Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

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

cupcakes 2Then, 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 3Oh, and to the egg mixture, stir in some peppermint extract.

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

cupcakes 5Dump that into the dry ingredients and stir.

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

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

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

cupcakes 9For 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 10Give it a good whip and voila! Cream!

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

cupcakes 12I 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 CupcakesTop 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}


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tin with paper liners and set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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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  1. These look delicious! What would be the equivalent to 3 packets of hot chocolate mix in tablespoons? Thanks!

  2. Yummy…look soo good.

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

  4. I have to make these! Thanks!

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

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

  7. 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!

  8. 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. 🙂

  9. I love cupcakes!

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

  11. 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!

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

  13. I get email updates.

  14. looks delish!

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

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

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

  18. 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 🙂

  19. 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

  20. These are right up my alley! Yum 🙂

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

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

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

    i am an email subscriber.

  24. subscribed

  25. You are amazing! I love this one too!

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

  27. 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!

  28. 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!!!

  29. 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!!!

  30. Peppermint desserts are the best!

  31. I love cupcakes!

  32. I subscribe via email.

  33. Yum! Please enter me.

  34. 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

  35. Peppermint always soothes my tummy!

  36. 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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