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Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes

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

Very pepperminty, moist Chocolate Peppermint 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 my son 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.

Which Peppermint candy to use in a cupcake ?

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.

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

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 first cupcake photo above, on the right.

It does not melt, but instead goes chewy and spreads the delicious Peppermint taste through the cake. Absolutely divine !

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

My plan was to only add some Peppermint Essence to the cupcake batter. However, 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.

Love more Peppermint ??

The two flavors together are great in almost all recipes and I like the quantities as below. However, if you would like an even more pepperminty flavor, add the Mint Crunch as well as some Peppermint Essence.

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

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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.

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Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes

Yield: 24 Cupcakes

Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes

Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes

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

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

CUPCAKES:

  • 1 Box Pillsbury Chocolate Cake Mix
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1/3 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 1/2 cup Mint Crunch

FROSTING:

  • 4 cups Icing Sugar (Powdered Sugar)
  • 1 cup Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 2 t Vanilla Essence
  • 1/2 cup Candy Cane, (crushed) and/or Mint Crunch

Instructions

  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

FROSTING:

  1. 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
  2. Spoon or pipe the frosting over the cooled cupcakes and sprinkle with Candy Cane and/or Mint Crunch

Nutrition Information

Yield

24 Servings

Serving Size

1 Cupcake

Amount Per Serving Calories 218Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 44mgSodium 23mgCarbohydrates 29gFiber 0gSugar 24gProtein 1g

Nutrition value is not always accurate

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

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

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Louise Douglas

Monday 22nd of December 2014

Hi, Linda, those cupcakes are so pretty! This is Louise Douglas with A gainesville mom writes on blogspot.com, and a fairly new co-host on the Wakeup Wednesday Linky. I want to congratulate you for being featured this week on Wednesday Wakeup Linky Party! You're so amazingly talented, and it's great to meet you as well as other amazing women behind a blog! You are so amazing that I 'm following you on +google, bloglovin, and pinterest, and I want to wish you a Merry Christmas too!

Tanya Anurag

Wednesday 17th of December 2014

Hey! You have been featured on Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party. Check it out here- http://tanyaanurag.blogspot.com/2014/12/wake-up-wednesday-linky-party-47.html

Feel free to grab the 'Featured' button and to use it on your blog.

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Leesha Chamberlain

Wednesday 10th of December 2014

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

Michelle Katseanes

Tuesday 9th of December 2014

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

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