Peppermint Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe

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Audrey Published: December 4, 2020 Modified: October 5, 2021
Peppermint Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe

How To Make Peppermint Chocolate Cupcakes

Make holidays merrier with a batch of these peppermint chocolate cupcakes, topped with ganache, cream cheese frosting, and crushed candies.

Preparation: 35 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes
Total: 55 minutes



  • 1cupall-purpose flour
  • ½cuplight-brown sugar,packed
  • cupgranulated sugar
  • cupcocoa powder
  • 1tspbaking powder
  • ½tspbaking soda
  • ½tspsalt
  • cupvegetable oil
  • cupmilk
  • 1large egg
  • ½tspvanilla extract
  • ½tsppeppermint extract
  • cuphot water
  • ¼cupsour cream
  • ½cuppeppermint candy canes,crushed

For Milk Chocolate Ganache:

  • cupmilk chocolate chips
  • 3tbspheavy cream

For Peppermint Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 6tbspsalted butter,softened
  • 6ozcream cheese,softened
  • ½tspvanilla extract
  • ½tsppeppermint extract
  • 3cupspowdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. In a large mixing bowl whisk together flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

  3. Add in vegetable oil, milk, egg, vanilla extract and peppermint extract and beat with an electric mixer on low speed for 2 minutes. Stir in hot water, stir until well combined. Add in sour cream and mix until well blended.

  4. Fill paper-lined muffin cups ¾ full and bake cupcakes in preheated oven for 17 to 19 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center of cupcake comes out clean.

  5. Remove from oven and allow to cool several minutes in muffin pan before transferring to a wire rack to cool. Cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes.

  6. Once cupcakes are cool, spread about 1 teaspoon of cooled milk chocolate ganache over each cupcake.

  7. Place cupcakes in a 13×9-inch baking dish, cover with plastic wrap, and chill for about 10 minutes while making the peppermint cream cheese frosting.

  8. Pipe each chocolate ganache covered cupcake with peppermint cream cheese frosting and sprinkle cupcakes with crushed candy canes.

Milk Chocolate Ganache:

  1. Combine milk chocolate chips and cream in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave mixture on 50% power in 30-second intervals, stirring after each interval until melted and smooth.

  2. Cool mixture in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes until it has a spreadable consistency.

Peppermint Cream Cheese Frosting:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, whip together butter and cream cheese for about 1 minute until fluffy.

  2. Stir in vanilla and peppermint extract. Slowly add in powdered sugar and mix until well combined and fluffy.


  • Calories: 458.26kcal
  • Fat: 23.83g
  • Saturated Fat: 10.85g
  • Trans Fat: 0.29g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 8.88g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.79g
  • Carbohydrates: 60.93g
  • Fiber: 1.76g
  • Sugar: 49.74g
  • Protein: 3.97g
  • Cholesterol: 55.60mg
  • Sodium: 284.57mg
  • Calcium: 81.44mg
  • Potassium: 128.95mg
  • Iron: 1.37mg
  • Vitamin A: 134.17µg
  • Vitamin C: 0.12mg
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