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Mint Chip Milkshake Cupcakes {bella cupcake couture blog party}

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These Mint Chip Milkshake Cupcakes are filled with mint chip flavor: in the cupcake and in the frosting!

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I’m really very excited about these cupcakes. Because Jordan helped me make them! Yesterday I mentioned that she got into baking for a hot minute a few weeks ago, and we made three recipes. This is one of them.

Here’s the thing: when I was a kid, baking was something special that my mom and I did together. I loved the measuring, the testing, and the eating. And, the time with my mom, of course. Ever since Jordan was born, I’ve been so excited to share the same things with her, the two of us in the kitchen baking up a storm, making tray after tray of cookies for holidays and parties.

And then Jordan started to grow up and it was one large wa-wa-wa….

She’s not a huge fan of baking. Well, I mean she is. When she is in the mood. Which isn’t often. It’s probably because I’m doing it all the time, it’s not special. Plus, until this marathon session we had, she wasn’t really in the mood to pay attention and learn. It was more like, “GIVE ME THE EGGS I WANT TO CRACK THE EGGS”…BAM! Eggs all over the counter…floor, etc.

So I was floored, and super excited when she pronounced she was going to learn to bake cookies (two batches; coming soon). And right at that same time, I got an email from Carrie at Bella Cupcake Couture about joining in on a back-to-school cupcake party and giveaway. The premise of the party was to create a cupcake and have our kids decorate the white cupcake wrappers, and interview them for a post.

How fun did that sound? And not only did it include baking and spending time together, but it included art, Jordan’s other BFF.

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Carrie sent straws and the white cupcake wrappers to decorate. When I asked Jordan what kind of cupcake she wanted to make, her first word was, “MINT!”

I don’t know why I even asked. That girl is obsessed with mint.

It didn’t matter that the cupcakes totally didn’t match the straws. She wanted mint, so of course I said yes. And we decided to make Mint Chip Milkshake Cupcakes.

These cupcakes are mint from top to bottom!

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First of all, the cupcake itself is a doctored cake mix. I used the water and eggs called for on the box, but instead of using water, I used melted mint chip ice cream. Oh, yes I did.

I put ice cream in cupcakes. You’re welcome.

The frosting is so easy – you simply dress up your favorite canned frosting or vanilla frosting recipe with a few drops of peppermint extract and food coloring. A layer of the green and minty delicious frosting goes on the cupcake, to simulate the top of the milkshake poking out of the decorated “glass” cupcake wrapper. Then we frosted them with some plain vanilla frosting to look like whipped cream, and topped with a sprinkling of mini chocolate chips.

Topped with a cute straw, these really are Mint Chip Milkshake Cupcakes!

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Now, as part of this post, I interviewed Jordan. She wasn’t really in a talkative mood at the time. (I think she was preoccupied with Teen Beach Movie and the thought of cupcakes.)

What is your favorite cupcake flavor? 
Mint chocolate chip.
{of course}

What has been your favorite moment from this summer?
Baking with my mom.
{sniff sniff}

What are you most looking forward to when you go back to school?
Having fun with my friends.
{pretty much what I expected her to say!}

How did you come up with your design for the cupcake wrappers?
I chose my colors from the straws. I thought of shapes and then put them on.
{really, she did. she dug through her crayon box to find exact matches. she’s not my daughter or anything.}

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I’ll take the “baking with my mom.” It may never happen again (although I hope it does) but I’m just glad I have this blog so that I can record it for posterity!

These cupcakes rock. Go make them. :)

Mint Chip Milkshake Cupcakes

Yield: 24 cupcakes


  • 1 chocolate cake mix
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup melted mint chip ice cream
  • 2 cans vanilla frosting
  • A few drops (up to 1/4 teaspoon) peppermint extract
  • A few drops green food coloring
  • Mini chocolate chips, for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake tins with liners.
  2. Add cake mix, oil, eggs, and melted ice cream to a large bowl. Mix with a hand mixer for two minutes, until no lumps remain. Scoop into prepared pans, filling cups 2/3 full. Bake for about 17 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. (Different cake mix brands and pans may cook in different amounts of time, so be sure to check them after about 15 minutes, and they may take up to 21 minutes.)
  3. Let cupcakes cool completely before frosting.
  4. When ready to frost, mix the mint extract (to taste) and some green food coloring into one of the cans of vanilla frosting.
  5. Frost each cupcake with a small amount of mint frosting. (Make the frosting in a flat layer on top of the cupcakes.)
  6. Place the second can of vanilla frosting into a piping bag. (I used a 1M tip.) Swirl on the top of the cupcakes, leaving some green showing, to resemble whipped cream. Sprinkle with mini chocolate chips for garnish.

Mint Chip Milkshake Cupcakes

This post is part of a Bella Cupcake Couture Blog Party celebrating back to school!

Check out all the delicious cupcakes:

Bella Cupcake Couture

Chronicles of a Foodie

Crazy for Crust

Cupcakes Take the Cake

Diary of a Mad Hausfrau


In Katrina’s Kitchen

Love From the Oven

Mesa de Vida

Not Just a Mommy

Sugar Swings! Serve Some

The Baked Equation

The Decorated Cookie

Other delish cupcakes your kids can help you with:

Banana Golden Oreo Cupcakes

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Almond Cupcakes with Caramel Frosting

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90 Responses to “Mint Chip Milkshake Cupcakes {bella cupcake couture blog party}”

  1. melissa posted on August 27, 2013 at 7:08 am (#)

    Tell Jordan I love her wrappers. I am pretty sure mint and chocolate is my favorite combo on the planet. I hope she has a great year.


  2. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet posted on August 27, 2013 at 7:24 am (#)

    My 11 year old would go crazy for these! She is the mint chocolate lover in the family! I enjoy having the kids help me out in the kitchen I just need to learn to be more patient with them when we cook together.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 27th, 2013 at 5:08 pm

      Yes, I definitely need to learn that! I’m so not good at patience!


  3. Sherri posted on August 27, 2013 at 7:37 am (#)

    I am not very creative, so I think Jordan’s decorating idea would be wonderful.


  4. Michelle posted on August 27, 2013 at 7:39 am (#)

    My kids also LOVE mint (and lemon!). Love she got into baking with you at least for a bit! Fun party!!


  5. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) posted on August 27, 2013 at 7:44 am (#)


    Too cute. I love the bonding with Jordan and the cupcakes (and the artwork on the wrappers) are ADORABLE!


  6. Megan's Cookin' posted on August 27, 2013 at 7:50 am (#)

    A Girl Scout Samoa cupcake!


  7. tanya posted on August 27, 2013 at 7:51 am (#)

    These are darling Dorothy!!! And I’m a huge mint fan too! Jordan does good work! Can’t wait to see the cookies!


  8. Wendy posted on August 27, 2013 at 8:04 am (#)

    There really is nothing like baking with your kids…even if there is egg on the floor and more flour on them than in the bowl! These cupcakes are so cute and the cupcake wrappers are GREAT. Jordan did a fantastic job coordinating those colors! I love the idea of kids decorating their own wrappers. Kids’ flavor preferences are so interesting. My kids hated mint (but love the flavor now as adults). Try finding non-mint toothpaste for a 12 year old! Big Bird Fruity tooth gel doesn’t cut it at that age! :)


  9. Becky posted on August 27, 2013 at 8:04 am (#)

    What a wonderful experience baking the yummy cupcake s with the adorable wrappers. You are making memories, and hopefully, she becomes more interested in baking.


  10. Carrie of Bella Cupcake Couture posted on August 27, 2013 at 8:13 am (#)

    Dorothy and Jordan, Your cupcakes and cupcake wrappers turned out adorable! Love the design, love how the cupcakes look, and this flavor sounds amazing. When I was little I absolutely loved mint chocolate chip ice cream. So this whole post brought back a lot of memories. Thanks again for participating in this blog party.


  11. Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig posted on August 27, 2013 at 8:39 am (#)

    It’s definitely my fave ice cream flavor so why not a cup cake!!! I wish my kids were into cooking and it’s probably because we do it so often…it’s not special like you said.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 27th, 2013 at 5:07 pm

      I know, it’s kind of sad really! She’s going to never bake as an adult, lol!


  12. Shawn @ IWYD posted on August 27, 2013 at 8:43 am (#)

    These are adorable, and your little girl is absolutely adorable too! I love how you put ice cream in them, that sounds Sooo good!!


  13. Not Just A Mommy posted on August 27, 2013 at 8:56 am (#)

    Mint choc chip is my favorite ice cream and I bet it is fabulous as a cupcake! What a great way to spend the day…my little one loves to help me cook and bake, but his brother, not so much.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 27th, 2013 at 5:06 pm

      She’s already over it, until the next time it suits her, ha!! Thanks so much!


  14. Emily @ Life on Food posted on August 27, 2013 at 9:13 am (#)

    I am not artistic at all but I would probably put flowers all over them.


  15. Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats posted on August 27, 2013 at 9:29 am (#)

    I seriously can’t wait till my daughter grows up so we can bake together! With my luck she’ll be outside building stuff with daddy instead!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 27th, 2013 at 5:02 pm

      There will always be that one magical moment she wants to bake, no matter what! :)


  16. Ashley @ Chronicles of a Foodie posted on August 27, 2013 at 9:30 am (#)

    Mmmm Mint Chip! Super creative cupcake and I love the straws in the cupcake! Definitely reminds me of a shake! :)


  17. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking posted on August 27, 2013 at 9:31 am (#)

    Oh would you stop it! You are single handedly ruining my pre-wedding “diet”. Well you and Ghirardelli. I resisted until you said you you put melted ice cream in the batter. You did what?! Gurrl, stroke of genius. My list for post-wedding indulgences is going to take 2 years to get through!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 27th, 2013 at 4:59 pm

      Bwahaahha, my pleasure. :) Thanks Lindsey!


  18. Lora posted on August 27, 2013 at 9:59 am (#)

    Ok using melted mint chip ice cream in the batter + pure genius. These are just darling and what a superb job Jordan did on the wrappers!


  19. Annie @ Annie's Noms posted on August 27, 2013 at 10:49 am (#)

    These look AMAZING!!


  20. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen posted on August 27, 2013 at 10:51 am (#)

    So true- you need to pounce when they’re in the mood. Forced baking time with Mom never works out too well. Love this flavor!


  21. Aimee @ ShugarySweets posted on August 27, 2013 at 11:01 am (#)

    Awww so sweet! And these cupcakes look straight from a bakery gorgeous!!!


  22. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting posted on August 27, 2013 at 11:35 am (#)

    Oh I LOVE these cupcakes! Mint chocolate is my favorite Ice cream/milkshake/ pretty much anything go to flavor. Super cute. Where are you cake stands from?


    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 27th, 2013 at 4:51 pm

      It’s not actually a cake stand – the small round plate is from CB2 and the stand part is an overturned bowl, from Kohls!


  23. Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips posted on August 27, 2013 at 12:35 pm (#)

    I love these, Dorothy, and I long for the day when my little guy has more than a 3 minute attention span for cooking… Or baking… Or coloring… Or anything else besides Toy Story movies.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 27th, 2013 at 4:51 pm

      Ha, that’s usually Jordan’s problem, and she’s 8. And it’s Full House instead of Toy Story, lol!


  24. Tammy posted on August 27, 2013 at 12:46 pm (#)

    Love the wrappers and the cupcakes look good also!


  25. Stephanie @ Back For Seconds posted on August 27, 2013 at 2:16 pm (#)

    How sweet!!! She did such a great job, and wow, these cupcakes are so beautiful!!


  26. Jamie @lifelovelemons posted on August 27, 2013 at 2:23 pm (#)

    I’ve been dying to make mint chip cake for weeks now… this might just be the recipe!


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  28. Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchen posted on August 27, 2013 at 2:46 pm (#)

    ICE CREAM IN CUPCAKES???!?!? Best. Idea. Ever. Mint chocolate chip is one of my favorite flavors, and I love the idea of “milkshake” cupcakes.


  29. Maria posted on August 27, 2013 at 5:04 pm (#)

    My creative girls would love to create on these! Great job by both of you.


  30. Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie posted on August 27, 2013 at 5:45 pm (#)

    Aww, she did such an awesome job! :) These sound like such wonderful cupcakes!


  31. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl posted on August 27, 2013 at 5:47 pm (#)

    Dying over these – they look so good. I just want to face plant into that frosting. Love the pics of Jordan, too. She’s so pretty!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 28th, 2013 at 6:49 pm

      Thank you Ashley! And she knows it, lol!


  32. Kristin posted on August 27, 2013 at 6:47 pm (#)

    She’s ahead of me! I didn’t like mint until I was in my I can’t get enough mint.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 28th, 2013 at 6:49 pm

      Me neither! I’m as addicted as she is!


  33. Tieghan posted on August 27, 2013 at 7:23 pm (#)

    Baking with my mom was my favorite thing when I was younger! I loved it!! At least you got Jordan to want to learn for a few recipes!
    And jeez, the girl is a smart cookie! These are awesome and the cupcake liners are so cute!! I have not done any mint chocolate desserts, but I NEED to change that. I am turning a new mint leaf and I have to try some with chocolate!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 28th, 2013 at 6:49 pm

      I’ll be doing so many more, I think. It’s the first thing out of her mouth when I ask! :) Thanks Tieghan!


  34. Jackie posted on August 27, 2013 at 7:54 pm (#)

    oh no you didnt!


  35. Heather @ French Press posted on August 27, 2013 at 8:02 pm (#)

    mint chip is my favorite flavor of ice cream:) and that last pic of Jordan and the cupcake…OMG GORGEOUS


    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 28th, 2013 at 6:48 pm

      Thanks Heather! She complained because she was out of focus. I told her that was the point! :)


  36. Marcia S. posted on August 27, 2013 at 8:42 pm (#)

    I would love to have my grandkids draw and color on the cupcake cups.The Mint Cupcakes look fantastic!


  37. Melissa posted on August 27, 2013 at 9:20 pm (#)

    Lovely post! How many of us were influenced by our own times with mom in the kitchen! Wonderful memory makers. And I never would have thought of using mint chip ice cream instead of water in the mix- I’m going to have to try that :)


  38. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl posted on August 27, 2013 at 10:15 pm (#)

    Milkshake cupcakes? Well I am now the happiest girl ever! YUM x a million!


  39. Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) posted on August 28, 2013 at 7:24 am (#)

    These are beyond adorable! I love the use of melted ice cream!


  40. Kendall posted on August 28, 2013 at 9:17 am (#)

    Going to be decorating De. Seuss for my sisters baby shower in Oct- I’d be drawing various Seuss inspired fun!


  41. Amy Cooley posted on August 28, 2013 at 9:55 am (#)

    I would add some washit tape and bling it up with diamond stickers from my card-making supplies!


  42. Laurie F. posted on August 28, 2013 at 12:42 pm (#)

    I’ m going to copy Jordan’s cupcake wrapper decoration – it’s sooooo cute!


  43. Katie @ Dip It In Chocolate posted on August 28, 2013 at 3:02 pm (#)

    These are too pretty. They need to be in a magazine.

    I’m so glad I’m not the only one who is stressed out baking with my kids! (Actually it’s just one of them, the other one does great when his brother’s not around!)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 28th, 2013 at 6:38 pm

      LOL Katie! And thank you!


  44. sally @ sallys baking addiction posted on August 28, 2013 at 3:26 pm (#)

    Just saw these on top row on foodgawker, Dorothy! You freaking rock. And these cupcakes are beautiful. Mint and chocolate is to die for in cupcake form.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 28th, 2013 at 6:37 pm

      Really????!!! Wow, that never happens. Thanks so much Sally! You and Jordan would get along great in your love of mint!


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  46. Heidi N posted on August 28, 2013 at 3:52 pm (#)

    I’d decorate these wrappers with rainbows, or at least I know my kids would!


  47. Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar posted on August 29, 2013 at 8:36 am (#)

    So cute – love the interview! :) These cupcakes are seriously beautiful! And they sound delicious – ice cream in the cake? Yes, please!


  48. Dina posted on August 29, 2013 at 10:49 am (#)

    they are so cute and sound yummy too!


  49. Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner posted on August 29, 2013 at 12:50 pm (#)

    Love mint and chocolate! These cupcakes look gorgeous and delicious! I’m in love with your photos…always but especially today’s. Jordan’s interview is adorable. :)


  50. Amy posted on August 30, 2013 at 1:56 pm (#)

    Such a sweet daughter — just like her mom!! :) And using ice cream instead of water? COMPLETELY brilliant!!

    P.S. I’d do the exact same thing with my crayons. I bought a box of 96 last year, just so I could color in my old coloring books. So much fun! (Yes, I promise I’m an adult…)


  51. Jocelyn @ BruCrew Life posted on September 3, 2013 at 10:10 pm (#)

    Love that you got that special time baking with your girl! I eat up all the moments I have with my kiddos in the kitchen…it’ll be gone before we know it!! Love these delicious sounding cupcakes, especially the added ice cream!!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 4th, 2013 at 4:56 pm

      I know, time is going too fast!! Thanks girl!


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  54. Spencer @ Moo-Lolly-Bar posted on October 9, 2014 at 2:35 pm (#)

    Looks absolutely delicious! I reckon I could eat about 100 of those little cupcakes in one go!


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