Andes mint chocolate cupcake made with fresh milled flour with green buttercream
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The BEST Chocolate Sourdough Cupcakes! Andes Mint Flavor – Amazing!

These are truly the BEST Chocolate Sourdough Cupcakes, Andes Mint Flavor, and they are Amazing! I adapted my original plain chocolate sourdough cupcake recipe to make this moist and delicious version! You can find that original sourdough cupcake recipe HERE.

Andes mint chocolate cupcake made with fresh milled flour with green buttercream
Andes Mint Chocolate Sourdough Cupcakes

Why Andes Mint Chocolate Sourdough Cupcakes Flavor?

My family and I were talking about green flavor ideas for Saint Patrick’s Day, and these little nostalgic mint chocolates came to mind. How could a little mint that is so classily simple, and still be so good? Mint chocolate is a flavor that everyone in my family LOVES! And, this cupcake did not disappoint! In fact, it seems to be the most requested flavor, so far!

bite out of an andes mint chocolate cupcake made with fresh milled flour
Look how cute these Andes Mint Chocolates look on top!

How Do You Make Sourdough Cupcakes So Moist?

To make my sourdough cupcakes so moist, I use a secret ingredient, and that ingredient is Fresh brewed tea (that cools slightly.) The tannins (antioxidants) in the fresh brewed tea seem to do something to the sourdough & fresh milled flour that water doesn’t seem to do. So, that is the first step to my moist cupcakes. Secondly, I mix up the fresh milled flour, tea, oil, and sourdough discard the night before I plan to make the cupcakes. This allows the sourdough to get to work breaking down the whole wheat flour.

What Are Tannins in Tea?

Tannins are the natural antioxidants found in tea. These polyphenols help the tea plant to protect itself against hungry herbivores, like rabbits, deer, etc. There are many benefits to drinking this powerful drink. Tannins help fight inflammation, can help balance blood sugars, they can ease inflammation, have antibacterial properties, and studies have shown they can also help prevent cancer. Wow! What a powerhouse!

left brewing tea in a mug with a Ninja tea maker right shows a white bowl of rye flour mixed with water and tea

I LOVE my Tea Maker! It is worth it’s weight in gold! We use it multiple times per day, and it brews all the different kinds of tea! I let the tea cool, then mix it the night before with the flour, sourdough discard, and oil. HERE is a link to my Ninja tea maker! There are other models, but this one is my favorite!

Why Use Tea In Cupcakes?

There are a couple reasons to use Tea in Cupcake recipes. Some include:

  • Tea levels up the nutritional value with the tannins.
  • Also, Tea deepens the chocolate flavor.
  • Tea helps keep the cupcakes moist.
  • And, my family just plain loves Tea!

There is so much fan favorite over coffee all the time, but my family doesn’t really drink coffee, and tea seems to be so underrated! When choosing to make a cupcake flavor with tea, I can customize the flavor to so many different options! If I wanted to make peppermint cupcakes, I could use a peppermint tea. Or, if I wanted to make Strawberry cupcakes, I could use strawberry tea. I think you can see what I am getting at.

By the way, I do have a Peppermint Cupcake Recipe HERE

and a Strawberry Cupcake Recipe HERE

Charleston Tea Garden

We took a trip to Charleston in February 2023, and we made a stop at the Charleston Tea Garden. During our trip here, we found out that this is the only tea garden in the US, actually the only one in North America! While we were here, we took the trolley tour, and got to see the beautiful acreage filled with different maturing ages of tea bushes, and the green house where they start all the young tea clippings. We learned so much! You can find more info on the Charleston Tea Garden HERE.

Inside the factory they offer free samples of their tea in many flavors, mine was actually the mint tea, and the rest of my family loved the peach tea! Here, we also walked through a short self guided factory tour were we could see all the machines and equipment to make tea. We learned about green & black tea, and how it is all made from the same plant leaves, just has to do with the length of oxidation. This whole experience made my love for tea even greater! Now, onto the buttercream for these cupcakes.

a Book that reads, "Cancer Hates Tea," a box of Charleston Tea Company Black Tea, a packet of Peach Tea, and a Packet of Mint Tea.

Here are some of the products we purchased from the Charleston Tea Garden while we were visiting. The Tea is Fantastic! We did buy a few more boxes than this, but they may or may have not already been consumed, lol!

How To Make Green Frosting Without Food Dyes?

So, I actually had to scour the internet for this one. There were many websites mentioning spinach and algae powders, but I did find a mention of Matcha. I decided making a natural green buttercream frosting with matcha powder seemed to be the least offensive. I couldn’t stomach the thought of spinach or algae in my sweet creamy buttercream, maybe I am being harsh. However, Matcha seemed to also go with the theme of using tea in my cupcake, so why not use Matcha in the buttercream, right?

I decided to start small, and only use about 1 tsp of match powder to start with. In the photos that light pastel green is what we got with this amount of matcha powder. I decided to mix the matcha powder first with 1 TBSP of water before adding it to my butter cream. Because, when I dumped the matcha powder in dry it became more speckly. I wanted a cohesive look that appeared smooth and even. If you are looking for a dark green, you may need much more, or could try one of the other options I mentioned earlier. But, I was going for a light mint green, and was pleasantly pleased that the color came out adorable, and there was no flavor at all of the Matcha.

Ingredients to make this recipe, matcha powder, andes mint candies, bowl of sourdough mixture, cocoa powder, baking soda, egg, and salt. all ingredients to make these freshly milled flour andes mint chocolate sourdough cupcakes
Ingredients for the Andes Mint Chocolate Sourdough Cupcakes!

Ingredients For These Andes Mint Chocolate Sourdough Cupcakes Recipe:

Night Before (also pull out 2 cups (4 Sticks) of butter to soften)

  • 2 cups Fresh Milled Flour (280g) (Mill 1&1/3 cups soft white wheat for this)
  • 1/2 cup Light Olive Oil (You could use coconut oil or avocado oil as well )
  • 1/2 cup Sourdough Discard (120g) (at any stage, starter or discard)
  • 1 cup Warm Black Tea

The Next Day

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups Brown Sugar (240g)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp Vanilla (I love to make mine from scratch HERE)
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 tsp Mint Extract
  • 2 tsp baking soda This should be sprinkled in last

Buttercream Frosting

  • 2 cups softened butter (4 sticks, 453g)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp Mint Extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt (if using unsalted butter)
  • 3-4 cups of Powdered sugar (decide on your desired sweetness level)
  • 1-2 tsp Matcha Powder mixed with 1 TBSP water, to color green
plain chocolate mint cupcakes made with fresh milled flour

Beautifully Moist Mint Chocolate Cupcakes cooling down, and waiting for the smooth green buttercream frosting.

Instructions To Make These Andes Mint Chocolate Sourdough Cupcakes With Fresh Milled Flour:

Night Before:

  1. Pull out 4 sticks of butter (2 cups) to soften overnight on your countertop.
  2. Mix the fresh milled flour, sourdough discard, olive oil, and tea in a bowl. Mix until no dry flour is left. (Make sure your tea is room temp, and not too hot.)
  3. Then, cover and allow to sit room temperature overnight up to 24 hours.

Next Day

  1. Preheat Oven to 350*F
  2. In a mixing bowl, mix brown sugar, salt, vanilla, mint extract, eggs, cocoa powder, and whole milk.
  3. Add sourdough mixture into the sugar mixture, and mix until all incorporated.
  4. Sprinkle in the baking soda and mix well.
  5. Line your cupcake tin, and add about 1/4 cup of batter to each well.
  6. Bake cupcakes for 15-20 minutes, until toothpick comes out without batter on it. Allow to cool for 10 minutes, then remove from the pan to a cooling rack.
  7. Allow to cool completely before frosting them.

Make The Green Buttercream Frosting

  1. In a separate small bowl, mix 1-2 tsp of Matcha powder & 1 TBSP room temperature water or milk. Set aside.
  2. Then, in a mixer, add softened butter, and begin to whisk.
  3. Then add vanilla, mint extract, and salt(if using unsalted butter.)
  4. Slowly whisk while adding the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time.
  5. Once the powdered sugar is incorporated, then turn the speed up to medium. Then, check the frosting for your desired sweetness. It should become nice and fluffy.
  6. Then, pour the Matcha mixture into the frosting to color into a nice mint green color.
  7. Place in a piping bag (or plastic bag), then pipe on completely cooled cupcakes.
  8. Finally, Garnish with a Andes Mint on top.
  9. ENJOY!
piping green buttercream frosting made with Matcha Powder

This mint green buttercream frosting is made with just 1 tsp of Matcha powder, but if you prefer a darker green, you could use more.

Can I Freeze Cupcakes?

Yes! These cupcakes freeze really well, if you have any leftover, that is! Just put them on a baking sheet, and then, place them in the freezer for about 2 hours. Once frosting is hard & frozen, you can take them off the baking sheet and place in a freezer safe container. Then, to thaw, just set on the counter at room temperature for about 1-2 hours, they taste just as fresh as they did the day you made them! They will last in the freezer for about 3-4 months.

the best chocolate sourdough cupcakes andes mint flavor made with fresh milled soft white wheat and spelt

Andes Mint Chocolate Sourdough Cupcakes Made with Fresh Milled Soft White Wheat Flour, also perfect for Saint Patrick’s Day too!

Interested In Learning More About Milling Your Own Flour?

Checkout my Fresh Milled Flour 101 Post HERE

And, my Fresh Milled Flour 101 YouTube Video HERE

How To Feed Your Sourdough With Fresh Milled Flour?

If you already have an established sourdough starter and love it, never fear, it can easily be switched to fresh milled flour without starting over. I have a whole post dedicated to it HERE.

Fresh milled flour sourdough starter
Fresh Milled Flour Sourdough Starter.

Make Your Own Sourdough Starter From Scratch With Fresh Milled Flour

If you don’t already have a sourdough starter, but are wanting to make one with 100% fresh milled flour from scratch, I am here for you! I have a video resource that goes over how you can make your very own sourdough starter using only freshly milled flour. I also go over troubleshooting issues to help make this process a little easier for you, and I make a brand new sourdough starter right along side you! You can watch that video HERE.

I also have a written blog post that covers this information, if you would like to print it out and have it handy for when you are just getting started. You can do this, it is not as difficult as some on the internet have made it seem! You can checkout my blog post about it HERE.

Checkout Some Of My Other Recipes

Sourdough Bread With 100% Fresh Milled flour

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Sourdough

Sourdough Pumpkin Roll

Fresh Milled Flour Recipe List

Sourdough Recipe List

Shop This Andes Mint Chocolate Sourdough Cupcakes Post

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Andes mint chocolate cupcake made with fresh milled flour with green buttercream

Andes Mint Chocolate Sourdough Cupcake

These are truly the BEST Chocolate Sourdough Cupcakes, Andes Mint Flavor, and they are Amazing! I adapted my original plain chocolate sourdough cupcake recipe to make this moist and delicious version!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Overnight Ferment 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 38 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 36 cupcakes

Equipment

  • 1 cupcake or muffin pan

Ingredients
  

The Night Before (also pull out 2 cups (4 Sticks) of butter to soften)

  • 2 cups Fresh Milled Flour (280g) (Mill 1&1/3 cups soft white wheat for this)
  • 1/2 cup Light Olive Oil (You could use coconut oil or avocado as well)
  • 1/2 cup Sourdough Discard (120g) (at any stage, starter or discard)
  • 1 cup Warm Black Tea  (not too hot, let cool to room temperature)

The Next Morning

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups Brown Sugar (240g)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp Vanilla I love to make mine from scratch
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 tsp Mint Extract
  • 2 tsp baking soda This should be sprinkled in last

Frosting

  • 2 cups softened butter (4 sticks, 453g)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 tsp Mint Extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt if using unsalted butter
  • 3-4 cups Powdered Sugar to your desired sweetness
  • 1-2 tsp Matcha Powder mixed with 1 TBSP water For the Green Color

Instructions
 

The Night Before

  • Pull out 4 sticks of butter (2 cups) to soften overnight on your countertop.
  • Mix the fresh milled flour, sourdough discard, olive oil, and tea in a bowl. Mix until no dry flour is left. (Make sure your tea is room temp, and not too hot.)
  • Cover and allow to sit room temperature overnight up to 24 hours.

Next Day

  • Preheat Oven to 350*F
  • In a mixing bowl, mix brown sugar, salt, vanilla, mint extract, eggs, cocoa powder, and whole milk.
  • Add sourdough mixture into the sugar mixture, and mix until all incorporated.
  • Sprinkle in the baking soda and mix well.
  • Line your cupcake tin, and add about 1/4 cup of batter to each well.
  • Bake cupcakes for 15-20 minutes, until toothpick comes out without batter on it.
  • Allow to cool for 10 minutes, then remove from the pan to a cooling rack.
  • Allow to cool completely before frosting them.

Make The Green Buttercream Frosting

  • In a separate small bowl, mix 1-2 tsp of Matcha powder & 1 TBSP room temperature water or milk. Set aside.
  • In a mixer, add softened butter, and begin to whisk.
  • Add vanilla, mint extract, and salt(if using unsalted butter.)
  • Slowly whisk while adding the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time.
  • Once the powdered sugar is incorporated, then turn the speed up to medium.
  • Check the frosting for your desired sweetness. It should become nice and fluffy.
  • Then, pour the Matcha mixture into the frosting to color into a nice mint green color.
  • Place in a piping bag (or plastic bag) and pipe on completely cooled cupcakes.
  • Finally, Garnish with a Andes Mint on top.
  • ENJOY!

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Notes

These cupcakes freeze really well, if you have any leftover, that is! Just put them on a baking sheet, and place them in the freezer for about 2 hours. Once frosting is hard & frozen, you can take them off the baking sheet and place in a freezer safe container. To thaw, just set on the counter at room temperature for about 1-2 hours, they taste just as fresh as they did the day you made them! They will last in the freezer for about 3-4 months.
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