Grasshopper Cupcakes

Rich chocolate cupcakes topped with a creamy Mint whipped cream frosting . So light, so refreshing, Grasshopper Cupcakes are the perfect after dinner treat!

Dark chocolate cupcakes with Grasshopper frosting. A fresh, minty, whipped cream frosting!

What are Grasshopper Desserts

No, I didn’t put grasshoppers in these cupcakes! Grasshopper desserts get their name from the pale green color of mint frosting set on a chocolate base.

Every mint lover gets excited when they see the word “grasshopper” on the dessert list.

For these Grasshopper cupcakes, I piped cool minty frosting on dark chocolate cupcakes! You can also use this frosting on everything from brownies to layer cakes to fudge.

Not only does this frosting look beautiful contrasting with the dark chocolate, it tastes simply wonderful!

Creamy and sweet with just the right amount of mint to cool it off, grasshopper frosting is the perfect topping for all your chocolate treats.

Ingredient Notes

  • Heavy cream – Use real heavy whipping cream for rich flavor and ideal frosting texture.
  • Mint extract – Make sure to use mint extract NOT peppermint. Mint extract is a combination of spearmint and peppermint.
  • Green food coloring – I use the gel type of food coloring. You only need a tiny bit to turn the frosting light green.
  • Chocolate syrup – Optional, but gives the frosting a pretty touch! I use the same chocolate sauce I use for topping ice creams.
  • Andes Mints – Again, these are technically optional but I love them and they make the cupcakes look extra special too.

For the cupcakes, I made Chocolate Cupcakes with dark cocoa powder. Go ahead and use your favorite cupcake recipe or even a box mix!

The star of these cupcakes is the Grasshopper Frosting so you really can’t go wrong.

Dark chocolate cupcakes with Grasshopper frosting. A fresh, minty, whipped cream frosting!

Step by Step Instructions

STEP 1. Bake and cool a dozen chocolate cupcakes

STEP 2. Beat heavy cream in a bowl until thick.

STEP 3. Beat in powdered sugar, mint extract and food coloring. Continue beating until the frosting is thick and and everything is fully combined.

Frost the cupcakes using a flat spatula or pipe on with frosting bags. I used Tip 32 on my frosting bag to make the cupcakes in these photos.

Drizzle a little chocolate syrup over each cupcake and place an Andes mint candy on top before serving!

Recipe FAQs

Can this be made without the food coloring?

Yes–it won’t be green, obviously, but it will still taste minty and delicious.

How do you store this frosting?

Keep any unused frosting in an airtight container in the fridge.
Store the frosted cupcakes covered at room temperature for

How much frosting does this recipe make?

As written, this recipe will make enough to frost 12 cupcakes, a 2-layer 8 inch cake or one 13 x 9 pan of brownies. Of course, this depends on how much frosting you like on your desserts!

Can you double this recipe?

Absolutely. As long as you have a big enough bowl and strong electric beaters, the recipe should double just fine.

Are you ready to give this Grasshopper Frosting a try? Whether you spread it on a cake, sandwich it between chocolate cookies or pipe it on to cupcakes, you’re going to love this out-of-the-box dessert topping!

More Easy Mint Desserts

Yield: 12 cupcakes

Grasshopper Cupcakes

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 12 chocolate cupcakes
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp mint extract
  • 3 drops green food coloring
  • 2 Tbsp chocolate syrup (garnish)
  • 6 Andes chocolate mint candies

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat heavy cream with a whisk (attached to a stand mixer or a handheld electric mixer) for 2-3 minutes until thickened. Slowly beat in the powdered sugar, mint extract and green food coloring.
  2. Beat an additional 2-3 minutes until desired consistency.
  3. Frost cupcakes, cake or brownie and drizzle with chocolate syrup. Top with mint candies.

Notes

  • Tip 32 was used to frost cupcakes in photo above. Recipe will frost 12 cupcakes, one 13x9 pan of brownies or a 2 layer 8 inch cake.
  • Use a half batch of my chocolate cupcake recipe (or double the frosting for 24 cupcakes).

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1 cupcake

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 172Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 37mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 1gSugar: 14gProtein: 2g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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About Aimee

Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

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Posted on February 25, 2014

Comments & Reviews

  1. Oh my gosh, mint flavored whipped cream, I die. I just might have to make a batch to have tomorrow night. By itself. Just because.

  2. This looks incredible!!!! I’d love for you to share it on my link party http://thecraftiestallie.blogspot.com/2014/02/worthwhile-wednesdays-6.html

  3. Now I don’t know whether I want buttercream or whipped cream frosting! I guess at long as it is mint, it’ll be good. 🙂 That green is a really pretty shade!

  4. These look amazing! I remember first seeing the Grasshopper pie on a Nigella cookery programme- the colours look so amazing! 🙂

  5. I’m a huge fan of whipped cream frosting, Aimee, and I love that this is mint flavored! These are just perfect for St. Patty’s Day. Pinning!

  6. 1. I love Andes mints.
    2.BIG FAN of whipped cream frostings
    3.I’m so sorry about the canceled book proposal! I totally get it though–I’m excited to see all the yummy frostings you have to share!
    4.THESE CUPCAKES: beautiful. delish. want. need.

  7. I always look forward to those mints at Olive Garden 🙂 Love this icing too – light, whipped – yum!

  8. Love whipped cream frostings! I would have no discipline around of bowl of this and a spoon!

  9. You had me at Grasshopper. In the late 1950s my mom and I would go out to dinner and then retire to the “lounge” for a “little cocktail” (illicit, since I was only 18) and it was always a grasshopper. I’ve had a nostalgic love for the flavor all these years. I love whipped cream frosting too. When I see Cool-whip in a recipe I automatically hit the delete key. Love your blog.

  10. These look so pretty and festive Aimee! Chocolate and mint are one of my favorite flavors that I can have all the time and I love the sound of this lighter whipped cream frosting. Can’t wait to see the rest of what you’ve put together 🙂

  11. Those Andes mints are one of the reasons I love Olive Garden so much!!! Mint and chocolate is such a great combo. Gorgeous cupcakes girl!!!

  12. The grasshopper flavor profile is an awesome one. Thin Mints, Andes Mints, Frango Mints, the whole family – yum! These look great and regarding not competing with Courtney re your other post. I can ONLY imagine how this feels Aimee. So bittersweet not to go thru with it. Gosh, the work. I can really only imagine how you have soul-searched this but it sounds like you’re in a good place with it 🙂 And you’ve got blog posts for a year 🙂

    1. I agree. Love chocolate mint! And Frango mints? OMG yummy!
      I am definitely in a good place with it. Tough call to make, but after reading her book, my word, I just can’t compete with that awesomeness 🙂

  13. Absolutely mouthwatering and so festive! I can’t wait to see all that you’ve got prepared. I’m sure another cookbook deal/idea will come along in due time 🙂

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