Mint Chocolate Cake (Grasshopper Cake)

Mint Chocolate Cake (Grasshopper Cake) is the PERFECT combo of indulgent chocolate and mint frosting, made with cocoa powder, hot coffee, and mint buttercream, ready in under 60 minutes!

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Mint Chocolate Cake
MINT CHOCOLATE CAKE (GRASSHOPPER CAKE)

Mint Chocolate Cake (Grasshopper Cake) is the PERFECT combo of my favorite Easy Chocolate Cake, and green Mint Frosting. The cake is made with rich cocoa powder and hot coffee, which really brings out the chocolate flavor, while the frosting is a classic buttercream with peppermint extract and green food coloring.

I love serving this dessert on St. Patrick’s Day because of the fun green color, and the mint-chocolate combination is always a winner with my family. Plus with bake time and decorating, it’s ready in a total time of under 60 minutes, so you can make this in the morning for later that day.

HOW DO YOU STORE MINT CHOCOLATE CAKE?

Mint chocolate cake can sit at room temperature for 2-3 days in an airtight container, or in the refrigerator for longer. Bring the cake to room temperature before serving it for the best texture.

CAN YOU MAKE MINT CHOCOLATE CAKE AHEAD?

You can make this mint chocolate cake a few months ahead, and store it in the freezer until you need it. Bake the cake and decorate according to the recipe, then place it in the freezer uncovered for about an hour, until the cake is frozen.

Then wrap the cake in plastic wrap and tinfoil and place back in the freezer. This way, the frosting is frozen when you wrap it and it will keep its shape. When you defrost the cake, remove the plastic wrap immediately before defrosting.

Grasshopper Cake with Mint and Chocolate

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TIPS FOR MAKING MINT CHOCOLATE CAKE

  • After frosting, try decorating this chocolate cake with mini chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, Andes mints, chocolate shavings, or even mint flavored Oreo cookies!
  • Add a cup of mini chocolate chips to the mint frosting for a mint chocolate chip cake (or mint chocolate chip layer cake if you make a few layers!)
  • You can use dark chocolate cocoa powder for a richer chocolate flavor in the chocolate cake.
  • If you want to make this chocolate cake even lighter, try using buttermilk instead of whole milk. The acid in the buttermilk will work with the leavening in this cake to help it rise and give the cake a fluffy texture.
  • Top this chocolate cake with an extra layer of chocolate ganache or hot fudge sauce after you add the buttercream mint frosting, for a decorative look. Don’t cover the whole cake, just pour onto the top and let it fall down the sides.
  • Instead of St. Patrick’s Day, you can change up the flavor and food color to use this cake recipe for other holiday desserts. Try peppermint extract with red food coloring for Christmas, or orange extract with yellow food coloring for Easter!
  • Get a more fudge-like dessert by adding peppermint extract to my chocolate frosting instead of using the buttercream, and just leaving out the green food coloring altogether.
  • For an adult version, you can add a splash of creme de menthe to the buttercream frosting. Add the creme de menthe before adding any milk, to make sure you don’t add too much liquid. If you do add too much creme de menthe by accident, add a tablespoon of powdered sugar back, one at a time, until the buttercream frosting thickens again.
  • This is a regular chocolate cake recipe, but you can add a teaspoon mint extract for a chocolate-mint cake.
  • I like to make this cake in layers so I use two round cake pans, but you can also make this a sheet cake if that’s what you have. Or turn it into a poke cake with my chocolate ganache or hot fudge sauce. Then top with the mint frosting for a grasshopper poke cake!
  • For another variation, try adding the mint buttercream frosting between the layers of cake, then dust the entire thing with powdered sugar and sprinkle with semisweet chocolate chips. You can also decoratively top with cookies like Thin Mints or chopped chocolate pieces.
  • If you’re really short on time, you can make this with chocolate cake mix and just make the mint buttercream frosting to decorate it. You can also use the cake mix to make cupcakes with mint frosting instead of a whole cake.

Chocolate Cake with Mint Buttercream

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Mint Chocolate Cake (Grasshopper Cake)

Mint Chocolate Cake (Grasshopper Cake) is the PERFECT combo of indulgent chocolate and mint frosting, made with cocoa powder, hot coffee, and mint buttercream, ready in under 60 minutes!
Yield 12 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder

Ingredients
 

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup hot coffee you can substitute boiling water
  • Mint Frosting Recipe

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and butter and dust with cocoa powder two 9" cake pans.
  • In a stand mixer on low speed mix together the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt,
  • In a small bowl whisk together the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla then add it to the stand mixer on low then medium speed until just combined and finally add in the water carefully and stir it in by hand until just combined (do not turn on the mixer, it may splash on you).
  • Pour half of the batter into each of the pans and bake for 30-35 minutes then remove, let cool completely and frost with the mint frosting.

Notes

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

Nutrition

Calories: 474kcal | Carbohydrates: 78g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 422mg | Potassium: 238mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 58g | Vitamin A: 75IU | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 2.1mg
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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the upcoming cookbook: Dinner, then Dessert โ€“ Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients which is being published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. I’m a Professional Cook with Serv Safe Manager certificate. I’ve been cooking and baking over 22 years and I must say this is the perfect cake recipe best I’ve ever made in my life. I had to make one change I ran out of oil that day so I melted margarine for the batter. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I made this cake using 3 x 6″ tins and replaced the sugar with coconut sugar and also used buttermilk. It was so moist and light it also wasn’t overly sweet. Thank you for sharing the recipe

  3. I have made the cake but silly me did add a few v drops of mint extract into my batter will it be so minty have I spoilt the cake !

  4. I stupidly put it in the oven, despite reservations about how sloppy it was and am only now checking the conversions. Sure it works well in the US version but unfortunately the metric conversion gives the equivalent of 1.5 not 1.75 cups of flour. But it’s too late to add in more now. And a cup of liquid is 136g not 150g so effectively 10% too much coffee making the problem worse. Be careful! In fairness, although it took a long time to bake and was a bit crumblier than I expected, it did taste delicious with the mint frosting plus After Eights round the side and mint Aero bubbles on top. One very happy 7 year old!

  5. I stupidly put it in the oven, despite reservations about how sloppy it was and am only now checking the conversions. Sure it works well in the US version but unfortunately the metric conversion gives the equivalent of 1.5 not 1.75 cups of flour. But it’s too late to add in more now. And a cup of liquid is 136g not 150g so effectively 10% too much coffee making the problem worse. Be careful!

  6. Hello
    this looks like a perfect recipe ! Although I have a question – will this recipe be enough for 3x 9inch cake pans ??
    Kind regards

  7. I attempted to make this cake for my daughter’s birthday, however the cake ended up sinking. Any recommendations?

  8. I made this Chocolate Mint cake for my husband’s bday. It came out really delicious and moist. Perfect I can say. I just added peppermint essences instead of a vanilla essence. Everyone loved it.
    Frosting I used fresh cream and but of peppermint essence.
    GANACHE I used mint chocolate and dark chocolate.
    Over all it was hit in my family.
    I made it 1st time .

    1. Hi there! Sorry I’m a very novice baker and going to try this out.

      The temperature setting of 350 is that Celcius or Farenhite?

  9. This turned out very well for me. I made the cake with the teaspoon of mint extract, and it was delicious.

    However, adding the mint frosting on top of that was overkill (and honestly gave it a scent slightly reminiscent of toothpaste).

    When I make this again, I will do the cake the same (with mint), but use a creamy non-mint frosting. The mint in the cake is enough!

  10. I made this for my son’s seventh birthday. I was in a pinch as I hadn’t read the reviews of the Martha cake I had planned on making, and when I did, I saw that they were awful. At the last minute, I took a shot on this recipe and was so glad I did. This was one of the better cakes I’ve ever made. I substituted buttermilk for the regular as suggested and added a teaspoon of mint extract. The cake was perfect โ€” light, flavorful and moist. Thank you!!

    1. I have made this chocolate mint cake, several times. Next time I will make it the same, soooo moist I use my own secret recipe. This time I will use mint color frosting and mint chocolate drizzle down the cake Nd mint color of chocolate chips. Beautiful and tast Great!!! ???