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Chocolate Mint Cupcakes

Chocolate Mint Cupcakes are an easy and delicious dessert to make for any occasion. Made with a box cake mix and homemade cream cheese mint frosting. 

Cupcakes are a pretty irresistible treat for holidays, celebrations and simple enough for a weekday dessert. If you love Andes Mints you are sure to love these cupcakes and this No Bake Mint Chocolate Chip Cheesecake. You might also love these Boozy Shamrock Shakes for a minty dessert cocktail.

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Mint Chocolate Cupcake with mini chocolate chips on a cupcake pedestal

Chocolate Mint Cupcakes ~ with Cream Cheese Mint Frosting

I like to have dessert every day so I love quick and easy recipes like these short cut cupcakes. The cream cheese mint frosting makes these moist and delicious cupcakes something special. Great for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day and Christmas too. 

Ingredients Needed:

Ingredients for cake mix chocolate cupcakes: mix, eggs, milk butter, pudding mix

  • Chocolate Cake Mix
  • Chocolate Instant Pudding Mix
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Milk

For the Icing:

Ingredients for mint cream cheese frosting

  • Cream Cheese
  • Butter
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Peppermint Extract
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Green Food Coloring
  • Mini Chocolate Chips

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Chocolate mint cupcakes on a platter with one on a center pedestal

How to Make Chocolate Mint Cupcakes:

metal mixer bowl with cake mix, eggs, milk, butter and instant pudding mix

  • In a mixer bowl, add cake mix with softened butter, milk and eggs. Beat with mixer at low speed until combined then raise to medium speed for a few minutes.

chocolate cake batter in a mixer bowl with spatula

  • Scrape the sides and bottom of bowl if needed and continue mixing until all combined.

blue cupcake pan filled with chocolate batter

  • Spray 2 cupcake tins with nonstick spray or line with cupcake liners. 
  • Fill cupcake tins half way with cake batter. 

baked chocolate cupcakes in a blue cupcake tin

  • Bake for 17-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

wire rack of a dozen chocolate cupcakes

  • Cool for about 5 minutes in the pan and then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

cream cheese and butter in a mixer bowl

  • To make the icing add softened cream cheese and softened butter in a mixer and beat until creamy.

cream cheese mixture with vanilla and peppermint extract in mixer bowl

  • Add vanilla and peppermint extracts and beat until combined. 

powdered sugar in a mixer bowl for icing

  • Next, add powdered sugar. Mix on low speed until incorporated and then raise to medium speed beating until light and fluffy. 

Drops of green food coloring added to bowl of cream cheese icing

  • Add about 5 drops of green food coloring and continue to mix.

mint cream cheese frosting in a mixer bowl

  • Scrape sides and bottom of the bowl with a spatula and continue to mix until no white streaks remain.

chocolate cupcakes with green mint icing on a wire rack

  • Spread or pipe icing over cooled cupcakes.

oxo decorator bottle for icing cupcakes, cupcakes in background

platter of chocolate mint cupcakes with mini chocolate chips

  • Sprinkle mini chocolate chips over icing. 

How to Store Cupcakes:

The cream cheese frosting needs to be refrigerated. Cover iced cupcakes and refrigerate up to 5 days. 

Serve chilled or at room temperature.

More Chocolate Desserts to Try:

Kahlua Cupcakes are rich and decadent. Made with chocolate cake mix and filled with ganache and topped with a chocolate and Kahlua buttercream frosting. 

Chocolate Rum Cake is a classic recipe that also starts with a box cake mix and instant pudding with the most amazing dark rum glaze. One of my favorite cake recipes. 

Dark Chocolate Mint Cheesecake Brownies If you love the chocolate and mint combo, these rich and decadent brownies are a must- try. Fudgy brownies with cream cheese and dark chocolate and mint baking chips. 

Brownie Pudding Pie is a rich and delicious dessert that is so easy to make. A layer of fudge brownie topped with chocolate pudding and whipped cream. This is one of those desserts that you will make again and again. 

Chocolate cupcake with mint icing on a cupcake pedestal

This Chocolate Mint Cupcakes Recipe is a quick and delicious dessert to make any day of the week something special. A tried and true cupcake recipe that everyone loves. 


MInt Chocolate Cupcakes with mini chocolate chips
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Chocolate Mint Cupcakes

Chocolate Mint Cupcakes are an easy and delicious dessert to make for any occasion. Made with a box cake mix and homemade cream cheese mint frosting. 
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Cakes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas Cupcakes, Mint Chocolate Chip cupcakes, St. Patrick's Day cupcakes
Servings: 24 cupcakes
Calories: 298kcal
Author: Milisa


for cake:

  • 1 15.25 oz box chocolate cake mix
  • 1 3.9 oz box instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter softened

for icing:

  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoons milk
  • 5 drops green food coloring
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees°.
    In a large mixer bowl add cake mix, pudding mix, milk, eggs, and butter.
  • Beat with an electric mixer on low speed for about 2 minutes and then at medium speed an additional one to two minutes or until combined and smooth.
    Pour into 24 lined or greased muffin tins.
  • Bake 18-22 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted comes out clean.
    Allow cupcakes to cool for 5 minutes in tins and then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Meanwhile prepare icing: Add cream cheese and butter into a large mixer bowl. Beat with electric mixer at medium until creamy.
  • Add peppermint and vanilla extracts and beat until combined.
  • Add powdered sugar mixing on low until combined, drizzle in milk, beating about 2 minutes.
  • Add food coloring and mix well. Scrape the bowl and continue to beat until combined.
  • Pipe or spread icing over cooled cupcakes.
  • Garnish with mini chocolate chips.


Store iced cupcakes covered in the refrigerator up to 5 days.
Serve chilled or at room temperature.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 298kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 258mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 36g

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