Chocolate Cupcakes Made With Greens

This chocolate cupcake recipe contains almost a pound of cooked greens! I tested the recipe printed on the can of Glory’s mixed greens, here. I guess if you bake with enough chocolate, you can make almost anything taste good!

A chocolate cupcake made with greens topped with chocolate frosting.
4 from 4 votes

Not Just Chocolate Cupcakes

These cupcakes contain over a pound of cooked greens but taste of chocolatey goodness.
Prep Time20 minutes
Active Time18 minutes
Total Time38 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate, cooked greens, cupcakes, dessert
Yield: 24
Calories: 305kcal
Cost: $10


  • blender
  • hand mixer



  • 14 oz. Glory mixed greens
  • 1 C. applesauce
  • 1/2 C. water
  • 1 box chocolate cake mix 14.25 oz.


  • 8 oz. cream cheese at room temperature
  • 5 tbsp. butter at room temperature
  • 4 C. powdered sugar
  • 1/2 C. Dutch-processed cocoa powder



  • Preheat oven to 350˚F(177C)
  • Drain the greens into a colander. Rinse with fresh water and allow to drain.
  • Into a blender add the greens, applesauce, and water. Puree until smooth.
  • Pour the puree into a large bowl. Add the cake mix and eggs. Mix to combine.
  • Line a muffin tin with paper liners. Fill the each cup 2/3 full. Use an ice cream scoop for even scooping.
  • Bake for 16-18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before frosting.


  • Add the room-temperature cream cheese and butter to a large bowl.
  • Use a hand mixer to beat the mixture smooth.
  • On low speed, slowly add the cocoa powder.
  • On low speed, slowly add the powdered sugar. As the frosting thickens switch to a spatula to incorporate the last of the powdered sugar.
  • Transfer the frosting to a piping bag fitted with a 1M tip. Generously pipe each cupcake with a rosette. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.


Whoops! I accidentally made this recipe with twice the amount of greens, no wonder they seemed very moist. 


Calories: 305kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 210mg | Potassium: 205mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 47g | Vitamin A: 2123IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 2mg

4 thoughts on “Chocolate Cupcakes Made With Greens”

  1. William J Martin

    4 stars
    Emmy is right, they are very wet.
    You tend to want to add water when mixing, but now it’s too wet and never seems to set even though the tooth pick comes out clean. I used coconut flour and cocoa instead of a box cake mix. The greens texture in combination with the coconut flour gives the sensation I put real shredded coconut in it. I don’t taste the greens, just a little of the smoke flavor. Thanks Emmy

  2. Hi Emmy! I came here to tell you that in your recipe is missing the eggs that your video showed. I love watching your videos!

  3. Catherine Rose

    Hi Emmy,

    Okay I was concerned about the amount of greens, thanks for the clarification. I will be making tonight.

    Wish me luck,

    Catherine Rose

  4. 3 stars
    Husband liked them but he loves mushy desserts. Son refused tasting as they “smelled funny” and I couldn’t take the texture. But it did inspire me to try other veggies…

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