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Addictive Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes Recipe

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Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes are the perfect holiday cupcake. Fluffy and mint-flavored dessert! Be sure to check out my Delicious List of Amazing Cupcake Recipes for even more sweet treat ideas.

Everyone knows that nothing beats a good cupcake recipe during the holiday season. That mocha taste paired with the hint of peppermint is the perfect flavor combination! Find out how simple it is to make these easy mint cupcakes!

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I’m a sucker for a good cupcake, and this one gets me every time. The flavor of the frosting paired with the moist and fluffy texture of the cupcake makes all my holiday dessert dreams come true.

I literally never knew that I loved mint and mocha as much as I did until I made these cupcakes. Now, I’m hooked, and there’s no turning back.

Be sure to check out my other peppermint recipes!

Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes

The fun part about making these cupcakes is that you’re actually making the entire recipe from scratch. That’s homemade cupcakes AND homemade frosting, all in one simple recipe.

This means you’ll get to love and learn the process of making them, smelling them, and then enjoying every bite.

Since this recipe has a few moving parts to it, my boys tend to hop in and help make the cupcakes and frosting. I love that we spend this time together, and they love that they’re that much closer to the oven when the cupcakes are done baking.

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How do I know when the cupcakes are done baking?

Knowing when cupcakes are done baking can be tricky, as it is easy to misjudge the baking time. As with all food items, the best way to ensure cupcakes are cooked is to check on them throughout the baking process.

A good indicator that a batch of cupcakes is almost done is if they begin to smell like cake and are just starting to turn golden brown around the edges.

Additionally, gently pressing a fingertip into one of the cupcakes will reveal whether it has finished baking; if the indentation quickly springs back up, they likely need more time in the oven.

A slight wobble may mean there is still residual heat, and they should be given a few extra minutes.

Lastly, inserting a toothpick or small knife into a cupcake can give a clearer indication of doneness; if any moist batter clings to the toothpick or knife after it’s been withdrawn, then your cupcakes still require more baking.

Above all else, using these techniques should help you accurately determine whether cupcakes have achieved their optimal level of deliciousness!

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Reminder, not all ingredients in the Mocha Peppermint Cupcake Recipe are linked above, just the ones that may be a bit difficult to find or that you might be unsure of what to look for

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Make it a Meal:

Thinking that it’s time to start meal planning? Join me! I’ve been planning my meals for years, and I love it! My family agrees it’s the best because they always know what to expect.

Here is a simple sample of how easy meal planning can be.

Main Dish: Skinny Spaghetti Pie Recipe

Vegetable Side: Asparagus on George Foreman Grill

Starch Side: Parmesan Steak Fries with Ranch

Refreshing Drink: Delicious Peppermint Mocktail for Kids

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Best Cupcake Recipes:

Once you make this Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes Recipe, you’ll want to make more! There are so many good recipes for cupcakes out there, and I’ve gathered up some of the best!

Here are some of my favorites that I think you will love.

The flavor of this Double Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe is the best!

Check out how simple and easy these Strawberry Creme Wafer Cupcakes are!

Grill Cupcakes are the best way to celebrate grilling season!

My boys obsess over these Oreo Cookie Cupcakes. So much yummy flavor!

Once fall arrives, keep this Apple Pie Cupcake recipe close!

Trust me when I say that these Deliciously Perfect Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes are addictive!

Everyone in the house will beg for more of these Adorable Unicorn Cupcakes Recipe!

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Can I frost cupcakes when they’re still warm?

Frosting cupcakes when they are warm is a divisive topic among experienced bakers. While some may recommend it as a time-saving tactic, most baking professionals advise against it.

When cupcakes are still warm from the oven, the butter and sugar combination in the frosting will have difficulty adhering to the surface, resulting in a crumbly texture instead of a smooth and creamy one.

Furthermore, hot cupcakes can easily cause the frosting to become overly soft or even melt, which can ruin its texture.

For best results, experienced bakers suggest cooling cupcakes before frosting them to ensure their structure remains intact.

More Peppermint Recipes:

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Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes Recipe

Yield: 12 cupcakes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

The Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes recipe is a festive holiday dessert that captures the flavor of a peppermint mocha in every bite. The moist vanilla cupcake base is infused with espresso, cocoa powder, and peppermint extract for a dynamic burst of flavor.


Cupcake ingredients

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup of cooled coffee
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp peppermint extract

For the frosting

  • ½ cup of softened butter
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ tbsp milk
  • 12 peppermint candies


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Add liners to your cupcake pan.
  2. Mix the sugar, coffee, oil, eggs, and apple cider vinegar in a large bowl.
  3. Add flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt and mix to make the batter.
  4. Add a few drops of the peppermint extract into the batter and stir.
  5. Fill the cupcake liners 2/3 the way full. Put in the oven and bake for 18 to 20 minutes. Let the cupcakes cool.
  6. To make the frosting, beat the butter, confectioners’ sugar, cocoa powder, and milk with a mixer.
  7. Once mixed, add it to a piping bag and frost the cupcakes.
  8. Add a peppermint on top.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 371Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 51mgSodium: 278mgCarbohydrates: 50gFiber: 1gSugar: 35gProtein: 4g

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