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December 9, 2014

Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes

Very pepperminty, moist cupcakes with a simple but rich buttercream frosting and sprinkled with Candy Cane and Mint Crunch

I am still on a Peppermint kick and think Dimitri is especially happy about it, as he is a huge fan of anything Peppermint and these Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes are no exception.

The cupcakes are not only rich in color, but in taste as well with the added Mint Crunch. I am not sure whether Mint Crunch is available everywhere as I found mine at our local baking supply store. No brand name which makes me think the store buys in bulk and then re-package.

I think just about any other hard Peppermint candy would work in this recipe, provided that it is chopped fairly small as the Mint Crunch which you can see I also sprinkled over half of the Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes.

Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes {with a rich Buttercream Frosting} ~ Very pepperminty, moist cupcakes with a simple but rich buttercream frosting and sprinkled with Candy Cane and Mint Crunch #Cupcakes #Christmas www.withablast.net

I just love Pillsbury products and I am not really a big fan of cake mixes {except when I am in a hurry or have tons of baking to do}. Pillsbury products are on special promotion at most of our super- and hypermarkets at the moment, so I grabbed a couple of cake mixes and even some frosting.

You can see a tiny piece of Mint Crunch sticking out in the cupcake above, on the right. It does not melt, but instead goes chewy and spreads the delicious Peppermint taste through the cake. Absolutely divine !

Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes {with a rich Buttercream Frosting} ~ Very pepperminty, moist cupcakes with a simple but rich buttercream frosting and sprinkled with Candy Cane and Mint Crunch #Cupcakes #Christmas www.withablast.net

My plan was to only add some Peppermint Essence to the cupcake batter, but I have been looking for the Essence for months now and no one seems to ever have stock ! Another one I can not find is Rum Essence .. quite weird as both these flavors are very popular in South-African baking.

Anyhow, back to the cupcakes - these are super moist and the chewy bits of Mint Crunch are just enough to not overpower the chocolate flavor. The two flavors together are great in almost all recipes and I like the quantities as below, but if you would like an even more pepperminty flavor, add the Mint Crunch as well as some Peppermint Essence.

Besides a little Vanilla, I did not flavor the frosting as I think that might be a little too much and then there is also the Candy Cane and/or Mint Crunch sprinkled over the frosting.

Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes

24 Cupcakes

INGREDIENTS:

1 Box Pillsbury Chocolate Cake Mix
1 cup Water
1/3 cup Vegetable Oil  {I use Sunflower Oil}
3 Large Eggs
1/2 cup Mint Crunch

4 cups Icing Sugar
1 cup Butter, softened
2 t Vanilla Essence

1/2 cup Candy Cane {crushed} and/or Mint Crunch

DIRECTIONS:

1.) Pre-heat the oven to 180 deg C (350 deg F) - line 2 x 12 hole cupcake pans with liners.
2.) In a large bowl, beat together the Cake Mix, Water, Oil and Eggs for 2 minutes, scraping the bottom and sides regularly - stir in the Mint Crunch.
3.) Fill the prepared cupcake holes 3/4 full - bake 20 - 22 minutes or until a tester comes out clean - remove from the oven and let cool completely.
4.) Beat together the Icing Sugar and the Butter {add a little more Butter if the mixture is too dry} until well combined - add the Vanilla and mix another minute.
5.) Spoon or pipe the frosting over the cooled cupcakes and sprinkle with Candy Cane and/or Mint Crunch.

Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes {with a rich Buttercream Frosting} ~ Very pepperminty, moist cupcakes with a simple but rich buttercream frosting and sprinkled with Candy Cane and Mint Crunch #Cupcakes #Christmas www.withablast.net

LINDA

Mmm,,, baked with Mint crunch in the batter - aah-mazing Christmas treat !

4 comments:

  1. These cupcakes look absolutely delicious! I can't wait to make them for my family! Thanks for sharing. PINNED!

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  2. These look beautiful and sound delicious! Yum! Thanks for sharing. :)

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