Not many people share a love for chocolate and mint. But when they do, they fall hard. A good chocolate mint combination goes beyond giving you that peppermint toothpaste aftertaste. Maybe that’s why some people dislike the idea of combining mint with any dessert because they usually associate them with toothpaste!
I won’t deny that some desserts I tried in the past gave me this feeling – that I actually ate toothpaste ( Opps. That’s quite bad isn’t it.). I guess there’s always a right balance of how much mint to put in your dessert. We once played an April’s fool prank on our friend and yup we used mint in it. Ever heard of mint oreo cookies? They taste so yummy in their actual form. But what my friend didn’t know was that we replaced the mint cream with toothpaste and she actually popped the entire thing into her mouth. Uh oh.
Anyway no prizes for guessing what the next cake I’ll be sharing with you guys is. Chocolate and Mint! One of my favorite ice cream choices ( The first common thing me and my now to be fiancé shared). So yup mint chocolate chip ice cream brings back a lot of memories whenever I think of it.
I usually get inspirations for desserts from social media or family and friends. This time round, my friend suggested I do a mint chocolate oreo cake and so dreams do come true ( You certainly got what you wish for). Base cake is a chocolate fudge cake, filling is mint chocolate chip cream cheese with some oreo crumbs.
Oh btw if any of you are wondering, this is Not an ice cream cake! It’s just me trying to utilize every single crumb of cake. Anyway for all those who thought it was an ice cream cake, I am truly honored because that was my main intention. Ok, to cut the story short, I’m going to show u what I did with my excess cake ( the dome part of the cake that has been trimmed off to obtain even layers of cake)
1) First when you make your cake, divide them into 3 cake tins so you get 3 cake layers. When they come out of the oven, they are usually slightly dome on the top. Slice off the dome top and set aside ( This is going to form the “ice cream scoop” on the cake )
2) Prepare the mix ins for the cream cheese. Clockwise from top left: After Mint pieces chopped, Roughly chopped dark chocolate, fine oreo cookies, chunkier oreo cookies
3) Pour the mix ins into the cream cheese. Add a little green gel to get that minty color.
4) Place one layer of cake on the cake board and spread one layer of the cream cheese. Top with another layer of cake and cream cheese. And then your last layer of cake
5) Frost the entire cake with mint cream cheese and refrigerate until set. I usually blast chill it in the freezer for 10mins. But if you are busy with other stuff, you can just put the cake in the refrigerator to set 1 hr while you do your daily chores.
6) Prepare chocolate ganache and pour on top of chilled cake and down the sides to form drizzle.
7) Crumble left over dome cake that you set aside
8) Mix in a little cream cheese to hold it together and roll into a ball.
9) Place ball on top of cake
10) Frost ball with left over mint cream cheese and place an ice cream cone on top
And there you have it! Less cake wastage.
Chocolate Cake (Makes a 7″ cake)
1 3/4 cup cake flour
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups castor sugar
2 eggs, Room Temperature
1 cup milk
1/2 cup oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup boiling water
1) Preheat oven to 175 deg Celsius.
2) Prepare 3 7″ round tins
3) Sift cake flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.
4) Add eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla extract and beat on medium speed for 2-3 minutes. Don’t overbeat!
5) Stir in boiling water and mix until just combined.
6) Pour the batter equally into the 3 tins and bake for 25-35mins or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
7) Cool completely
Chocolate Mint Cream Cheese Frosting
2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
112g butter, softened
2 cups confectioner’s sugar, sifted
1½ teaspoons peppermint extract
a tiny drop of green food coloring ( I use Wilton edible food gel in Kelly Green)
7-9 squares of After eight mint, cut into small pieces
3 oreo cookies, finely crushed
30g chocolate chip, finely chopped
1) In the bowl of a mixer, beat butter and cream cheese on medium speed until smooth.
2) With mixer speed on low, slowly add confectioner’s sugar and mix until just combined.
3) Add green food coloring and peppermint extract beat until frosting is light and fluffy. If peppermint taste is negligible, add a little drop more.
4) Stir in chopped chocolate, after eight mints and oreo cookies
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