Chocolate Curls & Cupcakes

I am keeping to my commitment of making more cupcakes this year and so today I am sharing a recipe for chocolate frosted cupcakes with white chocolate mint curls.  I made the shavings out of white chocolate chips and tinted them green to pretty them up for Saint Patrick’s Day. I also flavored them with mint.  It is an easy way to dress up your dessert with chocolate chips.


Make your own mint curls easily. Top some cupcakes with chocolate frosting and mint curls for a tasty combination!


I used a yellow boxed cake mix and here is the chocolate buttercream frosting I made:

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

1/2 cup butter, softened

4 cups powdered sugar

1/4 cup cocoa powder

4 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

Cream butter using electric mixer.  Slowly add powdered sugar and milk until blended.  Add cocoa powder and vanilla. Beat on high until peaks form. This frosting is really good by the way.  I have spent years getting it to just the right flavor and consistency.  Before you make the frosting, make the curls so that they are ready to use.

Chocolate Mint Curls
For the mint curls, I took 1 cup of white chocolate chips and microwaved on 50% for about 3 minutes.

how to use chips to make chocolate curls

Since all microwaves are a litte different, check after two minutes and continue in 30 second increments until chips are melted.

melting chocolate chips in the microwave

Once you can smash them, add food coloring and flavoring.  I added 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract.

Adding food coloring to chocolate


Then once it was combined, I put the melted chocolate on a piece of wax paper to harden.

Chocolate colored.jpg

Catch up on some reading or errands and after a couple of hours it should be fully hardened.  Peel the chocolate from the wax paper and using a potato peeler, peel off the chocolate.

How to make chocolate curls #simpletip


You can save the curls for later, or use them to decorate right away.  Depending on how thick they are they may be quite delicate so keep that in mind.

tinting chocolate


I frosted my cupcakes and added the chocolate curls to the top for some decoration and minty flavor.

Chocolate Mint Topped Cupcakes.jpg


Mint chocolate curls.jpg

Make your own chocolate curls #recipe

They came out delicious and were a simple way to dress up a cupcake, without requiring too much time or preparation.


In the mood for mint and chocolate? Try these easy cupcakes (made with a cake mix) with tasty mint curls.



























  1. Raquel, These sound yummy! And your pictures are great. I’d love it if you would bring these over to What’d You Do This Weekend? at Tumbleweed Contessa’s linky party. They would be a great hit.

    Have a sweet day,
    Linda (The Contessa)

  2. These look really yummy – I love chocolate and mint and the idea for the chocolate curls is really good.

  3. Wow! Those look delicious!

  4. That is so cool how you make the shavings!

  5. What a great idea to make mint white chocolate shavings! What lovely cupcakes!

  6. These look so yummy! Never thought about creating my own mint flavored chocolate shavings. I will have to remember that trick!

  7. YUM!

  8. YUM!!! I never thought of using those melted candies as shavings! New project for me.

  9. Oh. My. These look delicious! Thanks for sharing.

    I hope you have a lovely day.

  10. So easy to create the chocolate curls.. woot.. totally going to keep this in mind on future projects!

    • Organizedisland says:

      It is super simple and cheaper to use what you have to decorate cupcakes! Hope you have a great day!

  11. Thanks for sharing at Two Cup Tuesday at Pint Sized Baker. I’ve pinned it!

  12. Chocolate and Mint! You can’t go wrong with that combo!

  13. These are unbelievable! I love the fact that you vow to make more cupcakes this year – what a great resolution and I bet your family is in heaven!

  14. That’s a fun and pretty way to combine the flavors of chocolate and mint. Cool!

  15. These look delicious! Thanks for linking to Tips & Tricks. I hope you come back tonight and link something else up. I pinned this to Tips & Tricks recipe board!

  16. White Chocolate Mint is a fantastic flavor combo!


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