Coconut Cupcakes with Fresh Chocolate Mint Buttercream

Vanilla Coconut Chocolate Mint Cupcakes

This summer, I grew an herb garden on my deck. And it flourished. It flourished like crazy. Maybe even a little too well. As in, my chocolate mint plant is absolutely out of control. And I basically need to incorporate chocolate mint into my every meal until the first frost comes (which will likely be tomorrow judging by how cold these Boston nights/mornings have been… ugh!). I figured I’d better get to it and started by incorporating the herb into these cupcakes that I posted about over at Parade magazine!

Deck Herb Garden

Coconut has been making me SO happy lately. I’ve probably been eating it a little too much (same with pineapple… can you say, I clearly want to be on a tropical island??).

Cupcake Batter in Tin

Not only does this buttercream involve a lot of chocolate mint leaves (finely chopped, of course!), but I even sugared some chocolate mint leaves to top the cupcakes with.

Sugaring Chocolate Mint Leaves

Hint: If you have a flourishing herb garden and are not sure what to use all those chocolate mint leaves for, sugar them and snack on them. OK, or just stare at them. Because they’re super pretty. I know it’s still August, but these would also be just lovely on all kinds of winter and holiday treats.

Sugared Chocolate Mint Leaves

Of course, I’m no stranger to cupcakes. But these… these were extra special.

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The coconut cupcakes were incredibly moist. I know y’all hate that word, but unless you have a better word to use and can let me know, I’m sticking to it. It’s better than “eating these cupcakes was like biting into clouds,” right? But fine, they were light and fluffy, too.

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I ended up coring the cupcakes and piping a little bit of the buttercream into the cupcake, too. Because no matter how moist and fluffy a cupcake is, a little buttercream filling is always a happy surprise.

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These cupcakes were packed with coconut and vanilla flavor with the most delightful hint of chocolate mint. If you’ve never had chocolate mint before, I can tell you that it’s mostly minty with just a hint of chocolate. I need to figure out how to preserve some for the holiday season because I’ll want to use it in every dessert ever.

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I just love how mint is both so summery and so wintry all at once.

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If you don’t have access to chocolate mint, you can obviously make these cupcakes with regular mint. If you wanted to, you could add some chocolate shavings to the buttercream for a similar (and completely delicious) affect.

To see my recipes for Coconut Cupcakes with Fresh Chocolate Mint Buttercream, head on over to the Parade magazine website!

Have you been growing any herbs this summer?


16 Responses to "Coconut Cupcakes with Fresh Chocolate Mint Buttercream"

  1. Meghan says:

    These are beautiful! I didn’t plant mint, but it’s growing anyway!

  2. Gahhh I love everything about these cupcakes! Definitely a great idea to have a buttercream filling and frosting!

  3. I love this cupcake combination! Coconut sounds like it pairs so well with chocolate mint. And it must be so fun to grow a herb garden! I haven’t done that yet, but hope to next year. Love the butter cream on here, too!

  4. Megan says:

    That buttercream sounds incredible. i think I need to plant some chocolate mint next year!

  5. Justine says:

    I really don’t think I’ve ever had chocolate mint but now I feel like I’m missing out! These look so yum!!!

  6. Arpita@ The Gastronomic Bong says:

    Oh! those candied mint leaves looks incredible. You are right I can stare at it all day long. . The cupcakes look moist and delicious. Love the little surprise! !

  7. Jeannie Tay says:

    Hi Sues…what lovely exotic cupcakes you’ve got there…I love coconuts so this would be my favorite too! Love the white frosting with specks of green in it!

  8. Odetta says:

    These photos are soo nice. Loving that sugared mint!

  9. Beth says:

    These cupcakes look great. I love the way you adorned them with the sugared mint leaves – adorable! Our Toronto nights are starting to get pretty cool too.

  10. I am obsessed with mint! And it grows like crazy taking over everything! I would have never thought to pair mint with coconut, but it totally makes sense. These cupcakes are almost too pretty to eat, but I think I could give it a try. 😉

  11. Joanne says:

    Does the chocolate mint really taste like chocolate?! And if so, why do I not have an herb garden full of it in my nonexistent backyard?

    These sound amazing. Love the unique flavor. I’m sure these are like a breath of fresh air!

  12. Rachel says:

    These are incredible! I’ve heard how mint can take over a garden, so I’ve always steered my husband away from planting it (he is the overseer of our urban garden!). These look amazing!

  13. FoodFlav says:

    Waw! These Cupcakes looks so amazing, feeling how it’s when taste.

  14. Absolutely love your cupcakes, especially the way you decorated them with the sugared mint leaves.

  15. Mint really takes over, and you have found the perfect thing to do with it! These cupcakes and fresh chocolate mint buttercream look and sound amazing!

  16. Shannon says:

    these sound amazing! what a great combo 🙂

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