Andes Mint Cupcakes

Andes Mint Cupcakes
New photo from my cookbook “Your Cup of Cake”

         I was introduced to Andes Mints at a very young age.  Though, my strongest memory was not of eating them, it was of being attacked by them.
My family commonly went to a little Mexican restaurant in town, and when we finished eating we would get these mints with the check.  My two older brothers would make a sort of blow dart from the wrapper, and choose their target.  Me.
So here’s to a friendlier version of Andes Mints that we can all enjoy. [end-story]

Andes Mint Cupcakes

Yield: 24 Cupcakes

Andes Mint Cupcakes


Chocolate Cakes:
1 cup sour cream
½ cup oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 eggs
¼ cup water
½ cup buttermilk
Devil’s Food Cake Mix
Chocolate Mint Filling:
1/3 cup chocolate chips
2 tablespoons heavy cream
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
¼ cup powdered sugar
Mint Buttercream:
8 oz cream cheese
6 tablespoons butter
3-4 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon heavy cream or milk
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
green food coloring


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line two cupcake pans with paper liners.
2. Using a whisk, mix sour cream, oil and vanilla extract together. Add eggs one at a time, stirring well in between each addition.
3. Alternate adding the cake mix and liquids (buttermilk and water), starting and ending with the cake mix.
4. Fill liners 2/3 full and bake for 14-18 minutes, or until and inserted knife come out clean.
5. Chocolate Mint Filling: Melt chocolate chips and heavy cream together in the microwave or on the stovetop over medium heat. Stir in peppermint extract and powdered sugar.
6. When cupcake come out of the oven, use a squeeze bottle to fill the cupcake with the filling, or use the filling as a ganache and dip the tops of the cakes into it.
7. Mint Buttercream: Beat cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Add powdered sugar, heavy cream and peppermint extract and beat well. Add green food coloring and stir well
8. Pipe buttercream onto cooled cupcakes and top with extra Chocolate Mint Filling and an Andes Mint.


I used the Ateco #855 piping tip

128 thoughts on “Andes Mint Cupcakes

  1. 1
    shopannies says:

    these sound awesome yummy

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    Whatcha Makin' Now? says:

    Oh my goodess! I want 1, or 2, of these right now!

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    xiaoxisworld says:

    I love mint chocolates. My parents were never sweets people, and mint chocolate was the only chocolate they will ever eat. I love how restaurant give mint chocolate with the check,so I can have it after the meal.

    I also love the green color. It is just like my town Portland, Oregon.

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    kelsey jo says:

    Your cupcakes always look SO gorgeous! I was wondering if you could do a picture by picture (or video) tutorial on how exactly you do the piping??! I'd love the help in learning the trick!! Thank you for your continued inspiration in baking. 🙂

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    Lizzy Mae says:

    Kelsey Jo, I have been getting a lot of emails about that actually. So as soon as my life calms down, I will do that! Hopefully later this month…

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    The Procrastobaker says:

    mmmm, chocolate and mint is one of my all time favourite combinations. your cupcakes look so pretty and totally irresistible, beautiful photography too 🙂

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    bakerbynature says:

    I love almost anything with mint and chocolate combined; these look delightfully delicious.

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    Marie says:

    I love, love, LOVE Andes mints! Especially the ones they give you at Olive Garden restaurants, which really hit the spot after a meal of salad, breadsticks, and pasta. I can only imagine how great these cupcakes are.

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    angie says:

    wowzers! i'm totally going to try make these.

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    Vintage Precious says:

    I'm a huge fan of Andre's mints! This is on my list of recipes to enjoy, thanks! 🙂

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    Kristen | Pixelated Crumb says:

    I just stumbled onto your website and I have to tell you, I have never been so excited about making cupcakes. I saw these Andes Mints Cupcakes on another site and just about lost it. I love Andes mints and these look like absolute heaven. I just need to recover from knee surgery so I can make them!! Thank you SO much for sharing.

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    Amy says:

    YUM!!! These look great! I included them in a cupcake round up on my blog! The link is

    Have a great week!

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    Sarah says:

    These look DIVINE.

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    The Sexy Knitter says:

    Hi Lizzy, I made these cupcakes today and LOVE how they turned out! You can see my blog post about them, here:

    Thanks so much for sharing the recipe! 🙂

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    Mirasens says:

    Very nice photos!!! I want to taste this cupcakes!

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    Queen-Lya says:

    Hi! I just wanted to thank you for the recipe and show you my results 🙂 My icing wasnt very thick for some reason, so it doesn't have the height yours does, but it still tastes delicious!

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    Anonymous says:

    i want to eat one so bad!!!!!

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    Mama Durso says:

    I made these last week and they are SO GOOD! I gave a few to the neighbors and everyone was asking for the recipe. Thank you for this one! It's going directly into my arsenal.

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    Anonymous says:

    just made these and all I can say is perfection! they were wonderful!:)

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    V. says:

    I made these today and they turned out great with the exception of the butter cream. It wasn't as light and fluffy. Do you have any tips on how to correct this?

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    Lizzy Mae says:

    V, make sure you let the cream cheese and butter beat for a few minutes. Also, make sure you butter is softened (leave it out for a few hours or over night) but make sure it is NEVER melted. Then I usually just add a little bit of powdered sugar at a time until I reach my desired consistency. Good luck!

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    JaNae says:

    Made these last night, and they were fabulous! Thanks for a great recipe!

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    LeighAnn says:

    Found you on Pinterest – following you now!

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    Aaria says:

    Yummy…. i love chocolate… i'll try these soon.. thank you 🙂

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    Amanda says:

    I have NEVER made cupcakes like this before. Sure I've used a box mix but never made my own icing and all too…THESE WERE AMAZING! not too sweet and just de-lish! THANKS for the blog instructions. They helped A LOT! I used 3 cu/confectioners sugar (vs the 3-4 recommended) as I didnt want them to be too sweet and it wasn't. Im not an icing person, but this was spot on!

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    Mandy says:

    This may be a crazy question, but are the chocolate chips milk chocolate or semi-sweet? They look so good! I'm planning on making them tomorrow night for a small get together!

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    Lizzy Mae says:

    Mandy, I used semi-sweet chocolate chips. Good luck!

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    Anonymous says:

    ITs ridiculous how much i want these!

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    Anonymous says:

    WoW! Just made these for my hubby's birthday! You rock! I'll be following you on Pinterest from now on 😉

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    Anonymous says:

    The frosting for these is just awesome. Thank you for a fantastic idea and recipe. My chocolate-mint-loving hubby got these for his birthday too!

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    Caitlin says:

    So weird, my family used to go to a mexican restaurant in Overland Park, KS called Dos Amigos, and we would get these mints afterwards! We get a ton of these every Christmas because its my mom's favorite candy 🙂

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    Anonymous says:

    Hey Lizzy!!
    Do you store these in the fridge or on the counter?

  34. 34
    Lizzy Mae says:

    I store them on the counter in a tupperware!

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    Anonymous says:

    How many cupcakes did this recipe make?
    ans also whever i use cream cheese my frosting never holds its shape any tips on making it keep its shape i also put it in the fridge but when i take it out it falls lol

  36. 36
    Lizzy Mae says:

    The recipe makes about 20 cupcakes. If your Buttercream isn't holding its shape, add more powdered sugar. Good luck!

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    Brandon says:

    Hello Lizzy, as Marie said above, Olive Garden gave these out when I used to go as a kid. I'm unsure if they do now, but I agree, these were my favorite part of the meal! I might make these cupcakes to stir up some nostalgia, they look delicious!


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    Kristen Frederick says:

    Made these tonight after obsessing over wanting to make them for weeks. AMAZING.

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    Curtis & Ashley says:

    Made them tonight…YUM!! Thanks for the awesome recipe!

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    Curtis & Ashley says:

    Made them tonight…YUM!! Thanks for the awesome recipe!

  41. 41
    Curtis & Ashley says:

    Made them tonight…YUM!! Thanks for the awesome recipe!

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    Anonymous says:

    These cupcakes look so good ! I am going to make them this week-end ! What a perfect holiday cupcake ! Thanks for sharing !

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    Anonymous says:

    Can't wait to make these for a party I'm going to. Are those regular size or mini cupcake's?

  44. 44
    Lizzy Mae says:

    They are regular sized. Good luck!

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    Anonymous says:

    Loved the taste just could not get the icing to be stiff enough to pipe without it being to soft and falling even adding powdered sugar didn't help. Anyone have suggestion on the an alternative to the icing to use in stead of the buttercream that you can still pipe on? HELP!!

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    Anonymous says:

    WOW!!!! I just make this cupcakes last night, finish the frosting and ganache this morning…to DIE for!!! I made them with the Betty Crocker Triple Chocolate Fudge (I didn't have the Devil's food) they came out really heavy, took 12 to my dentist office and 10 to my son's school to share with the teachers, I keep one for me and one for my son, the size was just fine but they texture, their weight, the flavor…AMAZING!!! I couldn't find the piping tip so I use the 2D from Wilton…never hear about the Ateco, Michael's store carry this type of tips? where can I get those? THANKS FOR SHARING!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Next on my list: Carrot cupcakes with White chocolate icing for next week's Christmas party at work..and yes, I will post how the cupcakes went.

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    Anonymous says:

    Forgot to mention, I had the same problem…I added more powdered sugar to my icing but still was to soft…somehow I manage. How can I add more consistency on it? I follow the recipe on both, ingredients and directions as I always do when I bake a new recipe..usually on the second or third time I change something 😉 Thanks for your help, and again..thanks for sharing!!!

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    Lizzy Mae says:

    I will be posting a buttercrea mtutorial video soon, so hopefully that will help you all out. But make sure to never melt your butter! Ateco piping tips, I find them at locoal decorating places but I am sure you can get them online. Or, you can just look them up online, see what they look like and I am sure Wilton has a sismalr tip.

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    Anonymous says:

    I'm curious.. most of your recipes include boxed cake mixes. Is there a reason you don't seem to make many from scratch or is it just that it's easier?

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    Lizzy Mae says:

    I think box mixes are easy for everyone to use and get great results. And that is my number priority, making sure my recipes translate to the kitchen of my readers. I also am a college student on a college schedule and budget, so cake mixes fit better 🙂

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    Anonymous says:

    Have u made this as regular cake?

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    Lizzy Mae says:

    I have not, I don't get many chances to make actual cakes. But the batter would work well for a cake if that is what you're worried about.

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    Anonymous says:

    I recently made this cupcake & could not get the filling to stay a liquid consistency. The chocolate wanted to harden during the piping process so I actually just skipped it. The cupcakes turned out wonderfully without. I actually feel the filling would've been a bit much considering the icing & the candy. I added a tad bit more peppermint than listed because the icing tasted a little plain. I was wondering about the powdered sugar in the icing…mine had a good stiff consistency but not like I wanted it to..should I add more powdered sugar? Over all this is an most excellent cupcake that I had tons of compliments on! Thank you 🙂

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    Lizzy Mae says:

    If you wanted your buttercream consistency more stiff, yes add more powdered sugar. People who simply spread their buttercream on with a knife don't need frosting as stiff as people piping, so it's difficult to give exact measurements. Good luck!

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    Anonymous says:

    Thank you for replying back but for future reference .. What should I do differently to get the filling to stay liquid long enough to pipe ?

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    Lizzy Mae says:

    You can add more heavy cream, or you can cut small holes out of the tops of the cupcakes and spoon in the filling. But yes, it does harden quickly and clogs a small piping tip. Good luck!

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    stephanie says:

    Mmm. These looks delicious. I love Andes mints, I bet they're so good on cupcakes!

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    Louise says:

    I followed a trail to your blog from this week’s Sweet Sixteen Collection. Congratulations! I’m glad I found you. These cupcakes look amazing! No wonder they were included in the collection for St. Patrick’s Day!

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    Molly says:

    These look delicious! Thanks for the idea…and the Sugar Rush!

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    Kristina says:

    Yummy I love Mint

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    Um these look incredible! My friend Sara refered me to your blog. Where do you find your inspirations?? And your pictures are fabulous!

    • 66.1
      Lizzy Mae says:

      I find my inspiration in flavor combinations I love and what I have sitting in my pantry. Thank you for loving my photos! They are so much fun to do 🙂

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    Lauren says:

    I made these twice already. I made them for a party and then again for Valentines Day, except I made the frosting pink. I gave to my teachers as a thank you, but I dropped them in a container and then flipped and they still were yummy!!!!!!! Thank you for the idea, I have always loved Andes mint candies!!!!!!

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    Lisa says:

    Mad this in 9×13 pan…with chocolate frosting.THe best chocolate cake ever had,, this cake would
    great with any frosting..

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    Karyl says:

    I found your website through Pinterest…These are the first cupcakes I made from your site and they were absolutely PHENOMENAL! By far the best cupcakes I’ve ever made or tasted. Everyone I shared them with absolutely died for them. They were gone in about 30 seconds. And they were beautiful as ever..I got MANY compliments on them. Only thing I did different was added some crushed Andes mints into the batter that I found at the grocery store. I also ditched the Cream Cheese frosting.. I made it and just didn’t care for it, so I just made my favorite buttercream (not a cream cheese fan), and added the peppermint extract. They came out so wonderful..I can’t wait to try the next recipe from your page! Thank you for sharing your talent! (I think it’s going to be the Cinnamon Toast Crunch ones next.) 🙂

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    Anonymouse says:

    These are crazy good!!! I made them using homemade devils food cake and made more of the filling. I made these into cupcakes in a jar by cutting the cupcakes in half, putting the bottom half in an 8 oz. Mason jar, drizzle some filing on it followed by some chopped Andes mints, put the top half in, pipe the frosting on and garnish with an Andes mint. Yummy!!!!

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    Mervat says:

    I usually make cupcakes on Saturdays to take to my in laws house. My sil hinted she wanted mint cupcakes this Saturday. I searched for mint cupcakes on pinterest and found these beauties. I will be making them for the family on Saturday and posting my results on my blog which is 🙂 please follow me back, thank you

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    Michelle says:

    I made these and they were wonderful! I blogged about them and linked back to you- thanks for the great idea!

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    Zaynub says:

    How many drops of what colors did you use to make that kind of green?

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    Just found a picture of this delicious recipe on Pinterest – so I had to come over and get it – thanks!!!

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    C says:

    Made these for a recent party and they were a HUGE hit. Turned out completely perfectly. Attempting to turn these into a cake for my sister’s birthday/father’s day tomorrow- hopefully it’ll turn out just as well!

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    Jaime says:

    This recipe is AMAZING. The cupcakes are so moist and with the filling, sooo good. I made these cupcakes once for people at work and in two weeks I’ve gotten so many orders for them. Thank you for this amazing recipe!!!

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    Bailey says:

    YUM!!! those look so good! i love mint chocolate sweets! and that’s horrible about the mint wrappers! 😛 🙂

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    Shane Birkey says:

    When filling the cupcake with the ganache, how do you keep the bottle tip or the piping tip from filling with the cupcake matter prior to squeezing in the filling? I did some filled cupcakes this weekend and my tip just kept getting plugged with the cake that I ended up having to make holes with a toothpick and I was disappointed with those results. Thanks!

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    Chocolate Lover says:

    I just made these and they were AMAZING!!!! I’m not a complete mint lover so I added a half of teaspoon of peppermint vanilla and they turned out perfect!

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    Kim says:

    I made these for a friend’s birthday party and they were a huge hit! I’m making them again for another party but added a 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract to the batter, too.

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    shannon says:

    OMGoodness! My 11y/o daughter and I (with a little help from my 7y/o son) just made these…Holy Mint Batman! She is bringing them into school tomorrow to celebrate her birthday….Hope they are a big hit with her friends and teachers. Thank you sooooo much….FYI, my daughter was eating mint choco chip ice cream since she was 9 months old…..

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    tifleur says:

    Lot of comments for this wonderfull cupcake! This photo is beautiful
    Thanks for the recipe!

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    Sarah says:

    I just made this and it turned out great! Literally the best cupcake i ever tasted. i tried this recipe during the summer and it didnt turn out so good. But just today I redid the recipe and it turned out fantastic! My breath is all minty now just from trying it. thnx so much for this recipe 🙂

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    Jessica says:

    I just made these this weekend for a holiday church dinner and they were amazing!

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    Jade Geary says:

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    Sonia says:

    Wonerfull, my daughter loved this recipe so much, I will be making them for her Birthday on the 10th. Wish me luck!

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    Misty says:

    I can’t wait to make these!! How did you get the green color? How many drops of what color, just regular green?

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    Pat says:

    I was hoping you would show me how to melt the candy to look like yours! They look beautiful!

    • 100.1

      Melt the candy? I did not melt any of the Andes mints for this recipe. The drizzled chocolate you see is extra ganache from the filling or you can use just regular melted chocolate

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    Sidney says:

    I found this recipe on Pintrest, and tried it. Instead of Angel Cake we used Betty Crocker Gluten Free Cake Mix and we loved it! The icing recipe is delicious, and i couldn’t stop eating it! Although we put in another 1/4 TSP of peppermint, and it made it just right!! I loved your recipe!! 🙂

    – Sidney

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    skybox101 says:

    it dose look really good i am about to make it

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    Carmen Torres says:

    I worked at Harmons as a Cake Decorator. Making the gourmet cakes was my favorite thing to do. I always enjoyed making the mint chocolate because of the smell. Melting the chocolate to drizzle it around the top and decorate with the Andes mints YUUUMM! Good days….

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    Erin K. says:

    I pinned Andes Mint Cupcakes (pin #4) –

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    Monique says:

    3 yrs later! I just made them for an occasion:)
    So cute ..thanks so much!!

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    Rebecca F says:

    Do you think the milk chocolate flavor of cake mix would work instead of the devil’s food one? and what did you dust the tops with, is this sugar? or salt? I can’t wait to make these! They look heavenly!

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    Jackie P says:

    I am going to be making these the night before a dinner party. Should these be refrigerated overnight?

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    Lori says:

    I want to make cupcakes like this for my daughter’s graduation. If I make the cupcakes and put the ganache on top, can I freeze them? How much ahead of time can I do this, and what would you do as the process of freezing and unthawing? I am thinking I would then do the final frosting the day of the event?

    • 108.1

      I like freezing only the cakes and then frosting the day of! They take about 12 hours to totally thaw! Usually less but taking them out a little early doesn’t hurt, it’s better than cold cupcakes!

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    Melissa Tetrick says:

    Would this cupcakes work if they were mini instead of regular size?

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    sonaly says:

    This is a before or after dinner mint that packs a lot more than a refreshing feeling after you consume it. This is pure delight for your taste buds.

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    Melanie says:

    My son will love these he has loves andes and york patties since he was about 1 1/2 old which is unique to say the least. Plus I love fun projects like this it’s so outside the box !!


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    Linda Murri says:

    Just pinned the Andes Cupcakes. I’m going to make those soon! They look incredible!

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    Margie Wamsley says:

    I made these for my Bosses Birthday tomorrow. They are like Heaven in my mouth! Don’t hesitate to make these for someone’s special day! They are Awesome!!!! Thank you for posting this recipe!!! 🙂

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    margaret says:

    I just made this and it turned out great! Literally the best cupcake i ever tasted. i tried this recipe during the summer and it didnt turn out so good. But just today I redid the recipe and it turned out fantastic! My breath is all minty now just from trying it. thnx so much for this recipe 🙂

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    Ann says:

    Do you fill the cupcakes when they aren’t warm or do you let them cool first?

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    Erin Missel says:

    Do you use anything specific to fill the cupcakes with the chocolate filling? I was thinking just scooping a small amount of the cake and filling it before I frost it. Let me know.

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    Lacresha says:

    Marie, I have to totally agree with you on your comment!!! I’m the same way when it comes to Mint Andes. I buy them by the bag, and they do not last at my house, especially because my daughter lovesssssss them too!

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    clique aqui says:

    Esse cupcake parece um sorvete, parece muito bom também, excelente receita, estão de parabéns.

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