Grasshopper Cupcakes

Mint-chocolate cupcake recipes don't come much richer than our Grasshopper Cupcakes! A simple cupcake recipe frosting and chocolate kiss topping make these green cupcakes stand out.

Grasshopper Cupcakes
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
35 mins
Stand Time:
30 mins
Bake Time:
20 mins
Cool Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • ¾ cup butter

  • 3 eggs

  • 1 ¼ cup milk

  • 4 ounce sweet baking chocolate, chopped

  • 2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 ½ cup sugar

  • 3 tablespoon green or white creme de menthe*

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 recipe Grasshopper Frosting

  • Milk chocolate kisses

Grasshopper Frosting

  • 2 tablespoon cold water

  • 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin

  • 2 cup whipping cream

  • ¼ cup sugar

  • 2 tablespoon green or white crème de menthe


  1. Allow butter and eggs to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan combine milk and chocolate. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until chocolate is melted; cool.

  2. Grease and flour twenty-eight 2-1/2-inch muffin cups (or line with paper bake cups). In a medium bowl stir together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Gradually add sugar, about 1/4 cup at a time, beating on medium speed until combined. Scrape sides of bowl; beat for 2 minutes more or until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in creme de menthe and vanilla. Alternately add flour mixture and chocolate mixture, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined. Beat on medium to high speed for 20 seconds more.

  4. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling each about three-fourths full. Use the back of a spoon to smooth out batter in cups.

  5. Bake about 20 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly touched. Cool cupcakes in muffin cups on wire racks for 5 minutes. Remove cupcakes from muffin cups. Cool completely on wire racks.

  6. Pipe or spread Grasshopper Frosting onto tops of cupcakes. Top each with a milk chocolate kiss. Makes 28 (2-1/2 inch) cupcakes.

Grasshopper Frosting

  1. In a 1-cup glass measuring cup combine the cold water and gelatin. Let stand for 2 minutes. Place measuring cup in a saucepan of boiling water. Cook and stir about 1 minute or until gelatin is completely dissolved. In a large mixing bowl combine whipping cream, sugar, and crème de menthe. Drizzle the warm gelatin mixture over cream mixture while beating constantly with an electric mixer on medium speed. Continue beating on medium to high speed until stiff peaks form (tips stand straight).

*Test Kitchen Tip:

If using white creme de menthe, add 1 or 2 drops green food coloring.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

258 Calories
15g Fat
27g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 28
Calories 258
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 61mg 20%
Sodium 154mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Total Sugars 19g
Protein 3g
Calcium 50.5mg 4%
Iron 0.7mg 4%
Potassium 82mg 2%
Folate, total 20.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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