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Peppermint Cupcakes with Buttercream Icing

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Spice up a box of chocolate cake with a little bit of peppermint oil to make these delicious Peppermint Cupcakes with Buttercream Icing.  So easy and so good!

Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting

It’s so easy to make peppermint cupcakes.

  1. Start with a box of devils’ food cake mix and follow the instructions on the box, plus add 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint oil.  
  2. Bake as directed.
  3. Let the cupcakes cool completely and then top with buttercream frosting. 

Chocolate Cupcakes in muffin pan

I have this thing about my homemade buttercream icing.  I am not sure what it is – perhaps the simplicity of the recipe is what gets me.  Or perhaps it is the smooth, creamy, and sweet taste.  It doesn’t matter!  I just love it and like to use it on pretty much every cupcake I make.

Buttercream frosting is easy to make and it only takes a few ingredients.  Since it is homemade, you control what ingredients go into it.  You can use organic powdered sugar, organic milk, organic butter, and organic vanilla extract.

Homemade Buttercream Frosting

Vanilla, chocolate, and peppermint = heaven.

These sweet treats are great for holidays, birthdays, or just because.

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Peppermint Cupcakes with Buttercream Icing

Peppermint Cupcakes with Buttercream Icing

Spice up a box of chocolate cake with a little bit of peppermint oil to make these delicious Peppermint Cupcakes with Buttercream Icing.  So easy and so good!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 box chocolate cake mix, Devil's Food flavor
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint oil
  • Buttercream Icing


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare cake mix according to directions on box, adding 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint oil.
  3. Spoon into muffin tin that has been lined with cupcake liners.
  4. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  5. Allow to cool completely before decorating with buttercream icing.


The nutritional information excludes buttercream topping.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cupcake

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 215Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 253mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 0gSugar: 15gProtein: 2g

Nutrition information is an approximation and does not include buttercream icing.

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If you want to make a statement, then unwrap Andes after-dinner mints and place atop of the cupcakes.  Alternatively, at Christmas sprinkle some crushed peppermint on top to make them festive.  To make children happy, top them with multi-colored sprinkles or miniature chocolate chips.

Peppermint Cupcakes

Remember, all things in moderation, even cupcakes.

Like chocolate?  Be sure to check out these other chocolate desserts:

Black & White Cake from The Paleo Kitchen
Easy Hot Caprese Dip Recipe


Tuesday 18th of August 2020

What is the difference between peppermint oil and peppermint flavoring?


Wednesday 19th of August 2020

"The fundamental difference is that peppermint oil is made of pure peppermint, while peppermint extract is essentially a flavored solution--a little peppermint and a lot of something else." ... "Peppermint oil and peppermint extract are both used in cooking. The advantage of using oil over extract is that alcohol quickly evaporates when heated. When the alcohol in the extract burns off, so does a lot of the peppermint flavor. Peppermint oil stays intact in the heat. Peppermint oil is more expensive, however."