A mint chocolate cupcake recipe that’s too simple to resist

Though I’m not usually much of a “mint” fan, sometimes you just get a craving. On a random Saturday, apropos of nothing, I thought, “I want to make mint chocolate chip cupcakes.”

This “recipe” is just total cheating on my part, I’ll admit that now. I had a box of devil’s food cake mix hanging out in the pantry and thought, What would happen if I just added some mint extract to this?

So I did. I prepared the cupcakes according to the package directions (vegetable oil, eggs, water — all the usual stuff) and then added a teaspoon of mint extract to the batter before baking.

That’s it.

I’m sort of embarrassed to even be posting about this, it’s so simple.

The frosting was where I got a little more creative, using my go-to recipe for the homemade sweet stuff — the same one from my famed key lime cupcakes, as a matter of fact! But key lime and mint aren’t exactly a winning combination, so I replaced the juice with mint extract again.

The result? Pure goodness — but not overwhelmingly so. And the sweet, cream cheese-based frosting was a wonderful kicker to balance out the dense, heavy chocolate of the cake. Here’s the frosting recipe, because that makes me feel slightly better sharing my “recipe” with you! And you can add as little or as much green food coloring as you like, of course. I’m a green fan and don’t mind eating strangely-hued foods, but you might feel differently about that. And it’s quite all right.

We’re all cupcake lovers — and friends — here.

Homemade mint frosting

1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 teaspoon mint extract
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
Green food coloring, if desired

In large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter on medium speed until light and fluffy. On low speed, beat in mint extract, three drops of green food coloring and 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar until mixed; beat on medium speed until fluffy. Frost cupcakes as desired. Store frosted cupcakes and any leftover frosting in refrigerator.

21 thoughts on “A mint chocolate cupcake recipe that’s too simple to resist

  1. yum! those cuppies look delish. i do like the mint/chocolate combo and am a big fan of (green) mint chocolate chip ice cream. you’re quite the creative one. i recently tried a new ‘and chocolate’ combo–BASIL and chocolate, and hello? it was GREAT. it was a chocolate basil truffle and i was in heaven. have a great weekend, meg!


  2. wow what a simple recipe for something so delicious! i’m not a huge fan of mint either, but i do love andes so i’m going to have to give this one a try since it’s so easy to make.


  3. Excellent idea. Who says we can’t brag about an easy recipe? I love the combination of the cupcake with the cream cheese frosting. I’ll bet this was delicious. Good for you.


  4. Chocolate and mint are such a great, classic combination. Your cupcakes sound heavenly — and let’s face it: Sometimes we wouldn’t bake at all if we didn’t have a little boxed help. Yummmmm!!!!!


  5. Have a friend who loves to cook and I’ve sent her this link. she promised to bake them for a party we’re going this Friday. I’ll let you know how it goes 🙂


  6. I bake almost everything from scratch. No, I’m not a freak about it, I just love taking basic ingredients and making something really tasty for my family.

    My almost 17 year old daughter brought home a brownie mix a few weeks ago to bake for herself. You know the female craving of chocolate needs to be met pronto. She was making it and said “I know mom, I could be making it from scratch but either way I’m still baking so it is still homemade” and yes she was right. I don’t shun the cake mixes, frosting mixes,etc. She knows either way they taste better than just buying a brownie from the store full of who-knows-what because it has to sit on the shelve for months to no end. lol

    So don’t worry about cheating and making from a box! How fun that you created something new. Your photos of them are beautiful! I’d love to feature you as guest chef on my blog! Maybe it could be this recipe or another one, either way it is fun to do.

    Susie at http://cafescrapper-scrapsoflife.blogspot.com


  7. Leftover frosting, I’ve not heard of that. I just keep piling it on till the bowl is empty. My family never complains tellng me there is too much frosting.


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