I was craving mint and chocolate so I made some chocolate cupcakes and swirled chocolate and peppermint buttercream for the decoration. I'd heard about the technique a few years ago, but never tried it because it requires three piping bags, and I don't usually have that many on hand. I got an 8-pack of them for Christmas, so now was a great time to give them a go.

I did a Youtube search and found a quick video that shows the basics of how to swirl the icing.


I made a small batch of butter cream frosting and divided it into two bowls, so I could make one half chocolate and the other mint. For the chocolate I added cocoa powder and vanilla, and for the mint I added green food colouring and peppermint extract. I ended up with about a cup of each flavour. The best part about making two kinds of icing is that there are twice as many beaters/bowls/and spoons to lick. I highly recommend swirl cupcakes for this bonus alone.

I put each colour in a piping bag and tied an elastic around the top.


Then I cut off the tips of the piping bags, and placed them side by side in a third piping bag, with a coupler and a 1M tip.


Then I just decorated like normal and got a very fun result.


The mint and the chocolate were amazing in swirl form. One bite was minty chocolate, another bite was chocolatey mint. Really fantastic. I would definitely try the swirl method again and am already thinking about fun flavour/colour combos for next time.

Posted by Jen B On Monday, March 23, 2015 8 comments

8 comments:

  1. Wow! Those look delicious!!!
    Swirling with the piping bags looks like an art. Very nice job!

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    1. Thank you for saying so. It is so pretty!

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  2. So pretty! And they look so delicious. Very well done.

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  3. Very colourful. I don't have mint often with chocolate; I'm not that much of a fan of mint, but every once in awhile it doesn't hurt to have some.

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    1. This recipe was really subtle. I have a non-fan of mint in the house, and they liked these.

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