I am keeping to my commitment of making more cupcakes this year and so today I am sharing a recipe for chocolate frosted cupcakes with white chocolate mint curls. If you have ever wondered how to make your own chocolate curls, today is your lucky day. I love using these in custom colors made with food coloring for special occasions.
These white chocolate candy curls or mint shavings add a nice dimension to desserts. They look so festive and different. For this recipe, I wanted to do just that. I made the shavings out of white chocolate chips and tinted them green to pretty them up for Saint Patrick's Day.
I also flavored them with mint because it is fun if they have some flavor to them. It is an easy way to dress up your dessert with chocolate shavings. This works on cakes, cupcakes, cookies and ice cream.
For the cupcakes, I used a yellow boxed cake mix because I wanted to save some time. But every time I use a boxed cake mix I always use homemade buttercream frosting (recipe below). It just tastes better than any canned frosting and it is so easy to make! Here is the chocolate buttercream frosting I made:
How to make your own Chocolate Curls
Chocolate Mint Curls
For the mint curls, I took 1 cup of white chocolate chips and microwaved on 50% for about 3 minutes.
Since all microwaves are a litte different, check after two minutes and continue in 30 second increments until chips are melted.
Once you can smash them, add food coloring and flavoring. I added ½ teaspoon of peppermint extract.
Then once it was combined, I put the melted chocolate on a piece of wax paper to harden.
Catch up on some reading or errands and after a couple of hours it should be fully hardened. Peel the chocolate from the wax paper and using a potato peeler, peel off the chocolate.
You can save the curls for later, or use them to decorate right away. Depending on how thick they are they may be quite delicate so keep that in mind. In just minutes you will have your own custom chocolate curls!
Easy Chocolate Buttercream Frosting recipe
½ cup butter, softened
4 cups powdered sugar
¼ cup cocoa powder
4 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
Cream butter using electric mixer. Slowly add powdered sugar and milk until blended. Add cocoa powder and vanilla. Beat on high until peaks form. This frosting is really good by the way. I have spent years getting it to just the right flavor and consistency. Before you make the frosting, make the curls so that they are ready to use.
I frosted my cupcakes and added the chocolate curls to the top for some decoration and minty flavor. They are so festive and unique!
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They came out delicious and were a simple way to dress up a cupcake, without requiring too much time or preparation.
The Contessa (Linda)
Raquel, These sound yummy! And your pictures are great. I'd love it if you would bring these over to What'd You Do This Weekend? at Tumbleweed Contessa's linky party. They would be a great hit.
Have a sweet day,
Linda (The Contessa)
Thank you Linda! Heading over now 🙂
Thanks for sharing! Hope to see you again next week.
These look really yummy - I love chocolate and mint and the idea for the chocolate curls is really good.
Wow! Those look delicious!
Thank you Holly!
That is so cool how you make the shavings!
What a great idea to make mint white chocolate shavings! What lovely cupcakes!
Thank you LIz for stopping by!
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These look so yummy! Never thought about creating my own mint flavored chocolate shavings. I will have to remember that trick!
It was super easy and dressed them up a bit. Thank you for stopping by!
YUM!!! I never thought of using those melted candies as shavings! New project for me.
It's so easy and quick Mary!
Oh. My. These look delicious! Thanks for sharing.
I hope you have a lovely day.
Thank you Robin! You too - hope you are doing well!
So easy to create the chocolate curls.. woot.. totally going to keep this in mind on future projects!
It is super simple and cheaper to use what you have to decorate cupcakes! Hope you have a great day!
Karyn - Pint Sized Baker
Thanks for sharing at Two Cup Tuesday at Pint Sized Baker. I've pinned it!
Chocolate and Mint! You can't go wrong with that combo!
I agree Connie! Thanks for stopping by!
Grown and Flown
These are unbelievable! I love the fact that you vow to make more cupcakes this year - what a great resolution and I bet your family is in heaven!
It has been fun but I have to exercise more to balance those cupcakes. Thanks for stopping by!
Karen D. Austin
That's a fun and pretty way to combine the flavors of chocolate and mint. Cool!
These look delicious! Thanks for linking to Tips & Tricks. I hope you come back tonight and link something else up. I pinned this to Tips & Tricks recipe board!
Thank you for the pin Sarah! Really appreciate it!
White Chocolate Mint is a fantastic flavor combo!
Thank you Sandra!