Vanilla Peppermint Cupcakes

Today I'm so excited to be sharing a fun holiday recipe and linking it up with Schue Love, as our 5th day in the Christmas Cheer link parties! I'm usually so busy at school that I can barely make a delicious meal, let alone photograph it and share here on the blog, so Christmas Break is great for baking! I'll be honest and say while I love both cooking and baking, I'm definitely more of a baker.  However, after the mess I created in the kitchen while baking these cupcakes...I think my mom will I'll need a while to recover before baking again (;

I found the recipe for my Vanilla-Peppermint Cupcakes over at Oprah's website. I ended up adapting the recipe to make it much easier, but here are the ingredients:

  • Cupcakes:
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour , sifted
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. coarse salt
  • 1/2 cup whole milk , room temperature
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. peppermint extract
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter , room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg , room temperature
  • 2 large egg whites , room temperature
  • Frosting:
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter , firm but not cold
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 3 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar , sifted
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
  • 1/2 tsp. milk

{Go here for full directions}

This is actually the recipe for Sprinkles Cupcakes, my favorite cupcake shop! I happened to have a mix in the cupboard for the cupcakes, so I ended up being able to skip making the batter! {Great time saver} Instead, I just whipped up the box mix and made the frosting by scratch. {You can by the mix at William Sonoma or the Sprinkles store}

I put my own spin on things by doing this:

After making the batter, I separated it into 2 bowls. I colored one of the bowls with red food coloring and left the other white:

I poured half of each batter into the cupcake holders, so it would bake together and look like a candy cane:

Then I made the delicious frosting by scratch and crushed these candy canes to sprinkle on top:

Scrumptious, if I do say so myself! 

I love it because when you bite into the cute dessert, there's the added surprise of the red and white cake.  We all love just put your own holiday twist on your favorite recipe (:

I'm linking up with Natasha over at Schue Love!

Head over and link up your holiday recipe to share with the rest of us.

Don't forget Thursday is the Holiday Decor link party over here at my blog! Link up any last holiday decorations you've been working on for our last link party...anything goes! I'm excited to share a few last corners in our living room.

Happy Baking!
PS. Winner of the Ravenna Girls Giveaway is Erin from Northern Moon! Congrats (: Email me to claim your prize!


  1. Those look great! My recipe today has peppermint, too! I love the different colors in your cupcakes. I have got to try the Sprinkles cupcake mix! I'll be linking up tomorrow!

  2. YUM! Looks amazing, M! I love anything peppermint. If only I wasn't sick and could actually taste those right now... sound delish!

  3. I meant I would be linking up on Thursday! ;)

  4. These look delicious! Thanks for the recipe! :) -S

  5. Yum! I am making a version of peppermint cupcakes for our daughter's grad party this weekend. I am loving all these recipes!! Enjoy your break!!!

  6. I LOOOOVVVEEE Sprinkles cupcakes. yumm yum yumm! When I lived in SoCal, I would go to the one in Hollywood and it was amazing! Great job on the cupcakes! they're my fave :)

  7. These are adorable and look DELICIOUS! Thanks for sharing my friend!

  8. I LOVE Sprinkles cupcakes and can't wait to get back home to eat them. Bentley loves the little dog ones too :)

  9. Can't go wrong with Sprinkles mix :) And I love how you changed it up !

  10. YUM!!! I love how festive they are :)

    You should link these up to my Tasty Tuesday linky! :)

    <3-Cami from First Day of My Life

  11. adorable little treats! love the added topping. i saw that cupcake mix the other day...must go buy some :)

  12. Those look super yummy. I have always wondered if the Sprinkles mixes were good. Those cupcakes are my favorite.

  13. OH I want these now!! And the Sprinkles shortcut is a great one! I think I need to make these this weekend!

  14. I could definitely eat about 12 of those today:-) My sweet tooth is taking over my life these days! xoxo

  15. Those turned out adorable! I just tried these at Sprinkles this weekend and I am more than ready for more! Waaaaay better to make them yourself! (c:

  16. Yumm!!! Those look delicious Michaela! I'm definitely pinning that recipe!

  17. I'm a sucker for peppermint. And these look divine! xoxo

  18. These look delish! I might have to make these for a couple upcoming holiday parties!

  19. Looks delicious and beautiful photos!

  20. Those look delish and I love that you photographed them in front of the lights! Perfection!!

  21. Oh my gosh. Vanilla and peppermint is such a great combo. I completely feel the same way, I barely have time to make a good dinner at school so baking is totally out of the question! But over this break I definitely will try making these! Thanks for the inspiration!

    PS: Told my mom about how adorable Meadow was and I'm definitely taking her there sometime soon :)

  22. Oh yum! those cupcakes look beyond scrumptious... absolutely perfect for this Christmas season I'll say :)

  23. Peppermint is one of my favorite holiday flavors! These look divine!

  24. These look yummy, Michaela, and very festive! They are pretty with half white and half pink. I'll have to try the Sprinkles mix. I do love their cupcakes.

  25. OMG Michaela... absolutely MUST make these!


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