Candy Cane Cupcakes

I know I promised you a month of cookies. And I promise, it’s coming. But I couldn’t resist giving you one last cupcake recipe. We celebrated St. Nicholas’ Day with my family yesterday, so I decided to whip up something festive to share. Candy Cane Cupcakes. They are super delicious. Moist, chocolaty, with just a hint of mint. Yum!

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I decorated them two different ways. Just in case you want to replicate them for your family, I’m even including a mini tutorial.

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I use a Wilton 1M star tip to make both cupcakes. The first is very simple. Fill your piping bag about half way with buttercream. Place the tip in the middle of the cupcake and squeeze out the buttercream. Make sure to lift the tip as it comes out. Then, sprinkle with red sprinkles. To add the red rim, pipe on the buttercream the same way as before. Then, using a regular butter knife, spread buttercream around the top. Go around the edge of the cupcake, keeping your knife at an angle to create a beveled edge. Smooth over the top to make sure that it’s flat. Then, roll the edge into the sprinkles, and top with mini candy canes. I had a lot of fun making fun shapes to put on top. The kids will too!

If you have a fun, holiday event coming up, try these cupcakes! Cute, easy, and fun!

Candy Cane Cupcakes

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours

Yield: 2 dozen cupcakes

Serving Size: 1 cupcake

Candy Cane Cupcakes


    For Cupcakes:
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp mint extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • For Mint Buttercream
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 lb powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp mint extract
  • splash of milk
  • Mini candy canes for garnish


    For Cupcakes:
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line muffin pan with liners.
  2. In the bowl of your mixer, combine oil, sugars, sour cream, and extracts until creamy.
  3. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each.
  4. Mix on high for two minutes.
  5. In a medium bowl, sift together dry ingredients twice.
  6. Add to mixer in three parts, wiping down sides of bowl as necessary.
  7. Add boiling water. Batter will be very thin.
  8. Fill liners 3/4 full. Bake for 15-20 minutes. {Mine took about 17 minutes.}
  9. Mint Buttercream
  10. Cream butter in mixer until creamy.
  11. Add powdered sugar one cup at a time.
  12. Add extracts. Beat on high for two to three minutes.
  13. Add milk until you reach your desired consistency.
  14. Pipe onto cooled cupcakes
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Don’t worry. I didn’t forget your baby pictures. I managed to snap one quickly before she ran off to eat her cupcake. =)


  1. I love anything candy cane and these are so cute! Love how you decorated them.

    Thanks for sharing at Mealtime Monday!
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  2. These cupcakes look amazing! I love candy canes in the holiday season and so I’ve got to try these cupcakes! Thanks for sharing on the homemade holiday party.


  3. Hi there. The current Food on Friday is all about Christmas! It would be great if you linked in any Xmas favourites you have. This is the link . Have a good week.

  4. These are adorable–you can’t beat the chocolate and peppermint combination this time of year! And what a great idea on the candy cane decorations–even a non-crafty person like me can handle that! Thanks so much for linking up at What’s In Your Kitchen Wednesday!
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  5. Oh YUM! I love cupcakes!! These are beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Hi Cristina, thank you so much for taking the time to stop by my first link party today and I hope to see you back next Friday!! These Candy Cane Cupcakes look delicious!!
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  7. So pretty. I love your cupcakes!! I’m so glad you didn’t do the cookie post. Found you at the dreaming all day link party.
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  8. Cristina, these sound yummy and are such a wonderful treat for the holiday season!! Thanks so much for bringing them to Wicked Good Wednesday Link Party! Hope to see what you’ve been up to again next week!
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  9. Your cupcakes look so beautifully delicious! I love the presentation!
    Thank you so much for sharing this at Wednesday Extravaganza – Hope to see you there again next week with more deliciousness :)
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  10. These are really sweet and cute looking cupcakes !

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