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Perfect Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Cream Cheese Frosting

IMG_0525 Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, I can come out of hiding and play my Christmas music all I want without getting evil looks. I’m seriously the lady who will listen to Christmas music all through the year. No one is playing the Pandora Christmas station in July….except THIS GIRL.

If loving the holidays is wrong, I don’t want to be right.

I made these cupcakes for Thanksgiving along with my Mom’s pumpkin pie to celebrate the seasons changing. Pepperminty things don’t necessarily ‘belong’ at Thanksgiving, but I made a special place for them because chocolate and peppermint are meant to be together. Especially in chilly weather. One month away from Christmas. Holla!

These chocolate cupcakes are  just my Perfect Chocolate Cake recipe cut in half and baked as cupcakes. Then I topped them with my favorite cream cheese frosting that I spiked with a little peppermint extract. Super simple to do and perfect for the holidays.

Here’s how you make them: IMG_0458 Start by getting out a large bowl. I used my KitchenAid mixer because it makes my life approximately 14 times easier. IMG_0465 Measure out one cup of milk into a measuring cup and stir in 1 teaspoon of white vinegar. Stir this up and set aside. IMG_0475 I also like to get all my dry ingredients together too. This is a bowl full of flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. IMG_0477 Stir this together with a fork or whisk and set aside. IMG_0483 Now we can actually get started on the recipe. Whip granulated sugar and canola oil together in the bottom of a mixer or in a large bowl IMG_0485 Add in two teaspoons of vanilla and stir a little more. IMG_0490 Alternate adding in the vinegar milk with the dry ingredients until everything is incorporated into the batter. IMG_0498 Pour into some cute little cupcake liners and bake.  IMG_0503 Rinse out your bowl {or lick it out because we didn’t use any eggs!!} and get started on the frosting. This is just softened butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, peppermint extract, a little vanilla and a splash of heavy cream. Whip it 3-4 minutes, scraping the sides occasionally until it’s light, fluffy and smooth. Once your cupcakes are cooled, pipe this onto your cupcakes.  IMG_0512 Top with a little crushed candy cane and serve!  IMG_0542 This is my favorite way to make chocolate cake. It always comes out perfectly moist and tender, plus the frosting is a nice balance of tang and mint. It’s strangely delicious and I think you all are going to love these!

*Giveaway Time*

With all this holiday baking going on, who wouldn’t love to get a fabulous KitchenAid 30-inch, 5-Burner Freestanding Double Oven Range with Even Heat Convection? I am in love with my KitchenAid range that also has the Even Heat Convection and lemme tell you, it works wonders for baking the perfect cookie.

Well, my lovely friends over at KitchenAid want you to win one of these pretty little appliances.

One lucky winner will win this gorgeous range in {their choice of} gas or electric. Both gas and electric ranges have 5 burners and double ovens. Basically the exact same appliance, just with different burners.

Do you want to win this? {Umm, who would’t?} Use the widget below to get entered and you’re good to go. Winner will be announced in 2 weeks and contacted via email. Contest only open to US residents. {Sorry International friends….I still love ya!}

AND, don’t forget!!!—>Be sure to check out my giveaway co-hosts recipes as well!

Peanut Butter Fudge Brownies from The Novice Chef

Snickers Cheesecake Fudge Brownies from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

Peanut Butter Banana Apple Smoothie from Kevin and Amanda

Salty Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies from Cookies and Cups.

Now, here’s my recipe for these amazing cupcakes:

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Perfect Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Cream Cheese Frosting

Yield: 12 cupcakes Prep Time: 1 hour Cook Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients:

for the cupcakes-
1 cup almond milk {or regular milk} + 1 teaspoons white vinegar
1/3 cup canola oil
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder, sifted
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt

for the frosting-
1/2 cup butter, softened
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
heavy cream
crushed candy cane pieces for garnish {optional}

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 12 muffin pans with paper liners and set aside.

In a large bowl, whip oil and sugar together. Stir in vanilla. In a measuring cup, stir almond milk and vinegar together. Set aside to curdle. In a different bowl, stir all dry ingredients together until evenly mixed. Alternate mixing in wet and dry ingredients to the batter starting and ending with dry.

Pour evenly into prepared pans and bake 15 minutes or until toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs after being inserted. Cool completely before frosting.

For the frosting, whip all ingredients together in a large bowl 3-5 minutes or until smooth and fluffy. Frost cupcakes and top with crushed candy canes, if desired.

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108 Comments

  1. My grandma always made gingerbread men at Christmas time, those are my favorite!

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  2. Gingerbread cookies are my favorite.

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  3. These look delicious! I love gingerbread cookies and they are so fun to decorate.

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  4. These cupcakes look perfect for Christmas! I love gingerbread cookies and pumpkin cookies, so pumpkin gingerbread cookies are my favorite!

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  5. I would love to win!

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  6. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip!

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  7. Favorite Christmas cookie – snickerdoodle

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  8. Eggnog Snickerdoodles!

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  9. My all time favorite Christmas cookie is a butter cookie cutout with icing and lots of sprinkles..great for breakfast with a cup of coffee too! 😀

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  10. I am going to try to whip these up!! Yummmm!!

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  11. Oh. My. Gosh! You’re absolutely right, who wouldn’t want to win this?!? I’d be the happiest girl in the world if I won this :) It’s so hard to pic a favorite cookie, but my new favorite is definitely your recipe for the Cranberry Crinkle cookies. I’ll have to try these cupcakes too, because they look delish!

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  12. I always love those chocolate crinkle cookies.

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  13. Homemade sugar cookies!

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  14. My favorite cookies are Nestle Tollhouse cookies with NO chocolate chips!

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  15. I cannot wait to try to make these cupcakes for the Holidays!

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  16. My all-time favorite Chirstmas cookie has to be Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies with the shiny icing. *sigh*
    My, oh my! I’ve been drooling over this KitchenAid range ever since the first time I saw it!! Life always seems to happen whenever I have almost enough to buy it. I would just LOVE to win it!!!

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  17. My favorite holiday cookie is Spritz! Delicious.

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  18. I always make baklava for our family and friends. I started making it in 1977 from a recipe I found in Better Homes & Gardens magazine. *I really, really need a new range! Happy Holidays!

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  19. sugar cookies!- thanks for the giveaway!

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  20. Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

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  21. Those cupcakes look amazing!!! I need a new range in the worst way – love all your recipes

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  22. My favorite Christmas cookies are Classic Chocolate Crinkles and Russian Tea Cakes! Yum!

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  23. I love sugar cookies

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  24. My favorite holiday cookie are cocoa crinkle cookies.

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  25. Mine have always been my hungarian butterhorns.

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  26. Thanks for this amazing, spectacular, wonderful giveaway. My facebook name is Brandi Davis Bryant. I don’t know if I typed it into the first facebook “like” entries. Thanks again.

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    • Brandi Bryant — December 3rd, 2013 @ 11:19 am

      I can’t get instagram on my little cheap phone. Thanks again for the giveaway.

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  27. I keep trying to follow the pinterest accounts from kevin and amanda on and getting an error message. I know I follow kevin and amanda, and maybe some/all of the remaining three. Can you check and see if it’s an issue you can fix?

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  28. Where did you get those cupcake liners?

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    • Lauren — December 2nd, 2013 @ 3:30 pm

      Homegoods :)

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  29. Love no bake cookies!

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  30. The last three instagram links don’t work!

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  31. Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting!

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  32. Decorated sugar cookies!

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  33. These look yummy! I can’t wait to make them.

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  34. Those cupcake cups are adorable and your cupcakes look delicious!

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  35. I like decorated sugar cookies.

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  36. I love peppermint in everything this time of year!! Looking forward to meeting you this weekend at the retreat!

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  37. Can’t go wrong with chocolate chip. But around Christmas I really love soft sugar cookies.
    p.s. this giveaway is amazing!! I am dying for a double oven, this is EXACTLY what I want.
    Love you Miss Lauren!

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  38. My favorite is Peanut butter blossom, at least that’s what my calls them when she makes them. They are peanut butter cookies with the hershey kisses in the middle.

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  39. SNICKERDOODLES! I seriously could yell this i love them that much! :)

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  40. this looks so amazing, i’ve never had peppermint frosting, but it sounds incredible. love the chocolate cupcake, only 1/3 cup of oil is always a winner in my book!

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  41. These look soooo good!! Do you know how many calories are in one cupcake?! :)

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  42. My favorite are frosted sugar cookies

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  43. I LOVE snickerdoodles!

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  44. I love sugar cookies with sprinkles

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  45. Oh how my 1990s oven could need replacing!

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  46. When I clicked on the first two Instragram entries (yours and KitchenAid), I got some sort of promo app that asked me to allow…after I did that, the entry in the RC was completed–and I hadn’t entered my name (lexiquin). On all the other IG optional entries, I clicked to follow and was able to enter my name before submitting. Does this make sense to you?
    I think I was already following you & KitchenAid–possibly that app included my name in the RC before it was automatically accepted.

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