Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes

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Perfect chocolate cupcakes topped with the festive flavor of peppermint cream cheese frosting create these Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes!

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!

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

Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes

Perfect chocolate cupcakes topped with the festive flavor of peppermint cream cheese frosting create these Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes!
servings 12 cupcakes
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins


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


  • 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.


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 Peppermint Cupcakes

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  1. Natalie J Vandenberghe

    When I clicked on the first two Instragram entries (yours and KitchenAid), I got some sort of promo app that asked me to allow…after I did that, the entry in the RC was completed–and I hadn’t entered my name (lexiquin). On all the other IG optional entries, I clicked to follow and was able to enter my name before submitting. Does this make sense to you?
    I think I was already following you & KitchenAid–possibly that app included my name in the RC before it was automatically accepted.

  2. Kamla L.

    These cupcakes sounds heavenly and the presentation is wonderfully festive! My favorite holiday cookie is Rum & Raisin Oatmeal cookies.

  3. Tammy Meyers

    Oh My Gosh how perfect are these???? What a YUMMY combination of chocolate and peppermint!!! Making these this weekend!!!!

    LOVE the Range too!!!

  4. Danielle

    This is the worst frosting recipe I have tried. I don’t know how the frosting is supposed to look smooth and fluffy with 1 cup powdered sugar. The frosting came out runny.

  5. Laura

    These cupcakes look so delicious and very festive!! I used to love making Italian frosted cookies with my mother duirng the holidays. I used to divide the frosting into cups and put food coloring in and frost and sprinkle the cookies. Delicious!! Thanks for the awesome Giveaway…i could use it!

  6. katrina mccoy

    Favorite cookie – cranberry pistachio.

    AMAZING giveaway……..thx for the chance….i desperately need a stove/oven….just bought a new house.


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  8. Casey

    Can I use white wine vinegar instead of white vinegar? Or is it completely different and will change the taste of the cupcake? I want to make this next wednesday for friends because this recipe seems the best over all the other recipes I have seen. 🙂

  9. mdfloyd

    My favorite holiday cookies are pecan sandies, which I make and give to all my friends, along with truffles and walnut/oatmeal/chocolate chip cookies.

  10. Cynthia Lorenzo

    Those cupcakes look yummy! Thanks for the giveaway. I love chocolate chip cookies, only homemade ones not store bought, all year round! It’s the only cookie I love eating!

  11. Tamar

    I can never use the PromoSimple form becuase the Like buttons on Facebook do not work so I cannot do any of the Facebook entries. I wish I could figure out why. Please try instead for these, thanks! PromoSimple is not a popular choice but it seems to be big in the baking blogs 🙂 Happy Saturday!

  12. Billy C

    My favorite holiday cookies are Spritz cookies! With a simple butter spritz recipe, these things just melt in your mouth, it’s a hard cookie to live up to lol.

  13. Angie Munguia

    Hands down one of the best chocolate cupcakes I have ever had. Super moist cupcake that is is quick and easy whip up. I like topping with just a vanilla cream cheese frosting and a generous sprinkle of candy cane 🙂

    Thank you so much for posting this amazing recipe, it has been a hit with friends and family.

  14. Vicky Lewis

    Made a dozen of these last week. They came out perfectly. I thought the batter was a little runny but apparently not because they baked up moist and delectable. I made the cream cheese frosting and used peppermint oil/extract instead of vanilla. sprinkled crushed peppermint candies on top. They were a huge hit! Good recipe and visually very appealing. Thanks!