13 Dec 2013

BAKE: Peppermint Chocolate Cupcakes

Ack!  The only Christmas baking I have done are these chocolate peppermint cupcakes that I made for our Finnish mom and tots group's Christmas party this past week.  Peppermint chocolate/candy cane isn't really a traditional Finnish Christmas food, but since I've spent most of my life here in Canada some of my tastes have Americanized.  I do love peppermint at Christmas time or anytime really. :)

I've made these cupcakes before for my sister's wedding, but have tweaked my recipe since then.  I think I now have got the perfect chocolate cake recipe. :)  The cake was so moist and had the perfect texture too.  They baked up beautifully without deflating and no cracks.  These cupcakes are pretty minty.  There's peppermint in both the cake and frosting and since it's the Christmas season they were given a sprinkle of crushed candy canes (can't get enough of that peppermint!).  You can easily adjust the amount of peppermint you put in these cupcakes or you could leave it out of the cake altogether if you'd like a milder minty flavour.  

Peppermint Chocolate Cupcakes

Makes about 24 regular sized cupcakes


1 3/4 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup unsalted butter melted
1 cup whole milk
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
3/4 to 1 tsp pure peppermint extract
1 cup boiling water

1/2 cup butter room temperature
1/2 cup cream cheese room temperature
4 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp peppermint extract
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1-3 tbsp heavy cream



Preheat oven to 350 F and line muffin tins with paper liners.  Whisk together all dry ingredients (including cocoa and sugar in a bowl).  Beat eggs in a mixer for about 1 minute add in melted butter followed by the milk, vanilla and peppermint extracts.  Gradually mix in your flour mixture into the egg mixture.  Once combined slowly add in the boiling water and stir to combine.  The batter will be quite thin.  Fill your cupcake liners about 2/3 full with the batter and bake 20 -22 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in the centre comes out clean.


Blend butter in a mixer until smooth.  Add cream cheese and continue to blend until the mixture is light and fluffy.  Slowly add in the icing sugar in small increments and blend until it is all incorporated.  Add in your vanilla and peppermint extracts.  If needed thin your frosting to your desired consistency by adding the cream a 1/2 tbsp at a time.

Once your cupcakes are cooled frost with the peppermint frosting and sprinkle with crushed candy canes if desired.  Enjoy!
 *recipe adapted from glorious treats

These cupcakes are easily a favourite of our family and friends.  My mom even suggested I make these for Christmas after she tried them and she doesn't even like chocolate cake!  I think that means these cupcakes must be pretty good to be able to convert a non-chocolate cake eater. ;)

I still have a lot of Christmas baking to get to including making some sugar cookies/gingerbread with my boys.  We'll see how that goes with both of them baking with me this year!  Oh, but it's one of my favourite parts of Christmas. :)

Have a great weekend and happy Christmas baking (if you're like me and still need to do it)! :)


  1. Serious YUM! I love the touch of green in the crushed peppermint candy on top of the cupcakes! Merry Christmas!

  2. These look wonderful! Peppermint is one of the best things about Christmas :)

  3. I LOVE anything peppermint and chocolate together. These look delicious!

  4. Ahh! These are so cute! I love the mix of red and green candy cane lightly sprinkled on top. And I LOVE mint and chocolate :).

  5. These look delicious and I am interested in the recipe, but is the chocolate missing?

    1. Oh dear! Not sure where my head was at when I typed out the recipe. I've updated it now. Thanks so much for letting me know.

    2. You`re welcome and thanks for the recipe.

  6. They look just delicious! The frosting looks so amazing and I love the tri-colored sprinklings on the top!

  7. Yummy! I can just taste them in my mouth

  8. These look delicious! I love the combination of chocolate and peppermint!

  9. Is the cup of whole milk not supposed to be there? I added it in with the hot water and my cupcakes turned out smushy and melted. :(

  10. Either way, i'm thinking i filled the cups too much, haha.

    1. Hi Meghan. I added the milk in with the rest of the wet ingredients and then the flour mixture. It maybe would have worked the way you did it as long as you stirred in the boiling water on its own at the end. The batter is super thin, but I haven't had any trouble with them baking up and I've made them a ton of times. Not sure what happened? Maybe yours needed a little extra time in the oven? (I usually double check that they're fully baked by using a toothpick/cake tester) They do take awhile before they fluff up in the oven. Thanks so much for your comment and let me now how they turn out next time! :)

  11. Zum Anbeißen, die sehen einfach super lecker aus.


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