These peppermint mocha cupcakes will become a new family tradition! They make the perfect cupcakes for holiday get togethers and parties!
I used a few tablespoons of coffee extract in a regular chocolate cake mix to make regular chocolate cupcakes, mocha cupcakes!
For the frosting, marshmallow creme whipped with vanilla or peppermint extract and powdered sugar makes for a fluffy frosting that can be spread or piped.
If you want to cut corners, feel free to use a store bought frosting. You can even add extract to a can of frosting to amp it up a little.
I didn’t want the peppermint candy canes to totally overwhelm the mocha flavor, so I used vanilla and only topped them off with a sprinkle of crushed candy cane.
If you are aiming for a super coffee flavor or a super peppermint flavor, then use those extracts instead of vanilla.
Peppermint mocha cupcakes are super cute and perfect for any holiday party!
Why You’ll Love These Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes
Peppermint mocha lattes in cupcake form- what’s not to love!
- Great for the holiday season – All you need is some Christmas music and these cupcakes to get you in the holiday spirit.
- Just like your favorite coffee shop drink – A peppermint mocha drink is my go to this time of year, and these decadent chocolate cupcakes embody that perfectly.
- Show-stopping cupcake – With simple decorating techniques that any home baker could manage, these cupcakes are a holiday classic ready for Christmas time.
With basic ingredients easily found at your local grocery store, these sweet treats couldn’t be easier.
- Chocolate cake mix – My hack for easy cupcakes is just to use a box mix. There are lots of ways you can dress it up- both with the decorations and frosting!
- Ingredients required for chocolate cake mix – Every box is slightly different, but make sure you have all the ingredients the box lists to make cupcakes.
- Coffee extract or espresso – This is how we’re going to take regular chocolate cupcakes and turn them into mocha cupcakes! We add this right into the batter.
- Unsalted butter – I always use unsalted butter so that I can control the salt content in a recipe. Make sure to use room temperature butter- not melted.
- Marshmallow creme – I’m a huge fan of marshmallow in mt hot drinks, so I love adding this to my frosting for even more delicious flavor.
- Vanilla or espresso extract – I personally prefer vanilla extract, but if you really want to amp up the coffee flavor, use espresso extract.
- Coarse kosher salt – Salt can help bring out the natural flavors in baked goods- especially this frosting.
- Powdered sugar – Also known as confectioners’ sugar, this is what provides both stability and sweetness to our frosting.
- Whole milk or heavy cream – Using milk in a frosting, is what gives it that perfectly creamy and smooth texture.
- Crushed peppermint candy – We want this to be a peppermint mocha frosting, and the candy is where we get that peppermint flavor.
How to Make Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes
You’re going to love how easy it is to make this perfect holiday treat.
- Prepare oven and pan. Preheat the oven according to the box directions and line muffin tins with paper cupcake liners. Set aside.
- Prepare cake mix. Prepare the cake mix according to the package directions. Add the coffee extract/espresso and blend.
- Add to pan. Spoon the batter into the lined muffin tin. Bake according to package directions. Remove from the oven and set aside to fully cool.
- Beat butter, marshmallow and extract. In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachments, beat the butter until light and smooth. Add the marshmallow fluff, extract and salt, mixing well.
- Slowly add powdered sugar and milk. Add the powdered sugar in increments and then milk/cream until it reaches a frosting consistency.
- Pipe onto cupcakes. Place frosting into a large piping bag and pipe onto the cooled cupcakes or slather using an offset spatula.
- Add peppermint pieces. Top with cupcake with peppermint candy pieces while still tacky.
There are plenty of ways you can make these peppermint mocha cupcakes your own.
- Frosting – Feel free to change it up. Make a chocolate peppermint frosting, a swiss meringue buttercream or even a plain chocolate buttercream if you prefer.
- Extracts – Add a couple drops of peppermint extract to the frosting or batter to really bring out that peppermint mocha flavor.
- Filling – Hollow out the center of the cupcake and add things like extra frosting, a chocolate ganache or fun sprinkles.
- Decoration – Add a candy cane to form a “handle” to your cupcakes or even top with fun sprinkles or a chocolate drizzle.
Storage and Freezing
Storage: Store these cupcakes in an airtight container. They can be kept at room temperature or in the refrigerator.
Freezing: You can also freeze these cupcakes. I prefer to freeze them without the frosting.
Questions You Might Have About Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes
Sure! But they won’t be mocha any more since the chocolate is missing. Even though they aren’t mocha, they will still be delicious!
Mocha is the name of a flavor that combines chocolate with coffee.
More Holiday Desserts
- Slice and Bake Orange Cardamom Cookies
- Melted Snowman Cookies
- Eggnog Cookies
- Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
Peppermint Mocha Cupcake Recipe
- 1 box chocolate cake mix
- Ingredients required for chocolate cake mix
- 2 tablespoons coffee extract or espresso
- Preheat the oven according to the box directions. Line 24 muffin tins with cupcake liners. Set aside.
- Prepare the cake mix according to the package directions. Add the coffee extract/espresso and blend.
- Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tin. Bake according to package directions. Remove from the oven and set aside to fully cool.
- In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachments, beat the butter until light and smooth. Add the marshmallow fluff, extract and salt, mixing well.
- Add the powdered sugar in 2-3 increments and then milk/cream until it reaches a frosting consistency.
- Place frosting into a large piping bag and pipe onto the cooled cupcakes or slather using an offset spatula.
- Top with cupcake with peppermint candy pieces while still tacky.
- If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was in the comments or star ratings.