

  116. Kim says:

    I have Martha’s cupcake book and just looked through it the other night. I bookmarked these because I love mint and chocolate together. These look delicious and that frosting….oh yeah!

  117. Shirley says:

    Gosh Joanne, am I hungry.

  118. Ruth Daniels says:

    Goddess status… reinstated!

  119. sweetlife says:

    i adore mint, and disaters make us better cooks..trust me I have them weekly, lol

    sweetlife
    ps, I am loving your pics lately..

  120. Carolyn says:

    Poor, poor baking goddess. She redeemed herself in my eyes, though!

  121. This is why baking sucks. One little mistake and everything is screwed up. Good thing there’s always room for second chances. These look devine.

  122. Johanna GGG says:

    that white buttercream looks beautiful on the dark chocolate cake – it is just the sort of buttercream that I never make – I should but I am sure it would show up my imperfections big time

  123. Well, they look beautiful and I’m sure they taste even better!

  124. Deborah says:

    I don’t think you can find anyone who never messes up in the kitchen. I know I’ve had my fair share of mishaps!! I am a huge fan of mint and chocolate, and if it wasn’t 10am, and if I didn’t have most of a red velvet cheesecake cake in my fridge, I’d jump up and make these right now!!

  125. somesojourns says:

    These look divine. I repeat, DIVINE!

  126. Marisa says:

    I have a HUGE obsession with mint. HUGE. And that delicious looking icing? Divine.

  127. Aw sorry to hear about your failed cupcake experience! I’ve definitely forgotten ingredients before too. :/ These ones look delicious and that frosting is so very perfectly swirled.

  128. […] then, I come across these beautiful cupcakes from Joanne’s Eat Well with Others.  It has NO butter, and uses cocoa powder instead of melted dark chocolate (*shudder with […]

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