Recipe Box, Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Ganache filling and Creme de Menthe Frosting

There’s still time to get your green on for St. Patrick’s Day!

Creme de Menthe cupcakes

How about a decadent chocolate cupcake filled with a minty chocolate ganache and topped with cream cheese icing and a chocolate mint candy?

chocolate mint cupcake

These cupcakes are bound to be a solid gold hit with any leprechauns~

Creme de Menthe cupcakes 1

I found this recipe on Your Cup of Cake, thank you Lizzie!


She used some of my favorite cake mix doctor tricks, adding sour cream and buttermilk, and I made an additional swap of butter for the oil.  She used part buttermilk and part water but I eliminated the water and just used buttermilk


Start by melting the butter in a large bowl and whisk in the sour cream and vanilla.  Add eggs one at a time, stirring well after each one

Now add 1/3 the cake mix and stir, then half of the buttermilk, and stir.  Repeat and end with the last 1/3 of the cake mix.  This method ensures you get a well mixed batter


These cakes really grow while baking so don’t fill the papers too full


While cakes are baking make the ganache filling by melting chocolate chips and cream

[My chips were perfect after 2 rounds of 30 seconds each on medium power]


Stir in powdered sugar and peppermint extract


As soon as cakes are done use a squeeze bottle with a large tip opening to insert ganache into warm cakes


Let cakes cool thoroughly before frosting


Beat cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar with a dash of heavy cream, peppermint extract and green food coloring

Andes cupcakes

Frost away and top with a piece of chocolate mint

chocolate mint cupcake


Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24



  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 stick 8 Tablespoons, butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk

Peppermint Ganache

  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp peppermint extract

Creme de Menthe Frosting

  • 8 oz low fat cream cheese
  • 6 T unsalted butter
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • green food coloring
  • 6 Andes Chocolate Mint candy cut into 1/4s



  • Melt butter in a large mixing bowl in microwave. Add sour cream and vanilla and mix with a whisk. Add eggs one at a time stirring well after each one.
  • Add 1/3 of the cake mix and stir, then half of the buttermilk, and stir. Repeat and end with the last 1/3 of the cake mix.
  • Full paper lined cupcake pan with batter, about 2/3 full. Bake at 350 for 14-16 minutes, or until just done. Remove from oven and fill immediately with ganache
  • Melt chocolate with cream using your preferred method. Stir in powdered sugar and peppermint until smooth. Use a squeeze bottle to fill warm cakes


  • Let cakes cool thoroughly before frosting
  • Beat ingredients together until well mixed and frost cupcakes. Garnish with a large piece of an Andes Chocolate Mint
Keyword chocolate cupcakes, cupcakes, peppermint ganache, St. Patrick’s Day
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You can see how I “painted” my table green here and many more wonderful St. Patrick’s Day tables over at Cuisine Kathleen’s 7th annual St. Patrick’s Day blog crawl here

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14 Responses to “Recipe Box, Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Ganache filling and Creme de Menthe Frosting”
  1. chrisscheuer says:

    Wow, these sound amazing – peppermint ganache and creme de mint? Over the top!

  2. Mary says:

    Sounds like the perfect ending to St. Paddy’s Day Jenna! I’m a big fan of doctored cake mixes and ganache on anything! ♣

  3. Lynn says:

    Perfect for St. Patty’s Day! We’re having our corned beef and cabbage today, wish I had some of these for dessert-enjoy:@)

  4. Carole says:

    Those look positively decadent!! I love that white tray!

  5. Ellen says:

    Oh, honey! You are speaking my language here! These look incredible!

  6. Emily says:

    I’m dreaming of one (or two) of these fabulous cupcakes!

  7. Vicki says:

    I can tell everyone from my personal experience last night! That cupcake melts in your mouth! SO delicious! Jenna is a great cook as well as an artist too!!

  8. Miz Helen says:

    This is a great cupcake for a very special celebration! Your post is awesome and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Happy Spring!
    Miz Helen

  9. I love minty treats, these look wonderful! Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!! Laura@Baking in Pyjamas

  10. CraftyHope says:

    Peppermint and chocolate has got to be one of my favorite flavor combinations. These sound heavenly for sure!!

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