The Little Epicurean

Aug 28 2013

Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

My brother and I didn’t get along very well growing up.  Maybe we were too close in age?  Maybe all brothers and sisters are bound to quarrel and bicker?

But one thing for sure we never argued over was ice cream.  He was (and still is) fond of fruity flavors– strawberry sorbet and rainbow sherbet.  While my taste buds were more partial to the heavy-calorie laden flavors: butter pecan, cookies and cream, and my most favorite of favorites- mint chocolate chip ice cream.

I was first introduced to this glorious flavor sometime during elementary school.  One afternoon while I accompanied my mom on her errands, she stopped at Thrifty’s and bought me a scoop of mint chocolate chip in a cone.  And I loved it. (See my fresh mint and chocolate chunk ice cream for  the rest of the story.)

Since then, it was treat I always looked forward to as a kid.  And honestly, it still puts a smile on my face whenever I have a scoop of it.

Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

These are my cupcake rendition of my beloved ice cream flavor: Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes!  I used a quick one bowl chocolate  cupcake recipe and a super simple buttercream frosting.

I would offer my brother a cupcake, but I know him too well.  Good thing me and brother aren’t kids anymore.  We hardly ever argue.  Maybe its the distance?  Maybe its the age?  Whatever it is, I’m happy and thankful we’re now friends.

Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

Print Recipe

One Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes with Mint Chocolate Chip Frosting

Yield: 18 cupcakes


One Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Mint Chocolate Chip Frosting:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened, room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar/confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 tsp mint extract
  • green food gel color (I used 4 drops of Electric Green and 1 drop of Forest Green)
  • 3/4 cup chopped dark chocolate


One Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tin with cupcake wrappers. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Add buttermilk, water, eggs, oil, and vanilla to bowl. Using a spatula, stir to combine until all dry ingredients are moistened. Mix until thoroughly combined.
  4. Fill prepared muffin 2/3 full with batter. Bake for 20-22 minutes, rotating pan midway through baking. Bake until toothpick inserted in center of cupcake comes out clean. Let cupcakes cool on wire rack until room temperature.

Mint Chocolate Chip Frosting:

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream butter until smooth. Add sifted powdered sugar half a cup at time while machine is running on low. Add sea salt and mint extract. If a stronger mint flavor is desired, continue to add mint extract 1/4 tsp at a time until desired flavor is achieved.
  2. Add green food gel color until desired color is achieved. Fold in chopped chocolate chips. If frosting is too thick, add cream 1/2 Tbsp at a time.

Chocolate Cupcakes adapted from Martha Stewart

6 Responses to “Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes”

  1. September 14, 2013
    4:13 pm
    Linda says...

    Made these as well as the orange poppyseed donuts for my friends and they LOVED them!

    • Maryanne replied...

      That’s wonderful to hear, Linda! :)

  2. December 11, 2013
    6:43 pm
    Rebecca says...

    Hi! I love all of your recipes! I found that on the ingredient list there is no salt under ‘one bowl chocolate cupcakes.’ I linked to the Martha Stewart recipe and used what she said – 3/4 teaspoon. Maybe I am just blind and did not see it! Anyway, I love the recipe! Thank you! :)

    • Maryanne replied...

      Hi Rebecca! Thank you so much :) And thanks for pointing out the missing salt! I have added it to the recipe!

  3. December 19, 2016
    3:26 am
    Patrice says...

    Hi, Maryanne! My boyfriend and I made these cupcakes for our second anniversary. It was my first time to try baking and I greatly enjoyed this recipe. My only problem with this recipe is that the buttercream frosting collapses because of the humidity in where I’m living. Do you have any tips on keeping it stiff even in high humidity areas while retaining the original flavor of the icing? Thanks!

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      Hi Patrice! Happy Anniversary to you! I suggest keeping the frosted cupcakes chilled in the fridge. Once you’re ready to eat, let them sit at room temperature for 10-15 minutes to soften.

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