August 18th, 2008
Caesar’s Mint Chocolate Cupcake – rich devil’s food cupcake filled with whole Andes chocolate mint candy and topped with bittersweet chocolate glaze sprinkled with more Andes mints. Price available upon request.
homage to a great leader
My good friend D._ told me of her fondness for Andes chocolate mints so I thought of adding a whole chunk of it to my favorite devil’s food chocolate cupcake recipe. No, my friend is not named Caesar. And just who the heck is this Caesar?
The cupcake decoration started with the borders. They are really supposed to be a chain of hearts but my niece K._ took one look at it, said it looked like a Caesar and then walked away. Baffled, I went on finishing the decoration by adding more chopped Andes mints as topping. Later, I had the a-ha moment: my niece was referring to the wreath of laurel leaves that the ancient Roman emperors wore and its resemblance to the cupcake border design. Taking a cue from her observation, I named the cupcakes after the great leader Julius Caesar. Sorry, D._! Promise, I’ll just bake you some!