Chocolate Mint Cupcakes With Fresh Mint

by M Caroline
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These chocolate mint cupcakes are easy and baked with fresh mint to make them extra special.

chocolate mint cupcakes with fresh mint

I love fresh mint.

When we moved into our new house, I found a fantastic surprise off the side of the back deck – a patch of mint that had been left to go wild.

But all this mint brings up a problem. What on earth can I do with it all?

I have no idea what kind of mint this is, but I do know it makes fantastic mojitos. And great fresh mint chocolate cupcakes. A finely chopped 1/4 teaspoon adds a nice dab of freshness to mint chocolate cheesecake dip, or peppermint kiss thumbprint cookies, too!

Wild Mint in the Garden The Parent Spot

To prepare the mint, just pick fresh and chop it finely.

Fresh mint on the chopping board The Parent Spot

I chopped only the leaves (I’m not sure if the flowers are even edible?). You wouldn’t believe how good this smells.

What mint should I use for baking?

Honestly, our mint was planted so long ago that I’ve forgotten what type it is.

Typically, most people use spearmint when cooking, but peppermint holds up really well as others. Really, any culinary garden mint should work in this recipe.

Chocolate Mint Cupcakes Made With Fresh Mint

These fresh mint cupcakes are a variation on the incredibly easy Never Fail Rich and Moist Chocolate Cupcake recipe, with mint finely chopped and stirred in.

They’re a huge hit when we frost them with our old fashioned old fashioned buttercream frosting.

Fresh Mint Chocolate Cupcakes

Fresh Mint Chocolate Cupcakes

Yield: 24
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

These easy chocolate cupcakes are made with mint freshly chopped from the garden!


  • 2 1/4 cups white sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour. Do not substitute cake flour. Cake flour will make these cupcakes rise too much.
  • 5/8 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh mint
  • 1 cup boiling water


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Flour and grease 24 cupcake tins or just use cupcake liners. Click here to see prices.
  3. Using a mixer, stir together the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking power and and salt.
  4. Add the eggs, milk, oil, finely chopped fresh mint and vanilla into the same bowl.
  5. Mix for three minutes on medium speed.
  6. Stir in the boiling water last. IMPORTANT: Batter will be very thin. Pour into the prepared tins, filling each tin or liner about about 2/3 full. Do not overfill, or they may flow out of the tins as they cook,
  7. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean, or the top of the cake springs back if you touch it gently with your finger.


IMPORTANT: This batter is very, very thin. It’s almost the consistency of a can of paint. Don’t let this worry you – the cupcakes will still turn out great!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 219Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 198mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 1gSugar: 20gProtein: 3g

All information and tools presented and written within this site are intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information should only be used as a general guideline.

mint chocolate cupcakes with fresh mint
Fresh Mint Chocolate Cupcakes

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Terri | Sugar Free Glow March 7, 2014 - 11:02 am

I’m a HUGE fan of mint because it’s so easy to grow! I put it in everything! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Micki March 7, 2014 - 12:15 pm

Thanks Terri! πŸ™‚ We have a huge patch of wild mint in our backyard right now. I think summer’s the perfect time for a few batches of mojitos!

Triplezmom March 7, 2014 - 2:07 pm

These sound SO good. We need to plant some mint this summer.

Kand March 7, 2014 - 4:30 pm

I love mint! I am going to have to add that to my garden wish list! We finally live in a place where I can grow one so I am excited!

lisa jones March 8, 2014 - 3:10 pm

WOW!! They Look & Sound Yummy Thank You!! πŸ™‚

Leslee Haralson March 8, 2014 - 9:05 pm

I think chocolate and mint were meant to be together. Great recipe! My daughter makes cupcakes all the time; I will have her make these for us.

Colleen Busch March 9, 2014 - 10:47 pm

These sound so delicious, fresh, decadent and wonderful! Yum!!!

Viv March 9, 2014 - 11:03 pm

Yum! These look delicious. Can’t wait to find some fresh mint and give the recipe a try πŸ™‚

michelle rattan March 9, 2014 - 11:31 pm

I love things that have chocolate and mint together.

Joie Betterly March 10, 2014 - 6:39 am

These look very good and the mint makes a beautiful garnish. I have a St. Pats potluck to attend and these would go over well.

Erin S. March 10, 2014 - 6:05 pm

I love love love chocolate mint! This sounds so good and so easy to make. I have chocolate mint actually growing in my window right now! Going to give it a try.

Ashley @ Forgetful Momma June 16, 2014 - 5:38 am

I planted eight different herbs in containers this spring to hang off my deck. One is Mojito Mint and another is Chocolate Mint. I have a few more pounds to lose then I’m going to try this cupcakes with some of our Chocolate Mint.


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