Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Buttercream

Is anyone as excited for the Holidays as I am? We had a great visit with Jon’s family over Thanksgiving, and now I’m looking forward to getting the house decorated this week – and ready for Christmas! We’ll be going to get our tree this weekend, *squee*.

I couldn’t help but kick-start my excitement a few weeks ago when I was asked to develop a recipe for Eggland’s Best to celebrate holiday baking. Did you know that their eggs contain 25% less saturated fat than other supermarket eggs? Or that they are typically to the supermarket within 72 hours of laying? Impressive.

Anyways, the cupcakes. I used my favorite chocolate cupcake recipe, which is as moist and chocolaty as it gets. Then I topped it with a delicious peppermint buttercream frosting, and garnished with pieces of broked up peppermint candies. They were nothing short of incredible! I loved the crunch of the candies with the smooth frosting. And they were so pretty to look at!

So if you’re looking for something to get you in the kitchen, and holiday baking underway before the cookie exchanges and whatnot start up – make these cupcakes. They’re fun and festive, and sure to please!

Eggland’s Best has also graciously offered to host a giveaway for our readers! I have a $25 Visa gift card and a coupon for 1 dozen free eggs for one lucky reader. What a great way to get started on your baking! To enter just leave a comment telling us your favorite holiday baking memory. Contest ends at 12/7/14 at 11:59 PM. A winner will be chosen by random number generator and announced on December 8th. US residents only, please.


Congratulations to Carla, who had Comment #23! Thanks to everyone who entered.

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by the good folks at Eggland’s Best, and as always all thoughts are my own.


  1. Posted December 1, 2014 at 10:03 AM | Permalink

    Baking with my grandmother was always fun! She taught me a lot, and I always learned more about her during that time we spent together.

  2. Posted December 1, 2014 at 10:09 AM | Permalink

    My favorite baking memories now include my own kids. 🙂 Z and I have made it a tradition to bake and decorate cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve, and I am totally looking forward to including Ian in on it this year.

    (PS – cupcakes sound awesome :))

  3. Posted December 1, 2014 at 11:06 AM | Permalink

    I remember baking Christmas cookies with my mom! She would make the dough and cut out the shapes (I remember candy canes, snowmen, and Christmas trees), and I would cover them in sprinkles!

  4. Tricia
    Posted December 1, 2014 at 12:35 PM | Permalink

    I made my own baking memories….I wish I had others….

  5. Posted December 1, 2014 at 12:58 PM | Permalink

    My favorite baking memory is making Christmas cookies with my mom!

  6. Sharon K
    Posted December 1, 2014 at 1:22 PM | Permalink

    My favorite memories are of baking with my children. Now I get to do it all over again with my granddaughter!!

  7. Regina
    Posted December 1, 2014 at 2:59 PM | Permalink

    Baking and rolling cookies with my Nanny. So many kinds of cookies I could not keep up!

  8. Posted December 1, 2014 at 5:20 PM | Permalink

    My mom, my dad, my sister, and I would always decorate Christmas cookies together! My dad was in charge of icing them, my mom and I would put the colored sugars on them, and my sister got the red hots and silver dragees.

  9. Janice R.
    Posted December 1, 2014 at 6:11 PM | Permalink

    I remember baking holiday cookies with my sister and our grandmother growing up.

  10. Jessie C.
    Posted December 1, 2014 at 6:41 PM | Permalink

    My favorite holiday baking memory is making peppermint bark cups with my sisters, mom and grandma. It is our tradition to start the holiday season.

  11. karen
    Posted December 1, 2014 at 8:46 PM | Permalink

    My favorite memory is baking hundreds and hundreds of chocolate chip cookies for my mom’s friend’s annual holiday party

  12. diane
    Posted December 1, 2014 at 9:09 PM | Permalink

    My husband decided to help me bake some Christmas cookies one year….Instead of sugar he used salt….Needless to say-no cookies-but lots of laughs. Hasn’t helped since.

  13. Posted December 1, 2014 at 11:08 PM | Permalink

    These cupcakes are now on my Christmas baking list.. they are so festive and delicious!

  14. Liz
    Posted December 2, 2014 at 4:51 PM | Permalink

    My favorite memory is the entire family sitting at the kitchen table decorating sugar cookies. Now I make gingerbread men with my nephew.

  15. Linda
    Posted December 2, 2014 at 5:39 PM | Permalink

    When my girls were small, we would decorate Christmas cookies. No matter how careful they tried to be, we would have red and green sugars all over the kitchen!

  16. Jaime Lewis
    Posted December 2, 2014 at 6:27 PM | Permalink

    My favorite holiday baking memory would have to be making fudge with my mother!

  17. Lisa
    Posted December 2, 2014 at 7:40 PM | Permalink

    On Christmas Eve morning, my mom would always let me pick a cookie recipe to bake for Santa

  18. Rachel
    Posted December 3, 2014 at 11:56 AM | Permalink

    The cupcakes look delicious–I have a weakness for peppermint!

    Favorite baking memory? So many to choose from! Probably making homemade cinnamon dough ornaments with my daughter. 🙂

  19. livivua
    Posted December 3, 2014 at 2:59 PM | Permalink

    My favorite holiday baking memory is watching my mom make a homemade brown sugar icing cake and always loving the smell in the house

  20. Cristin
    Posted December 4, 2014 at 1:59 PM | Permalink

    My favorite memory was the year my mom and I made a cookie Christmas tree with stacked cookies that w decorated. It took hours and looked awesome.

  21. frances
    Posted December 4, 2014 at 6:47 PM | Permalink

    I remember making cookies,” from the dairy section of the supermarket” and decorating them for Christmas with my kids in the 1980’s. Santa seemed to love them just as much as the “homemade cookies” cause they were always gone in the morning!!

  22. Shauna
    Posted December 5, 2014 at 6:03 AM | Permalink

    Baking with my grandma, as she taught me everything I know!

  23. Carla
    Posted December 5, 2014 at 9:10 AM | Permalink

    Rolling out and cutting all different shapes of sugar cookies…and then taking forever to decorate them all! I have to remember yhat when I’m trying to be patient with my boys decorating cookies!

  24. Sarah Ross
    Posted December 5, 2014 at 10:50 AM | Permalink

    My favorite holiday baking memories are the ones I am making now with my two sons.

  25. Brandy Merritt
    Posted December 5, 2014 at 11:08 AM | Permalink

    My holiday baking memories are being made this year while both of my children are helping with making our Thanksgiving and Christmas cookies:). We are hoping to start baking cookies this weekend and the kids will be giving them to some people we don’t know to teach them about the gift of giving. I can’t wait to start this tradition with them and hopefully make some others happy as well!

  26. Maryellen LaGarde
    Posted December 5, 2014 at 10:22 PM | Permalink

    My most favorite Christmas baking memory was with Justin (my nephew) and I in our holiday sweaters with our aprons on. I remember the cookies were star shaped sugar cookies with little red hots in the center and red and green tips on the tips of the stars. I have a picture and look for it.I will find it. I so hope to spend this special time with their special little baby girl Haidee that is the same age as he was at the time. Baking with your children is the most amazing thing you can ever do.He is a wonderful Chef.

    Merry Christmas to you Jon and your beautiful boys

    ME, Jimmy and Rocky

  27. David
    Posted December 7, 2014 at 7:59 PM | Permalink

    When I was a kid we used to send cookies to all of our close relatives as a Christmas present. We all gathered in the kitchen and did our part so it would be from all of us.

  28. Annette
    Posted December 7, 2014 at 8:17 PM | Permalink

    My favorite holiday baking memory is from when I was in college. I was working part-time and made goodie bags for all the employees. Inside each bag was banana bread, candy, and cookies.

  29. Ashley
    Posted December 23, 2014 at 3:24 PM | Permalink

    If I made this frosting on Christmas Eve and put it in the fridge for Christmas, would it change the consistency of the frosting or should it be okay?

    • Posted December 29, 2014 at 2:19 PM | Permalink

      I just leave them out at room temperature, they’re fine! 🙂

  30. Lisa West
    Posted December 7, 2016 at 10:20 PM | Permalink

    You say 2 muffin tins, are you talking 12 cup or 6 cup tins? It would be nice if the recipe said how many cupcakes it made.

    • Posted December 11, 2016 at 12:14 PM | Permalink

      2 standard size muffin tins – which would yield 24 cupcakes.

  31. Penelope
    Posted December 12, 2016 at 12:51 PM | Permalink

    Hey, I want to make this for all of my friends as a Christmas Gift, but I don’t know what type of cocoa powder to use. Dutch?

    • Posted December 22, 2016 at 1:14 PM | Permalink

      Have used both Dutch processed and regular supermarket cocoa powder. Both worked fine!

  32. Penelope
    Posted December 14, 2016 at 9:41 PM | Permalink

    What kind of cocoa powder should we be using? Dutch processed?

    • Posted December 22, 2016 at 1:13 PM | Permalink

      I’ve used Dutch processed and regular old supermarket cocoa powder – both work fine.

  33. Naomi
    Posted December 3, 2018 at 2:51 AM | Permalink

    Hi, I love these and wanted to know what piping tip you used. 🙂

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