01 Dec 2013

North Pole Chocolate Cupcakes

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With Advent starting tomorrow, I wanted to do something Christmas themed: Peppermint buttercream filled chocolate cupcakes with peppermint cream cheese frosting.
Tripple Peppermint Chocolate Cupcake
Each one comes with an edible flagpole, but don’t try to eat the label! Makes 10 cupcakes

North Pole Chocolate Cupcakes
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Serves: 10
Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes
  • 115g (1/2c) unsalted butter
  • 45g (1/2c) Dutch processed cocoa
  • 45g plain/dark chocolate, chopped
  • 95g (3/4c) flour
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 150g (3/4c) castor sugar
  • 1½ tsp mint extract
  • 115ml (1/2c) sour cream
  • 1 batch of peppermint buttercream
  • 1 batch of peppermint cream cheese frosting
  • 4 mint Matchmaker sticks (or candy cane sticks)
Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes
  1. Preheat the oven to 175C/350F, line muffin tins.
  2. In a small pan, whisk the butter plain/dark chocolate and cocoa powder until smooth, then remove from heat and let cool.
  3. In a small bowl, mix the flour, baking soda and baking powder.
  4. Whisk the eggs, salt, sugar, and peppermint extract until well combined.
  5. Slowly add the melted chocolate/butter and mix together.
  6. Mix in half of the flour mix, half of the sour cream, then the remaining flour.
  7. Fill the muffins cases ⅔ full and bake for 18-20 mins until the tops are springy back and a skewer comes out clean.
  8. Cool in tins for 15 minutes, then on a rack completely before frosting.
  1. Cut a cone out of the top of each cake.
  2. Fill with 1 tsp peppermint cream cheese frosting, then replace the cone.
  3. Spread buttercream over the top.
  4. make the flags by wrapping a label around half a Matchmaker stick or candy cane.
  5. Poke a flag into each cake and serve.
  1. You can decorate these however you want. I ended up filling mine with buttercream then topping with cream cheese frosting, but any combination of filled/unfilled/any other icing would work.

North Pole Flag

North Pole Flag

If you want to customize the flag, get the PSD Source.

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