"Chocolate mint cupcakes" was the request... so of course, I obliged. A mama never denies her child the desired birthday dessert. Without hesitation, I pulled out a long-ago-filed recipe, torn from a magazine, and saved just for this occasion.
The process was relatively simple, using a base of mint syrup from fresh mint leaves. Of course all claims of all-natural went out the window with the loads of confectioners' sugar required to thicken this syrup into icing (just keep adding until you reach desired consistency). But the sweetness was perfectly balanced when piped onto a not-too-sweet, dark chocolate cupcake (sorry, it's a secret recipe that I'm not at liberty to share).