Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Candy Cane Cupcakes

These were so fun to make!! We had a holiday party today at work and these were for the dessert table. Candy Cane Cupcakes!!



I used The Pioneer Woman's chocolate sheet cake recipe (which truly is the best chocolate cake recipe ever) and made cupcakes instead. I filled them with chocolate ganache made with a mix of semi-sweet and bittersweet chocolate. Made vanilla buttercream frosting and added some peppermint extract for a candy cane kick. I then colored half the frosting red. When I was filling my piping bag, I put red in one half of the bag and white in the other. It came out swirled for the tops. Then...a candy cane hershey kiss for the topper.


And not to toot my own horn, but these were amazing. I've never used chocolate ganache for filling but WOW...they were sooooo good! And the buttercream was minty without being over powering. One of my favorite cupcakes to date!!

I finally got most of our christmas cards addressed tonight and they are ready for the mail. Well, except they don't have stamps. So, i'll be getting stamps tomorrow!! How are your holiday plans coming along?????

15 comments:

ScrapMomOf2 said...

Oh my, these are gorgeous! My mouth is watering! I bet they tasted as good as they look!

Leah said...

Those sound amazing! Chocolate and peppermint is one of my favorite combination. You've been making some lovely gifts, just scrolled through what I've been missing, sorry I haven't been by lately, I just signed up to follow you so I won't miss anymore:)

theelfqueen said...

I saw these and said "Oh my god, Mara" out loud... and then had to show them to my DH (who agrees that they look fabulous and told me I should have eaten breakfast). YUM!!

I finally got our cards out yesterday. We bought a tree, too (and got a great deal on it since it was so late!)

anya said...

Mara, these look *fantastic*! How easy was the sheet cake recipe for cupcakes? I've been eyeing that one, but don't have a ginormous sheet cake pan like that. I love it when you share baking stories! :)

BethieJ said...

Mara YUM!!!! Those look FABULOUS!!! (I need to try that recipe!) and you just reminded me I FORGOT unsweetened choc. today! SIGH! LOL! I have time to get it! HA!!
Happy Holidays!!!

Joni Kix said...

Those look FESTIVE and FABULOUS!!! We baked cupcakes last night... chocolate cupcakes, chocolate icing, with crushed candy canes on top. I should have taken a picture!

Rebecca said...

These look scrumptious!

Sue Sparks said...

I love how fun and festive these look, and how tasty they sound! My holiday plans...seems I'm always a little bit behind-sigh:)

Gina said...

these look AMAZING!!!

ellen s. said...

oh those are amaZing!

we miss you over at serendipity scrapbooks!!!

Mona L. Pendleton said...

YUMMY! These cupcakes look scrumptious! :)

Melissa said...

Wow! These look amazing! I bet they were delicious!

Julie said...

Those are so beautiful and festive. Nice job!

cookies and cups said...

I love swirling the icing colors, so cute and those peppermint kisses are amazing! I have eaten my way through 2 bags so far this season!

melody said...

YUMMY! those look scrumptious! heh..wanna come to my house and do some bakin? :)