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Peppermint Bark Cupcakes

Peppermint Bark Cupcakes

  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 24 cupcakes 1x


Delicious devil’s food cake with a creamy peppermint buttercream, garnished with crushed peppermint and peppermint bark.



Devil's Food Cake Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder (sifted)
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup very hot coffee
  • 9 tbsp unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs

Peppermint Buttercream Ingredients

  • ½ cup unsalted butter (1 stick, softened or room temperature)
  • 1 lb confectioners sugar (half of a 32 oz bag, sifted)
  • 1 tsp of pure peppermint extract
  • 1 tsp Light Cream


  • Crushed Peppermint
  • Peppermint Bark (pre-bought or homemade)


Devil's Food Cake Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° and line cupcake pan with papers.
  2. In a medium bowl: add sifted cocoa powder and dark brown sugar. Pour in the boiling water and whisk until combined. Set aside.
  3. Within a large bowl: beat the butter and granulated sugar together, about 2 minutes until light and fluffy. Set aside.
  4. In a small bowl: mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  5. In the large bowl with sugar and butter: add vanilla and 1 egg, mix well. Add 1/3 of the flour mixture and mix until combined. Then add 2nd egg, mix well. Finally, add the remaining flour mixture and beat until combined. Use a spatula as necessary to scrape sides of the bowl.
  6. Add the chocolate mixture to the batter and beat until combined (about 30 seconds).
  7. Scoop about 1/3 cup of mixture into each cupcake liner and place cupcake pan on the center rack in the oven.
  8. Bake for about 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean. While cupcakes are baking, make frosting.
  9. Let cupcakes sit for 5 minutes in the pan and place on cooling rack.

Peppermint Buttercream Instructions

  1. Beat butter and confectioner’s sugar in the bowl of your stand mixer until fluffy.
  2. Add peppermint and light cream, if needed.
  3. The consistency of your buttercream should be similar to peanut butter. Add additional sugar or cream to achieve desired result.
  4. When the cupcakes are cool, remove middle of the cupcake with a knife or inverted frosting tip. Spoon or pipe peppermint frosting into center of cupcake.
  5. Top with additional frosting, either with a knife or frosting bag. Garnish with crushed candy cane and a sliver of peppermint bark.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Peppermint