Ali King's Choc Mint Cupcakes

Ali created Adriano Zumbo’s favourite dessert on the television show, Zumbo’s Just Desserts. Lucky for us, she shared her favourite cupcake recipe with us!


Chocolate Cupcakes

190 grams caster sugar

50 grams dutch cocoa powder

110 grams plain flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

1 egg

½ cup buttermilk

¼ cup sunflower oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

½ teaspoon instant coffee grains

½ cup hot water

Mint Choc Chip Buttercream

150 grams unsalted butter, at room temperature

Pinch of salt

300 grams icing sugar, sifted

2 tablespoon thickened cream

40 grams dark chocolate, grated finely

1-2 teaspoon peppermint essence

Green food colouring


Chocolate Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced). Line cupcake tins with cases.
  2. Place all dry ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer and combine.
  3. Add the buttermilk, sunflower oil, egg and vanilla extract and beat on medium-high with the paddle attachment for two minutes.
  4. Combine the instant coffee grains and hot water.
  5. Turn down the speed of the mixer to slow and gradually add in the coffee mixture until combined.
  6. Pour batter into the cupcake cases and bake for 18-20 minutes, or until cooked through.
  7. Let the cupcakes cool before icing.
Mint Choc Chip Buttercream
  1. In the bowl of a mixer, beat the butter with the paddle attachment until very soft and fluffy for four minutes.
  2. Slowly add the salt and sifted icing sugar, then beat on high speed for a further five minutes.
  3. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the thickened cream.
  4. Beat on medium speed for one minute.
  5. Mix in the grated dark chocolate and peppermint essence to taste.
  6. Add in the green food colouring.
  7. Frost your cupcakes!