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Fresh Mint Cake with Dark Chocolate Mint Frosting

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Fresh mint is one of the first harvests from the spring garden. It’s delicious and easily preserved but can be used for so much more than just tea. This spring gather some sprigs of those herbs and bake up this fresh mint cake with dark chocolate mint frosting.

A slice of fresh mint cake with dark chocolate frosting on a white plate with text overlay.

Tricks to Baking with Fresh Mint

Fresh mint seems to lose flavor in baked goods or is easily overpowered by strongly flavored ingredients. These truths, however; can be overcome. Working with fresh mint in baked goods can be a rewarding and delicious pursuit.

The trick to getting the mint flavor heavily embedded into this dessert is two-fold:

  1. Beating the mint with the butter and sugar in the cake batter. This muddling of the fresh herb helps release all those yummy volatile oils and intense flavor into the fat and sugar which will carry into the entire cake.
  2. Infusing the mint into the milk in the frosting makes a strong mint tea that shines through even the strong black cocoa flavor.

Don’t skimp on the beating or the infusing steps. These two steps are truly the keys to an amazing fresh mint cake that will delight and surprise everyone.

Homegrown mint in a basket.

For the cake, do chop the mint finely. The mint stays in the cake, so aim for small specks of fresh herb throughout the cake rather than large leaves that might not be so enjoyable on the tongue in a cake.

Frosting Choices

A dark chocolate mint frosting was an obvious choice for this cake. Substitute regular cocoa powder for the black cocoa powder, if desired. The overall flavor will be less dark and the color less intense but it will still be chocolate mint.

A slice of fresh mint cake with dark chocolate mint frosting on a white plate sitting in front of the whole cake on a cake plate.

Chocolate is, of course, a great choice for mint. However, choices abound:

Yield: 8 Servings

Fresh Mint Cake with Dark Chocolate Mint Frosting

A slice of fresh mint cake with dark chocolate frosting plated.

Use the first herbs of spring in this fresh mint cake with dark chocolate mint frosting for a simple and yet elegant treat.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

Fresh Mint Cake

  • 2 Cups Unbleached, All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • ½ Cup Chopped Mint (1/2 ounce by weight)
  • ½ Cup Butter, softened
  • ½ Cup Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • ½ Cup Milk

Dark Chocolate Mint Frosting

  • ⅓ Cup Milk
  • ¼ Cup Chopped Mint (1/4 ounce)
  • ½ Cup Butter, softened
  • ¼ Cup Black Cocoa Powder
  • 3 Cups Powdered Sugar

Instructions

Make the Cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter & Flour two 8” round cake pans.
  2. Whisk together the flour and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. Cream together the butter, mint, and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg, and milk, mixing until incorporated.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and combine thoroughly.
  5. Divide and spread the batter among the two prepared cake pans.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on wire rack before frosting.

Make the Frosting:

  1. In a small saucepan, combine the milk and mint.
  2. Bring just to a simmer (do not boil or scald). Remove from heat and cover the pan.
  3. Allow the minute to steep for 20 minutes.
  4. Strain the mint from the milk, pressing to squeeze out all the liquid. Let cool completely.
  5. Cream the butter slightly.
  6. Add the cocoa powder to the butter and mix well. Alternate a bit of the mint infused milk and powdered sugar and keep mixing until everything is incorporated and the frosting takes on the desired consistency.
  7. Spread on cooled cake.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1 Large Slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 643Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 86mgSodium: 336mgCarbohydrates: 102gFiber: 1gSugar: 66gProtein: 6g

We try our best but cannot guarantee that nutrition information is 100% accurate.

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Michael Brohman

Monday 8th of June 2020

I baked these with my daughter and I would agree with the previous comments that they taste very good but they did turn out like scones. The batter was the consistency of cookie dough. I wish that I had read the other comments before I baked them because I think that adding more milk like others did would help. The flavor was still very good.

Daniela López

Saturday 9th of May 2020

Hi! I've just finished baking the cake, but it was turning out like cookie dough so I only used about a cup and ¾ of the flour and had to add approximately four spoons of extra milk so I could achieve the ideal cake batter texture. It looks gorgeous I must say and smells I incredibly minty, I'm loving it!

Lillian

Friday 26th of June 2020

I had the same issue it was like pancake mix. I added a little more milk but was nervous of messing things up. I'm neither a cook nor Baker. I have to follow the recipe to a T. It was good but more like a pound cake.

Ellen

Thursday 16th of April 2020

Followed your instructions explicitly, but the batter turned out more like cookie dough. The cake turned out more like a scone. Frosting is spot on!

I wonder what happened.

Kathie Lapcevic

Friday 17th of April 2020

I'm not sure. It is admittedly a drier than usual cake batter but I've had so many emails and comments about the success of this cake - I can't say why it turned out scone like for you.

Anna Ruth

Saturday 28th of March 2020

Thank you for increasing the "palatability" of quarantine for me during this pandemic! I have spent lots of time gardening, and my mint is coming back strong. I used a combo of mountain mint and an unidentified mint that no one can agree on what it is. LOL. My chocolate mint is slower to regrow, so I couldn't use it yet. I made this gluten-free with flour substitutes, and I'm really happy with it! Since I made the recipe as muffins but they came out flat (this is because I don't have the hang of gluten-free cooking... not your recipe!), I am planning to slice the flat muffins open and use a thin layer of the icing to make it like a sandwich cookie! :) Best way I've seen so far to use loads of mint in one go!

Kathie Lapcevic

Saturday 28th of March 2020

Oh thank you so much for sharing all of this with me. Made my day!

tadpole

Tuesday 30th of April 2019

This sounds amazing. My mint is just now starting to grow after a long winter. I will be trying out this recipe!

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