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The finished peppermint cupcakes, topped with white peppermint frosting and crushed candy canes.
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Peppermint Cupcakes

An easy peppermint cupcakes recipe bursting with brisk peppermint flavor and topped with a fluffy buttercream frosting. It's bound to be a holiday favorite.
Prep Time50 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Candy/Dessert, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: peppermint cupcakes, Christmas cupcakes, buttercream frosting, peppermint buttercream,
Servings: 24 Cupcakes
Calories: 252kcal


Peppermint Cupcakes Batter

  • 1 15.25 Ounce Cake Mix (we used Duncan Hines classic white)
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1/3 Cup Oil (we used coconut oil)
  • 1 Tablespoon Peppermint Extract
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 20 Mini Candy Canes

Peppermint Buttercream Frosting

  • 1 1/2 Cups Unsalted Butter (softened)
  • 5 1/2 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Peppermint Extract
  • 2 Tablespoons MIlk


Peppermint Cupcakes Batter

  • First, remove your butter from the fridge to soften, line a pan with cupcake liners, and preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Next, place all the ingredients in a stand mixer and blend until combined.
  • Now, fill each cupcake liner until 1/2 full.
  • Then, bake for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Last, remove them from oven and transfer cupcakes to a cooling rack. Allow cupcakes to cool completely before frosting.

Peppermint Buttercream Frosting

  • First, place the ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer. 
  • Next, mix until combined and smooth. Add additional sugar and milk a little at a time if desired.
  • Last, frost the cupcakes and sprinkle with crushed candy canes.


The calories listed are based on the ingredients and a serving size of one cupcake. Actual calories may vary. The peppermint cupcakes can be stored in a sealed container in your fridge for up to four days.


Serving: 1Cupcake | Calories: 252kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 12mg | Potassium: 13mg | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 390IU | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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