Peppermint Chocolate Cupcakes

December 23, 2011

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Peppermint Chocolate Cupcakes – the perfect holiday treat! These are deliciously chocolatey and you’ll love the flavor pairing with peppermint.

I am so excited, I have finally come up my favorite chocolate cupcake recipe!  I’ve tried so many chocolate cupcake recipes before and have never really found one I fully love.  They are too dense, too dry, too oily, or they have too much cocoa.

So, I decided to create my own recipe.  I love this chocolate cupcake.  I also love that these cupcakes are so fluffy and pretty, you take them out of the oven and they don’t sink down and flatten.  They hold their pretty, rounded top shape.

Another great thing about these is the simplicity of this chocolate cupcake.  You don’t have to melt chocolate or boil water.  You simply combine all the dry ingredients then add in the rest.  Bonus, it’s made from basic ingredients you probably always have on hand which is nice.

Of course if you are using this recipe for a basic chocolate cupcake (non-peppermint version) simply omit the peppermint extract and increase the vanilla to 1 tsp then top with your favorite frosting.

I love the combination of flavors in this peppermint chocolate cupcake version.  You get a peppermint chocolate cupcake, topped with milk chocolate ganache, piped with peppermint cream cheese frosting and it’s finished off with a sprinkling of crushed candy canes.  I wanted to eat every last one =).

If you are totally against cream cheese frosting you could also use a buttercream frosting in its place and it would be delicious as well.  When I was creating this recipe I was trying to decide between the two, cream cheese frosting or buttercream frosting.  I decided to go with the cream cheese because I wanted this to be a decadent, show stopping cupcake.

Cream cheese adds more decadence than the basic buttercream frosting would, also it adds another flavor that blends so perfectly with the chocolate and peppermint.  I hope you enjoy these cupcakes as much as I do =).  Have a very Merry Christmas!

Peppermint Chocolate Cupcakes

5 from 2 votes

The perfect holiday treat! These are deliciously chocolatey and you'll love the flavor pairing with peppermint.

Servings: 12
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp peppermint extract
  • 1/3 cup hot water
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 recipe Milk Chocolate Ganache , recipe follows
  • 1 recipe Peppermint Cream Cheese Frosting , recipe follows
  • ½ cup crushed peppermint candy canes
  • For the Milk Chocolate Ganache
  • 1/3 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 3 Tbsp heavy cream

For the Peppermint Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 6 Tbsp salted butter , softened
  • 6 oz . cream cheese , softened
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp peppermint extract
  • 3 cups powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl whisk together flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. 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. Fill paper lined muffin cups ¾ full and bake cupcakes in preheated oven for 17 – 19 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center of cupcake comes out clean. 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.
  2. Once cupcakes are cool, spread about 1 teaspoon cooled milk chocolate ganache over each cupcake. Place cupcakes in a 13x9 inch baking dish, cover with plastic wrap and chill about 10 mintues while you make the peppermint cream cheese frosting.
  3. Pipe each chocolate ganache covered cupcake with peppermint cream cheese frosting and sprinkle cupcakes with crushed candy canes.

For the 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. Cool mixture in refrigerator for about 10 minutes (basically until it’s a spreadable not so drippy consistency).

For the Peppermint Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, whip together butter and cream cheese until fluffy, about 1 minute. Stir in vanilla and peppermint extract. Slowly add in powdered sugar and mix until well combined and fluffy.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Peppermint Chocolate Cupcakes
Author: Jaclyn

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    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Thanks so much Ivana that’s so nice of you to say! I love your blog too! You make such beautiful cupcakes!

  • Jennifer

    I made these a few weeks ago and they were PERFECT! All my friends wanted the recipe and then proceeded to make their own the same week. I did want to know if you (or any readers) have had luck doubling the recipe? I know some recipes are a little finicky when doubled.

    • Jaclyn

      Jennifer – glad to hear you think so =)! I haven’t doubled the recipe before just because I haven’t needed more than a dozen but I think you should be able to double it without any problems.

  • Anonymous

    I found this recipe on Pinterest so I just made it and these are amazing!!!! I am a huge cupcake fan and I am extremely impressed! I’ll be trying lots more of your recipes. Thanks for posting so many.

  • amyinautumn

    Seriously. These cupcakes are the bomb. I made minis and they turned out PERFECT! The cutest, perfect, rounded tops and so moist and rich. For the minis, I baked them for 14 mins with a water bath below them (probably not necessary, but it retains the moisture and doesn’t hurt). I also only used 2 cups of the powdered sugar in the frosting instead of 3 and the it was plenty thick and sweet. Thank you for this recipe, it was JUST what I wanted, along with everyone at my ugly sweater party :D

  • Tiffany

    I was thinking of using dark chocolate ganache since I have the ingredients on hand. Do you think this would taste ok with this cupcake? Can’t wait to try them! :)

    • Jaclyn

      Tiffany – yes I think that would also be wonderful, it will make them just a little bit richer. Most people I think use dark chocolate when making ganache I’m just more of a milk chocolate person so that’s usually what I use but either option is great! I hope you love them!

  • Vera Zecevic

    Perfect Christmas idea for delicious dessert. I’ve featured this recipes on my blog! I hope you don’t mind! If you don’t agree with that please contact me and I will remove it. All the best.

  • Kristen

    This looks like the most delicious cupcake I’ve ever seen, and I absolutely HAVE TO try it!