Midnight Mint Chocolate Cupcakes

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Midnight Mint Chocolate Cupcakes-the coffee in the cake and the mint in the icing combine to create a decadent treat.

Midnight Mint Chocolate Cupcakes

Today I’m Guest posting over at Simply Gourmet for my dear friend Sherron. It’s summer time, and that means summer vacation for most of us at some point. Sherron’s in New York City with her family, having a blast I’m sure. So you’ll have to pop over to Sherron’s to check out this recipe. I will tell you it was so easy to put together. Because I made these with the kids, I used a box mix as a starter.

Oh and while you’re over at Simply Gourmet, be sure to check out some of her other amazing recipes like Caramelized Onion and Garlic Focaccia Bread. Oh and did I mention she’s now a writer for Capitol Style Magazine? Congrats to you girl!

So head on over to Simply Gourmet, Have a cupcake or two and enjoy your visit, Sherron’s an amazing photographer so you’ll feel like you could just reach into your computer and eat everything right off the screen.

Added the recipe here December 29, 2012

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Midnight Mint Chocolate Cupcakes

Midnight Mint Chocolate Cupcakes

Midnight Mint Chocolate Cupcakes


    for the cake
  • 1 box Devils Food cake mix
  • ingredients called for on box except substitute black Coffee for the water on the recipe! You know, the stuff you have leftover in the pot from the morning.
  • Mint Buttercream Frosting
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 8 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 Tablespoon Mint Extract
  • 6 Tablespoons milk
  • Chocolate Ganache
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons mint extract


  1. Line cupcake tins with paper liners.
  2. Mix cake according to directions on the box, remember, substituting black coffee for the water listed. Fill liners about 2/3 full. Bake according to box directions.
  3. Let cupcakes cool completely before frosting.
  4. Make your frosting. Cream together butter and shortening till smooth. Slowly add in powdered sugar, a cup at a time, make sure mixer is on low. Add in mint extract and 5 tablespoons of your milk. Blend until smooth and creamy, making sure to scrape down sides of bowl. Test for spread-ability. If needed, add in remaining milk. You want your frosting a bit on the stiff side to hold up to the ganache.
  5. To make the Ganache-Place chips in a microwaveable bowl, heat for about 60 seconds and check. You want your chips just starting to melt. Be careful not to burn them. Add milk and mint extract and stir until smooth. You may need to heat for another 20 seconds or so, you want your ganache to drip off the spoon smoothly. Let cool a bit then drizzle over your cupcakes, keep thinking Dairy Queen.
  6. Store cupcakes in the refrigerator but remove 30 minutes before eating for best effect (you want your buttercream nice and soft.)



If you never want to decorate cakes but really want to impress your friends and family, get a 1A tip and a pastry bag. The 1A tip is just a large round hole. And it’s easy to work with. The 1A and the 1M (large star) are pretty much the only tips I use but they make cupcakes look like a professional.  I use the disposable bags but wash them out and reuse them till they’re worn out.

Decorate your cupcakes, we used the 1M tip and pretended we worked at Dairy Queen, easy, easy.




We made both full size and mini cupcakes. I know there’s no taste difference, but I really liked these better as minis, probably because 3 wonderful bites, each bite giving a taste of all 3 layers and oh yeah, I could eat 3 and not feel too guilty.

Midnight Mint Chocolate Cupcakes 12c

Love mint? How about some of these recipes?

Cream Cheese Mints also known as Wedding Mints

Cream Cheese Mints

Grasshopper Pie-Chocolate Cookies, Andes Mint Candies and Creme de Menthe Combine to make this delightful frozen treat!

Grasshopper Pie

Mint Chocolate Bark

Mint Chocolate bark

Mint Chocolate Ice Cream with Andes Mints because...Andes mints are awesome!

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Chocolate Mint Snaps

Chocolate Mint Snaps

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About Joan Hayes

Mom to 3 teens, sweets and travel are her passions. Joan really does love her chocolate. She has a secret stash she hides from the kids and she has at least one bite of something chocolatey every day. She creates easy recipes any skill level can achieve to satisfy the sweet tooth in everyone!


  1. Wow do these look and sound sinful…in a good way 😉

  2. Oh my goodness. These look amazing and it’s a good thing they’re not in front of me right now!

  3. These would put smiles on all my boys’ faces! Off to see the recipe!

  4. Mint and chocolate are 2 of my favorite flavor combos … besides PB and chocolate! Yum!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Is the recipe available to those of us thank dont live close?

  6. those are gorrrrgeous! yum!

  7. Oh my word! These look sinful!

  8. Carrie Alexander says:

    OK, talk about random 6 degrees of seperation. A friend from HS in Burbank WA posted this recipe to his Facebook asking his wife to make these for him. I saw the picture, popped over here to pin the recipe. Then you mentioned Sherron’s website, Simply Gourmet. Sherron is my cousin!!!! SMALL WORLD!!! HA!

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