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St. Patrick's Day

Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Frosting

Chocolate may be the ultimate cake flavour and peppermint happens to perfectly complement it. Luckily, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, when you put them together you get a delicious combination is hard to resist. Upgrade your March 17th celebration this year by making these Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Frosting. Hot tip – they happen to go perfectly with a pint of Guinness too!

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A green and white frosted cupcake surrounded by a green sugar sprinkles on a white background by Champagne and Sugarplums

If you like a nice high twirl of frosting – we definitely do! – we suggest doubling the ingredients. This will ensure you have enough frosting to generously decorate two dozen cupcakes.

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What you’ll need:

  • Chocolate cupcakes (recipe below)
  • Cupcake liners
  • Peppermint buttercream frosting (recipe below)
  • Piping bag
  • Large star piping tip
  • Green gel food colouring
  • Mixer
  • Muffin tin
A green and white frosted cupcake sitting on a dark metal cake stand on a white background by Champagne and Sugarplums

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Adding chocolate batter to cupcake liners in a muffin tin beside a green tea cloth on a white background by Champagne and Sugarplums

Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Frosting

Make the chocolate cupcake batter using the recipe below. Line a muffin tin with liners and then fill with each cup with three generous tablespoons of batter.

Baked chocolate cupcakes in a muffin tin beside a green tea cloth on a white background by Champagne and Sugarplums

Bake the cupcakes in the oven for about 20 mins.

Butter and shortening mixed in a metal mixing bowl beside a green tea cloth on a white background by Champagne and Sugarplums

In an electric mixer, cream together butter and vegetable shortening. We chose to use shortening in this frosting recipe, opposed to all butter, because we wanted to get a real white frosting. Using all butter will taste a little bit better, but will make a more cream colour frosting.

Adding powdered sugar in an orange measuring cup to butter and shortening mixed in a metal mixing bowl beside a green tea cloth on a white background by Champagne and Sugarplums

White frosting mixed in a metal mixing bowl beside a green tea cloth and green and yellow pinch bowls on a white background by Champagne and Sugarplums

Add powdered sugar, one cup at a time and mix well.

White frosting mixed in a metal mixing bowl beside a green tea cloth on a white background by Champagne and Sugarplums
White and green frosting in two white square bowls on a white background by Champagne and Sugarplums

Divide the frosting in half and colour one bowl green. We recommend using a gel food colouring as the liquid kind can dilute the texture of the frosting.

White and green frosting placed in two lines on top of plastic wrap and then rolled into a tube by Champagne and Sugarplums

Transfer the frosting in two lines onto plastic wrap and then roll into a log. You could also use a spatula to fill a piping bag directly with the two colours of icing. It’s a little bit of a messier method but works just as well.

White and green frosting in a piping bag with a star tip on a white background by Champagne and Sugarplums

Place the plastic wrap frosting log into a piping bag, with a large star tip attached.

Icing chocolate cupcakes with white and green frosting on a white plate by Champagne and Sugarplums

Decorate the cupcakes with large twirls of frosting. Starting of the outside of the cupcake and pipe circles, moving inward, allowing the frosting to pile up on itself until you reach a peak. Then stop applying pressure to the piping bag and pull it away from the cupcake.

Icing chocolate cupcakes with white and green frosting on a white plate by Champagne and Sugarplums
Chocolate cupcakes with peppermint frosting on a white plate with green sprinkles by Champagne and Sugarplums

Chocolate cupcakes with peppermint frosting on a white plate with green sprinkles by Champagne and Sugarplums

We hope you enjoy these St. Patrick’s Day Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Frosting! If you’re looking for more St. Pat’s inspiration, check out our Rustic Lucky Signboard and our Clover Chair Sashes. Happy crafting!

Chocolate cupcakes with peppermint frosting on a white plate with green sprinkles by Champagne and Sugarplums
Chocolate cupcakes with peppermint frosting on a white plate with green sprinkles by Champagne and Sugarplums

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Chocolate cupcakes with peppermint frosting on a white plate with green sprinkles by Champagne and Sugarplums

Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Frosting

Chocolate may be the ultimate cake flavour and peppermint happens to perfectly complement it. Luckily, just in time for St. Patrick's Day, when you put them together you get a delicious combination is hard to resist. Upgrade your March 17th celebration this year by making these Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Frosting – they happen to go perfectly with a pint of Guinness too!
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Decorating Time 10 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Canadian
Servings 24 Cupcakes
Calories 301 kcal

Equipment

  • Mixer
  • Two mixing bowls
  • Two medium bowls
  • Cupcake liners
  • Muffin tin
  • Piping bag
  • Large star tip
  • Kettle

Ingredients
  

Cupcakes

  • 1 3/4 cups Flour
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Unsweetened Cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp Baking soda
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 cup Brewed coffee
  • 1 cup Heavy cream Thicker milk can be used as a substitute
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract

Peppermint Frosting

  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable shortening
  • 4 cups Powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp Milk
  • 2 tsp Peppermint extract

Instructions
 

Cupcakes

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Fill a muffin tin with cupcakes liners.
  • In a mixing bowl, sift together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, coffee, cream, oil and vanilla.
  • Pour the coffee mix into the dry mixture and mix until thoroughly combined (about 2 mins).
  • Add three generous tablespoons of batter to each cupcake liner.
  • Bake 20-25 minutes. Let cool completely before decorating.

Peppermint Frosting

  • In a mixer, cream together butter and shortening.
  • Beat in the peppermint extract and combine thoroughly.
  • Add the powdered sugar, one cup at a time, until fully mixed into the butter mixture.
  • Add the milk and beat until light fluffy.
Keyword Chocolate, cupcake, frosting, green, minty, St. Patrick’s Day, white
Chocolate cupcakes with peppermint frosting on a white plate with green sprinkles by Champagne and Sugarplums
Chocolate cupcake with peppermint frosting on a metal cake stand on a white background by Champagne and Sugarplums
Chocolate cupcakes with peppermint frosting on a white plate with green sprinkles by Champagne and Sugarplums

Chocolate cupcakes with peppermint frosting on a white plate with green sprinkles by Champagne and Sugarplums
Happy St. Patrick's Day from Champagne and Sugarplums

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