Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes

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Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes

I love the holiday flavors that come out at Christmas time. If you are a fan, then you know the specific one I’m referring to…Peppermint! That’s right, and we have whipped up these chocolate peppermint cupcakes that you are going to love.

Of course there is also eggnog, and chocolate everything. I can have decadent chocolate everything all year long, but the peppermint and eggnog, I seem to save just for December. Kind of like pumpkin, and only having that in November. I don’t know why I seem to follow those rules, but like everyone else, I do. Darn those marketers and grocery stores!

This gourmet cupcake is pretty easy to make. I will let you know this is a pretty liquid batter. So don’t be worried if it looks like you did something wrong. I’m sure everything is going fine.


I used 1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract. That gave these cupcakes a light peppermint flavor. Now if you are an over the top peppermint lover, you could go with 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract. But what I noticed is that as each day went by I could taste the peppermint just a tiny bit more than the day before. So if you are a risk taker and a peppermint lover, go with 1/4 teaspoon. But a safe play is 1/8 teaspoon and decide next time if you want more when you make them again.

For the frosting, it took a few drops to get the red color I was looking for. So go easy with the drops and add two at a time. Stir, see how the color looks then add another two if it’s too light or pink looking. The goal is to get the perfect color without the taste of the coloring. So in this case, less is more!

For the white, I left the buttercream the color that came out of the mixer. Looked perfectly fine for the needs of the decorating. I used a small star tip for the white and for the red I used a large Wilton #12 round tip. I also grabbed some white sprinkles but forgot to put them on. (Yes, it happens to me also) I thought it would be fun to have a bit of sparkles on the top white ball. In case you are feeling ambitious 😉

You will notice this recipe uses powdered buttermilk. I’m a big fan of the powdered buttermilk. I have been using this Saco brand for a few years now and love it. We don’t use buttermilk much and I’m always angry when I have to throw 1/2 of the container away because it expired before I got to use it. You can find it in most grocery stores and Amazon also carries it.

Now if cupcakes aren’t your thing, we did a 12 days of Christmas cookie recipe marathon (at least it felt like a marathon) a couple of years back. We whipped up quite a variety of holiday recipes.

I hope you enjoy the holiday cupcakes as much as I did. Please share if you end up making the recipe. Happy holidays!

 

Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes

Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes

Ingredients

    Cupcake
  • 297 grams AP Flour
  • 425 grams sugar
  • 65 grams cocoa powder
  • 11grams salt
  • 12 grams baking soda
  • 45 grams cultured buttermilk powder
  • 170 grams vegetable oil
  • 525 grams water
  • 80 grams eggs
  • 1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • Buttercream
  • 3 cups confectioners sugar
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons milk, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • red food coloring

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Line your cupcake pan with 24 pan liners.
  3. Sift flour, sugar, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda and buttermilk powder into mixing bowl of stand mixer.
  4. With paddle attachment mix on low speed to combine.
  5. Add oil, water, eggs, and peppermint extract one at a time and continue mixing until blended together.
  6. Pour into cupcake pan and bake for 16 - 20 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched or toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool.
  8. Buttercream Frosting
  9. In the bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attachment, beat together the confectioners sugar, butter, milk and vanilla on low speed until combined.
  10. Stop the mixer and scrape the sides down.
  11. Increase the speed to medium and beat until fluffy, about 3 more minutes. (If frosting is dry, add more milk, 1 teaspoon at a time until creamy)
  12. This will make 2 cups frosting.
  13. Use 1 1/2 cup and add a few drops of red food coloring until you have the color you are looking for.
  14. Use 1/2 cup for the stars around the base and top.
  15. Pipe the red onto the cupcakes and add the white stars at the base and top.
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42 comments… add one

  • robin rue December 11, 2017, 8:30 am

    Those cupcakes are almost too cute to eat!! I love them and I am excited to make some for my kids – they will love them.

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    • serena December 12, 2017, 8:28 pm

      I love how they look. Quite festive for the holidays

      Reply
  • Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh December 11, 2017, 9:31 am

    I love chocolate and peppermint together. It sort of signals Christmas for me. I love the cute Santa hat topping idea you’ve done!

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    • serena December 12, 2017, 8:29 pm

      Thanks so much 🙂

      Reply
  • Beth Davidson December 11, 2017, 9:45 am

    So, I’m actually a giant weirdo who hates peppermint, but these are so adorable I can’t not make them!

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    • serena December 12, 2017, 8:29 pm

      Leave out the peppermint extract and you will have one of the best chocolate cupcakes ever.

      Reply
  • Rebecca Bryant December 11, 2017, 3:44 pm

    Oh, my word. You had me at chocolate. These sound so delicious and perfect for the holidays.

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    • serena December 12, 2017, 8:29 pm

      Thanks so much!

      Reply
  • Ana De- Jesus December 11, 2017, 5:30 pm

    Peppermint definitely reminds me of Christmas so I think it is adorable that you have included it in your cupcakes! I love the red frosting too so festive x

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    • serena December 12, 2017, 8:30 pm

      Thanks so much!

      Reply
  • Karen Morse December 11, 2017, 5:55 pm

    I so love how you decorated these cupcakes! It’s perfect for having on the dessert table this Christmas. I’m really curious about the taste! I’m sure it’s amazing!

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    • serena December 12, 2017, 8:30 pm

      Give it a try, they are super easy to make.

      Reply
  • Teresa December 11, 2017, 6:07 pm

    Your cupcakes are gorgeous – I always envision that I can make gorgeous cupcakes and then my frosting always looks so messy!

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    • serena December 12, 2017, 8:31 pm

      Give it a try. This decoration is super simple. I always practice first on a piece of parchment paper. Then I don’t waste the frosting and can just scoop it back into the piping bag.

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  • StylishGeek December 11, 2017, 6:46 pm

    Oooooh! They look so goood! So delish! Too bad I cannot have them as I just got over being pre-diabetic. But I can make them for others! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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    • serena December 12, 2017, 8:31 pm

      Stay healthy! Share with others 🙂

      Reply
  • Laura @ MommyDearest December 11, 2017, 8:03 pm

    These almost look too good to eat. Peppermint reminds me of the holidays and I will definitely have to add these to my holiday baking.

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    • serena December 12, 2017, 8:31 pm

      Thanks so much!

      Reply
  • Krystal Butherus December 11, 2017, 10:08 pm

    Cupcakes are life! I like making them as much as I like eating them! I’m always in for a creative cupcake, and I’ve found it!

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    • serena December 12, 2017, 8:32 pm

      Thanks and enjoy 🙂

      Reply
  • AnnMarie John December 12, 2017, 1:05 am

    Talk about a cupcake that’s perfect for the occasion. This is definitely a must try, it’s something that’s also worth giving away to family and friends!

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    • serena December 12, 2017, 8:32 pm

      It makes great gifts or just dessert for any holiday occasion.

      Reply
  • Reesa Lewandowski December 12, 2017, 7:46 am

    Wow these look decadent! I love peppermint and chocolate together! I would love to try these with a big glass of milk!

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    • serena December 12, 2017, 8:27 pm

      They are decadent. I haven’t had them with milk yet, but love the idea! Next batch 🙂

      Reply
  • Quirky Homemaker December 12, 2017, 9:35 am

    I love chocolate mint anything. These sound really good, but boy are they cute like little Santa hats!

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    • serena December 12, 2017, 8:33 pm

      Thanks so much! That was the look I was going for. Glad it’s coming through

      Reply
  • Terri Steffes December 12, 2017, 11:05 am

    Your red is so vibrant. Mine always looks more pinkish than red. Delicious.

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    • serena December 12, 2017, 8:33 pm

      A couple of more drops of the color and you will have it.

      Reply
  • Brittany December 12, 2017, 11:59 am

    These look adorable! I love all the cute little holiday themed treats like this! My kids on the other hand are OBSESSED with them!

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    • serena December 12, 2017, 8:34 pm

      LOL! Gotta love kids 🙂

      Reply
  • kim December 12, 2017, 12:50 pm

    How professional those cupcakes look. Those would be the hit of a party for sure. Great job!

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    • serena December 12, 2017, 8:34 pm

      Thanks so much!

      Reply
  • Cindy Ingalls December 12, 2017, 2:45 pm

    Is it wrong that every time I need a new recipe for chocolate and peppermint I do a happy dance? l just love the flavor and all the treats that showcase the rich, deliciousness that is chocolate and peppermint.

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    • serena December 12, 2017, 8:34 pm

      It’s definitely my favorite time of the year! Just can’t get enough of the combo

      Reply
  • Jessica Joachim December 12, 2017, 4:43 pm

    These look delicious! Something about chocolate and peppermint together really just makes my soul happy!

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    • serena December 12, 2017, 8:34 pm

      Me too!

      Reply
  • Jeanine December 13, 2017, 2:12 pm

    These look super cute! So festive and sound like they’d be delicious. I love peppermint so if for sure eat a few of these!

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    • serena December 13, 2017, 8:15 pm

      Thanks so much!

      Reply
  • HilLesha December 13, 2017, 3:42 pm

    I love making cupcakes, especially during the holiday season. I don’t believe I have ever tried chocolate peppermint cupcakes, but they look amazing!

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    • serena December 13, 2017, 8:08 pm

      They are so delicious! Thanks!

      Reply
  • Marielle Altenor December 13, 2017, 8:28 pm

    Cupcakes are like the only baked goods that I’m good at making! I need to try this recipe!

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    • serena December 13, 2017, 9:46 pm

      LOL! Don’t sell yourself short! Give them a try and enjoy 🙂

      Reply

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