Peppermint Perfection

Carlos taken aback by the cupcake's beauty

This weekend we took our first stab at baking cupcakes on our own!  We’ll admit to taking the easy route this first time around using pre-made cake mix and packaged frosting which will make this recipe simple for newbies.

Around this time of year is when Starbucks introduces their peppermint flavoring for coffee so why not try and emulate that taste with a minty fresh cupcake?  We chose a chocolate cake & a cream cheese frosting. For the peppermint aspect we simply added 1/2 a teaspoon of  peppermint extract to the cake mix and smashed up candy canes to decorate the top.

Crushed candy cane, peppermint extract & sprinkles

The cupcakes tasted very refreshing and the 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract was just enough to give that light bite without being too overpowering.  The trick was really grinding up the candy cane pieces so that the cupcake was easier to bite into.  We can’t help but wonder about other peppermint recipes and ideas and are especially curious about where the peppermint flavoring within the cupcake should come from.  Help us out by answering our poll on concocting the perfect peppermint combination!

And if you want to create your own peppermint cupcakes from scratch check out this great recipe from the owner of Sprinkles.


November 24, 2009. Recipes.


  1. Kaarin replied:

    Just wanted to let you guys know that the cupcakes you made for class today were fantastic! They had the perfect amount of peppermint. Reminded me quite a bit of Starbuck’s Peppermint Mochas. Great job!

  2. kegill replied:

    Ditto! And they weren’t too sweet, which is a big plus.

  3. abigailriedinger replied:

    The cupcakes were fantastic, which is weird for me to say, because I don’t typically like peppermint. The only thing I might say is that the peppermint stick chunks were a little big, and I got distracted trying to chew them and not make a mess. But that’s so minor, don’t even listen to me! They tasted like peppermint perfection!

  4. Spreading the nom nom love « Alayna's Blog replied:

    […] We’ve brought in a total of 2 cupcake experiments of our own to share with the class: Peppermint and Guinness flavored cupcakes. Just watch….More cupcakes could be coming your way in Com […]

  5. Ivan replied:

    Peppermint is one those things that can be hit-or-miss when including in a dessert, but I’m happy to say that it was astounding success here.

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