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)

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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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37 Responses to “Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows”

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    Megan — December 21, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    I love the red swirl in these. They look so festive! Homemade marshmallows are seriously so much better than store-bought.

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    Jen — December 21, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Completely agree Megan. And the best part is they melt and get all gooey in the hot chocolate!

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    Meesh — December 21, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    gorgeous! and so festive. what a great idea.

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — December 21, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    These are awesome! I’m sure your friends and family will love this thoughtful gift!

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    Daisy — December 21, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    these are the prettiest marshmellows I have ever seen. you could make them for every winter season (throw some sparkles in for news years, green for st pattys. pastels for easter!) oh the possibilities.

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — December 21, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    So pretty! I hear people talk about how easy it is to make homemade marshmallows all of the time – I’ve really got to make some.

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    dana — December 21, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Peppermint marshmallows? I think this is the first time I am hearing about it. Anyway it sounds fun and looks yummy.

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    Blog is the New Black — December 21, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Looks great!

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    Evan @swEEts — December 21, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    I bought all the ingredients for marshmallows but haven’t made them yet.. this peppermint variety sounds awesome though!

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    kitchenmisfit — December 22, 2010 at 2:38 am

    I really need to get off my butt and make some homemade marshmallows! No excuses!

    -Amanda

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    LimeCake — December 22, 2010 at 2:38 am

    These are so darned pretty, and festive! Happy holidays!

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    SomeSojourns — December 22, 2010 at 6:31 am

    holy clever. these look so yummy.

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    Anne @thefitbridesmaid — December 22, 2010 at 6:46 am

    Those look so professional. It’s amazing what a little red food coloring can do.

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    Caroline — December 22, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    These are beautiful! I have made marshmallows a few times, and only once have I had a problem with them.. I put them into an airtight container and came back about an hour later to find that they had been – at least what it looked like to me – weeping. I’m not sure what happened, I dusted them with powdered sugar after cutting, and thought I did everyting right. I was curious if anything like that has that happened to you before? These marshmallows look like perfection!

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    Dina — December 23, 2010 at 12:25 am

    those would be great in a cup of hot cocoa!

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    Ashley — December 29, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    Jen…these are GORGEOUS!! I keep meaning to try my hand at marshmallow making. These look divine!

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    Jen — January 2, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    Caroline,

    I have never had that problem myself. It sounds like there may have been a lot of humidity in the air? Was it during the summer? I haven’t made marshmallows during the summer yet, but that’s the first thing that pops to mind.

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    Stef at TooMuchToDoSoLittleTime.com — January 15, 2011 at 9:13 am

    I found your site from Pioneer Woman’s Group 3 photography assignment. Congrats on being selected!!

    I love the photo and am looking forward to trying your marshmallow recipe.

    I’m looking forward to looking at your other posts, too. 😉

    Stef at TooMuchToDoSoLittleTime.com

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    zzzy — March 11, 2011 at 12:45 am

    Where can one buy a marshmellow make/machine??

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    snippets of thyme — April 7, 2011 at 7:16 am

    I cannot wait to make these peppermint marshmallows at the holidays. They are so pretty and looks so nice in that hot chocolate!

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    Jo and Sue — July 15, 2011 at 7:50 am

    Your pictures look soooo amazing 🙂 I did a blog recently about marshmallows (If you are interested – http://joandsue.blogspot.com/2011/07/great-marshmallow-debate.html ) Homemade marshmallows are rediculously addictive!

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    Virginia — November 6, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Important pre-holiday question: how big are the gift bags you use for your marshmallows &/or hot cocoa mix?  I’m looking at the “smalls” from KA (14.5″ x 6″), but I really have zero intuition for how that size translates to volume of, e.g, marshmallows. =)  thanks!

    • beantownbaker — November 8th, 2011 @ 8:26 am

      Great question. I will have to go home and check the size of the bags. I know I got them at Michaels. The marshmallows went into small bags that were almost a smidge too small and the hot cocoa went into larger bags. I’m sure that isn’t very helpful… Let me get back to you on that.

    • beantownbaker — December 19th, 2011 @ 9:00 pm

      Ok I didn’t have any of the bags left. Both of them were Wilton brand from Michaels craft store. Based on what I see online, it looks like the marshmallows were in a bag that was 3″x4″. They were a smidge small. The cocoa mix was in a bigger bag, looks like 4″x6″ and those were just the right size.

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    Sarah C — December 18, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    I’m not sure what I did wrong but these were a total disaster!  The marshmallow wouldn’t pour out of the bowl and seemed like it had already begun to set by the time I was taking it out (even though I only kept it in the mixer for about 13 minutes).  Do you think they were in the mixer for too long?  I was going by timing as well as thick/lukewarm but maybe it was still too long.  The bit of them that I could get into the pan wouldn’t spread so I couldn’t even use what I had because they would have been horribly shaped and not gift-worthy.  I ended up having to just dump everything in the trash.  I’m so disappointed because I was really looking forward to an easy homemade gift for co-workers.

    • beantownbaker — December 19th, 2011 @ 8:59 pm

      So sorry to hear that they didn’t turn out for you 🙁

    • LadyPerson — January 1st, 2012 @ 12:58 am

      You probably cooked the sugar syrup too long. I bet if you’d let them fully set, you’d have ended up with harder than normal marshmallows. Check your candy thermometer to make sure it’s accurate.

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    LadyPerson — January 1, 2012 at 1:01 am

    Sounds like you didn’t cook the sugar syrup long enough. They MUST get to the proper temperature, or the marshmallows won’t set properly. If the syrup didn’t cook enough, the resulting marshmallow will be too soft and won’t hold it’s shape properly. Cook it too long, and the marshmallows will be too hard when you want fluffy.

    • Jenny K., Colorado — November 29th, 2012 @ 3:04 pm

      I would like to add that when cooking candy to a certain temperature, you must take into account your altitude. I have not made these yet, but will adjust to my own 6,000 feet in altitude. For example, when making English Toffee, I adjust 8 degrees LOWER for the target temperature. Otherwise, it overcooks.You can Google “altitude adjustments for candy making” .

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    Molly — November 30, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Would a hand mixer work or would the marshmallows burn out the motor?

    • beantownbaker — December 1st, 2012 @ 9:38 pm

      I’ve never done it with a hand mixer, but I do know that my stand mixer gets pretty hot while it’s whipping up the marshmallows…

      • Mary Christmas — December 21st, 2012 @ 2:08 pm

        I made these last night with a simple handmixer & whisk attachment (Hamilton Beach® 6-Speed Hand Mixer)…worked great! It has a “bowl rest” so your arm doesn’t get too tired 🙂

        • beantownbaker — December 21st, 2012 @ 9:12 pm

          So glad it worked out for you!

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    KS — December 13, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Anyone know if an alternative syrup would work (like light brown rice syrup)? I want to make these but my son is allergic to corn. Thanks!

    • beantownbaker — December 15th, 2012 @ 9:40 am

      I have never tried a substitute. Maybe another reader will know. If you experiment and find something that works, let me know!

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    Mary Christmas — December 21, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Delicious, and they look just like the picture!!

    To save your pan, lay down foil first, and then spray with cooking spray and the powder mixture as instructed. At the end, lift the foil out to dump the marshmallows on the cutting board.

    • beantownbaker — December 21st, 2012 @ 9:11 pm

      Great tip!

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