Mint Chip Ice Cream Cupcakes

I’ve come to the realization that I tend to mix two desserts that can absolutely stand on their own independently. Cookies and cake, ice cream and cupcakes; perfect examples in which I’d say, “put ’em together!” Some classic recipes that clearly show this 100% true: Banana Split Ice Cream Cake, Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake, and the recipe you’re about to dive into, which marries delicious ice cream and a cupcake. These Mint Chip Ice Cream Cupcakes satisfy the body’s craving to have a chocolatey cake + a cold scoop of mint ice cream (it’s okay – I’m pretty sure this is a gene we’re all born with that causes this craving). I didn’t even mention the best part! This recipe definitely falls into my “hack” wheelhouse. No shame in my game; a quick trip to the grocery, add a dollop of whipped cream, sprinkles and you’ve got a darling, bite-sized delicious dessert for your next get together.

Mint Chip Ice Cream Cupcake


You’ll need:

  1. One box of your favorite chocolate cake. I the Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Cake.
  2. Select a tub of mint chip ice cream. My Liam adores mint chip ice cream as long as it’s green, green, green!
  3. Pick up whipped cream, and any toppings you want such as mini choco chips or chocolate sprinkles.

Mint Chip Ice Cream Cupcake


Mix the batter according to the directions on the box (hack!), and add 1 tablespoon (or more if you like more cake) to each cupcake muffin liner. I used green to keep a consistent, cool the color theme. Bake according to the box directions.

Scoop the mint chip ice cream


Add a dollop of the mint chip ice cream to the top of the cupcake liner. Freeze for 3 hours or overnight.

Mint Chip Ice Cream Cupcake

When ready to serve, add whipped cream, and any toppings that sound yummy. I used my favorite mint chip Girl Scout cookies. Those things are gold around my house – try it out and find how much your family and friends really love you! As a small warning, these treats melt soon enough, but more likely than not, they’ll get eaten fast…you probably won’t even see a drip!

Mint Chip Ice Cream Cupcake


Photos by: Maria Hedrick Photography

Mint Chip Ice Cream Cupcake
Mint Chip Ice Cream Cupcake

Mint Chip Ice Cream Cupcake

By TheSweetNerd  

January 4, 2019


Box of Chocolate Cake Mix

Mint Chip Ice Cream

Whipped Cream (in a can or tub)

Suggested Toppings: Crumbled Mint Cookies or Mini Choco Chips

Cupcake Liners, preferably green


1Prepare cake mix and pour 1 tablespoon in each cupcake liner.

2Bake according to instructions.

3Once cool, add in mint chip ice cream to top of liner.

4Freeze for 3 hours or overnight.

5When ready to serve, top with whipped cream and top with crumbled mint cookies or mini chocolate chips.



  • 4 years ago

    Like I needed another reason to buy more Girl Scout cookies! Haha! These sound delicious!

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      4 years ago

      Right, the season is about over so get ’em while ya can.

  • Love the look of that cloud of whipped cream against the green. DEEEEEELIGHTFUL!!

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      4 years ago

      Yes – makes me so ready for St. Paddy’s Day in 2 days!

  • These are such a cute idea! I like ice cream a lot more than cake, so these are right up my alley.

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      4 years ago

      You can just put a giant blob of ice cream on a small pat of chocolate cake. Go to town. 🙂

  • How fun! You could change up the ice cream flavors too, for different occasions.

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      4 years ago

      Yes, you could actually change this entire recipe up by holidays. There are lots of options. Yum.

  • Kendall
    4 years ago

    I absolutely love this! I’m a mint-aholic too. I’d probably melt Andes mints and drizzle them all over them. Oh boy I’m making myself hungry just thinking about it

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      4 years ago

      Andes mints are a great idea!

  • This is so very cute and fun! My kids would be ecstatic! Plus you’ve made it all so simple which a busy mom like me can appreciate!! <3

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      4 years ago

      That’s my goal Christina. I’m including more hacks this year, as this one clearly is with an easy trip to the grocery store. Enjoy!

  • Lorna Soonhee Umphrey
    4 years ago

    Looks delicious and perfect for St. Paddy’s Day!

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      4 years ago

      Thanks Lorna!

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