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Creme de Menthe Cake

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I hadn’t made this Creme de Menthe Cake in ages and doubted my family even remembered its deliciousness. It’s my mom’s super easy recipe from the 1970’s but I nixed the Cool Whip for real whipped cream. A girl’s gotta have some standards.

Slice of Creme de Menthe Cake on a white plate

Creme de Menthe Cake

Those midweek calls from our oldest are usually paired with a request. He was invited to a Thursday night BBQ and he was wondering what treats I had lurking in the freezer. He was plum out of luck as I had made two desserts for my book club dinner that night, and there was nothing to spare. I was nearly baked out, but I remembered doctored up cake mix recipe that was always a crowd pleaser: Creme de Menthe Cake.

A slice of Creme de Menthe Cake garnished with Andes mintsEasy Doctored up Cake Mix Cake Recipe

This is one simple dessert. A box of white cake mix, jar of fudge sauce, whipped cream and creme de menthe, a mint liqueur, were the basic ingredients. Eggs, water, oil and the liqueur were added to the mix and baked up in a 9 x 13 pan.

Topped with fudge, then minty whipped cream and voila, a dreamy dessert! The circa 1970’s recipe was topped with Cool Whip, but I prefer real whipped cream stabilized with a packet of Whip It. Dazzle the mint fans in your life with this yummy cake mix cake recipe!

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Slice of Creme de Menthe Cake on a white plate

Creme de Menthe Cake

A super simple, yet impressive cake that starts with a box mix and ends a triple layered delight!

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 28 minutes
  • Total Time: 58 minutes
  • Yield: 12-18 slices 1x
  • Category: Dessert, Cake
  • Method: Mixing, Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1 box white cake mix (I used Duncan Hines brand)
  • Oil (amount listed on box)
  • Water (amount listed on box, then remove 3 tablespoons)
  • 3 tablespoons creme de menthe (green mint liqueur)
  • 2 whole eggs (instead of eggs listed on box)
  • 23 drops of green food coloring, optional
  • 1 jar of fudge topping (I used Hershey’s)
  • 8 ounces (1 cup) heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 packet Whip-It, optional, to stabilize whipped cream
  • 3 tablespoons creme de menthe


  1. Preheat oven to 350ΒΊ. Grease a 9 x 13 pan and set aside.
  2. Mix cake mix according to package instructions using 2 eggs and removing 3 tablespoons of water from the water called for on box. Add creme de menthe along with the water. If you’d like a greener cake, add a few drops of green food coloring.
  3. When mixture is smooth, scrape it into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake according to the box instructions.
  4. When cake is done a toothpick inserted in the center will come out clean. Cool cake completely.
  5. When cake is cool, carefully spread fudge sauce over top.
  6. Whip cream with powdered sugar and Whip-It, if using. Mix in creme de menthe and whip till firm peaks form. Spread over fudge.
  7. Chill for 4 hours before serving.


The total amount of liquid used in the cake will be the same as what was called for on the box. You will need to remove 3 tablespoons of water from what is listed on the box and replace it will 3 tablespoons of creme de menthe.

Total time does not include cooling and chilling times.


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Food & Wine Conference, 2015

I attended my second Food & Wine Conference in Orlando a couple weekends ago. This terrific gathering of food bloggers was a spin off of the Sunday Supper blogging group I’ve been a part of for years. Isabel, the founder of the Family Foodie blog and the Sunday Supper group, has been using her platforms to spread the importance of family meals since their inception. She took the opportunity to educate bloggers via a food bloggers’ conference and I knew I must join in. 

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24 comments on “Creme de Menthe Cake”

  1. Yay, yay, yay! Hallelujah even the gourmet Liz Berg uses cake mixes…Guilt relieved…Confession: I do like Cool Whip..But, I love (and have filed) your recipe and plan on making it. Even if I’m not getting invited to BBQs in the land of California green juices =) P.s. I’ll take green creme de menthe over green juice any day =)

  2. Gorgeous color, I’ll bet this was a big hit! Your pound cake keeps calling to me from the side bar too:@)

  3. Oh I agree–homemade whipped cream, can’t do without that! This cake sounds perfectly minty πŸ™‚

  4.! Cake looks great, especially the color. I am guessing taste also πŸ˜€

  5. Dear Lizzy, what a delightful cake to make in a pinch. Doctored up cake mix recipes can really come in handy. Have a wonderful weekend dear. xo, Catherine

  6. Oh that’s so pretty. I like how T just calls you up and orders a dessert! lol You are the greatest mom! I am going to need to learn about Whip It as I don’t use the Cool Whip either and just usually skip over anything calling for that…thanks for the heads up. πŸ™‚

  7. It’s always good to have a couple of recipes that starts with a boxed cake. Love that you used fresh whipped cream! I usually have whipping cream in my refrigerator instead of the prepared stuff. Looks like you ladies had a fabulous time at the conference!

  8. This cake is perfect for me as I love the combination of mint and chocolate. Liked the color so much. The conference you attended seems fun way to see other bloggers/friends and get more experience in the same time.

  9. Very 70s-looking and very cool! I love that this is adapted from a simple cake mix. Your son is lucky to have you πŸ™‚

  10. What a great way to use a box mix! I love minty treats so I know I would love this πŸ˜€

  11. Sometimes dessert out of a box is OK and even delicious! Looks like you had a great time in Orlando!

  12. I am all for doctored cake mixes and this cake looks scrumptious! πŸ™‚

  13. I’d love to be in Orlando next summer! That cake is such a pretty colour and I do love mint with a bit of chocolate. After all your baking you were very good to make this for your son. You won’t believe it but I haven’t been receiving email notifications of your posts or newsletter for ages and I haven’t been able to fix the problem because it always tells me I’m already subscribed. Then out of the blue, tonight I received an email notification! I do hope that’s the start of good things to come and that whatever the problem was, it has now fixed itself xx

  14. What a pretty minty dessert! Looks like that you ladies had a great time in FWC!

  15. I can just taste that cool minty flavor right now!

  16. Look beautiful Lizzy!!!

  17. This mint flavored cake must have been really tasty. Love mint desserts, just made some mint macarons as well this week.

  18. Oh Liz, you seriously just stepped up another level in my cool books, and just quietly, you were sitting way up in the clouds in that department. πŸ™‚ I love that you use box mixes from time to time too. i have been known to do that too, but have felt shame over the fact I did. *catch22

    Great recipe, cant wait to try it. πŸ™‚

  19. I love Andes mints so I know I’d go crazy for this cake!

  20. You know I gain a couple of pounds every time I come over here. Because I could finish this whole cake off all by myself, that’s probably 5 pounds of weight gain…but it would be worth it. πŸ™‚

  21. It’s nice to have a couple of easy peasy recipes in your stash. It’s also nice sometimes to doctor up a cake mix. I’m all for it!

  22. This is such a beautiful cake Liz!! Very elegant and I’m dying for a huge slice πŸ™‚

  23. What a beauty Liz, love that you put your own creative designs on this.

  24. So sweet of you! This must have gone over real well. πŸ™‚

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