Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes

This is a quick and easy cupcake with a Christmas twist.  You probably have everything in your pantry to make these cupcakes today.   I used box cake mix, but feel free to make the cake from scratch.  If you use box cake mix, I recommend Duncan Hines – I always get the best cupcakes from Duncan Hines.

These cupcakes tasted amazing.  The hint of peppermint in each bite really put us in the Christmas spirit!  I took some of the cupcakes to work and they were gone before I knew it.

Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes
makes 48 cupcakes
(Printable Recipe)

1 box Devils Food Cake mix, plus ingredients to make cake (recommended Duncan Hines)
1 box White Cake mix, plus ingredients to make cake (recommended Duncan Hines)
6 candy canes, crushed fine (I do this in the food processor)
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
Peppermint Buttercream (recipe follows)

Prepare Devils Food Cake batter.  Set aside.

Prepare White Cake batter.  Stir in 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract.  Divide the batter in half.  Stir crushed candy canes into one half of white cake batter.

Line cupcake pan with paper baking cups.  Scoop one Tablespoon of candy cane batter, one Tablespoon white cake batter and 2 Tablespoons of Devils Food cake batter into each cupcake liner.  Bake according to package directions.  Cool completely. and frost with Peppermint Buttercream.

Peppermint Buttercream

1 cup butter, softened
6 cups powdered sugar
½ cup whipping cream
1 teaspoon peppermint extract

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter until smooth and creamy, 2 to 3 minutes. With mixer on low speed, add 6 cups sugar, whipping cream, and peppermint extract ; mix until light and fluffy. If necessary, gradually add more powdered sugar or whipping cream to reach desired consistency.

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