Hot Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Buttercream

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Jenni K

By
@AnCsMom

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."

Rating:

★★★★☆ 3 votes

Comments:
Serves:
20 cupcakes
Prep:
10 Min
Cook:
15 Min

Ingredients

  • CUPCAKES

  • 2 1/2 c
    flour
  • 2 c
    sugar
  • 1 c
    cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1 tsp
    salt
  • 3
    eggs
  • 1
    packet hot chocolate mixed with 3/4 cup warm milk
  • 3/4 c
    vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla
  • PEPPERMINT BUTTERCREAM

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

  • ·
    peppermint bark (homemade or bought) broken into pieces

How to Make Hot Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Buttercream

Step-by-Step

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line muffin pans with cupcake liners.
  2. In 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.
  3. Add 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.
  4. Fill 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).
  5. FOR 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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