I’m a sucker for pretty much any combination of peppermint and chocolate! Lately my favorite way to enjoy this dynamic duo has been peppermint hot cocoa… and that got me thinking! And these delicious peppermint cocoa cupcakes are the result! They’re the perfect amount of peppermint and chocolate in cupcake form!
Peppermint Cocoa Cupcakes Recipe:
1 C all-purpose flour
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 C hot water
1/2 C cocoa powder
6 TBSP butter, room temp
3/4 C sugar
1 large egg
1/4 C vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 C powdered sugar sugar
1/2 C unsalted butter, room temp
3 TBSP whipping cream
1/2 tsp peppermint extract
1 bag mini marshmallows
1 C mini chocolate chips
1 C crushed peppermint candy
1 bag small candy canes
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cupcake tin with cupcake paper liners.
-Whisk flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt in s medium bowl. Set aside.
-Whisk hot water and cocoa powder in a small bowl. Set aside.
-Using a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
-Mix the egg, vegetable oil, and vanilla until well combined.
-Add in the flour mixture, alternate with hot cocoa mix until there are no lumps.
-Using a large ice cream scoop the batter into the lined cupcake tins until they are 3/4’s filled.
-Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
-Remove from oven allowing cupcakes to cool in cupcake pan for 10 minutes.
-Take out of cupcake pan and place individual cupcakes on a wire rack to cool completely.
-Cream the butter, peppermint extract and powder sugar until it looks light and creamy.
-If it doesn’t cream add several drops of the heavy whipping cream until it creams.
-Test to see if the frosting can form and hold a stiff peak by taking a spoonful of frosting and turning the spoon upside down. If the frosting stays on the spoon it is ready if not then..
– Add more powder sugar 1/2 C at a time. Mix well.
-If ready scoop the frosting into a pastry bag with a round tip.
-Twist the open end of the pastry bag to push the frosting to the tip.
-Start by frosting on the outside edge of the cupcake working to the center of the cupcake.
-Push mini marshmallows onto the frosting.
-Add mini chocolate chips into the frosting.
-Sprinkle the crushed peppermint on top of the frosted cupcake.
-Add a small candy cane onto the side of cupcake with the top of the candy cane sticking into the frosting.
I know exactly what I’ll be bringing to my last Holiday party of the year and I KNOW that these peppermint cocoa cupcakes will be a hit with everyone!
If you love the sounds of these peppermint cocoa cupcakes, you’re gonna wanna check out these recipes and chocolate-pepperminty ideas!