Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Icing

Every holiday should have their own cupcake. Or every cupcake should have their own holiday. One of those. In my next life I might be a cupcake blogger. I ‘get’ why those cupcake bloggers are incredibly popular. Cupcakes are just so darned cute, and they seem to make people happy.

My happy self chose Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Icing to represent the holiday season this year.

These are a nice little chocolate cupcake with a simple, peppermint tinted icing.

Crushed candy canes are the perfect complement for the minty icing. They add a little festive color to the cakes. Use green candy canes too for additional holiday cheer.

Or place a candy cane on the icing… then your guests can choose to eat it or not. Plus, I think it looks pretty swanky with a mini-candy-cane on top.

I did a combo of both. If you don’t care for the crunch of candy canes on your cupcakes, use your own edible holiday decor. Candy Cane Kisses would be extra cute too.

Big thumbs up from my little guy on these cupcakes (he’s quite the experienced 7 year old taste tester, so you can trust him). Happy Birthday today to my Mom! I’m sending you a virtual cupcake for the big day (and as they say… the gift is in the mail).

This recipe can be found here:  Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Icing

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27 Responses to “Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Icing”

  1. 1

    gigi — December 15, 2008 @ 1:16 PM

    Happy Birthday to your Mom!

    These looks scrumptious, I love anything mint!

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    Robin Sue — December 15, 2008 @ 2:48 PM

    These look lovely. Your photos turned out wonderful! Looks like you always have so much fun baking!

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    Elle — December 15, 2008 @ 3:05 PM

    Love the photos, they look so festive! And I’m sure the cupcakes taste as delicious as they look, too!

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    Daziano — December 15, 2008 @ 3:07 PM

    Happy Holidays, Recipe Girl!

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    cherie — December 15, 2008 @ 3:12 PM

    It doesn’t get any better than this for Christmas!
    Yummy!

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    Catherine Wilkinson — December 15, 2008 @ 3:15 PM

    Very nice! This is a great Christmas project…I’m going to make these with some young kids. Photos are awesome!

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    Judy@nofearentertaining — December 15, 2008 @ 3:25 PM

    Looks delicious. I need to make something for my youngest ones class party! This may be it!

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    Bunny — December 15, 2008 @ 3:53 PM

    Happy Birthday recipe Girl’s Mom!!! These cupcakes scream the holiday season, very nice!

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    Happy cook — December 15, 2008 @ 4:08 PM

    Wow the wupcake slooks so yumm. I would love to have few of them.
    We will just have to drool on it as your mom will be doing seeing those fabulous cupcakes.
    Happy birthday to your mom.

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    biz319 — December 15, 2008 @ 4:54 PM

    Cupcakes are awesome!

    Love the snowman! :D

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    Manggy — December 15, 2008 @ 5:21 PM

    Happy birthday to Recipe Mom! :D I’m sure she can almost taste the virtual yumminess ;) I’m not much of a candy eater (especially hard candy), but dragees (or more icing!) would be just fine :)

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    Peter M — December 15, 2008 @ 5:40 PM

    Lori, the ever-crafty one in the kitchen…neigbors HAVE to luv ya.

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    Patsyk — December 15, 2008 @ 7:27 PM

    That cupcake could put a smile on anyone’s face! So pretty and festive!

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    Laura — December 15, 2008 @ 7:33 PM

    Mmmm… the prevalence of chocolate and peppermint is my favorite thing about baking during the holidays I think.

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    Adam — December 15, 2008 @ 9:31 PM

    The candy cane makes it look swanky… haha that cracked me up.

    Chocolate and mint are a real nice winter treat, I think you did an awesome job. I think you’ve got our holiday sweet teeth covered well :)

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    Michelle — December 16, 2008 @ 2:51 AM

    I can almost taste them! How adorable….I love the candy cane on top!

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    Roger. — December 16, 2008 @ 4:20 AM

    woohoo! more xmas treats!

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    Megan — December 16, 2008 @ 5:01 AM

    I love chocolate and peppermint together during the holidays. These sound delicious!

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    VeggieGirl — December 16, 2008 @ 12:56 PM

    These cupcakes certainly make ME happy!! :-)

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    Debbie — December 16, 2008 @ 1:27 PM

    These look DELICIOUS! Love the “swanky” look! LOL! I will be trying these out FOR SURE! THANKS!

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    Cookie baker Lynn — December 16, 2008 @ 2:15 PM

    I didn’t even know I wanted cupcakes till I saw your post. Now I’ll be thinking of those gorgeous cupcakes all day!

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    Grace — December 16, 2008 @ 3:40 PM

    happy birthday to your mother figure!
    meanwhile, i’d like to skip the cupcakes and apply the peppermint icing directly to my tongue. :)

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    Laurie — December 16, 2008 @ 5:23 PM

    YEAH for chocolate and peppermint candy!! My favorite combination! And this looks wonderful! :)

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    Leslie — December 16, 2008 @ 9:03 PM

    Ohh..so festive and yummy

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    Lee — December 16, 2008 @ 9:15 PM

    These look amazing, the photos are fantastic. I want to try this NOW.

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    Reeni — December 17, 2008 @ 1:29 AM

    The perfect cupcake for Christmas dessert! YUM!

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    Shaun — December 30, 2008 @ 4:53 PM

    This is a really great idea, I like it so much I think I’m going to try them out later today. Even if Christmas is past already the pics just look so good.