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Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes

Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes

Are you ready to indulge in the perfect holiday treat? These Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes are a delightful combination of rich chocolate, refreshing peppermint, and creamy frosting. They're the perfect addition to any holiday gathering or a cozy night in by the fire. Let's get started!

Prep Time Cook Time Total Time Servings
20 mins 25 mins 45 mins 12 cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 1 ¾ cups (220g) all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup (75g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (1 stick or 113g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (240ml) whole milk
  • ½ cup (120ml) strong brewed coffee, cooled
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 cup (240ml) heavy cream
  • ¼ cup (30g) powdered sugar
  • Crushed candy canes, for garnish

Cooking Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners and set aside.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

  3. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract.

  4. In a separate bowl, combine the milk, cooled coffee, and peppermint extract. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, alternating with the milk mixture. Begin and end with the dry ingredients, mixing until just combined.

  5. Fill each cupcake liner about two-thirds full with the batter. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow the cupcakes to cool completely on a wire rack.

  6. While the cupcakes are cooling, prepare the frosting. In a chilled mixing bowl, whip the heavy cream and powdered sugar until stiff peaks form.

  7. Once the cupcakes have cooled, frost them generously with the whipped cream. Sprinkle crushed candy canes on top for a festive touch.

  8. Serve and enjoy these delightful Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes!

Serving Suggestions

These Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes are perfect for holiday parties, potlucks, or as a sweet ending to a family dinner. They also make a great homemade gift for friends and loved ones. Enjoy them with a warm cup of coffee or hot cocoa for an extra cozy treat.

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