Mint Chocolate Frosting

Remember when you were a kid (or an adult) and used to take Betty Crocker or Duncan Hines icing to the face? Baking cakes and cupcakes were always the best - not for the actual cake, but for the truckloads of icing that would accompany it. So I decided to try my luck with a paleo frosting that would bear a similar effect, just without that massive tummy ache that used to accompany my icing binges.

Great success! With patience, this recipe will lead you to fluffy frosting goodness. But in good conscience, I'm not sure I can tell you that you won't get a tummy ache. If you're just eating it on top of a cup cake or slice of paleo cake, then there's no indigestion to fear. However, if you make it simply to eat by the decadent spoonful, you might get a sugar high. No judgment either way...sometimes it's hard to put the spoon down.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/8 - 1/4 tsp peppermint extract (you can use other extracts as well...almond is good, coffee is good...they're all good!)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extratct
  • 2 cups Enjoy Life chocolate chips

Method

  1. Using the double broiler method, heat the coconut oil and extracts. Once melted, add chocolate chips. (**For those of you that do not know the double broiler method, simply boil a pot of water - roughly 2 cups - and put a glass or metal bowl over the boiling water. The glass bowl should not be touching the water and should be large enough that it can rest on top of the pot without assistance. Just google image "double broiler" and you'll see what I mean....I'm lazy and don't feel like explaining it past that.)
  2. When the chocolate has melted and the mixture is thick, remove from heat. Place in the fridge for about 30 minutes. When you remove the chocolate from the fridge, it should be slightly hardened (but not so hard that it's not soft enough to easily stick a utensil into). If it's still totally liquid, place back in the fridge until hardened.
  3. With a hand-held beater, beat the chocolate mixture until it whips up into a frosting-like consistency. You will have trouble getting this consistency using another method...hand beater will yield the best results. Voila!
  4. Spread on your cake or cupcakes, eat with a spoon, or store in the fridge for later. To get it flluffy and creamy again post fridge storage, simply microwave it in small increments and stir.