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IMG_0525Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, I can come out of hiding and play my Christmas music all I want without getting evil looks. I’m seriously the lady who will listen to Christmas music all through the year. No one is playing the Pandora Christmas station in July….except THIS GIRL.

If loving the holidays is wrong, I don’t want to be right.

I made these cupcakes for Thanksgiving along with my Mom’s pumpkin pie to celebrate the seasons changing. Pepperminty things don’t necessarily ‘belong’ at Thanksgiving, but I made a special place for them because chocolate and peppermint are meant to be together. Especially in chilly weather. One month away from Christmas. Holla!

These chocolate cupcakes are  just my Perfect Chocolate Cake recipe cut in half and baked as cupcakes. Then I topped them with my favorite cream cheese frosting that I spiked with a little peppermint extract. Super simple to do and perfect for the holidays.

Here’s how you make them:IMG_0458Start by getting out a large bowl. I used my KitchenAid mixer because it makes my life approximately 14 times easier.IMG_0465Measure out one cup of milk into a measuring cup and stir in 1 teaspoon of white vinegar. Stir this up and set aside.IMG_0475I also like to get all my dry ingredients together too. This is a bowl full of flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt.IMG_0477Stir this together with a fork or whisk and set aside.IMG_0483Now we can actually get started on the recipe. Whip granulated sugar and canola oil together in the bottom of a mixer or in a large bowlIMG_0485Add in two teaspoons of vanilla and stir a little more.IMG_0490Alternate adding in the vinegar milk with the dry ingredients until everything is incorporated into the batter.IMG_0498Pour into some cute little cupcake liners and bake. IMG_0503Rinse out your bowl {or lick it out because we didn’t use any eggs!!} and get started on the frosting. This is just softened butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, peppermint extract, a little vanilla and a splash of heavy cream. Whip it 3-4 minutes, scraping the sides occasionally until it’s light, fluffy and smooth. Once your cupcakes are cooled, pipe this onto your cupcakes. IMG_0512Top with a little crushed candy cane and serve! IMG_0542This is my favorite way to make chocolate cake. It always comes out perfectly moist and tender, plus the frosting is a nice balance of tang and mint. It’s strangely delicious and I think you all are going to love these!

AND, don’t forget!!!—>Be sure to check out my co-hosts recipes as well!

Peanut Butter Fudge Brownies from The Novice Chef

Snickers Cheesecake Fudge Brownies from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

Peanut Butter Banana Apple Smoothie from Kevin and Amanda

Salty Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies from Cookies and Cups.

Now, here’s my recipe for these amazing cupcakes:

Perfect Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Cream Cheese Frosting

Chocolate and peppermint are meant to be together in these perfect chocolate cupcakes topped with the festive flavor of peppermint cream cheese frosting.

servings 12 cupcakes
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins

Ingredients

for the cupcakes-

for the frosting-

  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • heavy cream
  • crushed candy cane pieces for garnish, optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 12 muffin pans with paper liners and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whip oil and sugar together. Stir in vanilla. In a measuring cup, stir almond milk and vinegar together. Set aside to curdle. In a different bowl, stir all dry ingredients together until evenly mixed. Alternate mixing in wet and dry ingredients to the batter starting and ending with dry.
  • Pour evenly into prepared pans and bake 15 minutes or until toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs after being inserted. Cool completely before frosting.
  • For the frosting, whip all ingredients together in a large bowl 3-5 minutes or until smooth and fluffy. Frost cupcakes and top with crushed candy canes, if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 324kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 225mg | Potassium: 90mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 490IU | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate cheesecake, cream cheese frosting
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114 Responses
  1. Josie - Self Serve Frozen Yogurt

    It looks so creamy and yummy. My mouth is watering now. Love to eat. Thanks a lot for sharing such delish. Keep sharing.

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  3. Katie

    These cupcakes look perfect for Christmas! I love gingerbread cookies and pumpkin cookies, so pumpkin gingerbread cookies are my favorite!

  4. Joan

    My all time favorite Christmas cookie is a butter cookie cutout with icing and lots of sprinkles..great for breakfast with a cup of coffee too! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  6. Shirley

    My all-time favorite Chirstmas cookie has to be Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies with the shiny icing. *sigh*
    My, oh my! I’ve been drooling over this KitchenAid range ever since the first time I saw it!! Life always seems to happen whenever I have almost enough to buy it. I would just LOVE to win it!!!

  7. Paulette Aldrich

    I always make baklava for our family and friends. I started making it in 1977 from a recipe I found in Better Homes & Gardens magazine. *I really, really need a new range! Happy Holidays!

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  10. April Millar

    Can’t go wrong with chocolate chip. But around Christmas I really love soft sugar cookies.
    p.s. this giveaway is amazing!! I am dying for a double oven, this is EXACTLY what I want.
    Love you Miss Lauren!

  11. Jerry Lafferty

    My favorite is Peanut butter blossom, at least that’s what my calls them when she makes them. They are peanut butter cookies with the hershey kisses in the middle.

  12. Honey What's Cooking

    this looks so amazing, i’ve never had peppermint frosting, but it sounds incredible. love the chocolate cupcake, only 1/3 cup of oil is always a winner in my book!

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