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These are good enough to satisfy any chocolate craving. There’s dark and then there’s white. Double the goodness double the richness. The mint in the white chocolate frosting cuts through the sweetness and adds that extra element of freshness and surprise. This was actually made at the spur of the moment, from leftovers actually. I had some extra molten chocolate cake mix lying in the fridge (had made molten cakes on Tuesday while entertaining some friends), and ½ a bar of white chocolate and the only fruit lying in the fridge. I was quite surprised how well the mint works in the white chocolate, and most of all how well the cream holds its shape with the white chocolate in it. It’s so hot around here in Ghana that I can never work with cream and meringues as they just don’t whip up to full consistency. Chocolate too, actually, it just melts off at room temperature. So I love the way this worked out. This recipe makes 3 mini cakes, and I ate them all … all by myself!!! I liked them so much I didn’t have the heart to share them. Now you can imagine how I must’ve been as a kid :p

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For the Chocolate cake

  • 25gms soft unsalted butter, plus more for greasing
  • 175gms best dark chocolate – melted
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten with a pinch of salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 25gms plain flour

For the Frosting

  • 50gms best white chocolate – melted
  • 50 ml cream
  • Couple of leaves of fresh mint – chopped up.

For Garnish

  • Fresh Blueberries
  • Fresh Strawberries
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Preheat the oven to 200°C
Melt the chocolate and let it cool slightly. Cream together the butter and sugar, and gradually beat in the eggs and salt, then the vanilla. Now add the flour, and when all is smoothly combined scrape in the cooled chocolate, blending it to a smooth batter.Pour into the desired cupcake cases and bake for about 15 mins or till just about set. Don’t want to over bake them. Remove from oven and cool completely.

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For the frosting lightly whip up the cream and pour in the melted white chocolate. Whip together, till think and fold in the mint leaves. Return o fridge for 10 mins till nice and firm. Now put it in a piping bag and decorate the cakes with it. Garnish with berries.

Self Portrait
And this is me trying to have a little fun with the camera. A self portrait for Lara of Still Life With‘s SLW assignment for Feb – “Food n You. ” Had to be a shot of yourself with some food. So what better than with something i love most … CHOCOLATE !!!
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Comment :

noreply@blogger.com (Great Big Veg Challenge)

I make a chocolate and mint cake – which is delicious – I love your photographs and will be trying to replicate your cakes in our London kitchen.
Can I point you in the direction of another irresistible combination that my family loves – Chocolate and Beetroot Cake.
Its really really good, promise….
http://greatbigvegchallenge.blogspot.com/2006/12/let-them-eat-cake.html

noreply@blogger.com (The Food Traveller)

Well … she used to be gorgeous.
Now she is the shadow of herself to be honest. A symbol of why we should be on perennial diet 🙁

btw I saw your flicker page and notice you seem to like DJTiesto (great dutch mixer). Gosh, I am subscribed to its podcast on Itunes and listen to it everyday to/back.around-for work … more or less.

Anyway, where was the photo taken?

noreply@blogger.com (The Food Traveller)

PS: I meant the DjTiesto photo?

noreply@blogger.com (Kate / Kajal)

Great Big Veg Challenge …. thanks …will surely follow the link.

Francesco … haha u said the magik word… Tiesto … thats the way to my heart ! I absolutely adore him. He is the best.
Abt Nigella .. i agree but i’d rather just burn my calories off. I just cant diet … i’m willing to run for 40 mins for a slice of cake 🙂

noreply@blogger.com (eliza)

aren’t we all piggies? but since you made good food, there’s nothing wrong in eating them all up 🙂
you look gorgeous in self-photo 😉

noreply@blogger.com (Marianna)

Oh that is very cool- white choco & mint. Will need to try that out! And yes if I’m baking I always end up having more then just one piece- totally forgiveable, especially for cupcakes as good looking as yours!

noreply@blogger.com (Susan from Food Blogga)

I saw these tantalizing photos and thought, “Here are some DMBLGIT winners.” 🙂

noreply@blogger.com (Larissa)

The photo is simply beautiful!

noreply@blogger.com (Gattina)

I don’t know what is more prettier… the cake or you!

noreply@blogger.com (Kate / Kajal)

eliza … i guess we all are 🙂 Thanks

Marianna … the problem arises when u bae too often and cant control yourself then :p

Susan … hehe thats a nice compliment … thank u !

Larissa …thnx

Gattina … haha …i’m sure its the cake 🙂

noreply@blogger.com (Indonesia-Eats)

Really awesome pictures! Did you submit for cupcakes spectacular 2008 at http://homemades.blogspot.com/2008/02/announcing-cupcakes-spectacular-2008.html ?

noreply@blogger.com (Rachel)

I see two attractive subjects..1.the cupcakes and 2. he blogger 😀

noreply@blogger.com (Chris)

These are lovely! The presentation is quite inviting. And the Self portrait? The Chocolate company should use this as an ad campaign!

noreply@blogger.com (Cheryl)

Those are gorgeous cakes. They look better than any bakery could make. That last picture of you is amazing. I would have lifesize versions of that hanging up in my house if I were you.

noreply@blogger.com (Kate / Kajal)

Aria , i surely will , Thanks for letting me know.

Rachel …haha thnx

Chris …i think they should …i’m advertising for free for Lindt

noreply@blogger.com (Michael)

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noreply@blogger.com (Lubna)

Hey Kate/Kajal,
The cupcakes look soooo tempting :p

In case you havn’t visited my blog…there’s a suprise waiting for you.

Lubna.

noreply@blogger.com (Kate / Kajal)

Cheryl … thanks … u are just being too kind.

Micheal , i’ll contact u asap

Lubna … u’re back ! after ages ! Cant wait to see whats waiting for me ;P

noreply@blogger.com (Suzana)

Kate, that is a brilliant combination of flavours! I love strawberries and blueberries so much I could live from them. And Lindt really is what chocolate such be (I mostly use Lindt chocolate for baking and it never goes wrong). Loved the self portrait!

noreply@blogger.com (maybahay)

wonderful cupcakes. that’s a gorgeous self-portrait, it belongs in the cover of a magazine…

noreply@blogger.com (Anonymous)

I am anxious to try this recipe but am having problems with conversions If one ounce equals 28 gms, it seems like very little flour is used in your recipe. And just a wee bit of cream to whip.
Any suggestions to translate to “yank” measurements?
Barbara

noreply@blogger.com (Rasa Malaysia)

You are Miss Gorgeous! 🙂

noreply@blogger.com (Kate / Kajal)

Suzana , thanks. I love strawberries too. Can have them everyday and still not be sick of them.

Maybahay ..hehe thnx:)

Barbara, yes the flour is very little , as these cakes are very rich and dense. And besides this recipe makes only 3 of these cupcakes , so u might want to double or even quadruple the recipe to make a cake. Then again its will be rich like a gooey brownie .
And the same with cream. This is just enough to cover these 3 cupcakes , so multiply the recipe into 2 or 4. Hope this helps. Dont be discouraged by the measurements. It works for sure.

Rasa … thanks !! I’m smiling really big now !

noreply@blogger.com (Coffee & Vanilla)

Kate, I tried your recipe and it was the most delicious dessert I ever prepared!!
http://www.coffeeandvanilla.com/?p=1898
Here is the link.
It did not come out so beautiful like yours but tasted really good 🙂
Thank you, Margot

noreply@blogger.com (Kate / Kajal)

Margot … wow this is gr8 . love it when my recipes make u happy. Have to come n check it out.

noreply@blogger.com (khunying)

Kate,

I like the recipe. I bookmarked it at this recipe collection. Your readers can vote for it by giving it a star here. Thanks!

noreply@blogger.com (Mindy)

hey Kate, I found your recipe from the Cupcake Spectacular 2008 hosted by Arfi of Homemades. I tried it out and it was so good. thank you!

greetings from Caracas

noreply@blogger.com (Kate / Kajal)

khunying thanks again.

mindy , nothing makes me happier than satisfied readers. I am very happy the recipe worked for you.

Hey would you mind stating which blog platform you’re working with? I’m planning to start my own blog soon but I’m having a difficult time making a decision between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your design seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something unique. P.S My apologies for getting off-topic but I had to ask!

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