Peppermint Mocha Chocolate Cupcakes

/// November 28th, 2015

Supremely moist and decadent chocolate cupcakes topped with peppermint mocha frosting, a drizzle of chocolate ganache, and crushed candy canes. ← Can you think of a sweeter way to kick off the holiday season?

Supremely moist and decadent chocolate cupcakes topped with peppermint mocha frosting, a drizzle of chocolate ganache, and crushed candy canes. I’m a huge fan of “Christmas flavors”. You know… the ones we look forward to indulging in all year long. Like eggnog, gingerbread, cranberry, snickerdoodle, pumpkin, and of course, peppermint mocha. I love them all! But peppermint mocha may be my favorite… I blame Starbucks and their addicting peppermint mocha lattes. Have you had one yet this year?! I got my first fix of the season last week and each sip was as sweet as I remembered.

Chocolate + peppermint + mocha = so much yum.

↑↑↑ Today’s recipe includes all of those wonderful things.

Supremely moist and decadent chocolate cupcakes topped with peppermint mocha frosting, a drizzle of chocolate ganache, and crushed candy canes. So let’s get down to details.

I know many of you cringe at this word… but I’ve got to say it. These cupcakes are supremely moist! In fact, I will go as far as to say they are the most tender cupcakes I have ever bitten into. And these chompers have bitten into many cupcakes!

What makes them so soft? I’m glad you asked. For this cupcake recipe I took my already fabulous super decadent chocolate cupcake recipe, and gave it a peppermint twist. The cupcake batter includes eggs, egg yolk, melted butter, oil, sour cream, and hot coffee. All of these ingredients add moisture and flavor to the cupcake, and I do not recommend leaving any of them out. This is a recipe I suggest following to a T. Why mess with perfection? 😉

P.S. If you’d like to make these cupcakes ahead of time – you totally can! These cupcakes may be frozen, unfrosted, for up to a month. Holiday party planning just got a whole lot easier, eh?

Supremely moist and decadent chocolate cupcakes topped with peppermint mocha frosting, a drizzle of chocolate ganache, and crushed candy canes. A cupcake is nothing without a generous swirl of fluffy frosting ♥♥♥

These cupcakes are topped with a rich peppermint mocha frosting that sounds (and tastes) a whole lot fancier than it is. In reality, it’s quite simple to make! Just a few basic ingredients whipped up until smooth and creamy.

The key to making bakery style frosting at home? Soft butter. You’ll want to leave your butter out on the counter for at least 30 minutes before beating it smooth. It should be a little softer than room temperature.

Supremely moist and decadent chocolate cupcakes topped with peppermint mocha frosting, a drizzle of chocolate ganache, and crushed candy canes. Finished with a drizzle of chocolate ganache and sprinkle of crushed candy canes, peppermint mocha chocolate cupcakes have plenty of pizzazz.

Supremely moist and decadent chocolate cupcakes topped with peppermint mocha frosting, a drizzle of chocolate ganache, and crushed candy canes.

These peppermint mocha cupcakes are sure to perk up any dreary Winter day.

If you try this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment below and don’t forget to snap a pic and tag it #bakerbynature on instagram! Seeing your kitchen creations makes my day.

Peppermint Mocha Chocolate Cupcakes

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: one dozen cupcakes

Serving Size: one cupcake

Super moist and decadent peppermint mocha cupcakes are topped with chocolate peppermint frosting and crushed candy canes! Perfect for the holiday season.


  • For the Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes:
  • 3 tablespoons coconut OR canola oil
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, not packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs + 1 large egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1/2 cup full fat sour cream
  • 1/2 cup hot coffee
  • For the Chocolate Peppermint Frosting:
  • 3 cups confectioners sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, very soft
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons whole milk or half and half
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • For the Chocolate Drizzle (optional):
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup crushed candy canes


  1. For the Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes:
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (F). Line a 12-cup cupcake/muffin tin with cupcake liners and lightly spray the liners with non-stick spray (optional but it does help them peel right off).
  3. Melt the oil, butter, and chocolate together in the microwave, heating in 30 second increments, stirring between increments. You can also melt the oil, butter, and chocolate over very low heat on the stove top, but I find the microwave to be much easier. Whisk mixture until completely smooth and set aside to cool.
  4. In a medium-sized bowl combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa powder, and salt; stir together until thoroughly combined; set aside.
  5. In a large bowl whisk together the eggs, yolk, sugar and peppermint extract; beat until smooth.
  6. Add the cooled oil/butter/chocolate mixture and whisk until smooth. Add half of the flour mixture, then half of the sour cream. Repeat the process until everything is added, and be sure to mix until JUST combined. Quickly stir in the hot coffee - it's important not to over mix, here! Just stir until everything is evenly combined.
  7. Divide the batter among the 12 liners in your prepared pan. Bake for 16-18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.
  8. For the Chocolate Peppermint Frosting:
  9. Sift together the confectioners sugar and cocoa powder, whisking well to ensure it's bump and lump free!
  10. Using a handheld mixer OR a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium-high speed until creamy; about 2 minutes. Reduce speed to low and slowly add the sifted sugar/cocoa powder, alternating with the sour cream and milk, then add the peppermint extract and salt. Once all of the ingredients have been added, increase speed to medium-high and beat the frosting until fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  11. Frost cooled cupcakes and top with chocolate drizzle and crushed candy canes.
  12. Cupcakes stay fresh, stored in the fridge, in an airtight container, for up to 3 days.
  13. For the Chocolate Drizzle (optional):
  14. Place chocolate in a medium-sized heat-proof bowl; set aside.
  15. In a small saucepan over medium heat, warm the heavy cream until very hot, but not boiling. Pour the hot cream over the chopped chocolate and set it aside for 2-3 minutes. Whisk the cream and chocolate completely smooth; whisk in vanilla. Allow the chocolate to cool for about 5 minutes before spooning the on the top of each frosted cupcake. Sprinkle the wet chocolate with crushed candy canes.


1) Do not let the chocolate glaze sit for more than 5 minutes or it will harden up and become very difficult to spoon over the frosting. 2) Don’t add too much chocolate glaze or it will drip all over your liners making it very messy to pick up. 3) This recipe makes 12 very large cupcakes. You can make 16 smaller cupcakes, if desired, but reduce the bake time by 2-3 minutes.

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14 thoughts on “Peppermint Mocha Chocolate Cupcakes

  1. Jemma Stroop

    Hello from Australia! Your photos are simply stunning I have to say. I am no baker but you convinced me to try these cupcakes and I was not disappointed. SO fluffy and chocolatey and delicious. My mum thought they were from a bakery because I decorated them like yours in the photos. I wish I could show you! Thanks again for making me feel like a baker.

    1. Hollis M

      Had to tell you what a hit these cupcakes are. I had a tough crowd to please, especially one gal who is a master baker. I needed to really impress her (which is a challenge to do) and she is a health conscious person to boot, but I have photos of her eating 4 cupcakes in one day, I was so excited to impress her! Now this recipe will be handed down to my daughter and so on, Thank you so much for posting this recipe! Cheers

  2. Shellymar Diego


    Hi just a quick question can I substitute peppermint oil to the peppermint extract? Cause it’s really quite hard to find peppermint extract here in the Philippines! :( and I would really love to try your recipe…
    By the way your photos are amazing, I bet it taste so much better as well!


  3. DJordan

    Hi! I’m hoping to make these this weekend but curious if they peak in the middle or come out flat? Do they fluff up? I need to make 3 dozen so any idea of how much to fill the liners would be a huge help!

  4. Justine

    Thank you for this amazing recipe! I followed it exactly (cupcakes only, topped them with whipped mint chocolate ganache) and they came out extremely moist and delicious! They rose beautifully and peeled from the greased liners well. My only “complaint” was that I had enough of this batter to make 2 dozen cupcakes; my husband is thrilled. 😉 I’m new to your blog but I will definitely be subscribing!

  5. Selena Hargrove

    So question? We don’t drink coffee and I was wondering if there is a substitute that I can use or if it’ll be ok without

  6. Tara

    I’m an experienced baker, but it’s been a long time since I’ve made cupcakes. I had some leftover crushed peppermint candy to use and this picture inspired me to get back into the cupcake game. I did make two minor changes (at least I thought they were) – I used dark cocoa powder (because that’s what I had on hand) and I didn’t have peppermint extract so I used triple the amount of peppermint schnapps. The cupcake tins were filled to the top, but the recipe said 12, so I went with it. They ended up with mushroom tops and ran into each other. At 16 minutes they were nowhere near done, nor at 18 minutes. I added another 5 minutes to finish them off. I think this would have been better as 13 cupcakes (which still leaves a nice dozen after the cook samples one). Have the size of cupcake tins been super-sized in the last 10 years? The frosting was very stiff (the butter had softened for more than an hour) and I kept adding more liquid to it. I put the crushed peppermint on the frosting the night before. When I brought them to work the next day, the peppermint had kind of melted and gotten chewy. I seem to recall that happening to me in other recipes with crushed peppermint. I gueess you have to make them and eat them on the same day.


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