Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

Moist and tender chocolate cupcakes topped with a fluffy mint chocolate chip buttercream. Tastes and looks just like mint chocolate chip ice cream!

What is wrong with you?!?!

Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

That is my response when my family wants me to buy ice cream in the middle of winter! I’m not sure what it is but a cool, creamy treat just doesn’t appeal to me when it’s cold. I mean do people drink hot chocolate in July?!

No they don’t!! In my opinion ice cream is a summer treat, but to each their own I supposed!

Just because I don’t crave ice cream in the middle of winter, doesn’t mean I don’t crave it’s flavors. One of my favorite ice cream flavors is Mint Chocolate Chip.

These cupcakes include a moist chocolate base topped with a fluffy buttercream that tastes AND looks like mint chocolate chip ice cream!




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Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes
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Serves: 24 Cupcakes
Moist and tender chocolate cupcakes topped with fluffy mint chocolate chip buttercream.
  • For the Chocolate Cupcakes
  • ⅔ Cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 Cup Water, Boiling
  • ½ Cup Butter, Melted
  • 5 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
  • 1½ Cups White Sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • ½ Teaspoons Salt
  • 4 Eggs
  • ½ Cup Heavy Creamy
  • 1½ Cups All Purpose Flour
  • For the Mint Chocolate Chip Buttercream
  • 1½ Cups Butter, Softened
  • 2 Teaspoons Mint NOT Peppermint Extract
  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla
  • 5 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Whole Milk
  • 1 Cup Mini Chocolate Chips
  • Green Food Coloring, If Desired
  • Pinch of Salt, To Taste
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl mix cocoa powder and baking soda. Pour boiling water over the mixture and stir until combined.
  2. In a separate large mixing bowl mix melted butter, oil, sugar, vanilla, salt, and eggs until combined. Blend in cocoa mixture and heavy cream.
  3. Gradually stir in flour a little at a time and stir until just combined.
  4. Divide batter evenly between lined cupcake bakers. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely.
  5. For the Mint Chocolate Chip Buttercream:
  6. Stir butter until light and fluffy. Stir in mint and vanilla extracts.
  7. Gradually stir in powdered sugar a little at time, adding milk as needed.
  8. Stir in food coloring if desired. Fold in mini chocolate chips.
  9. Scoop a generous amount of frosting onto the cupcakes with an ice cream scoop.

Recipe adapted via: Cooking Classy
Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

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  1. How fun! Sure would like one of these right NOW. 🙂
    Susan | LunaCafe recently posted…Baby Greens, Green Garlic & Garlic Chive TartsMy Profile

  2. At first glance I thought this was ice cream!! It looks perfect. I admit I am one of those crazy ice cream lovers who enjoy it even in the cold weather. Love these cupcakes…especially that fabulous scoop of butter cream ice cream! xo, Catherine
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  3. Krystle, when I saw the image in the preview I was already won over- They look absolutely delicious- They look like my favourite ice cream!
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  4. These look perfect! Not only do they have the whole mint chocolate chip thing going but they actually look like the ice cream. LOVE IT!

  5. Love these cupcakes! That buttercream looks amazing!
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  6. Wow at first glance I was certain this was mint choc chip ice cream – gorgeous cakes:-)
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  7. These would be perfect for St Patrick’s Day! LOVE mint chip!
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  8. Mint chocolate is my all time favorite! These look great!
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  9. I thought it was ice cream! I’ve got to try this!!!
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  10. Omg looks so yummy! Although I am not a fan of mint chip ice cream! Could you do a cookies n cream buttercream? Now that would be delicious!! 🙂

    Great job!

    • Hi Michelle!

      You sure could that sounds amazing!! I’d do maybe 10-12 oreos roughly chopped in vanilla buttercream. Would be good with chocolate or white cake in my humble opinion! 🙂

  11. I drink hot chocolate in July! With AC everywhere, I get chilly and if it’s later in the day, I’ll indulge in a hot chocolate. When I was a kid I also drank hot chocolate in the summer evenings after swimming all day long in Lake Erie. I also eat ice cream in the middle of winter! It gets cold up here in Canada in winter, but no matter how cold it is, I’ll still eat ice cream and drink frozen drinks.

    Also, these cupcakes look so lovely, I could have sworn that there was a giant scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream on top of the cupcake! Going to have to give this a try!

    • So interesting! I wish I could do that! I also have fond memories of going to Lake Erie as a kid (I’m from PA, what state are you from??). You’d usually see me in the sand though NOT the water lol!


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