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Grasshopper Cupcakes – a rich and chocolate-y cupcake topped with a cool mint butter cream frosting!

Grasshopper Cupcakes - rich chocolate cupcakes topped with a minty butter cream frosting


December is flying by!  It is hard to believe that we are only 2 weeks away from Christmas.  The weather here in Colorado has been in the 50’s, so it is hard to realize it is actually December.  Don’t get me wrong, I am loving this weather, and would not change it for anything!  Going for walks outside in December is perfect in my opinion. Come March when we are freezing cold and have lots of snow, I will be wishing we had these nice days.

Grasshopper Cupcakes {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Cupcakes are not traditionally a Christmas treat.  At least in my family.  But I think that might need to change.  Grasshopper Pie is something that we serve every Christmas, so why not turn that into something else.  I am a huge fan of chocolate and mint in almost any form.  My son actually asked for these grasshopper cupcakes.  We were having a party for his Lego team, and I said I would make cupcakes.  He asked if I could come up with a grasshopper version to bring.  I have to say, I am honestly surprised, but the entire group of 4th graders were all over these.  For some reason, I wasn’t sure that mint was really a kid flavor, but they loved them!

Grasshopper Cupcakes - perfect chocolate cupcakes topped with mint butter cream frosting

My son is not a huge fan of cake.  He has it in his head that chocolate cake especially, is dry and not very chocolate-y.  I was not sure that he had ever had actual homemade, real chocolate cake before.  So I set out to prove him wrong.  I was super excited when my son loved these grasshopper cupcakes.  I completely changed his mind on chocolate cake, and I can’t wait to be able to enjoy it more often!  Topped with this minty butter cream frosting is perfect for the holidays!

Grasshopper Cupcakes - rich chocolate cupcakes topped with a minty butter cream frosting
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Grasshopper Cupcakes

By Erin
Grasshopper Cupcakes - a rich and chocolate-y cupcake topped with a cool mint butter cream frosting!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Servings: 30



  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 3/4 flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water


  • 1 cup butter, , softened
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1/2 cup milk, (approximately)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare muffin tins with liners.
  • In a large bowl mix together sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • In an electric mixer combine eggs, oil, vanilla and milk. Mix until well combined. Slowly add flour mixture. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  • Add boiling water. Batter will be very thin.
  • Scoop batter into prepare muffin tins.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, until a tester comes out clean. Remove from oven, and let cool for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Meanwhile prepare the frosting. The the bowl of an electric mixer combine all of the ingredients. Beat until light and fluffy. Add more milk or sugar if necessry.


Cupcake Recipe from Hershey


Serving: 1g | Calories: 257kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 226mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 31g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: Dessert Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 30
Calories: 257
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Welcome to Dinners, Dishes, & Desserts where my love of food meets my busy life. My name is Erin and I’m a casual home cook who loves to feed people. On this blog, you’ll find hundreds of quick and easy recipes made mostly from scratch. My days are spent in the kitchen, creating new recipes to share with family and friends.

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  1. That is awesome about your son! I have a son who is hard to convince that certain foods can be good, so I totally get it. These look great!

  2. Our weather in Utah has been the same – it’s kind of crazy! I’ve always loved any type of “grasshopper” dessert. There’s just something about that peppermint/chocolate combo that’s so enticing.

  3. Since high school I have had a love of mint and chocolate! My best friend and I had a box of grasshopper cookies in our locker at all times and must have kept the company in business for some time! I’ve never had a cupcake version, but I’m sure I’d love them as much as the cookies!

  4. It really isn’t feeling so wintery in Colorado right now, but I know I should soak it in because come February I’ll be begging for the 50’s to come back! These grasshopper cupcakes look so delicious and the perfect holiday flavor!

  5. These cupcakes look yummy and yay for changing your sons mind on chocolate cake!! 🙂 It’s warm here in CA too. I want it to be in the 50’s (which is cold to me) so I can bubble up and enjoy coffee with desserts. 🙂