White Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes Recipe

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Claudia Published: March 17, 2021 Modified: May 31, 2021

How To Make White Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes

Beautiful looking swirly peppermint cupcakes topped with white chocolate frosting. Made even more festive by crushed candy canes and sprinkles.

Preparation: 35 minutes
Cooking: 22 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours 38 minutes
Total: 3 hours 35 minutes

Serves:

Ingredients

  • cupscake flour,spoon & leveled
  • ¾tspbaking powder
  • ¼tspbaking soda
  • ¼tspsalt
  • ½cupunsalted butter,softened to room temperature
  • 1cupgranulated sugar
  • 3large egg whites,at room temperature
  • 2tsppurer vanilla extract
  • 1tsppeppermint extract
  • ½cupfull fat sour cream,at room temperature
  • ½cupwhole milk,at room temperature

For the White Chocolate Frosting:

  • 6ozwhite chocolate,coarsely chopped
  • 1cupunsalted butter,softened to room temperature
  • 2cupsconfectioner’s sugar
  • ¼cupheavy cream
  • 1tsppure vanilla extract
  • ½tsppeppermint extract,reduce to ¼ teaspoon for less intense flavor
  • tspsalt

Optional Toppings

  • food coloring,green or red
  • candy canes,crushed
  • coarse sugar sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with cupcake liners. Line a second pan with 2 liners. Set aside.

  2. Whisk the cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together. Set aside.

  3. Using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter at high speed until smooth and creamy for about 1 minute.

  4. Add the sugar and beat on high speed for 2 minutes until creamed together. Scrape down the sides and up the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. 

  5. Add the egg whites, vanilla extract, and peppermint extract. Beat on medium-high speed until combined, then beat in the sour cream. Scrape down the sides and up the bottom of the bowl as needed. 

  6. With the mixer on low speed, add the dry ingredients until just incorporated. With the mixer still running on low, slowly pour in the milk until combined. Do not overmix.

  7. Pour/spoon the batter into the liners. Bake for 19 to 22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

  8. For around 30 mini cupcakes, bake for about 11 to 13 minutes, same oven temperature. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely before frosting.

White Chocolate Frosting:

  1. Melt the white chocolate in a double boiler or use the microwave. If using the microwave, melt in 20-second increments stopping and stirring until completely smooth. Allow to cool for 10 minutes.

  2. In a large bowl using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle or whisk attachment, beat the butter on high speed until completely smooth and creamy for about 2 to 3 minutes.

  3. Switch to medium-high speed and beat in the confectioners’ sugar, heavy cream, vanilla extract, and peppermint extract.

  4. Once combined, switch to low speed and slowly pour the white chocolate in with the mixer running. Taste.

  5. Top with crushed candy canes and coarse sugar sprinkles, if desired.

  6. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 to 4 days.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 471.43kcal
  • Fat: 27.26g
  • Saturated Fat: 16.96g
  • Trans Fat: 0.80g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 7.17g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.07g
  • Carbohydrates: 54.34g
  • Fiber: 0.32g
  • Sugar: 40.59g
  • Protein: 3.63g
  • Cholesterol: 65.81mg
  • Sodium: 139.73mg
  • Calcium: 73.30mg
  • Potassium: 98.70mg
  • Iron: 1.36mg
  • Vitamin A: 203.51µg
  • Vitamin C: 0.18mg
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