Thursday, March 13, 2014

Mint Chocolate Cupcakes for St. Patrick's Day

Written by, Bernadyn 

I like to celebrate St. Patrick's Day for my kids because I remember how fun it was to celebrate this holiday when I was a child. My kids love cupcakes, so I tried out a new recipe to make mint chocolate cupcakes for a little something green. I love the color of mint-green, plus, I adore chocolate, which is why I decided to use that combination. I am happy with how they turned out. Try out the recipe and let me know what you think!

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I always aim to make cakes and cupcakes that are moist (or do you prefer if I say "not dry"?). If there's chocolate involved, I especially like the texture to include the fudgy taste; that's exactly how these cupcakes came out.

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The best part, according to my little girl, is the frosting.  

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The cupcakes themselves are already minty, so I decided to stick with vanilla buttercream icing. I just colored them with mint green food coloring.

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Recipe for Mint Chocolate Cupcakes:


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (I used organic flour, optional)
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2/3 cups cocoa powder
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1/2 - 1 bag of chocolate and mint morsels, depending on how minty you want the flavor.  (I used Nestle brand chocolate chips but you can also use Andes mints).

Optional toppings:

  • Sprinkles
  • Chocolate chip morsels
  • Chocolate shavings
  • Chocolate Shamrock 


  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Place baking liners in pan
  3. Sift together flour, sugar, salt, baking soda and cocoa powder
  4. In a separate bowl, mix together water, vegetable oil and vanilla extract
  5. In a large mixing bowl, take turns combining dry and wet ingredients, ending with dry ingredients.
  6. Add in mint morsels and mix well
  7. Pour into baking liners 2/3 cups full and place in oven.
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes, just until tooth pick comes out clean.  Do not over-bake!
  9. Wait until cupcakes are completely cooled, then put icing.  
The cupcakes should come out nice and moist, not thick or heavy at all.  

I hope you enjoy this mint chocolate cupcake recipe.  It is a delicious, sweet treat to eat to celebrate St.Patrick's Day, especially if you make the icing green. It is now one of my favorite cupcake recipes to bake.  
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