Combine the chopped fresh mint leaves and the granulated sugar. Massage the mint into the sugar for a few minutes and allow the sugar and mint to sit together in an airtight container for an hour or up to a few days. Use a mesh strainer to sift the sugar and remove the larger mint leaves.
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Spray three 6-inch round cake pans with non-stick spray and then line with parchment. Spray again. Set aside.
In a medium sized mixing bowl, whisk together the cake flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and the mint infused sugar for 3 to 5 minutes on medium-high speed. The mixture should be light and fluffy.
Scrape down the sides of the bowl and begin to add the egg whites on medium speed, scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl between addition.
Add the vanilla extract and beat until incorporated.
With the mixer on low speed, add 1/3 of the flour mixture, followed by 1/2 cup of the buttermilk. Repeat the additions, 1/3 cup flour mixture, 1/2 cup buttermilk and the final 1/3 cup flour mixture. Only mix until the flour mixture is incorporated, about 30 seconds. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl and mix again for another 20 to 30 seconds on low. Fold in the sour cream, followed by the mini chocolate chips.
Divide the batter evenly between the three 6-inch pans (16 ounces in each) and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out with a few moist crumbs on it. Let cool in the pans for about 15 minutes and then invert onto a wire rack to cool completely. (Tip: spray your wire cooling racks with nonstick spray).