Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Buttercream

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

If you're a fan of chocolate and peppermint together, then you'll love these Homemade Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Buttercream Cupcakes!  

peppermint buttercream frosting gallamore west

Chocolate Cupcakes
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups white sugar
2 eggs
3/4 cup milk
2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cream butter and sugar in stand mixer.  Slowly add in milk and vanilla.  Add in eggs, one at a time.  Mix flour, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder in a separate bowl.  Add in slowly, mixing until just combined.  Scoop paper lined cupcake tins halfway full.  Bake 15-18 minutes until almost set in the middle {I like them a little on the underdone side so they stay extra moist}

Peppermint Buttercream Frosting
2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
4 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-2 teaspoons peppermint extract, depending on how pepperminty you want your frosting.
2-3 tablespoons milk
crushed candy canes, optional

In the bowl of a stand mixer, whip butter for about 3-4 minutes until light and fluffy.  Slowly add in the powdered sugar, one cup at a time, mixing well and stopping to scrape down the sides occasionally.  Slowly add in the vanilla and peppermint extracts.  Add milk, one tablespoon at a time, until frosting reaches desired consistency.  Add crushed candy canes on top after frosting cupcakes- optional, but why not?  It's Christmas! xoxo


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