I am in love with chocolate mint. Who would have thought that such an odd-couple combination would be so tasty. Honestly, sometimes I eat chocolate right after I brush my teeth and think about how good it tastes. But I'm weird. These are some normal cupcake recipes that really harness the deliciousness of chocolate and mint in cupcake form.
The cool thing about making lists like these is that I get to watch a lot of videos and see really how diverse recipes can be. Even with something so specific as chocolate mint cupcakes, you can get a wide range of techniques.
For example, there are frostings made with meringue, butter, and cream cheese below. Some of the cake recipes are made with dark chocolate, others with chocolate chips, and one even has coffee in it. On top of that, some are filled with goodies, and some are topped with them.
Probably my favorite on this list, Girl Scout thin mint cookies are THA BOMB. Just try and stop me from buying a box every time I walk out of the grocery store. I'm so happy that someone decided to take the theme and make them into a cupcake, then garnish it with crushed cookies and a whole one too.
The interesting thing about this recipe is that the cupcake is made with a combination of white cake mix and vanilla pudding mix.
Another incredible recipe that just goes to show you how diverse these can be. This one uses the simple technique of cutting the chocolate muffin in half to create a mini-cake effect. But what are you going to do with the round muffin caps? That's the real question (eat them, lol)!
Though the presentation looks a bit involved it's actually very simple to make these, and they will definitely impress anyone just with looks, let alone taste. I only took away half a star because this is a blog about quick recipes, and these do take a bit longer for preparation.
Of course I needed to feature a gluten free, grain free option on this list! This chocolate mint cupcake recipe makes use of tiger nut flour (not really a nut) and coconut products to product both the cream and the cake. Coconut milk is used in the cake, coconut butter is used in the “buttercream” frosting.
Guess what? They also use an avocado, which means you don't need any food dye! Avocados are plain enough that you can use them for recipes like this to product a smooth creamy texture. With sugar and peppermint oil, you won't be able to tell it's an avocado anyway. Delicious!
I like that this one makes a very unique style frosting! First we make the meringue, just as you would with a lemon meringue pie. Whip sugar and egg whites, then stir in butter. The resulting frosting is definitely unique among others on this list. There are also pieces of chocolate mixed into the cream for added flavor and effect.
I docked a few points on this one because it takes longer to prepare the meringue, and we weren't given a unique cake recipe. I wasn't so hot on the piles of frosting in the presentation either, but I'm sure it tastes great 🙂
This recipe has a surprising number of views and likes on YouTube! Why is it surprising? Well the video starts with the cake mix and mint buttercream already done. It's essentially a video watching someone put dinner mints into cupcake batter LOL.
Still, it's a unique recipe, and it uses a total of three full mints! Those things can be powerful, so I'm sure it's a minty surprise. I gave a 2.5 star rating for a low quality video, overuse of dinner mints, and lack of cake/frosting instructions in the video (there are links in the description). Sorry, it's just really hard to compare to other amazing recipes on this list.
Definitely one of the best examples of cupcake making, The Scran Line is amazing. Just look at how creamy that buttercream frosting looks, and it's perfectly encased in a shell of dark chocolate. That stuff oozing from the middle? It's peppermint cream. Read the post to find out how to get your cupcakes filled like that (hint: It's easy).
I'm not sure I'd go for the crushed peppermint candy on top (crunch cupcakes?) but it sure looks good in the presentation and is an easy way to get things mintier in a flash.
This is one of my top three favorite recipes features on this post.
Another one of my top 3 favorites on this page, and probably my #1 choice is the Starbucks peppermint mocha cupcakes. Yeah, I'm a coffee fan, a chocolate fan, and a mint fan too. Did you also happen to notice how cool the frosting looks?
Watch the video on the next page to see how she easily achieves this effect. Visuals are important, and getting the red green swirl on top really enhances the entire cupcake experience.
By the way, did you know that most recipes use peppermint extract instead of mint extract? Yup. The flavor you get from mint chocolate is actually peppermint most of the time. Mint extract just doesn't taste the same.
Speaking of mint though, this recipe uses real mint, and it's the only one on this page that does that! We'll be soaking the mint in milk while our cupcakes bake to extract some flavor for the frosting. I'm curious about making these and want to see how the real mint flavor compares to peppermint extract in terms of strength and flavor profile.
Plus, we get a double layer of chocolate and mint frosting on these bite-sized cakes. Yum!
This is probably the fastest recipe to make on the list. Perhaps because of it's simplicity, there's not much to write about. Chocolate mint cake. Mint frosting. This recipe does use a significant amount of cream cheese, which I do love!
The chocolate cake recipe featured in this video looks absolutely amazing. Can you see the deep, rich color in the photo above? Plus, she uses a more traditional buttercream frosting recipe as well as a variety of candies including chocolate mint baker's confections and chocolate mint chips.
Experiment with different types of candy to see which one tastes best to you. I'd like to try Girl Scout Thin Mints or maybe some gooey chocolate sauce in the middle. Crushed, crunchy cookies on the outside and gooey warm chocolate on the inside. Have fun!