Friday, November 22, 2013

Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes

It's beginning to taste a lot like Christmas...
the combination of chocolate and peppermint always makes me think of the holidays.

This recipe for Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes will put you in a festive mood!
It combines chocolate peppermint cake, peppermint buttercream frosting,
chocolate ganache and crushed peppermint candies.

They would be great for neighbor gifts and Christmas parties!

Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes
by Bird On A Cake
Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk (OR 1 tablespoon vinegar mixed with 1 cup milk)
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 2 teaspoons peppermint extract
Peppermint Buttercream Frosting
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 6 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • approx. 1/4 cup milk
Chocolate Ganache
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line two cupcake pans with paper liners. Bring some water to a boil and keep it simmering while you mix the other ingredients.

In a large mixing bowl whisk together the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add the eggs, buttermilk, oil and peppermint. Beat with electric mixer until well combined.
Add 1 cup of the boiling water and carefully stir until it is mixed in. Beat for 1 1/2 minutes with mixer. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full with batter. Bake for 18-20 minutes (until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean).

Peppermint Buttercream Frosting
In a large mixing bowl, cream butter with electric mixer for 1 minute. Alternate adding confectioners' sugar and milk; mixing on low speed. Mix in peppermint extract. Keep covered.

Chocolate Ganache
Heat cream in microwave for one minute. Add chocolate chips to the cream. Let stand for 1 or 2 minutes, then slowly stir the mixture. Continue to stir until all the chips have completely melted. Stir in the vanilla.

Drizzle ganache over frosted cupcakes and sprinkle with crushed peppermints.
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Another delicious chocolate & mint recipe...
Andes Mint Chocolate Cake


  1. Wow, these look amazing! I must make them soon!!

  2. These look delicious! =)
    Pinning to my Cupcake board!

  3. I love your desserts, Robin. you should really make more of them.


  4. Hi, can you tell me how many cupcakes this makes? by the way, they look delicious! Definitely trying these out!

  5. YUM! This looks heavenly. Can't wait to try it!

  6. yes, how many does this recipe make? :)

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  8. what is the ratio of ingredients to make 50 cupcakes using the same chocolate cupcake recipe

  9. What food coloring do you use and where do you get it? I've never been able to make anything that properly red!
    9Apps VidMate Mobdro


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