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

One Year Ago: M&M Surprise Cookies
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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12 Responses to “Power of Pink Roundup”

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    Soli Deo Gloria — November 3, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    Thank you for a lovely and informative round-up! With the number of entries, I think we have successfully raised awareness regarding breast cancer.

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    Ivy — November 3, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    Thanks for the lovely round up and all the information given about breast cancer.

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    Priya — November 3, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    Wonderful roundup..lovely entries, very informative about breast cancer..

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    Susan — November 3, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    Thanks for the great roundup. What a great event…thanks for allowing me to participate. I hope we have helped to make other more aware!

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    Lubna Karim — November 3, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    Awesome roundup. Iam very happy to be part of this event. Thanks a lot for the event and info on breast cancer and everything. Three cheers to your energy dear.

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    Nazarina A — November 3, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    Thank you!
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    Ricki — November 3, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    Fabulous roundup–and so glad I could be part of it! Everything looks amazingly scrumptious and I can’t wait to try some of these recipes! (Maybe I missed something, but didn’t the event say make “anything” pink? Or did it have to be baked goods? I’m guessing there must be SOME other pink foods out there. . . ?!!). Well, more dessert for me!

    Thanks for hosting this! 🙂

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    CB — November 3, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    Awesome roundup! I love that it had such a diverse group of bloggers. Great personal touch with the facts and myths. Thanks for hosting! I hope you make it an annual event 🙂
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    Susan from Food Blogga — November 4, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    This was a terrific event, Jen. Thank you for hosting it.

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    Jen — November 4, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    Thanks everyone. I hope you all had as much fun as I did. The entries are all great.

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    Julie — November 6, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    Thanks for hosting this Jen! As everyone else said, lovely roundup. I’m so glad that I could participate, especially as one of my first blog events!

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