Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Patty Frosting and A Giveaway!

Now that December is here and Thanksgiving has passed, it’s time to start thinking about holiday goodies. My favorite winter flavor combo is chocolate and peppermint. They just go so well together.

I decided to make some chocolate cupcakes with these fun red tulip cupcake liners and some Peppermint Crunch (both were sent to me curtosy of King Arthur Flour). I love how bright the red color on the cupcake liners is! So festive.

I have to admit that this frosting recipe is quite tasty, but kind of a pain to work with. Amanda over at Fake Ginger used it in her peppermint brownies during the holiday bakeoff I attended. It was just sticky and messy to top the cupcakes. And if you were using regular cupcake liners, it might spill over the edges because it oozes as it sets. If I were using regular liners, I think I’d fill the cupcakes with this frosting and then dip them in ganache and sprinkle the pepperminte crunch on top of the ganache.

One of the most fun things about these cupcake liners is unwrapping your cupcake. It’s like opening a little holiday gift!

The best part of this all is that the awesome people at King Arthur Flour are offering up the same goodies they sent me to one lucky reader (to be chosen by Random.org)

Some Rules:
– Enter giveaway by midnight EST Thursday December 9
– US mailing addresses only
– Be sure to leave your email address or that your profile links to an email address
– To enter, leave a comment with your favorite holiday flavor (sweet or savory)
– For an extra entry, Tweet about this giveaway and come back here and leave another comment

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Two Years Ago: Lumberjack Cookies and Cinnamon Pork with Sweet Potatoes
Three Years Ago: Frito Candy

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Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Patty Frosting

Yield: 24

Ingredients:

For the Cupcakes
1 cup butter
1/2 cup Dutch-process cocoa
1 cup hot water
2 cups Flour
2 cups sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp espresso powder, optional
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup plain or vanilla yogurt, or 1/3 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla

For the Peppermint Patty Frosting
1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 tsp peppermint extract
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Directions:

For the Cupcakes
Line two muffin or cupcake pans with papers, and lightly grease the papers. If you only have one pan, you'll need to bake in shifts. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Melt the butter; stir in the cocoa and hot water.

In a separate bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, espresso powder, and salt.

Blend the buttermilk or yogurt, eggs, and vanilla. Pour the cocoa mixture and the yogurt mixture over the dry ingredients, beating till smooth.

Pour a scant 1/4 cup of batter into each cup; a level muffin scoop works well here. Bake the cupcakes for 23 to 25 minutes, or until a cake tester or toothpick inserted into the center of one of the middle cupcakes comes out clean. Remove them from the oven and cool on a rack.

For the Peppermint Patty Frosting
Use a mixer to combine sweetened condensed milk and extract.

Mix in powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time until combined.

Scoop 1 Tbsp of frosting onto each cupcake. Using the back of a spoon, spread the frosting but not all the way to the edge of the cupcake. Place in fridge for frosting to set up.

Cupcake Recipe from King Arthur Flour
Frosting Recipe from Fake Ginger

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11 Responses to “Chocolate Oatmeal Almost Candy Bars”

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    Brisbane Baker — March 24, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Wow, you’re going to end up with a whole lotta bars by the end of the week 😀

    Yum! Love this recipe 🙂

    http://www.brisbanebaker.blogspot.com

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    yumventures — March 24, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    I love when ingredients don’t sound like they would be good, but come together in an amazing way! These look lovely.

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    Valen — March 24, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    I really enjoy your blog, lots of great photos and recipes! These look so good! I love oats, chocolate, and raisins, but have never combined all three.

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    Memória — March 24, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    These bars look fantastic and full of flavor. I’m bookmarking this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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    themilkmanswife — March 24, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    These sound wonderful! I’m not huge on raisins either but it sounds like they really work here. I’ll have to try these! 🙂

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    Jen — March 25, 2010 at 12:52 am

    This looks really great but I don’t think I can do the raisins–maybe I would make this and then I could give it to other people instead of eating it all myself!

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    Kelly — March 25, 2010 at 1:04 am

    Who is getting to eat all these amazing creations? Those ingredients sound delicious to me so I can only imagine the combined taste!

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    Jen — March 25, 2010 at 1:08 am

    Ha Kelly! My husband and I take the baked goods to work with us. I am also the girl who always brings a dessert to any gathering. Everyone knows that if we’re hanging out, I’ll probably have desserts in hand. I usually only have about one of whatever I make (hey, I have to taste test my food!)

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    Katherine Martin — March 25, 2010 at 2:19 am

    I am soooo making my housemates make me these for my birthday. If they don’t, I’ll just make them this weekend!! Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

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    o — September 17, 2013 at 4:24 am

    How many grams in a stick of butter?

    • beantownbaker — September 17th, 2013 @ 7:30 am

      There is information about butter in my FAQ page. 1 stick=113g

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