Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cupcakes + Wilton Giveaway!

I’m just going to come right out and say it: I suck at Mario Cart. My two brothers, younger sister and I embarked on a bit of a Mario Cart Battle yesterday and it did not go well. My daughter thought I did great {which is what I kept telling her} because I used Princess Peach but every time I came in 12th {which is dead last}.

Princess in her mind=winner. Always.

It used to be so easy and then I stopped playing for 10 years and things got all new and strange. OR, I was never good and have always sucked. Either way I lost. However, once the rest of my siblings get here, I’m sure there will be another throw down of sorts….which I will ‘win’. —>which basically means lose. My husband is looking forward to it, I’m sure.

Moving on…

These cupcakes are the bomb. Light, moist, cold, creamy and pepperminty! They are fabulous! And they taste like the cake version of hot chocolate which is kind of a miracle in and of itself. I’m down with cake versions of beverages, let me tell you. Oh, and the peppermint whipped cream on top? Ahh-mazeballs. Whipped cream and I go waaay back. We’re bff’s.

Anyways, here’s how you make them:

cupcakes 1 Start by combining some dry ingredients in a large bowl. A fork or whisk will do the job.

cupcakes 2 Then, you’re going to want to melt some butter and stir in a few hot chocolate packets into it and stir. In a separate bowl, you’ll mix buttermilk, egg, vanilla, baking soda and baking powder together until incorporated and set that aside. Two simple steps right there.

cupcakes 3 Oh, and to the egg mixture, stir in some peppermint extract.

cupcakes 4 Then boil some water and add it to the hot chocolate/butter mixture and give it a stir.

cupcakes 5 Dump that into the dry ingredients and stir.

cupcakes 6 Next comes the pepperminty egg mixture. Stir until smooth.

cupcakes 7 Line a muffin tin with 12 cupcake liners. I used this cool Wilton square pan with matching liners.

cupcakes 8 Fill these up 2/3rds of the way full and bake. Set aside to cool.

cupcakes 9 For our frosting {which is just glorified whipped cream} measure out heavy cream, vanilla, peppermint extract and powdered sugar into a blender. You can whisk this normally, but my kitchen was a disaster and this was probably the only clean thing I had.

cupcakes 10 Give it a good whip and voila! Cream!

cupcakes 11 Load this goodness up into a disposable piping bag and get frosting!

cupcakes 12 I used the Wilton 1M tip. It’s just a big open star that gives me the professional frosting look. It’s my go-to frosting tip.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cupcakes Top them off with a few crushed candy canes and that’s it! Store these in the fridge until you’re ready to serve. Perfect for the holidays and tasty as a dessert or afternoon treat!

Now, my friends at Wilton want you to win a fun Cupcake Prize Pack filled to the brim of awesomeness! Basically, it’s everything you need to make a stellar cupcake.

Included in this prize pack is:
-1 Brownie Bar Pan
-“Cupcakes” by Wilton
-24 cupcake liners {for the Brownie Bar Pan}
-Cupcake decorating set {12 tips}
-2 kinds of sprinkles: jumbo daisies,jumbo confetti
-Buttercream icing mix
-12 icing colors {gel food coloring}

Why I Love Wilton-
-Searching online or just to my local craft store for cake decorating tools is so much fun because there’s always something new to bring home. The selection available is huge!
-I swear by their disposable frosting bags and big tips. {The 1M is my favorite and most used tip. I own 4 of these.}
-Everything from Wilton is relatively inexpensive.
-It’s a one stop shop. You can get everything you’d need to make a gorgeous cake all from Wilton products.

Here’s how to enter:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

Yield: 12 cupcakes


for the cake-
2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
1/2 pound butter
3 packets hot chocolate mix
1 cup hot water

for the cream-
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
3 tablespoons powdered sugar

broken candy cane pieces {optional}


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tin with paper liners and set aside.

In a large bowl, stir flour, sugar and salt together to combine. Set aside. In another bowl, stir buttermilk, eggs, vanilla, baking soda, baking powder and peppermint extract together. Whisk with a fork and set aside.

Melt butter in microwave and stir in hot chocolate packets. Stir in hot water and pour into dry mixture. Stir and then add in the egg mixture. Once smooth and combined, divide evenly between muffin cavities {about 2/3rds of the way full}. Bake 15-20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean once inserted. Cool to room temperature.

For the cream, pour all ingredients into a bowl and whip until stiff peaks form. Spoon into piping bag and top each cupcake. Sprinkle with broken candy cane pieces and store in refrigerator until ready to serve.

Adapted from The Pioneer Woman's Chocolate Sheet Cake Recipe


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45 Responses to “Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cupcakes + Wilton Giveaway!”

  1. #
    Blog is the New Black — December 18, 2012 at 4:56 am

    I heart peppermint!


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    Stacy — December 18, 2012 at 6:50 am

    These look delicious! What would be the equivalent to 3 packets of hot chocolate mix in tablespoons? Thanks!


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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — December 18, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Love these! I am all about chocolate and peppermint right now!


  4. #
    Brenda — December 18, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Yummy…look soo good.


  5. #
    Lisa — December 18, 2012 at 8:52 am

    I love hot chocolate and peppermint. I hae got to try these. I know they will be great as everything Lauren posts is fabulous.


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    Terri C — December 18, 2012 at 8:53 am

    I have to make these! Thanks!


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    Yvette Novak — December 18, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Beautiful cupcakes Lauren.
    Love the square shaped pan. I’ve
    never seen them here in Aberdeen where I live.


  8. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — December 18, 2012 at 10:16 am

    These look so fabulous! Perfect for the holidays.


  9. #
    Brenda — December 18, 2012 at 10:21 am

    These look yummy!!! I keep telling myself to but a pastry bag kit. Wilton is a well-known brand.


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    Charlyn — December 18, 2012 at 10:28 am

    I love Wilton products. Every time I go to a craft store or somewhere that sells their cake decorating stuff I always have to go look at it and drool over it. My hubby probably thinks I am crazy but oh well. These cupcakes look amazing and tasty!


  11. #
    Michelle — December 18, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    You are killing me with all these desserts! I feel like I’m gaining weight just reading your blog.

    I love it. Keep up the good work. :)


  12. #
    ashley — December 18, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    I love cupcakes!


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    Jolene ( — December 18, 2012 at 4:12 pm



  14. #
    Julia — December 18, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    These cupcakes look so delicious!! I am loving all things peppermint lately!


  15. #
    Kellie — December 19, 2012 at 1:26 am

    I was already signed up for your emails and love seeing what yummy treat you have for us every day. Thanks for the opportunity. Happy Holidays and best of luck everyone!


  16. #
    Kate — December 19, 2012 at 4:38 am

    Chocolate and peppermint is definitely one of the top flavor combos. Yum! I get your email updates.


  17. #
    Bryn Broussard — December 19, 2012 at 5:02 am

    I get email updates.


  18. #
    leda — December 19, 2012 at 5:20 am

    looks delish!


  19. #
    Tara Lazar — December 19, 2012 at 5:38 am

    These look scrumptious!!!!!


  20. #
    Tara Lazar — December 19, 2012 at 5:39 am

    Ack, sorry…I get your emails. Of course I do. Who doesn’t? They would be silly not to. LOL.


  21. #
    Mary E. — December 19, 2012 at 6:03 am

    Oh my! I love this recipe. Will attempt at making it soon. Thanks!


  22. #
    Vicky Thompson — December 19, 2012 at 6:24 am

    Loves Wiltons because of all the cool cake making stuff they sell!


  23. #
    TiffH — December 19, 2012 at 7:09 am

    Yummy! I really want one of these for breakfast. And if you keep playing Mario Kart you will get better, I was always last when we first got it but after awhile I win almost everytime, unless my husband plays, he almost always beats me. Its only cuz he spent hours playing as a child, and I spent my time reading books :)


  24. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — December 19, 2012 at 7:40 am

    I love that you’re still battling games with your siblings. And seriously these cupcakes?! I haven’t had a cupcake in forever. Pure torture


  25. #
    Diana — December 19, 2012 at 8:40 am

    These are right up my alley! Yum :)


  26. #
    D SCHMIDT — December 19, 2012 at 8:40 am

    These look fantastic, I am going to try them this weekend!


  27. #
    Carla @ Carlas Confections — December 19, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Those cupcakes look amazing!!


  28. #
    Bonnie — December 19, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    I did terrible everytime I played Mario, thankfully my grandson dosent ask me anymore to play.


  29. #
    Brenda — December 19, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    pinning this so i can make these when i win the brownie bar pan and liners. :)

    i am an email subscriber.


  30. #
    mary fanara coleman — December 19, 2012 at 5:07 pm



  31. #
    Valerie C. — December 19, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    You are amazing! I love this one too!


  32. #
    Shica — December 19, 2012 at 6:44 pm

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  33. #
    Lindsay @ Laughing Lindsay — December 19, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Oh my goodness! Cupcakes are my favorite. I’d love to win… your cupcakes look delicious!


  34. #
    Cakewhiz — December 20, 2012 at 1:25 am

    I adore wilton products! I use their stuff to decorate pretty much all of my cakes!


  35. #
    Jenny @ BAKE — December 20, 2012 at 5:18 am

    these are so cute! I’m glad I’m not the only one awful at Mario Cart! I spend most of my time bouncing between the barriers!


  36. #
    jewel cooke — December 20, 2012 at 10:39 am

    I adore Peppermint anything. .. and your cupcakes , look amazing!! I Love your sire..YOU ROCK GIRL!!!! I am making YOUR cheese danish for Christmas and adding blueberries to one of them… I can’t wait!!!


  37. #
    jewel cooke — December 20, 2012 at 10:40 am

    I adore Peppermint anything. .. and your cupcakes , look amazing!! I Love your site..YOU ROCK GIRL!!!! I am making YOUR cheese danish for Christmas and adding blueberries to one of them… I can’t wait!!!


  38. #
    Wehaf — December 20, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Peppermint desserts are the best!


  39. #
    Jan R — December 21, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    I love cupcakes!


  40. #
    Jan R — December 21, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    I subscribe via email.


  41. #
    Tricia Johnson — December 21, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Yum! Please enter me.


  42. #
    Tonya — December 22, 2012 at 2:36 am

    Peppermint Lover here…the Wilton Giveaway is an AWESOME, I could only imagine! some of your recipes will ROCK my Christmas this year if I can only get the time between working hours…Merry Chirstmas ALL, Tonya


  43. #
    Deb E. — December 22, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Peppermint always soothes my tummy!


  44. #
    tammigirl — December 22, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    I suck at video games, but one time on an immigration form in Venezuela I wrote my occupation as “Fairy Tale Princess”.

    Nobody questioned me. Much.



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