One mint julep cupcake, that is. I wanted to make a dessert using my fresh chocolate mint, so I scoured one of my favorite food blogs, Smitten Kitchen, and found the perfect recipe: Chocolate Souffle Cupcakes with Mint Whipped Cream. I had a legitimate excuse to make a dessert (do you really have to have one?); Javalady had a dinner party.
Here is the lovely table she set for us. Isn't summer wonderful?
Here are the souffle cupcakes. After they've fallen, they have a perfect spot to put a big dollop of mint cream on top!
I followed the recipe pretty much to a T, except I infused the whipping cream with the mint. I brought the cream to a simmer and let the mint steep in it for a few minutes. Then, I strained the mint out of the whipping cream, added the white chocolate to that and refrigerated it overnight. The next day, I decided to add a little swig of bourbon to the cream while I was whipping it. I highly recommend this addition; it gives it a wonderful subtle flavor.
Mint Julep Whipped Cream: Mmm, Mmm, Good!