Why do we associate green desserts with grasshoppers? I do not know. What I do know that mint flavored things make my heart sing and my stomach shut up for at least a short time. This is why whenever I get a chance to share a blog about mint desserts I do. I hope you enjoy this next bit of wonderful food porn– Grasshopper Cake. And it’s only about 360 calories per serving if you’re curious.
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 cup butter, margarine, or substitute, softened
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 1 tablespoon of sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 20 creme de menthe thin mints (or similar mint candy)
- 1 1/2 cups of cream (for whipping)
Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease a 15.5″ by 10.5″ jelly-roll pan and line it with wax paper. Set it aside. On another sheet of the wax paper, combine the flour, cocoa, and salt.
Take out a large mixing bowl and blend butter and the 1 1/4 cups of sugar. Beat for 3 minutes or until the mixture is light and creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time and mixing as you go. Add flour and combine fully.
Pour this completed batter into a prepared pan and spread it evenly. Put in a toothpick as a tester and bake this for 15 to 18 minutes. The toothpick should come out cleanly if it’s ready. Let it cool for about 40 minutes.
Make shavings and curls out of the mint de menthe using a peeler. Set those aside and use remaining candy for the filling.
Using a small knife loosen the cake from the wax paper and flip it upside down. Cut it crosswise into 3 rectangles and trim the sides evenly. Set them aside.
In a medium mixing bowl beat cream and the tablespoon of sugar together. You should be able to create create stiff peaks in the top. Fold the chopped mint pieces into it gently, without hiding them too intensely– they’re partly for show too. Set aside.
Place 1 rectangle slice of cake on a plate. Spread the now whipped cream generously but evenly. Repeat this step twice more. Sprinkle the top with the chocolate curls and scrapings.
There is your delicious dessert!