Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes!

26 Sep

I love chocolate peppermint cupcakes! Something about them is so cheery and festive. For me they are a Christmas time treat but I know lots of people who love them all year round.

Start with your favorite from scratch chocolate cake or box mix. If you do want to use a box mix be sure to read my blog Lazy Cakes about making a box cake taste richer. I’ll include my basic chocolate cake recipe if you don’t have your own favorite.

Cake

2 cups white sugar
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water

Instructions:

Start by preheating your oven to 350°. Mix dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately before adding the dry into the wet 1/3 at a time. Reserve the boiling water for the end and stir it in by hand. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.18- 23 mins for cupcakes.

Frosting

1 lb butter

1 kg icing sugar

2 tsp Peppermint extract

For those of you who don’t have kilograms where you live I have found a one to one ratio of butter and sugar works the best. Simply mix one standard size package of butter to one standard size package of icing sugar. If it becomes a little thick add a splash of cream until you achieve your desired consistency.

I like to decorate my cupcakes with different mints or crushed candy canes. Be sure to hit the local dollar store when hunting for mints. They seem to have a wider variety of mints for some reason and of course the price is right! If you wanted to go in a different direction you could tint the icing green and top it with an after eight mint.

Happy cupcake making everyone!

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