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Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

If you read my last post, Basil Mint Cake, then you probably know that I love cake. What I didn’t tell you is how much I love their miniature counterparts. I love cupcakes so much that… well I don’t think words can do it justice.


Watch this short film I created and you will know.



I told you I love cupcakes. This particular cupcake recipe is inspired from my favorite ice cream (Mint Chocolate Chip) and my favorite cookie (Girl Scout’s Thin Mints). In cupcake form the flavors are marvelous.



Oh and a note about my cupcakes. I don’t understand all this silliness about giving muffins muffin tops but ridding the cupcake of that, the best part of any baked good birthed in a cup. So, my cupcakes have muffin tops–err cupcake tops. If you don’t want the cupcake tops then you are going to have to do a lot of convoluted math to reduce the recipe (divide by 2.3 then add .5 to everything… then subtract 20 and multiply by 21). I’m sorry. I have my position on this matter and I will not waver, ergo you will be enjoying these cupcakes, tops and all.


All flippancy aside, these cupcakes are delicious. Try them! You’ll love them. In fact, you may even fall in love with one.


Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes
Recipe by:
  • 3 ounces (1 cup) cocoa powder
  • 5 ounces (1 cup) all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temp.
  • 10 ounces (2¼ cups) sugar
  • 4 eggs, at room temp.
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate finely chopped
Frosting Ingredients
  • 8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temp
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • Chocolate shavings
  1. Preheat an oven to 350F. Line a muffin pan with 12 paper cups.
  2. Sift together the cocoa, flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside
  3. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time and mix until incorporated well.
  5. Add both extracts and mix in well.
  6. Add half of the dry mixture into the egg mixture and mix until combined. Add the chopped chocolate to the other half of the dry mixture and set aside.
  7. Mix in the buttermilk and mix until combined.
  8. Add the remaining dry mixture with the chopped chocolate into
  9. the batter and mix until just combined.
  10. Spoon the batter into the lined muffin pan. Each cup should be filled to just above the brim.
  11. Bake in a preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out just barely clean (a few straggling crumbs is ok).
  12. Let cool and prepare the frosting by mixing all of the frosting.
  13. Once the cupcakes are cool, spread the frosting on each using a piping bag and your preferred piping tip or you can use a frosting spatula.  Sprinkle chocolate shavings on top and
  14. a couple mint leaves if yo have them lying around.


What is your favorite cupcake flavor? My goal is to start baking more cupcakes–I know they’re grossly past their prime in the realm of trendy foods but damn it I think they’re scrumptious!


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AUTHOR - Russell van Kraayenburg

Food nerd. Cookbook author. Founder of Chasing Delicious. Pastry cook at Fluff Bake Bar. Lover of hot dogs. Russell van Kraayenburg founded Chasing Delicious in 2010 and has been chasing delicious recipes ever since. Russell is author of the cookbooks Haute Dogs and Making Dough.


  • Maggie @ Vittles and Bits

    OMG I love your video, so cute! These look delicious too, such pretty photos. And I totally agree – screw the trends, cupcakes are magical :)

  • Magic of Spice

    Love, love the video! And these cupcakes are fantastic and very pretty as well :)

  • Katie

    Your video is both ridiculous and wonderful – I loved it.

  • yudith

    Yum, I love the flavor combo…!! Thanks for sharing!

  • Jenelle

    I love your video! I go on that roller coaster of emotions with my food sometimes. I”m so happy it’s in my life and so sad when it is gone. But I don’t think I would have hesitated to eat the cupcake dropped in the dirt. I love cupcakes! I’m definitely going to have to try your recipe as mint chocolate chip is also my favorite flavor ice cream and there isn’t a soul on earth who doesn’t like Thin Mints!

    • Russell

      Let me know how it turns out if you try it! And you’re definitely right about everyone loving Thin Mints. If someone out there doesn’t love them, then that’s just beyond weird.

  • Sasha @ The Procrastobaker

    I have everything on hand for these little lovelies, and adore anything mintychocolatey, so massive win with this recipe for sure :) that last photo especially is oh-so cute!

  • Cassie @ Bake Your Day

    I can’t wait to try these. #1 – they sound so refreshing in the 100+ degree temps that we are having and #2 – mint chocolate chip is my favorite ice cream. I think one of these would go perfectly alongside some of that!

    • Russell

      Ooh that’s a good idea. I didn’t think of having a scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream with one of these cupcakes. That sounds divine! I’m going to have to bake another batch just to try that.

  • Peggy

    I love the video! And I’m so glad you didn’t dye the frosting green – I’m one of those weirdos that don’t like to view mint chocolate chip as a “green” flavor – but it’s natural white =)

    • Russell

      Thank you very much! I’m the same way. I avoid food coloring and such at all costs! I just think foods look better when they aren’t dyed unnatural colors.

  • Michael Toa

    Great video Russell! You just made my day. Chocolate and mint are one of my favourite combo. The cupcakes look wonderful.

  • Maureen

    Wow.. what a treat my visit got today ! What great cupcakes and I’ve got company coming and these would be great. Thanks.

  • Taylor

    These look delicious! Love the video!

  • Cheryl and Adam @

    Agree completely with you about the cupcake tops! Topped or not, though, this is a great cupcake.

  • sarah

    I think I’m already in love! These are gorgeous- cupcake top and all!

  • paul li

    Thank you for the nice recipe.

  • Isabelle @ Crumb

    I always get the urge to lovingly frolic in the park and snuggle with my cupcakes too, but I generally fall prey to their deliciousness and gobble them up before I can even make it out the front door… apparently I have zero self-control when it comes to baked goods.
    PS – I’m a sucker for mint-chocolate anything. Especially cupcakes. Must try these next time I get the urge to bake.

    • Russell

      Haha. I’m glad I’m not the only one with these urges. You should definitely give them a try. I was a bit apprehensive about a mint chocolate chip cupcake but they’re soo good.

  • Lilly

    Oh may oh may, these look wonderful!! Russell just to let you know that I love your blog so much I am sharing these awards with you! They are on my blog so come and get them!

    • Russell

      Wow! Thank you very much!

  • marla

    Really very difficult to look at these cupcakes before bed. They are dreamy. Love that bit of mint tucked into the corner.

  • Denise@There's a Newf in My Soup!

    Russell – Thank you for stopping by, and introducing me to your gorgeous blog! I love miniatures, too, and cupcakes are always in style! These look and sound incredible!

    • Russell

      Thank you for stopping by too! I very much enjoy your blog. I’m glad you like these cupcakes though. I agree. Cupcakes are always here to stay.

  • Amy

    Love the movie! I have definitely been guilty of falling in love with baked goods before – the choc chip cookie incident of ’09 is still talked about widely in some circles…
    Putting the recipe in my favourites folder right away :)

    • Russell

      Haha. I am very intrigued about the 2009 chocolate chip cookie incident! Thanks!

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    What a great video, so funny and so well done!

  • Elyse @The Cultural Dish

    These look awesome! I’ve had mint chocolate brownies so I know I will love these!

  • The Chocolate Priestess

    Muffins tops… lol. That’s just part of making any cupcake or muffin I think. Nice recipe.

  • Kelly

    These cupcakes are gorgeous and I bet so delicious!! :)

  • alyce

    Yummy recipE and great photos.

  • Melanie Flinn

    Beautiful and delicious. Thin Mints are my fav too.

  • Charissa

    haha, love the film…totally made me smile!
    Congrats on the top 9!

    • Russell

      Thank you, thank you! I’m glad I could make you smile. That makes me happy!

  • CAL

    Your video is brilliant and adorable at the same time. Thanks for the laugh!

    • Russell

      Thank you for the kind words! I’m glad I could make you laugh.

  • Sandra

    No fuss, no muss, just an incredibly good cupcake.

  • Ira Rodrigues

    haha *widely smile :)) awesome video !
    * eager trying your cup cake recipe

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  • The Chocolate Priestess

    Much better than a thin mint cookie… I say that even though I’m a former Girl Scouts.

  • kita

    Im a sucker for the awesome combination of chocolate and mint. They were made for one another. These cupcakes look dangerously good.

  • Anne@frommysweetheart

    Russell!!!! OMG….this has to be the BEST blog post I have ever seen! I LOVED it! (The cupcakes were beautiful….and I am sure they are delicious!) But I can’t even get past how amazing your film was and how wonderfully entertaining it was. I am sure every one of us who loves cupcakes can relate to every aspect of that clip. I am giving you a standing ovation and I think you should post all of your wonderful goodies in this way! : )

    • Russell

      Thank you so much! Your comment has me grinning from cheek to cheek! You are too, too kind. I definitely want to try to do more video posts. I wish I could do one for each post but unfortunately they take quite a while to script out, film and edit. I’m aiming for one a month at this point. Thanks again for all the kind words!

  • Sasha

    Although I do not share your sentiment about les petits gateaux, I love this video. Please make more!

  • Baltic Maid

    I love the video!!! Great job! And the cupcakes look delicious! I am a big fan of the mint chocolate combo. I’ll have to try these soon.

  • Melissa

    My son loves mint chocolate chip ice cream and asked for mint chocolate chip cupcakes for his birthday this year. I am so glad I found this recipe. I made it today. The icing is divine!!! The cupcakes are delicious and just the right amount of mint! Thanks so much!!!

  • Paula @ Dishing the Divine

    Yum, yum, and yum! I want these NOW! :)

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  • Erica

    I suspect there are typos in this recipe. It calls for 3 oz of cocoa and 5 oz of flour, but both say 1 cup in brackets… I ended up using the cup measurements, which was a mistake because the cupcakes had a brownie consistency and collapsed in the middle. Furthermore, the icing was the consistency of fondant. I had to thin it out with another almost 1/4 cup of whipping cream.

    Please proof read next time.

    • Russell

      I’ve checked the recipe for the cake portion and all of the ingredients and measurements are correct. Most likely your cupcakes were under baked or perhaps your baking powder was not fresh–thus not giving the proper lift, which is necessary so that the gluten in the flour can build a structure. Did you try the toothpick method for checking if the cupcakes were done? The actual temperatures in ovens can also vary greatly, so I always suggest checking the product with a toothpick rather than assuming the times I have listed will work. This recipe has been tried by a few other food bloggers as well and none noted any of the issues you mentioned.

      There was a typo in the frosting portion of the recipe. For that I am sorry. I have gone ahead and fixed this. Thank you for bringing it to my attention. I am sorry you did not have a good experience with this recipe.

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  • nel

    Hi is it ok if i reduce the cocoa powder by 1/4 cup?
    thanks in advance!

  • Debra Garland

    I’m a little confused about the measurements myself. Is It One cup of cocoa and one cup of flour? Or is it 3oz cocoa and 5oz flour to equal a cup? I know it sounds silly but I want to get it right. And it makes 12 cupcakes , right.

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    Forgot to add I got a kick out of the video, really makes me want to make them.

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    hello! just wanna ask if you used whole eggs in your recipe or just egg whites?

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