Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

MInt Chocolate Chip Cupcakes-

When I think about mint chocolate chip, I think about my Dad and I going to get mint chocolate chip ice cream together. Every time I’m home we always make a trip to our local ice cream shop to get a double scoop of  mint chocolate chip ice cream on a waffle cone. YUM!

So when I asked my Dad what he wanted me to make him for his birthday, he said to surprise him. Well, I didn’t have to take too much time to think about what I wanted to make him for his birthday because these Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes were the first thing that came to my mind. It’s like mint chocolate chip ice cream and chocolate cake in one which equals perfection!

These chocolate cupcakes start out by using my new favorite Pillsbury Purely Simple Chocolate Cake Mix , which is super simple to make, just add butter, milk and eggs. To make this delicious mint chocolate chip frosting, I used my new favorite Pillsbury Purely Simple Buttercream Frosting Mix and added mint extract and mini chocolate chips…it taste just like mint chocolate chip ice cream but in frosting form.

My Dad loved these cupcakes and so did everyone else in my family.And with St.Patrick’s Day right around the corner, these Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes would be the perfect way to celebrate (I know I will be making them again in a couple weeks!). 

MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP CUPCAKES

JUST A FEW BAKING TIPS:

WHY I LOVE PILLSBURY™ PURELY SIMPLE™ MIXES: Pillsbury’s new line of mixes have no colors, preservatives or artificial flavors. It’s like having all the dry ingredients from your pantry PRE-MEASURED for you which that makes baking even easier. I honestly, might never make a cake completely from scratch again because these Pillsbury™ Purely Simple™ Cake Mixes are the BEST!

 SOFTENED BUTTER: For both the chocolate cake mix and the buttercream frosting mix you will NEED to use softened butter. So if you are like me who always seems to forget to set the butter out on the counter to let it soften, here is a trick to soften butter quickly.

  • To soften butter directly from the fridge, place stick of butter unwrapped in the microwave for 10-15 seconds.

SCOOPING THE BATTER: I like to use an ice cream scooper not only to frost these cupcakes but to also fill the cupcake batter into each cupcake tin. It makes it super easy and you know that each cupcake will be the same size.

STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE ON HOW TO MAKE THESE MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP CUPCAKES:

MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP CUPCAKES

Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

Yield: 24 Cupcakes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 19-23 minutes

Total Time: 33 minutes

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Ingredients:

CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES:

  • 1 box Pillsbury Purely Simple Chocolate Cake Mix
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 large eggs

MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP FROSTING:

  • 1 package Pillsbury Purely Simple Buttercream Frosting Mix
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon mint extract
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips, additional for topping

Directions:

PRE-STEP: Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line (2) cupcake pans with 24 cupcake liners. Set aside.

STEP 1: In a large bowl, using an electric or stand mixer, mix cake mix and butter together until blended.

STEP 2: Add milk and eggs, mix to combine for about 2 minutes.

STEP 3: Fill each cupcake liner about 1/2 the way full with cupcake batter. Bake 19 to 23 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Allow cupcakes to cool before frosting.

MAKE FROSTING:

STEP 4: In a large bowl, using an electric or stand mixer, beat frosting mix and butter for 1 minute or until blended.

STEP 5: Add water and mint extract. Mix until frosting becomes light and fluffy.

STEP 6: Fold in mini chocolate chips. Frost cupcakes and top with mini chocolates.

I'd love to see what you have baked! Just snap a photo and hashtag it #DELICIOUSLYSPRINKLED or tag me @deliciouslysprinkled on Instagram!

This post is sponsored by my friends at The J.M. Smucker Company.