Yield: 24 SERVINGS
Prep time: 20 MIN
Cook time: 20 MIN
Total time: 1HR
Made with a basic vanilla cupcake recipe, these Peppermint White Chocolate Cupcakes are super easy to create! The peppermint frosting has red food coloring stripes to make them look like candy canes – so cute! This is definitely a special treat for this Christmas.
FOR THE VANILLA CUPCAKES:
2½ cups (325g) all-purpose flour
2 cups (414g) sugar
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 cup (240ml) milk
½ cup (120ml) vegetable oil
1 tbsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 cup (240ml) water
FOR THE PEPPERMINT FROSTING:
4 cups powdered sugar
2 sticks butter, room temperature
1 tablespoon milk
1½ teaspoon peppermint extract
Pinch of salt
Red gel food coloring
Large Round Decorating tip
TO MAKE THE CUPCAKES:
Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C) and prepare a cupcake pan with liners.
Add the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt to a large mixer bowl and combine. Set aside.
Add the milk, vegetable oil, vanilla extract and eggs to a medium-sized bowl and combine.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and beat until well combined.
Slowly add the water to the batter and mix on low speed until well combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to make sure everything is well combined. Please note that the batter will be very thin.
Fill the cupcake liners about halfway and bake for 15-17 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs.
Remove the cupcakes from the oven and allow to cool for 2 minutes, then remove to a cooling rack to finish cooling.
TO MAKE THE PEPPERMINT FROSTING:
Cream together softened butter and sugar in a mixing bowl on low speed.
Add milk and mix again on medium setting, scraping the sides as needed.
Add the peppermint extract, starting with a teaspoon and then ¼ teaspoon at a time, tasting in between (you may prefer more or less than the recipe calls for).
While cupcakes are cooling, add red gel food coloring to a small bowl. Using a small (used for food only or brand new) paintbrush, saturate the tip with red food coloring, and paint 4 stripes up the sides of the piping bag. You may need to go over the lines a few times to get solid red lines.
Spoon in your peppermint frosting and pipe onto cooled cupcakes.
Garnish with a peppermint, sprinkles, mini candy cane or shaved white chocolate.