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Festive Holly Berry Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes with Peppermint Buttercream Frosting - kudoskitchenbyrenee.com
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Festive Holly Berry Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes with Peppermint Buttercream Frosting

Surprise!! Not only are these Holly Berry Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes delicious and easy to make, but they also have a surprise center (yes, you may call it a gift) that adds a fun and unexpected touch, that everyone will enjoy! 
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Christmas dessert, Dessert, holiday cupcakes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 522kcal


To make the cupcakes;

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup hot brewed coffee
  • ¼ cup crushed peppermint candy
  • ¼ cup red-hot candy

To make the peppermint buttercream frosting;

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk more if needed
  • green gel food color


To make the cupcakes;

  • Preheat oven to 350-degrees.
  • Prepare a cupcake tin with cupcake liners which have been lightly sprayed with baking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and espresso powder. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk, oil, egg, and vanilla.
  • Use a stand mixer or hand mixer to slowly incorporate the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
  • Slowly add the hot coffee to the batter and blend until just combined.
  • Fill the prepared cupcake liners ½ full of batter and bake in a preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Cool completely.
  • Use a small spoon or melon baller to scoop out a small well in the center of each baked cupcake. Fill each well with the crushed peppermint candy.

To make the peppermint buttercream frosting;

  • In a large bowl, blend the softened butter, confectioners sugar, and peppermint extract on low. As needed add milk, a little at a time, until you achieve your desired consistency for piping. Soft, but still holds shape when piping.
  • Reserve approximately ½ cup of the peppermint buttercream frosting and color it green with a few drops of the gel food color.
  • Fit a large piping bag with the large star decorating tip and fill with the white peppermint buttercream. 
  • Starting in the center of each peppermint filled cupcake, pipe the frosting in a circular motion working outwards to cover the top of each cupcake.
  • Add the green peppermint buttercream to a small piping bag which has been fitted with the large leaf decorating tip. Pipe two leaves onto each frosted white cupcake and finish by adding 3 red-hot candies to complete the holly berry design.


Tools and equipment;
cupcake tin, cupcake liners, baking spray, decorative piping tips, piping bags, assorted bowls, stand mixer or hand mixer, whisk, wooden spoons, spatula, measuring cups, measuring spoons, green gel food color, zip top bag, rolling pin or hammer


Serving: 1 | Calories: 522kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 292mg | Potassium: 136mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 62g | Vitamin A: 505IU | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1.1mg