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This retro Creme de Menthe Cake recipe came from my mom.  Mint infused cake, a layer of fudge and minty cream create a dreamy combo!

Based on my mom’s super easy recipe from the 1970’s,  I nixed the Cool Whip for real whipped cream. Plus this Grasshopper Cake can be made with a cake mix or a white cake from scratch, depending on how much time you want to spend in the kitchen. 

Slice of Creme de Menthe cake on a square white plate with a bamboo fork

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.

Creme de Menthe Cake in a white baking dish

Easy Grasshopper Cake

This is one simple mint 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 grasshopper cake! 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!

How to Make a Creme de Menthe Cake

For years, I made this grasshopper AKA  creme de menthe cake using a box mix. It’s a ridiculously easy recipe, especially my mom’s recipe topped with creme de menthe spiked Cool Whip instead of whipped cream. So feel free to take the easy route and it will still be a delicious mint cake.

  • I like using a Duncan Hines white cake mix for this grasshopper cake.
  • If you’d like to make this dessert from scratch, I’ve used this terrific White Cake Recipe in lieu of the box mix. Remove 3 tablespoons of the buttermilk and add the 3 tablespoons of creme de menthe to provide the mint flavor. Bake as directed.
  • Use an extra half jar of fudge sauce to make a thicker chocolate layer. Fudge sauces are now made to pour so will not necessarily make a solid layer when refrigerated. A homemade fudge sauce will be thicker.
  • I prefer the taste of Mrs. Richardson’s Fudge Sauce, but it oozed more than when I used Hershey’s brand.
  • The  minty topping was originally an 8-ounce tub of Cool Whip flavored with creme de menthe.
  • It will work in a pinch, but I prefer the flavor of homemade whipped cream or a homemade whipped topping like in the recipe below.
  • Green food coloring will intensify the green color. 
A slice of grasshopper cake on a square white plate

 

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This post was first shared in July, 2015. The text and photos were updated in 2019.

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A slice of grasshopper cake on a square 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: 20 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert, Cake
  • Method: Mixing, Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

Cake:

  • 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

Toppings:

  • 1 jar of fudge topping
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons creme de menthe

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º. 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 to soft peaks. In another large bowl, whip the powdered sugar, cream cheese and creme de menthe until lightened and smooth. Stir in whipped cream and whip to firm peaks. Spread over fudge.
  7. Chill for 4 hours before serving.

Notes

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.

Use a homemade white cake baked in a 9 x 13- inch pan instead of a cake mix if desired. Just add the creme de menthe to the batter.

Total time does not include cooling and chilling times.

 

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34 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 🙂

  4. Mmmm..mint! Cake looks great, especially the color. I am guessing taste also 😀

  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. 🙂

  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 🙂

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

  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! 🙂

  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. 🙂 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. 🙂

  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. 🙂

  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 🙂

  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. 🙂

  25. Delicious!

  26. That layer of fudge takes this to a next level of delicious! Delicious!

  27. I love the color, I love the flavor.. I just love this cake!

  28. Thats so pretty I need to save this for the holiday and add some cherries on it for red and green Love it!

  29. My mom always loved making her Grasshopper pie when we had company. 🙂 So having grown up with it, I’m hooked on it, and anything in that vein. 😀 Your cake is so pretty and I’m sure, so delicious!

  30. I’ve made Grasshopper pie — in fact Mrs KR and I were just talking about our “need” to make that again a few days ago! — but never cake. Neat idea! This is SO fun — thanks.

  31. Wow, this cake sounds so good and it’s really pretty too! I’m pinning this one so I have it handy for the holidays! Great recipe, Liz 🙂

  32. This mint cake looks so pretty and it sure looks super tasty, I love the cool mint taste in the cake…
    Thanks for the recipe…have a wonderful week!

  33. This came out really well. My family and our guests really enjoyed these pies. Thanks a lot for sharing this recipe. 🙂

  34. Wow! This cake is super moist and so flavorful! Love every layer of this cake!

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