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Chocolate Christmas Cupcakes with Peppermint Frosting

My favourite treat for the holidays is chocolate with peppermint, so this Chocolate Christmas Cupcakes with peppermint frosting hits the spot! It’s also easy to make and adds a festive dessert on the table for Christmas dinner. Your family will want seconds!

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Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes

It wouldn’t be Christmas without having at least one candy cane during the holiday season. One of the main flavours during the holiday season is peppermint. It started with candy canes and other candies then people began adding it to desserts, drinks and anything chocolate. The main colours of candy canes are red and white, however, they do come in different colours and flavours. If you want a delicious Christmas dessert, then you will want to make this recipe for Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes.

Peppermint Candy Sticks

Did you know candy canes weren’t always shaped like a cane? They used to be just a plain white stick with the flavour of peppermint. I remember watching Little House on the Prairie and during a Christmas episode, inside the stockings was a white peppermint stick. The candy cane is symbolic of the Shepherds crook making it a Christmas favourite.

In the mid-1600s candy canes were created which wasn’t an easy task. It took hours of heating and twisting and pulling the ingredients to get a peppermint stick. It was not an easy candy to find because of the long process of creating them. In the 1950s the candy cane machine was invented and manufacturers were able to mass-produce.

Christmas Cupcakes

Chocolate and peppermint go so well together it makes for a yummy flavoured hot chocolate cupcake for Christmas time. Not only are they sprinkled with crushed candy canes but you can stick the candy cane in the cupcake to make it look so pretty and of course an added bonus. It’s like two treats in one.

If you are a fan of peppermint and hot chocolate then these Christmas cupcakes are just what you need. You will also want to whip up a batch of my Peppermint Meringue cookies. If you are looking for a last minute gift idea, try one of these 10 Peppermint DIY Body recipes.

Chocolate Christmas Cupcakes with Peppermint Frosting Recipe

Cupcake Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 6 TBSP butter, room temp
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Cupcake Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cupcake tin with cupcake paper liners.
  2. Whisk flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  3. Whisk hot water and cocoa powder in a small bowl.  Set aside.
  4. Using a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  5. Mix the egg, vegetable oil, and vanilla until well combined.
  6. Add in the flour mixture, alternate with hot cocoa mix until there are no lumps.
  7. Using a large ice cream scoop the batter into the lined cupcake tins until they are 3/4’s filled.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Remove from oven allowing cupcakes to cool in cupcake pan for 10 minutes.
  10. Take out of cupcake pan and place individual cupcakes on a wire rack to cool completely.
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Peppermint Frosting

Frosting Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 – 2 TBSP heavy cream
  • 2 tsp peppermint extract
  • crushed candy canes
  • candy canes to stick on top

Frosting Directions

  1. Beat butter and sugar till combined. 
  2. Mix in heavy cream and extract and mix until blended. 
  3. Spoon into a pastry bag with a large tip.
  4. Frost cupcakes from the outside working the tip toward the centre of the cupcake.
  5. Sprinkle crushed candy canes and top of the chocolate cupcakes with candy canes.

I hope you enjoyed my Christmas Chocolate Cupcakes with peppermint frosting as much as my family and I did. If you make this recipe, make sure to share with us on Facebook or Twitter! Also, check out all of our other Recipes.

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Chocolate Christmas Cupcakes with Peppermint Frosting

Lyne Proulx
My favourite treat for the holidays is chocolate with peppermint, so these Chocolate Christmas Cupcakes with Peppermint Frosting hit the spot!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, Canadian
Servings 12 cupcakes
Calories 411 kcal

Equipment

  • cupcake tin with cupcake paper liners
  • medium bowls
  • Stand mixer
  • pastry bag with a large tip

Ingredients
  

Cupcakes Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 6 TBSP butter room temp
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

PEPPERMINT FROSTING

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp heavy cream 1 or 2
  • 2 tsp peppermint extract
  • 4 candy canes crushed
  • 24 candy canes to stick on top small

Instructions
 

CUPCAKE DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cupcake tin with cupcake paper liners.
  • Whisk flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  • Whisk hot water and cocoa powder in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Using a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Mix the egg, vegetable oil, and vanilla until well combined.
  • Add in the flour mixture, alternate with hot cocoa mix until there are no lumps.
  • Using a large ice cream scoop the batter into the lined cupcake tins until they are 3/4’s filled.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven allowing cupcakes to cool in cupcake pan for 10 minutes.
  • Take out of cupcake pan and place individual cupcakes on a wire rack to cool completely.

FROSTING DIRECTIONS

  • Beat butter and sugar till combined
  • Mix in heavy cream and extract and mix until blended.
  • Spoon into a pastry bag with a large tip.
  • Frost cupcakes from the outside working the tip toward the center of the cupcake.
  • Sprinkle crushed candy canes and top with candy canes

Notes

Nutritional values: Candy canes were not added in the nutrition facts.

Nutrition

Calories: 411kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 3gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 15gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 71mgSodium: 340mgPotassium: 81mgFiber: 2gSugar: 32gVitamin A: 686IUVitamin C: 0.01mgCalcium: 18mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Chocolate Christmas cupcakes, chocolate cupcakes, christmas cupcakes, cupcakes, peppermint, peppermint frosting
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Lyne Proulx
Lyne Proulxhttps://ottawamommyclub.ca/
Lyne Proulx is a Certified WEBB Bodywork Pet Practitioner, Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. She loves all things Disney and is an avid teaholic and chocoholic. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. oh my gosh how adorable are these!!!! They are absolutely perfect for the holidays and the canes canes are such a nice touch

  2. They looks so yummy but so pretty that it’s a shame to bite into them, not that I wouldn’t bite them I definitely would.

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