Mint Chocolate Chip Cake

Cakes, Desserts

Mint chocolate chip ice cream is my jam!

My favorite brand of mint chocolate chip is Talenti. Duh. But when I was a kid? I wasn’t fancy, so it was Breyers. Or Dryers. I forget. Or maybe even the Publix brand? Have you ever had a Publix sandwich? Childhood right there.

I think my love of mint chocolate chip had to do with the fake green color that was so pretty…or maybe it was the shards of chocolate vs. chocolate chips. They were so crunchy and delicious!

This cake is born from that love.

I thought of using chopped up milk chocolate chips instead of cacao nibs but I’m so glad I went with my gut because the frosting is a sweet buttercream and the bitterness from the chocolate is so very welcomed.

The cake is delicious and moist and everything you want from a simple chocolate cake. It is a my one-bowl chocolate cake so it’s literally the easiest thing to make, cake-wise.

I love the mint chocolate chip profile SO much that I even started to make my morning smoothie flavored as such. Of course, it’s healthy so it has kale, peppermint extract, collagen/whey, cacao powder, cacao nibs and almond milk. IT IS MY FAVORITE THING IN THE WORLD. I was thinking of sharing the recipe at one point but I sort of just did so there you have it!

I have a plan for you:

1. Make this cake. Eat it and enjoy it.
2. The next morning make that smoothie and tell yourself you live a balanced life!

Happy almost-Mother’s Day


Mint Chocolate Chip Cake

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Serving Size: 1 cake


To make the chocolate cake:

  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons white granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

To make the mint chocolate chip frosting:

  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 drop of blue food coloring
  • 1 drop of yellow food coloring
  • 1 tablespoon of cacao nibs


To make the cake:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour three 6-inch cake pans or two 8-inch cake pans. Butter and flour your cake pans. If you’re like me and are a little paranoid of a cake sticking, line it with parchment, too. Set the pans aside. See below for link as to how to bake cake layers flat. I do this every single time and it’s SO helpful. Also, I own only two 6-inch cake pans and I baked up the first two layers first and then the third last. The batter was a-ok to do this!
  • In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand-up mixer (with the paddle attachment), add the all-purpose flour, sugar, cocoa powder, espresso powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Mix until combined. Next, crack in the egg and egg yolk, pour in the buttermilk, warm water, olive oil and vanilla. Mix until thoroughly combined and the batter is smooth, about 1 minute. The batter will be thinner than cake batter that you’re probably used to—that’s ok!
  • Divide the cake batter amongst the cake pans and transfer to the oven to bake for 27 to 30 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Clean out the bowl you used to make the cake and dry it thoroughly. While the cakes are cooling, make the frosting.

To make the mint chocolate chip frosting:

  • To a blender or food processor, add the cacao nibs. Pulse until the cacao nibs are broken into tiny pieces. Mine were pretty big so this helped a lot! Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand-up mixer with the paddle attachment, add the butter and heavy cream. Beat until smooth and fluffy, about 1 minute. Take the paddle attachment off and place a sieve on top of the bowl, sift in the powdered sugar. Turn the mixer to low until the powdered sugar is almost incorporated. Add the peppermint extract and beat until smooth, about 1 minute. Add one drop of blue food coloring gel and then 1 drop of yellow food gel coloring. I was pretty happy with this color but if you’re using coloring vs. gel, you might need to add an additional drop of each. Lastly, add the pulsed cacao nibs and mix one last time, until it’s evenly dispersed throughout the frosting.

To assemble the cake:

  • Place one layer on a cake board or cake stand or plate (I also love turning plates upside down and using them as cake stands). Add about 1/4 cup (you can eyeball this measurement) to the top of the first cake layer; smooth it out so it’s a nice even layer of frosting. Place the second layer on top and repeat the process. Since the frosting has lil’ bits of cacao nibs in it, it’s not an ideal piping texture. I skipped the piping and made little swoops all around the cake and topped it with some more cacao nibs! Slice it up and serve.
Serving: 4g
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  • Reply Belle May 11, 2020 at 7:30 pm

    5 stars
    I was a bit worried about trying a recipe without any ratings but I took a leap of faith and I am so glad I did. I paired this chocolate cake with a peanut butter buttercream frosting. I’ve only made chocolate cake once or twice before but I think this is the best chocolate cake recipe I’ve ever used (and—not to brag—tasted). I love how it didn’t contain a copious amount of oil/eggs, because I find that a lot of recipes contain too much of this. From now on this shall be my go-to chocolate cake recipe, thank you so much!

  • Reply Kim September 21, 2017 at 11:57 am

    Where is the link on how to get the cakes to be flat?

  • Reply Paige July 25, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    Thank you for the inspiration!! My bf loves mint chocolate things, so yesterday for his birthday I made him a lil mini version of this cake 🙂 He loved it so much!

  • Reply Stan Smith May 25, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    It looks so good and you never see a mint chocolate cake like this in a restaurant anywhere which would make it even better for a party. if you take the cocoa and add a couple T of boiling water then you will bloom the chocolate and intensify the cocoa taste making the chocolate taste stronger.

  • Reply Cecilia May 23, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    OMG, this looks beautiful and I bet it taste better!! Great combination..will give a try for sure.
    Feel free to take a look at my blog ..thank you!!

  • Reply Bonnie May 17, 2017 at 4:09 am

    PLEASE share the mint chocolate chip smoothie with the exact proportions…I LOVE mint chocolate chip anything and can’t wait to try this recipe!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme May 18, 2017 at 10:03 am

      Hahah ok will do! It’s my favorite protein shake evrrrr

  • Reply Viktor May 13, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    Such a wonderful cake, oh snap, it looks yummy. Mint is my wife’s favourite, will give this a try!

  • Reply Rose May 13, 2017 at 4:25 am

    See, I so don’t like the mint choc chip combo (it tastes like you’ve brushed your teeth and then eaten a chocolate bar…) but my best friend loves it so….. The cake actually looks weirdly delicious, maybe I’ll have to make it for him and see if I can overcome my phobia by eating way too many slices

  • Reply thalia May 9, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    oh my gosh, so much love for this cake – mint choc chip ice cream has always been my favourite too! so beautiful Adrianna, wish i had a slice right now. Xx

  • Reply Catering Den Haag May 9, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    This looks incredible! Yum!

  • Reply Lori May 9, 2017 at 3:44 am

    Mint chocolate chip was always my favorite as a kid, too. So, this sounds absolutely delicious. Also love the flowers in your photos 🙂

  • Reply fatimah May 8, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    love mint choc chip, still eat publix sandwiches haha this cake looks amazing and i’m pretty sure i’d try to eat the whole thing

  • Reply Karen Hilliard May 8, 2017 at 10:51 am

    You are killing us at my house! Hubby and I both love CCM ice cream. I had the added bonus of living just on the next block from the made fresh in a small town ice cream parlor! Talk about memories!

  • Reply Katrina May 8, 2017 at 6:19 am

    This is such an awesome cake! Love that frosting! Total perfection.