Monday, December 15, 2008

Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Icing

Every holiday should have their own cupcake. Or every cupcake should have their own holiday. One of those. In my next life I might be a cupcake blogger. I 'get' why those cupcake bloggers are incredibly popular. Cupcakes are just so darned cute, and they seem to make people happy.

My happy self chose Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Icing to represent the holiday season this year.

These are a nice little chocolate cupcake with a simple, peppermint tinted icing.

Crushed candy canes are the perfect complement for the minty icing. They add a little festive color to the cakes. Use green candy canes too for additional holiday cheer.

Or place a candy cane on the icing... then your guests can choose to eat it or not. Plus, I think it looks pretty swanky with a mini-candy-cane on top.

I did a combo of both. If you don't care for the crunch of candy canes on your cupcakes, use your own edible holiday decor. Candy Cane Kisses would be extra cute too.

Big thumbs up from my little guy on these cupcakes (he's quite the experienced 7 year old taste tester, so you can trust him). Happy Birthday today to my Mom! I'm sending you a virtual cupcake for the big day (and as they say... the gift is in the mail).

This recipe can be found HERE.

Check the rest of my December and end of November blog posts for lots more holiday recipes.

28 comments:

gigi said...

Happy Birthday to your Mom!

These looks scrumptious, I love anything mint!

Robin Sue said...

These look lovely. Your photos turned out wonderful! Looks like you always have so much fun baking!

Elle said...

Love the photos, they look so festive! And I'm sure the cupcakes taste as delicious as they look, too!

Daziano said...

Happy Holidays, Recipe Girl!

cherie said...

It doesn't get any better than this for Christmas!
Yummy!

Catherine Wilkinson said...

Very nice! This is a great Christmas project...I'm going to make these with some young kids. Photos are awesome!

Judy@nofearentertaining said...

Looks delicious. I need to make something for my youngest ones class party! This may be it!

Bunny said...

Happy Birthday recipe Girl's Mom!!! These cupcakes scream the holiday season, very nice!

Happy cook said...

Wow the wupcake slooks so yumm. I would love to have few of them.
We will just have to drool on it as your mom will be doing seeing those fabulous cupcakes.
Happy birthday to your mom.

biz319 said...

Cupcakes are awesome!

Love the snowman! :D

Manggy said...

Happy birthday to Recipe Mom! :D I'm sure she can almost taste the virtual yumminess ;) I'm not much of a candy eater (especially hard candy), but dragees (or more icing!) would be just fine :)

Peter M said...

Lori, the ever-crafty one in the kitchen...neigbors HAVE to luv ya.

Patsyk said...

That cupcake could put a smile on anyone's face! So pretty and festive!

Laura said...

Mmmm... the prevalence of chocolate and peppermint is my favorite thing about baking during the holidays I think.

Adam said...

The candy cane makes it look swanky... haha that cracked me up.

Chocolate and mint are a real nice winter treat, I think you did an awesome job. I think you've got our holiday sweet teeth covered well :)

Michelle said...

I can almost taste them! How adorable....I love the candy cane on top!

Roger. said...

woohoo! more xmas treats!

Megan said...

I love chocolate and peppermint together during the holidays. These sound delicious!

VeggieGirl said...

These cupcakes certainly make ME happy!! :-)

Debbie said...

These look DELICIOUS! Love the "swanky" look! LOL! I will be trying these out FOR SURE! THANKS!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

I didn't even know I wanted cupcakes till I saw your post. Now I'll be thinking of those gorgeous cupcakes all day!

Grace said...

happy birthday to your mother figure!
meanwhile, i'd like to skip the cupcakes and apply the peppermint icing directly to my tongue. :)

Laurie said...

YEAH for chocolate and peppermint candy!! My favorite combination! And this looks wonderful! :)

Leslie said...

Ohh..so festive and yummy

Lee said...

These look amazing, the photos are fantastic. I want to try this NOW.

Reeni said...

The perfect cupcake for Christmas dessert! YUM!

Shaun said...

This is a really great idea, I like it so much I think I'm going to try them out later today. Even if Christmas is past already the pics just look so good.

Marcus said...

A brilliant idea for Christmas gifts! Thank you.