Monday, December 6, 2010

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


Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Patty Frosting - Cupcakes from King Arthur Flour, frosting from Fake Ginger - makes 24 cupcakes
Cupcakes - Printable Recipe
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

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.

Peppermint Patty Frosting - Printable Recipe
1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 tsp peppermint extract
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar

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.

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90 comments:

A said...

Peppermint for sure

Lucy said...

Love all things pumpkin this time of year!
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JL said...

The richness of eggnog is one of my fave parts of the holiday season
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Mrs. Walk said...

I can't decide if it's peppermint or pumpkin! Oooh or egg nog!

Cathy B. @ Brightbakes said...

yet another choc/peppermint combination to tempt me. Oh my! These look lovely! Peppermint is Christmas to me!

Cathy B. @ Brightbakes said...

I tweeted too! breit85@gmail.com
love,
cathy b. @ brightbakes

Jene said...

I looooooooooooooooooooooove chocolate and peppermint. Especially when the chocolate is hot and the peppermint is liquor. Or any other way, really.

Cara said...

Oh I love Pumpkin and Peppermint! Two things my husband hates!

Ashley said...

Apple Cider!! I drink it all winter long.

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Loan LyPham-Ferry said...

Definately chocolate and peppermint or anything heavy on the cinnamon and nutmeg! Too bad I can't win these liners with your cupcakes already in them! They look wonderful!

Kathy said...

I <3 peppermint, it's a guilty pleasure. Also that I get to overeat gingerbread. That's where i pudge at the holidays, with Gingerbread flavor. its decadent and delicous.

Also: my word verification is redip. which entertains me.

Linda and Matthew said...

I love the chocolate/peppermint combo.

Lisa said...

My favorite holiday sweet is gingerbread cookies. rhisomers(at)gmail(dot)com

Kathy said...

I tweeted it. and bragged you up.

amanda @ fake ginger said...

So weird that it came out so thin for you! Maybe I should've specified what size can? Whoops. Anyway, I used a 14 ounce can and it came out pretty thick. Weird. I'm going to update my recipe with size now. ;)

The cupcakes look great anyway! :)

amanda @ fake ginger said...

Okay, ignore me. Apparently I only used 3/4 of a cup of the condensed milk. Seriously, the cold weather is messing with my head.

Kris @ everywhereorange.com said...

I love chocolate and coconut this time of year. oh and of course marshmallow!
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Rachel @ Baked by Rachel said...

I agree - I love chocolate and peppermint this time of year. And your idea to fill the cupcakes w/peppermint and top w/chocolate ganache sounds amazing! But really who minds a bit of a mess when eating something so tasty?

Rachel @ Baked by Rachel said...

Just tweeted

suzannah {so much shouting, so much laughter} said...

yum, these look delicious. i love homemade eggnog this time of year:)

Sarah said...

Chocolate and Peppermint is a classic xmas combo that I just love.

Daisy said...

ive been drinking peppermint mocha lattes like they're going out of style. definitely a favorite combo! I love gingerbread this time of year too!

Laura and Alex said...

I love my Grandma's almond puff :) Soooo yummy

Valerie said...

I'm lovin' everything almond! Banket is a holiday staple at our house & I can't get enough almond paste!

Sarah said...

I'm partial to peppermint, especially those Andes Peppermint Chocolates. They're like crack.
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KV said...

Anything chocolate!

maNda said...

my fav is peppermint! i love candycanes and mint choc! :)

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mom said...

any kind dessert that looks "Christmas-y" is on my list!

Amanda said...

I am in complete agreement- chocolate-peppermint is my favorite!!!

Kirsty said...

My favorite holiday flavor: Rum. Rum in Truffles, rum in eggnog, Rum in banana muffins, rum in pineapple upside down cakes.....yup, rum. :)

Cara said...

peppermint and chocolate is one of my favorite holiday flavors, but you know I have to remain loyal to pumpkin!

CT Cupcake said...

those look so good! peppermint is by far my fave holiday flavor!
but really also love buttery goodness in cookies. hmmm.
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EliFla said...

GREAT!!!! hugs, Flavia

sarah said...

Peppermint (ideally with chocolate)!

Rebecca said...

Those look amazing!

DaniD said...

I love mint chocolate and for the holidays put amaretto in EVERYTHING.

Fashion Meets Food said...

I am kind of peppermint obsessed so I absolutely love your cupcakes. Not to mention a peppermint patty frosting just sounds like pure bliss!

xo

ps I am your newest follower

Mom-in-law said...

Molasses. Or coconut. And butter. Those are the dominant flavors in three of my favorite holiday cookies. nsp429@gmail.com

Eva said...

I'm also on the peppermint bandwagon!

Shelly said...

Chocolate and peppermint defo!
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Megan said...

I didn't used to love the whole chocolate peppermint combo until I made an amazing cake from Bon Appetit last year. Now I'm hooked. I just ate a peppermint chocolate cookie for lunch today.

Those wrappers are so cute!

Aimee B said...

Pumpkin for sure. I love my pumpkin choc chip muffins! sunshine4342 at juno dot com

Blog is the New Black said...

Yum! I am all about mint, and so is my bf.

Viviann said...

PUMPKIN PUMPKIN PUMPKIN!!! Can't get enough!
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Caroline said...

Peppermint and gingerbread. YUM!

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URBakin'MeCrazyy said...

My favorite flavor would have to be Egg Nog, or Peppermint :)!

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Heather said...

Peppermint for sure!!!

Theresa Connolly said...

Silly I know but I love Fruitcake in all its yummy, rummy goodness.

kitchenmisfit said...

Love eggnog! And mulled cider.

- Amanda

Alexis said...

I love peppermint and pumpkin best! :)

Ashley said...

Cinnamon!

Amanda said...

Peppermint is definitely my fave! cnahorvath@yahoo.com

nicole said...

my favorite holiday flavor is eggnog. I think I could eat or drink about anything with eggnog

Rebecca said...

Pumpkin pie spice :) ... in everything from homemade pumpkin spice lattes to pumpkin bread! My fav!

jane deere said...

Peppermint for me! These cupcakes look delicious...love the baking liners!

Patricia said...

It's a toss up between pumpkin and chocolate/peppermint.
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Nutmeg Nanny said...

These cupcakes look awesome! They are so pretty :)

Such a fun giveaway too. My favorite holiday flavors are ginger and molasses....yum!

Melissa said...

Eggnog for sure!!! I just made Eggnog cookies that are actually TOO good....I can't stay away!

Sherry G said...

I love simple molasses cookies! Molasses is one of my favorite things this time of year=)

becksterslaboratory said...

I am SO with you on the chocolate/mint combo! Beyond delicious! I always make some peppermint biscotti at this time of year - yum! : )

Anonymous said...

love the combo of peppermint and chocolate. also love KA flour - use it all the time.

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Anne @thefitbridesmaid said...

Well they look delicious! But I can see the pain of the ooziness!

Taylor said...

Peppermint and chocolate is my favorite!

Elizabeth said...

I love sweet things - especially egg nog!

Nina said...

Peppermint - I get addicted to peppermint mochas this time of year.

Tyler said...

Mint chocolate! Yum!!

Jessica Falksen said...

Cranberry! I think this started when we were giving our 'grown up' drink for Christmas Eve dinner. The real adults had wine and we had cran-raspberry juice for the kids version.

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The Small Boston Kitchen said...

As always, your post makes me want to lick my computer screen! I made your Snickerdoodle brownies the other day and I ate just about the whole pan. By myself. Need to give away the rest and then make them again because they made my apt smell AMAZING!

Lindsay said...

chocolate and mint, yum!

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Ange said...

Coconut is my favorite! I put in mostly everything I bake during this time of year.

Tiffany said...

I love sweet things at this time of year. Especially the peppermint bark or candy cane hershey kisses.

Shannon said...

I love anything eggnog flavored, especially baked goods. Mint is a good one too.

Lara @ GoodCookDoris said...

Peppermint hot chocolate! Or caramel...or pumpkin....

Shannon said...

ooh, for the holidays i'd have to go with eggnog or peppermint!

Maureen said...

I love peppermint! Can't get enough of it this time of year!

Kasey said...

My favorite holiday flavor has to be molasses. We have a family cookie recipe involving molasses that never gets old!

Katy said...

Almond flavoring goes into several of our cookies- including the candy cane cookies. The combo of almond with mint makes for a great cookie!! Eggnog and chex mix add to this yummy Christmas Eve combination.

Suzi said...

My favorite holiday flavor is sweet - the chocolate-peppermint combo, mmm!

susieq said...

Vanilla (as in the icing on my mother-in-law's fabulously delicious sugar cookies). Mmmm....

Jessie said...

Chocolate is my favorite flavor year round!

Liana Engie said...

I'm not sure if I have a favorite holiday flavor... I've been sitting here thinking about it for a few minutes. Mint perhaps? But not in excessive amounts.

Amy said...

My favorite holiday flavor is really my favorite year round flavor -- cinnamon! I love cinnamon anything.

Amber2Zoe said...

Hood Golden Egg Nog - yum!

CoCo said...

Egg nog. I discovered Silk Egg Nog flavor as well as the See's egg nog truffle this year. So happy.

Maria said...

amazing! can't wait to bake them!

bbscabral said...

I love anything that is baked with eggnog! This year I'm thinking I might have to try to make eggnog truffles! YUM!

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Rachel Blumenthal said...

Peppermint and chocolate used to be my favorite flavor combo, but lately it's become chili pepper and chocolate. I love the juxtaposition of spicy and sweet!

Kimmy Bingham said...

Pumpkin for Thanksgiving-time, eggnog for Christmas-time. I always forget how much I love eggnog until the time is here! :-)

Sheetal said...

pumpkin bread! hbhalsod@gmail.com

Carolyn said...

I worship KAF. I mean WORSHIP! So I would love to win this one. My fave flavour combo for the holidays is probably chocolate and mint too, but I am really into gingerbread these days.

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