This mint chip cake is for my mint lovers out there. I know I have them, because they have requested more mint recipes! Now is the time to share the mint love since St. Patrick's Day is coming right up!
Just last night I was getting quizzed on Saint Patrick himself. My husband gives me mini quizzes often. Sometimes on topics I know little to nothing about. It all circles back around though and he'll ask the same questions next year as well. If I remember them, he'll be impressed. If not, I'll get,"bay-bay!" What can I say, I have a bad memory.
This mint chip cake is filled top to bottom with all sorts of minty goodness. It's the perfect chocolate to mint ratio. Nothing is being overwhelmed.
I used a pound cake because inside the chocolate cake is mint chips. In order to not have all the chips sink to the bottom, a thick and dense cake is required. I adapted this recipe from Baked Bree. I found it was a little more dry than I would like, so I added a simple syrup to the cake layers to moisten it up. That did the trick for me.
Mint Chip Cake
- 1 ½ cups butter room temperature
- 3 T. vegetable oil
- 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
- 6 large eggs room temperature
- 1 T. vanilla extract
- 2 ½ cups cake flour
- ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- ½ tsp. salt
- 1 cup mini mint chips
- ½ cup butter room temperature
- 8 oz. cream cheese room temperature
- 2 ¾ cups powdered sugar
- 4 T. creme de menthe liqueur
- 4.4 oz. chocolate candy bar finely chopped
- ¼ cup water
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- ¾ cup milk chocolate chips
- 2 T. heavy cream
- 12 Andes Mints chopped
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray to 8 inch pans with non-stick cooking spray. Flour each pan with cocoa powder. I used about 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder on the pans.
- In a large mixing bowl, add in the butter, sugar, and vegetable oil. Mix on medium until light and fluffy. This will take about 3 minutes.
- Add in the vanilla and eggs one at a time until incorporated. Once the egg is incorporated, add the next egg. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
- Sift together the cake flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- Add the flour mixture into the wet mixture and mix on low. Mix until just incorporated.
- Stir in the cup of mint chips.
- Divide the batter into the two pans. Make sure the batter is evenly distributed.
- Place in the oven and bake for 40-50 minutes or until done. Insert a toothpick and if it comes out clean or with moist crumbs, it's done. Don't over bake this cake, It will dry it out even more.
- Remove the cake from the oven. Let it rest in the pan for 10 - 15 minutes. Turn out onto a cooling rack and let cool completely before frosting.
- Finely chop up your favorite chocolate candy bar. Make sure the pieces are small and thin.
- Add the butter and cream cheese in a large bowl. Mix on medium until light and fluffy.
- Add the powdered sugar and creme de menthe liqueur. If you prefer not to use liqueur, substitute the liqueur for milk. Add in 1 - 2 teaspoons peppermint extract for flavor.
- Stir in the finely chopped candy bar.
- In a small saucepan, add in the water and sugar. Place over medium heat and and stir until sugar is completely dissolved.
- Place the cake on a cake plate. Brush the simple syrup onto the cooled cake.
- Frost the cake. The frosting may be a little difficult to work with since there are pieces of chocolate in it.
- Refrigerate the cake for about 1 hour. This will help keep the frosting from melting when you pour the ganache on it.
- In a microwave-safe bowl, add in the milk chocolate chips and heavy cream. Microwave in 30 second intervals and stir after each interval. It will take about 3 intervals of microwaving and stirring.
- Let the ganache cool off for about 10 minutes.
- Chop up the Andes mints.
- Pull the cake out of the fridge. Pour the ganache on top of it.
- Garnish with the chopped pieces of Andes mints.
(Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.)
Are you a mint lover? If you are, what is your favorite mint dessert?
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It absolutely does look fantastic! Mint chocolate chip ice cream is one of my favorites and I imagine that when it was nestled up against this cake it would be a winning combo! Thanks for sharing -- oh and memory? I came downstairs last night to do something... couldn't remember what it was so I made coffee.... at midnight. 🙂
Thank you, Marye! Coffee at midnight? Seems appropriate! hehe 😀
Nicole @ Or Whatever You Do says
Oh wow!!! This cake looks incredible. My dad's favorite ice cream is mint chocolate chip, and I bet he'd LOVE this cake! Thanks for sharing!
Thank you, Nicole! I bet he will too!
June Burns says
Wow that looks awesome!! I like your idea of adding a simple syrup, I should use that technique more often. Very delicious looking cake 🙂
Thank you June! Simple syrup can be a blessing sometimes. 😀
Rachel @ Bakerita says
This mint chip cake looks incredible! That frosting looks so gorgeous and minty and delicious, and I love the chocolate ganache on top.
Thank you Rachel! That frosting.. I could have licked the bowl clean it was so delicious.
pam (sidewalk shoes) says
Mint and chocolate chips is my favorite combination!
Awesome! It's a pretty popular flavor combo.
Melanie | Melanie Makes says
My favorite ice cream flavor in cake form - perfect!
Candi @ A Day in Candiland says
I am definitely at mint cake person. I love the layers and also the ganache on top.
Cate | Chez CateyLou says
The icing on this cake looks like Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream!!! So fun! This really looks incredible, and I am especially drooling over that ganache on top. What an awesome cake!
Thank you, Cate!
Brandy M says
You ha e a winner with this recipe! Mint is always a great dessert. I might be bringing this to my next party I have coming up!
Awesome! Let me know how you like it!
amanda @ fake ginger says
This is the most gorgeous cake I've ever seen. Please send me a HUGE slice.
Thank you, Amanda! If I had some left, I definitely would!
Mint is practically my flavor ever--and the ganache is genius! Yum!
Miranda, that is one gorgeous looking cake!! It is perfect for St. Patrick's Day 🙂 I love how you soaked the cake with simple syrup because no one likes a dry cake. Pinned!
Thank you Aida! Yes, dry cake can be a downer. 😀
Allie | Baking a Moment says
Wow, what a stunner of a cake! I just love mint and chocolate together, and it's so perfect for St. Patrick's! Beautifully done 🙂
Krystle (Baking Beauty) says
This has just the right amount of mint for me. & the frosting sounds to die for. Major props on your smooth icing job, I fail at decorating! Pinned!
Aww, thank you! I'll admit, I'll spend half the day smoothing icing if I have to.
What candy bar did you use for the frosting? Okay to use Andes mints for this or will that make it too minty?
Miranda C. says
For the frosting, I just used a regular chocolate bar. You could definitely use Andes mints for the frosting as well- it won't be too minty at all!