Chocolate Cake with Mint Chocolate Chip Frosting

by aimee @ shugarysweets on November 29, 2011

Mint Chocolate Chip Cake: from scratch chocolate cake with mint chocolate chip frosting

This may have been one of the very best chocolate cakes I have ever eaten. I may, or may not, have eaten nearly a fourth of this cake on my own.

Last week my son, Alex, celebrated his 15th birthday. And while many of you on facebook said I don’t look old enough, well, you’re right.

However, fact remains, my baby boy will be driving by this time next year, and it scares the wits out of me (and it should scare the rest of you on the road too)! Of all four of my kids, this childbirth is the one I recollect to the minute detail. Don’t worry, I won’t bore you all with those details, it was just a thought I had. You would think I would remember the details about the baby who is only 7, however, every year I need to look up in her baby book to find her birth time. I know. Crazy.

For Alex’s birthday he chose to have PF Chang’s for dinner. Which was actually a relief since his birthday was the day before Thanksgiving and I was in no mood to cook dinner.

However, I had fun surprising him with this cake. His favorite ice cream is mint chocolate chip.
*this cake was made with NO ice cream.

The frosting on this cake tasted like melted mint chocolate chip ice cream, it was so fantastic. And I think two thumbs up means he approved! Happy Birthday ALEX!!!

Chocolate Cake with Mint Chocolate Chip Frosting


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 9 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup brewed coffee, cooled
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 8 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1/2 cup milk plus 2 Tbsp
  • 11 oz dark chocolate chunks (62%cacao)
  • 1/8 tsp green food coloring gel
  • 1 maraschino cherry
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate morsels
  • 1/4 tsp peppermint extract


  1. In medium bowl, sift cocoa with flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder. Set aside.
  2. In measuring cup, mix coffee and milk together. Set aside.
  3. In mixer, beat butter and sugar for about 5 minutes until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time. Slowly add in dry ingredients alternating with the coffee/milk blend (I do about 3 additions of each).
  4. Pour cake batter into two prepared pans (two 9inch cake pans lined with parchment paper and then greased and floured). Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 25 minutes. Remove and allow to cool about 10 minutes before removing from pans. Cool completely before frosting.
  5. For frosting, in food processor, pulse dark chocolate until small bits (not powder)! Set aside.
  6. In mixer, beat butter, powdered sugar and milk for 3-5 minutes, until smooth and creamy. Remove one or scoops of frosting, to look like the whipped cream on the cake. Add in extract and food coloring gel to remaining frosting. Mix until fully blended. Add more milk if necessary to desired consistency. Fold in chopped dark chocolate.
  7. Frost first layer of cake, then top it with second layer. Completely frost sides and top of cake. With remaining green frosting, scoop several scoops on top of cake to look like ice cream.
  8. With the reserved white frosting, place in ziploc bag and cut of corner. Pipe onto top of cake to resemble whipped cream.
  9. For the ganache, heat 3/4 cup heavy cream in saucepan. Bring just to a boil and remove from heat. In food processor, pour chocolate chips and slowly add in hot cream and extract. Process chocolate and cream for about 2-3 minutes until completely combined. Pour over chocolate cake and top with a cherry. Enjoy!
  10. ( cake recipe lightly adapted from David Lebovitz and inspired by Raspberri Cupcakes)

{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

Jocelyn November 29, 2011 at 12:13 pm

I will take a huge giant piece of this please:-) This looks divine with all that chocolate ganache poured on top!!!!!


Heather November 29, 2011 at 1:44 pm

a) This cake looks DIVINE!
b) I can not believe Alex is 15!!
c) how old was he the last time I saw him? It’s been SO LONG!!


Aimee November 29, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Heather, he was probably really little the last time. Maybe your dad’s birthday party in Wisconsin? Oh my that was a long time ago!


Mandy November 29, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Oh yum. Between your cake and Jocelyn’s donuts, I’m totally wishing I lived near one of you so I could come gobble it up! Thanks for linking up to TTT each week. I look forward to what you bring :)


Brandy J. November 29, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Holy cow…this looks SO GOOD. Thanks for the recipie and the 5 extra pounds I’m going to gain!!


jo-lyn November 29, 2011 at 3:44 pm

that is really cool looking, i kept thinking to myself, if it doesn’t have any ice cream, how did she get a chocolate cake GREEN!! then i got it! (FROSTING!!!) duh!


Liz @ Two Maids a Milking November 29, 2011 at 6:06 pm

So you and your twin are starting to freak me out with your posts… lol!! I am beginning to think you guys are planning everything…


Aimee November 29, 2011 at 6:14 pm

Liz- haha! This was totally not planned!


Holly November 29, 2011 at 6:41 pm

You definitely werent kidding when you said on Facebook you were making your son an awesome birthday cake! This sounds and looks amazing Aimee! You win #1 Mom award! :)


Aimee November 29, 2011 at 6:44 pm

@Holly- thanks!


Katie November 29, 2011 at 7:55 pm

This looks amazing!! I make a mint chocolate chip cupcake that is similar, but the ganache on top of your cake just takes it over the top. I must try this :)


Magic of Spice November 29, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Happy Birthday to your son! This cake looks dangerous, and very delicious!


rebecca November 29, 2011 at 8:47 pm

something different, indeed. looks delish.


Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray November 29, 2011 at 9:22 pm

This cake is gorgeous! I honestly thought you’d frosted it with mint chocolate chip ice cream somehow, hah. Happy Birthday to him!

Reply November 30, 2011 at 12:02 pm

I would so love this cake on my birthday! Lucky Boy! Mint Chocolate Chip is my favorite ice cream!!


Liz @ Two Maids a Milking November 30, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Looks super yummy!! Thanks for sharing on 2 Maids a baking!!


Jennifer December 1, 2011 at 6:23 am

Found you via link party and this looks so delish! I did a double take to realize it was indeed cake. I can’t wait to try this! Pinned for you as well.


Jamie December 1, 2011 at 1:36 pm

This sounds DELICIOUS. I love your blog. I’m your newest follower.
Would love to see you DIY Home Sweet home.

P.S. I have a linky every Monday. Would love for you to stop by and link up.


Winnie December 1, 2011 at 10:34 pm

This cake looks soooooooooo good!
I’d really like to taste it


Sarah E. December 2, 2011 at 6:49 pm

That looks so good it doesn’t look REAL!!! My gawsh!

Stopping by from Tasty Tuesday


patti west December 3, 2011 at 11:27 pm

Typing as I drool…just shared your cake pic w/my hubs. We’re lovin’ it. haha! Your son is adorable too. I’m off to become your newest follower! :)


scsanders82 December 5, 2011 at 4:19 am

I love the way this cake looks! In fact I love all your recipes. I however do not like coffee flavor any suggestions on replacing the coffee or just leave it out?


Jenn "Rook No. 17" December 5, 2011 at 10:29 pm

My kids would flip for this — major mint chocolate chip fanatics!

This week’s “A Little Birdie Told Me…” feature theme is Peppermint, so look for your post to be included in the yummy lineup!



Becky March 9, 2013 at 3:52 pm

I made this today for my husband’s birthday. It was amazing! Thank you so much for the recipe! It turned out perfectly.


Parker Hills April 8, 2013 at 7:24 pm

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Lauren @ Rustic Honey April 16, 2013 at 1:49 pm

This looks delicious! I will be making your cake this week for a baby shower at work! The mother-to-be loves mint chocolate desserts! Hopefully I can pull it off! :)


Michal July 5, 2014 at 5:29 pm

So i don’t like mint in a large quantity,but wow! that green color is so beautiful!
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aimee @ shugarysweets July 6, 2014 at 12:10 am

Thank you!


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