Tested till perfect Mini Chocolate Candy Cane Cupcakes
Mini Chocolate Candy Cane Cupcakes
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Mini Chocolate Candy Cane Cupcakes

This recipe comes together quickly – so quickly, in fact, that you'll never buy a cake mix again. You can crush candy canes into a fine powder in a food processor, or look for it at a cake decorating store around the holidays.

By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Source: Canadian Living: Holiday 2012

Recipe5 out of 5 based on 7 ratings.
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  • Prep time 45 minutes
  • Total time 2 hours
  • Portion size 50 pieces


  • 1-1/2 cups 1-1/2cupsall-purpose flour
  • 1 cup 1cupgranulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup 1/3cupcocoa powder
  • 1 tsp 1tspbaking soda
  • 1/4 tsp 1/4tspsalt
  • 1 cup 1cupcold coffee or water
  • 1/2 cup 1/2cupvegetable oil
  • 1 tsp 1tspvanilla
  • 4 tsp 4tspcider vinegar

Peppermint Icing:

  • 1/3 cup 1/3cupunsalted butter, softened
  • 3-1/2 cups 3-1/2cupsicing sugar
  • 1 pinch 1pinchsalt
  • 1/3 cup 1/3cupwhipping cream, (35%)
  • 1/2 tsp 1/2tsppeppermint extract
  • 1/2 tsp 1/2tspvanilla
  • 5 tbsp 5tbsppowdered candy canecandy canes
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In large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk in coffee, oil and vanilla; stir in vinegar. Pour by 1 tbsp into paper-lined mini muffin cups.

Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven until cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes. Invert onto rack; let cool completely. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 1 week.)

Peppermint Icing: In bowl, beat butter, icing sugar and salt until fluffy; beat in cream, 2 tbsp at a time, until smooth. Beat in peppermint extract and vanilla. Beat in 3 tbsp of the candy cane powder. Pipe or spread onto cupcakes. Sprinkle with remaining powder.

Nutritional Information Per piece: about

cal 104 pro 1g total fat 4g sat. fat 1g
carb 17g dietary fibre 0 sugar 13g chol 5mg
sodium 38mg potassium 23mg

% RDI:

iron 2 vit A 2 folate 4
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