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*

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

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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:

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


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}


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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112 Responses to “Perfect Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Cream Cheese Frosting”

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    Josie - Self Serve Frozen Yogurt — December 1, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    It looks so creamy and yummy. My mouth is watering now. Love to eat. Thanks a lot for sharing such delish. Keep sharing.


  2. #
    Jeffrey — December 1, 2013 at 9:55 pm

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


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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — December 1, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    These cupcakes have me so excited for Christmas!


  4. #
    Candice Montgomery — December 2, 2013 at 1:41 am

    Gingerbread cookies are my favorite.


  5. #
    MaryB — December 2, 2013 at 2:00 am

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


  6. #
    Katie — December 2, 2013 at 6:04 am

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


  7. #
    Christine — December 2, 2013 at 6:16 am

    I would love to win!


  8. #
    Nadia — December 2, 2013 at 6:50 am

    Pumpkin Chocolate Chip!


  9. #
    Jen L — December 2, 2013 at 6:52 am

    Favorite Christmas cookie – snickerdoodle


  10. #
    Sarah — December 2, 2013 at 7:14 am

    Eggnog Snickerdoodles!


  11. #
    Joan — December 2, 2013 at 7:16 am

    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! 😀


  12. #
    Jennifer L — December 2, 2013 at 7:26 am

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


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    Phi Kelnhofer — December 2, 2013 at 7:32 am

    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!


  14. #
    Katie Lynn — December 2, 2013 at 7:34 am

    I always love those chocolate crinkle cookies.


  15. #
    Ashley — December 2, 2013 at 7:48 am

    Homemade sugar cookies!


  16. #
    Amber McCabe — December 2, 2013 at 7:53 am

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


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    JJ Blandford — December 2, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Gingerbread men. I could eat them all day long!


  18. #
    Ashley Winans — December 2, 2013 at 8:30 am

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


  19. #
    Shirley — December 2, 2013 at 8:47 am

    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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    D SCHMIDT — December 2, 2013 at 8:52 am

    My favorite holiday cookie is Spritz! Delicious.


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    Paulette Aldrich — December 2, 2013 at 9:10 am

    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!


  22. #
    Natalie G. — December 2, 2013 at 9:40 am

    sugar cookies!- thanks for the giveaway!


  23. #
    Susanne — December 2, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!


  24. #
    Laurie Tangney — December 2, 2013 at 10:24 am

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


  25. #
    Carol I. — December 2, 2013 at 10:37 am

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


  26. #
    shelly (cookies and cups) — December 2, 2013 at 11:08 am

    I adore these cupcakes….especially that frosting! So yummy!


  27. #
    lyn — December 2, 2013 at 11:24 am

    I love sugar cookies


  28. #
    Summer — December 2, 2013 at 11:57 am

    My favorite holiday cookie are cocoa crinkle cookies.


  29. #
    mary fanara coleman — December 2, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Mine have always been my hungarian butterhorns.


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    Brandi Bryant — December 2, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    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.


    • 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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    tammigirl — December 2, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    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?


  32. #
    JoAnne — December 2, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Where did you get those cupcake liners?


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

      Homegoods :)


  33. #
    April Willard — December 2, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Love no bake cookies!


  34. #
    April Willard — December 2, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    The last three instagram links don’t work!


  35. #
    Sherry D. — December 2, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting!


  36. #
    Charlsey G — December 2, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Decorated sugar cookies!


  37. #
    Shane Birkey — December 2, 2013 at 5:35 pm

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


  38. #
    Mercedes — December 2, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Those cupcake cups are adorable and your cupcakes look delicious!


  39. #
    Connie Lee — December 2, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    I like decorated sugar cookies.


  40. #
    Becky — December 2, 2013 at 10:26 pm

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


  41. #
    April Millar — December 3, 2013 at 10:55 am

    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!


  42. #
    Jerry Lafferty — December 3, 2013 at 11:22 am

    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.


  43. #
    danielle — December 3, 2013 at 11:40 am

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


  44. #
    Honey What's Cooking — December 3, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    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!


  45. #
    Erica A — December 3, 2013 at 12:24 pm

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


  46. #
    Trisha B. — December 3, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    My favorite are frosted sugar cookies


  47. #
    Khanh — December 3, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    I LOVE snickerdoodles!


  48. #
    Stefanie Gladden — December 3, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    I love sugar cookies with sprinkles


  49. #
    Danielle hart — December 3, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    Oh how my 1990s oven could need replacing!


  50. #
    Natalie J Vandenberghe — December 3, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    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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