Hot Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Buttercream

Jenni K


Around Christmas, I've often put a candy cane into a steaming cup of hot chocolate. Why not indulge in the same treat in cupcake form?

Lauren's recipe from the blog "Crave. Indulge. Satisfy."


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20 cupcakes
10 Min
15 Min


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2 1/2 c
2 c
1 c
cocoa powder
2 tsp
baking powder
1 tsp
baking soda
1 tsp
packet hot chocolate mixed with 3/4 cup warm milk
3/4 c
vegetable oil
1 tsp


3 stick
unsalted butter, softened
6 c
powdered sugar
1/4-1/2 c
1 1/2 tsp
peppermint extract


peppermint bark (homemade or bought) broken into pieces

How to Make Hot Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Buttercream


  • 1Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line muffin pans with cupcake liners.
  • 2In bowl of stand mixer (or a large bowl with a hand mixer) combine dry ingredients: flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • 3Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients: eggs, hot chocolate/milk mixture, vegetable oil and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until well combined, scraping down sides of bowl as needed.
  • 4Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full with batter. Bake for 16 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cupcakes cool in pans for 5 minutes, then remove to wire racks to finish cooling. Once cupcakes are completely cool frost with Peppermint Buttercream and garnish with Peppermint Bark (if desired).
  • 5FOR BUTTERCREAM: In a large bowl, beat butter until creamy. Gradually add in confectioner’s sugar one cup at a time, scraping down sides of bowl as necessary. Add milk until you reach desired consistency. Add peppermint extract and mix well.

    If desired, place icing in piping bag fitted with a large round tip and frost cupcakes, or just frost as desired. You can also use a ziploc bag with the corner snipped off if you don't have a piping bag.

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About Hot Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Buttercream

Course/Dish: Cakes, Candies, Chocolate
Other Tag: For Kids

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