Peppermint Cupcakes

I asked for Vegan Cupcakes take over the World for Christmas this year to feed into my cupcake fetish and help me with baking lactose-free. I’ve tried one recipe from the cookbook before (Margarita cupcakes) and they were quite tasty. My What’s Cooking Secret Santa sent me the cookbook and I was so excited! Although my mom was bummed because she got me the book too!
I brought the cookbook with me to Illinois for Christmas because my 13 year old sister and I always bake together when I’m home. And because my 24 year old sister and I got my mom a KitchenAid Mixer for Christmas (yes, we did get it on KAM Day back in the summer!)

These cupcakes are multi-purpose. I wanted to participate in the Cupcake Hero for December and make a treat that my family could enjoy and prove to them that eating dairy free baked goods is just as fun as full-dairy baked goods. Since the theme for the Cupcake Hero is mint this month, that meant I could try the chocolate mint cupcakes or make peppermint cupcakes from the vanilla recipe. The family voted and decided on peppermint.

I simply followed the vanilla cupcake recipe except added 2 tsp of peppermint to the batter. Then I made a cream cheese frosting, added 2 tsp of peppermint, and some crushed candy canes. It’s not overly creative (check out the other Cupcake Hero entries to see what I mean!) but they sure tasty wintery.

These cupcakes turned out delicious. Everyone loved them and they had the perfect amount of peppermint in them. I also liked the texture of having the crushed candy canes in the frosting. My cupcakes did sink down while they were cooling. I think it’s because 1 – someone opened the oven while they were cooking and 2 – my mom’s oven temperature must be low. Everything all week took longer than expected to bake. But other than that, these guys were great. And very festive.
Peppermint Vegan Cupcakes (based on Vanilla cupcakes from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World) – makes 12
1 cup soy milk
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tbsp cornstarch
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt (increase to 1/2 tsp if using oil instead of margarine)
1/2 cup non-hydrogenated margarine, softened, or 1/3 cup canola oil
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond, caramel or more vanilla extract
(I used 2 tsp vanilla and 2 tsp peppermint)

Preheat oven to 350 and line muffin pan with cupcake liners.

Whisk the soy milk and vinegar in a measuring cup and set aside a few minutes to get good and curdled.

If using margarine: Sift the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl and mix.

In a separate large bowl, use a handheld mixer on medium speed to cream the margarine and sugar for about 2 minutes until light and fluffy, but don’t beat past 2 minutes. Beat in the vanilla and other extract, then alternate beating in the soy milk mixture and the dry ingredients, stopping to scrape the sides of the bowl a few times.

If using oil: Beat together the soy milk mixture, oil, sugar, vanilla, and other extract in a large bowl. Sift in the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and mix until no large lumps remain.

Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake for 20-22 minutes until done. Transfer to a cooling rack and let cool completely before frosting.

Vegan Peppermint cream cheese frosting
1/4 cup non-hydrogenated margarine, softened
1/4 cup vegan cream cheese, softened
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp peppermint extract
1/4 cup crushed candy canes

Cream together margarine and cream cheese until just combined. Use a handheld mixer to whip while adding the confectioners’ sugar in 1/2 cup batches. Mix until smooth and creamy, then mix in the vanilla and peppermint extract. Stir in crushed candy canes. Keep tightly covered and refrigerated until ready to use.

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14 Responses to “Chocolate Truffle Ice Cream”

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    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — May 31, 2013 at 8:14 am

    What a gorgeous chocolate!! I adore deep chocolate ice creams.

    • beantownbaker — May 31st, 2013 @ 10:07 am

      You would definitely love this then. It’s so rich and chocolatey!

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    Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) — May 31, 2013 at 8:19 am

    I just got an ice cream maker and cannot wait to start trying it out… this looks a bit above my skill level, but a good thing to work towards!

    • beantownbaker — May 31st, 2013 @ 10:08 am

      I completely understand wanting to start out with an easier recipe. Sorbets are really easy. No cooking necessary for most sorbet recipes. But def keep this one in the back of your mind for when you feel more confident!

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    Eva @ Eva Bakes — May 31, 2013 at 8:51 am

    I made this dark chocolate ice cream last year, and it is definitely the best chocolate ice cream I’ve ever had. The 5-day wait time is pure torture, but it’s completely worth it. So glad you enjoyed this as much as I did!

    • beantownbaker — May 31st, 2013 @ 10:07 am

      I agree, it was complete torture, especially after taking a taste after it had processed in the machine…

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    tracy {pale yellow} — May 31, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    A rich, deep chocolate ice cream is worth the wait! It’s so hard to find a recipe for the decadent chocolate ice I desire, this recipe has moved to the top of my to-do list!

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    Sues — June 3, 2013 at 6:48 am

    You can tell just by looking at this how rich and awesome it is!!

    • beantownbaker — June 7th, 2013 @ 8:52 am

      It’s seriously difficult to scoop it’s so thick!

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    Shannon — June 6, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    wowza, this certainly tell how rich and decadent it is!! i’m appreciating more and more those things that I only need a spoonful of to satisfy 😉

    • beantownbaker — June 7th, 2013 @ 8:53 am

      This is definitely one of those things. I love chocolate but could only handle one small scoop at a time.

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    Nutmeg Nanny — June 7, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Who isn’t a fan of chocolate?! This looks amazing 🙂

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    Lisa T — June 16, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    I would love to try this recipe. I am wondering why you used coconut milk, and I’m assuming full fat coconut milk?

    • beantownbaker — June 16th, 2013 @ 7:47 pm

      i use coconut milk because I’m lactose intolerant so I can’t use cow’s milk or heavy cream. If you want to use those dairy products, follow the instructions in the original recipe. And yes, I use full fat coconut milk.

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