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Peppermint Swirl Cupcakes

December 17, 2011

Be warned … I am on a baking spree and it will continue during my two-week vacation (starting now).

I whipped up peppermint swirl cupcakes for my office potluck this past week. I wanted to make something festive and unique, and of course, holiday-ish. So I got a box of white cake mix, my red food coloring, peppermint extract and went to work.

I followed the instructions on the cake batter box with the exception of adding about 1 tsp. peppermint extract. When the mix was combined, I added a few drops of red food coloring into the batter and, with a knife, gently swirled the red with the white. It looked like this.

I then scooped the batter into muffin cups, baked them off and frosted them with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting from Our Best Bites. I sprinkled the cupcakes with red sugar and topped them with either a candy cane or peppermint Hershey kiss. Super easy and delicious!

Stay tuned for more holiday recipes coming soon!

24 Comments leave one →
  1. December 17, 2011 4:20 am

    These are too cute!!!

  2. December 17, 2011 4:23 am

    Yum! 🙂

  3. December 17, 2011 5:59 am

    I wish I worked in your office!

  4. December 17, 2011 6:56 am

    So pretty & festive!! People must just grin seeing you heading through the door with armfuls of delight 🙂

  5. December 17, 2011 7:00 am

    Ahhhh I can almost smell them! And they look pretty too 🙂

  6. December 17, 2011 8:01 am

    Very festive Leah. I’ve been craving holiday baked goods since the vegan thing has precluded me from baking. However, we went last night to the Loving Hut, the vegan restaurant you told me about, and I ordered vegan German chocoloate cake. That is my favorite dessert, so I was worried, but it was actually good enough to satisfy my dessert craving! Thanks for the recommend, and for the great blog postings and photos that let me eat vicariously thru you :>)

  7. December 17, 2011 9:42 am

    Oh, you are an evil, evil woman! To show me these when I am trying desperately to lose 50 lbs.
    *sigh* I have crappy will power…. oh wait, I’m not actually making these for me, but for the family…right? Right?

  8. December 17, 2011 1:04 pm

    They look absolutely beautiful, Leah!

  9. December 17, 2011 1:17 pm

    Yummy! My girls will probably want to try this one too!

  10. December 17, 2011 1:21 pm

    Beautiful pictures!!

  11. December 17, 2011 7:58 pm

    Your photos look awesome and yummy!

  12. December 17, 2011 9:54 pm

    What a fun cupcake and I love baking sprees! I can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

  13. December 18, 2011 5:40 am

    Leah, I can’t believe how a few simple additions can transform a cupcake into this festive holiday treat! They are lovely! I’m very excited about your baking spree and will continue to come back regularly to see what you have in store for us! Happy holidays! I love the new banner! 🙂

  14. December 18, 2011 12:59 pm

    Love the red and white. Good for you. My mom loves to bake and its great for us to enjoy that. Brw totally borrowed ur book stack idea for a photo in my last post.

  15. December 18, 2011 8:24 pm

    I am SO glad you have got two weeks off work Leah, what a relief! Enjoy the season with your family and yes, bake, bake, bake! P.S. I’m doing almond biscotti, butterscotch squares and toblerone shortbread cookies this week!

  16. December 19, 2011 3:37 am

    Wow, gorgeous photos — I think I may have to bake something today, too!! YUM!

  17. December 19, 2011 4:23 pm

    YUM!! I want one!

  18. December 20, 2011 5:15 am

    Oh my, YUM!

  19. December 20, 2011 1:11 pm

    omg. SERIOUSLY. And what gorgeous pictures!

  20. December 21, 2011 7:52 am

    I want one!!! 🙂

  21. December 21, 2011 12:53 pm

    I wanted to thank you for this one. Being a non-baker, I am still forced to bake for school functions. This was an easy one (even one I could tackle). They were a big hit in my son’s holiday party. A cupcake all festive. I used peppermint bark instead of the peppermint – so as to add a touch of chocolate. Hopefully this will be the extent of my baking for the rest of the year. 🙂

  22. December 22, 2011 7:43 pm

    Leah these cupcake look so delicious!! Wish I had some, not one but some!

    Warm Holiday Wishes to you and your adorable family.



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