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After Dinner Choco -Mint Cupcake

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Cupcakes have been around for age’s, I think everyone has tried one recipe or another. I have to admit this is my first. I wanted to make something a little different for a dessert,not too sweet, chocolate, fresh and satisfying. And so that’s how I arrived at this special treat. Chocolate and mint has always been a great combination. Table Eights- After Dinner Mint has always been a decadent finish to a dinner party, so enjoy my after dinner mint cupcake.

misto 039Finding a recipe for a quick chocolate cupcake wasn’t too difficult…I decided on this one bowl recipe, I can see why cupcakes are a quick choice for many home making cooks, preparation time was a whizz, cooking time was quick, no cleaning of tins, and definitely a buzz whipping these things up.

I however, didn’t want the normal look of a cupcake,(cake and frostinf) it wasn’t for afternoon tea,but an after dinner dessert. So knowing how delicious our gelato (ice-cream) is I put together this combo.

Read on for the recipe…

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Recipe: After Dinner Choco-Mint Cupcake

For the chocolate cupcake:

Makes 18

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

3/4 teaspoon salt

2 large eggs

3/4 cup warm water

3/4 cup natural yoghurt

3 tablespoons sunflower oil

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 250°C. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners.

Sift cocoa powder, flour,sugar,baking powder and baking soda and salt into a large bowl.

Add eggs, warm water,oil,natural yoghurt and vanilla and mix until smooth.

Divide batter among muffin cups, using an ice-cream scoop is a great measure of the correct quantity for each muffin cup.

Bake for about 20 minutes. Transfer cupcakes to wire rack and let cool.

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Just before serving…cut the top off a cupcake…place one scoop of chocolate mint ice-cream in cupcake, add top of cupcake and smear nutella on top, cut an after dinner mint in half and garnish.

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Just have to add a couple of photo’s of one of my favourite gelateria (ice-cream shop) in Italy…

sgroppino 003Bubblegum,Mandarin,Rockmelon…

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We have an unbelievable choice of flavours: Lemon & Lime,Mango,Chocolate Chip,Banana, Yoghurt with Mixed Berries….

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Mint,Watermelon,Vanilla,Yoghurt,Straccatella (vanilla with bits of chocolate) Nutella

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Definitely have to try an Italian gelato put it on your wish list but in the meantime an

After Dinner Choco-Mint Cupcake might just tie you over!


So what’s fun about Tuesdays, sharing all these wonderful ideas and recipes with friends..

This recipe is taking part in Tasty Tuesdays hosted by Alicia at A Beautiful Mess and

Jen at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam

Have a wonderful Tuesday all.



    • This combo of cupcake and ice-cream works well…even with a plain cupcake and fruit ice-creams would work wonderfully…yes, our ice-cream shops are hard to pass by!

  1. OMG…I have to say…I adore “Table Eights”…always have them handy…nothing can beat the taste but this looks so good (might try it my friend ) and then I went further and what did I see….OMG OMG…I still remember it sooo well, there’s no other way to describe how they present this in Italy, blew me away when I saw it before but your pics are just bringing back memories and I want some right now!!!! DROOLINGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!!!! Mwah xxx

    • The season for ice-cream shops is nearly at a close…they have a 3 month shut-down for Winter….I’ve never eaten so much ice-cream in my life since living here in Italy…and if any guests arrive from overseas it’s the first treat…an Italian gelato!xx

  2. feastonthecheap says

    Yum! Love the chocolate mint cupcakes. We make chocolate mint brownies that were also inspired by those After-Eight dinner mints. There’s no better way to end a meal….

  3. Great recipe with great dessert showmanship! The cupcakes look beautiful decorated with ice cream and chocolate mint! I love chocolate mint flavor. The ice cream parlor is magnificent! Thank you for sharing, Yvette. Blessings to you…

    • Always a pleasure to have you call by….these cupcakes certainly magnify the chocolate -mint flavour…our ice-cream shops here are just magical aren’t they!

  4. What a great recipe. It has all the qualities of an ice cream cake but is already in individual servings.

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