Chocolate Candy Cane Cupcakes


Chocolate Cake:

  • 1 box devil's food cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 C. oil or melted butter
  • 3/4 C. sour cream
  • 3/4 C. buttermilk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract

Chocolate Peppermint Frosting:

  • 1 C. butter softened
  • 1/3 C. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3/4 tsp. peppermint extract more if you like it really minty!
  • 2-4 Tbsp. milk
  • 2-3 C. powdered sugar as needed


  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line pans with cupcake liners.
  2. 2. In a large bowl, combine cake mix (I sift mine to remove any lumps), eggs, oil, sour cream, buttermilk and vanilla extract until smooth.
  3. 3. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full and bake for 15-20 minutes or until an inserted knife comes out clean.
  4. 4. Let (it go...let it go) cool.
  5. 5. Chocolate Peppermint Frosting: Beat butter until smooth. Add cocoa powder, vanilla extract and peppermint extract and beat again. Add 2 tablespoons milk and 1 cup powered sugar. Continue to add more powdered sugar until you reach your desired consistency. Add more milk if it becomes too thick or stiff!
  6. 6. Pipe onto cooled cupcakes and top with crushed candy canes for color and crunch!