Moist Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe With 3-Ingredient Peppermint Frosting by 30Seconds Food

Moist Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe With 3-Ingredient Peppermint Frosting

What happens when you combine chocolate and peppermint? Holiday heaven! The chocolate cupcakes are just a box mix -- the peppermint frosting is the star of this holiday show. The peppermint frosting is made with powdered sugar, cream cheese and peppermint extract. So easy! Crushed candy canes add crunchiness and a festive touch. 

Serve this festive cupcake recipe for dessert at your next Christmas gathering to make the holidays extra merry and bright. It's an easy and delicious way to spread holiday cheer. Store the leftover cupcakes in an airtight container. 

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes (approximately)
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: Makes about 24 cupcakes


  • 1 box chocolate cake mix, plus ingredients to make it

Peppermint Frosting

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup tub-style cream cheese
  • 1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract


  • crushed candy canes or peppermint candies

Here's how to make it:

  1. Prepare the cupcakes according to package directions. Allow to cool completely.
  2. To make the frosting, combine the cream cheese, powdered sugar and peppermint extract using an electric mixer until fluffy. 
  3. Frost the cupcakes with the icing and sprinkle with the crushed candy canes. 

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Elisa Schmitz
Simple brilliance! What a perfect holiday dessert. Thanks for sharing the yummy, Gwen Johnson !
Donna John
What a great way to use up leftover candy canes!!
nadie007 🇲🇽
great recipe!
thanks a lot

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