Grasshopper Mint Chocolate Cake

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An easy to decorate, from-scratch mint chocolate cake with grasshopper cookies, chocolate buttercream and peppermint buttercream frosting.


Chocolate Mint Cake Recipe

I got to see my great-grandma a few weeks ago.  At 90 years old, she still loves her sweets as much as I do! I have sent her yummy treats over the past few months, and she has loved all of it. She was excited when I brought her this new chocolate mint layer cake recipe to try. I’ll have to say-it was incredible! The mint icing has a definite pepperminty flavor, which balances nicely with the moist, rich chocolate cake and buttercream icing. I loved every bite of this moist chocolate mint cake!


Along with this cake being so amazingly tasty, it’s also so simple. I love to use the skills I learned in my cake decorating class to pipe flowers , but sometimes I just want something easier that looks just as nice. This cake is perfect because although it looks complicated, it requires no skill.

I used my go-to chocolate cake recipe that I found on Sally’s Baking Addiction.  I have used this recipe for Ho Ho Layer Cake and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cake. And I’m already thinking of what to use it for next.  If you haven’t tried it yet, you should, because, well….it’s just about perfect!!  If you are short on time, you can always substitute a boxed cake mix, which have never failed me.


You’re going to use mint  buttercream tinted a nice green color, for the icing between the layers.

Then you’ll simply ice it with my favorite icing: chocolate buttercream. This icing is really easy to spread, and it tastes good on almost any kind of cake. Chocolate, vanilla, peanut butter, whatever you choose!


Cover the top outer edge of the mint chocolate cake with simple grasshopper cookies.  What is a grasshopper cookie? They are the thin mint wafer cookies covered in chocolate. So delicious and easy peasy!

Place the cookies on top evenly around the outer edge, then put a small dollop of mint icing on top. I used a decorating bag and Wilton tip 2D. These large Wilton tips are my favorite because they are so easy to use.


Pipe stars on top of each cookie and a big swirl of frosting in the middle of the cake. Dot each star with a chocolate chip, then sprinkle some in the center swirl. Pipe simple starts around the bottom of the cake, too, to give it a pretty finish.

And just like that, you have a beautifully delicious mint chocolate cake!


Mint Chocolate Cake

5 from 1 vote
An easy to decorate, from-scratch mint chocolate cake with grasshopper cookies, chocolate buttercream and peppermint buttercream frosting.
Servings 15
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes

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Chocolate Cake:

Mint Buttercream:

  • 3/4 cup butter partially softened
  • 1 teaspoon mint extract be sure to use mint, not peppermint
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • Green food coloring I used 10 drops

For Decorating:


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 2 round 9-inch cake pans.
  • For the cake, put flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl and mix well.
  • In a stand mixer, mix the buttermilk, oil, eggs, vanilla together. Slowly add in the mix of dry ingredients while the mixer is on low. Add the coffee and make sure everything is combined. Batter will be very thin.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  • Turn the cakes out onto a cooling rack. While the cakes are cooling, make your frostings.
  • Make the Chocolate Buttercream .
  • Mint Buttercream:
  • In a stand mixer bowl, use the paddle attachment to cream butter on medium speed until the butter is fluffy and almost white. This will take about 2-3 minutes. Scrape down the sides and mix in the mint and vanilla extracts. Add in powdered sugar and heavy cream. Mix on low speed until combined. Add in the green food coloring and beat on medium-high for 2-3 minutes until light and fluffy.
  • Now it’s time to put your cake together!
  • Put down one layer of chocolate cake. Spread the mint buttercream on top of the cake. Place the second chocolate cake on top of the frosting. Frost the top and sides of the cake with the chocolate buttercream.
  • Place grasshopper cookies around the outer edge of the cake, pressing down slightly so they stay in place.
  • Place Wilton tip 2D in a decorating bag. Fill it with mint buttercream and pipe stars around the bottom edge of the cake. Then pipe a star on the top of each grasshopper cookie.
  • Lastly, make a swirl of buttercream in the center of the cake.
  • Place a chocolate chip on each star, if desired, then sprinkle additional chocolate chips on the swirl that is in the center of the cake.


Calories: 530kcal | Carbohydrates: 77g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 467mg | Potassium: 200mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 61g | Vitamin A: 365IU | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 1.9mg
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 530

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I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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4 years ago

I don’t do coffee, is there something I can substitute? Thanks!

6 years ago

This recipe was a huge success. I was skeptical of the runny cake batter, but the cake baked up beautifully and has great moistness and tight, tender crumb. I don’t think I’ll ever make any other chocolate cake. And the buttercreams are silky and easy to work with. Love it!

Kt H
6 years ago

Do you have an idea about how many cupcakes this would make?


8 years ago

Ladies this cake is to die for! What a gorgeous dessert…it looks so moist. Perfection! xo, Catherine

9 years ago

What an awesome cake! I just lost my great grandpa earlier this year but he was a Thin Mint lover and I’m sure would have loved this, too!

Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later!
11 years ago

Adorable cake! And mint chocolate is one of my faves! Thanks for sharing at Sweet & Savory Saturdays #20!

~Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later!

11 years ago

What a fun looking dessert! 🙂 Love the combination of cake & grasshopper pie! Thank you so much for linking up with me this week at Tasty Tuesdays! I’ve pinned this & shared it with my followers! Please be sure to stop back by the party and check out some of the other links!

Gail @
11 years ago

Looks perfect…bet it tastes that way too.

Candice @My Little Circus & Me
11 years ago

This looks AMAZING!! I am a total mint chocolate lover! I will be making this!!
found you via Whimsy Wednesday 🙂

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Erin @ Sisters Sweet and Tasty Temptations
11 years ago

Oh…my…heck! Chocolate and mint are my all time favorite combo – This cake looks delicious! My mouth is watering just thinking about how good it must taste.

Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes
11 years ago

Oh my!! I sooo need to try this – I’ve pinned it – I will be sharing this on FB tomorrow! Thanks so much for partying with us this week 🙂

11 years ago

I love the chocolate and mint combination, it looks delicious. I found your blog post on Tasty Tuesday’s.

Sofia @Something On Everything
11 years ago

Ohhh I need to try this! Found you on Pin It Tuesday and I’m sure glad I did! Just pinned it and added to my to-do list!

-Sofia @

11 years ago

Beautiful and super delicious looking cake 🙂

Julie @ This Gal Cooks
11 years ago

This is such a beautiful cake, Lizzy! I bet it tastes wonderful. Pinning and sharing on Facebook later today. Thanks so much for sharing at Marvelous Mondays!

11 years ago

Holy Cow – will you make this for me!!!!!!! I’m saving it to my favorites on My Recipe Magic – yummy!