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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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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23 Responses to “Peanut Butter and Co Giveaway”

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    PowerCakes — January 3, 2012 at 5:07 am

    On a daily basis I eat oats, chia seeds, coconut oil, and protein powder! I call it a power breakfast! 😉

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    PowerCakes — January 3, 2012 at 5:09 am

    Tweeted it! @powercakes

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    Betsy — January 3, 2012 at 5:10 am

    I tweeted! @dancerkitchen

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    Erin D. — January 3, 2012 at 5:15 am

    I have a bagel During my work commute, but I’m a cereal girl on the weekends. 🙂

    I’m kteerin@yahoo.com, btw. Thanks!

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    Jason — January 3, 2012 at 9:16 am

    I eat oatmeal made with almond milk, 1tbsp peanut butter, 1tsp chia seed, 1tsp flax meal, 1tsp wheat germ and a sliced banana. Oh and of course coffee (decaf after the workout)

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    Jason — January 3, 2012 at 9:19 am

    I tweeted the statement out from @cooktraineatrce

    Thank you for hosting.

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    Anne — January 3, 2012 at 9:50 am

    I typically eat milk and cereal.

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    Katrina {In Katrina's Kitchen} — January 3, 2012 at 10:45 am

    I’m a cereal girl 🙂 I really want to try the white chocolate one. Our local store carries them all except that one.

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    Katrina {In Katrina's Kitchen} — January 3, 2012 at 10:46 am

    I tweeted! @katrinaskitchen

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    Kayleigh — January 3, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    For breakfast I usually have oatmeal and peanut butter! I love peanut butter 😉

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    Matteson@ Healthy High Schooler — January 3, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    I always eat oatmeal with granola and a spoonful of nut butter on top! 🙂

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    Matteson@ Healthy High Schooler — January 3, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    I tweeted! @HealthyHS

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    Kattreena — January 3, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Hi! My name is Kattreena! On a daily basis, I eat oatmeal for breakfast! I love adding a banana, blueberries, honey, and chopped walnuts! Recently I’ve begun adding flaxseed and chia seeds! Delicious and super healthy!

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    Brooke — January 3, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    I typically eat a Bagel-ful or oatmeal with pumpkin added in.

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    Kelly @ Cupcake Kelly's — January 3, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    I eat oatmeal with a scoop of granola and a spoonful of peanut butter & co 🙂

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    Kelly @ Cupcake Kelly's — January 3, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    I tweeted! @cupcakekellys

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    Eva @ Eva Bakes — January 3, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    I am boring and have an English muffin with jam and a banana everyday. I drink a glass of soy milk too.

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    jean — January 3, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    I normally have a smoothie or pumpkin oatmeal. I love their peanut butter!

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    Jenny — January 3, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    An Apple!

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    Carrie — January 3, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    I change my breakfast daily.

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    Heather — January 4, 2012 at 12:52 am

    Probably hard boiled eggs, fruit or yogurt. I change it up here and there.

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    The Rookie Baker — January 4, 2012 at 1:21 am

    I don’t eat breakfast that often, but when I do, I go for scrambled eggs with toast.

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    Teri B — January 4, 2012 at 3:10 am

    Bacon the weekend. Greek Yogurt during the week.

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