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Candy Cane Chocolate Cupcakes

I have to tell you…this will be the last you see of my baking for a little while,
I need a serious detox from all the yummy food I’ve been eating this holiday. It’s been wonderful, but I feel like I’ve been gaining weight by the minute.

Candy Cane Chocolate Cupcakes

These cupcakes were perfect for a last minute sweet to bring to a gathering. We were getting together with my husband’s family, he is the youngest of 7 and there are lots of grandchildren and cousins in the family, 15 to be exact. Not everyone was able to make it this time, but there were plenty of us still. I wanted to bring something fun for all of the kids, and of course for the grown ups too. And really, I wanted to get rid of a bunch of candy canes hanging around the house.Candy Cane Chocolate Cupcakes

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Candy Cane Chocolate Cupcakes


One-Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Easy Vanilla Frosting

  • 1 1/2 sticks of butter, room temperature
  • 2 1/4 confectioners sugar.
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • splash of milk


One-Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pans with liners; set aside. In a large mixing bowl, sift together cocoa, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add the eggs, warm water, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla; mix batter until smooth, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides and bottom of bowl to assure batter is well mixed.
  2. Divide batter evenly among liners, filling each about one-third full. Bake until tops spring back when touched, about 20 minutes, rotating pan once if needed. Transfer to a wire rack; let cool completely.

Easy Vanilla Frosting

  1. Combine ingredients in a mixer, mix for about 4 minutes until smooth.
  2. Top with crushed candy canes. (To crush, place candy canes or candy cane pieces in small ziplock bag. Using a the handle of a knife gently crush candy canes into small pieces.)

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Candy Cane Chocolate Cupcakes

Candy Cane Chocolate Cupcakes


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20 comments on “Candy Cane Chocolate Cupcakes”

  1. These are so cute! Great idea. I hear ya about the sweets! My usual apple (half with PB half without) breakfast was replaced with yummy banana coconut bread this past week and I had sweets after dinner almost every night! Detox!!!

  2. I need to go on a post holiday baking freeze as well. But I have a mint brownie mix that this would be perfect topping for!

  3. Great photography, especially that tilted shot! I like your new avatar photo, too! Happy New Year!

  4. Aggie, can you send me your extras you feel you may not eat? I seemed to have lost my appetite over Xmas with all the food hanging around, but these cupcakes look fantastic.

  5. I love easy-one-pot recipes at times when I am tired or out of time.
    I think a break sounds good; I’m thinking of it as well.
    Happy New Year to you and your family!

  6. Okay, everyone in unison: No more sweets! LOL. But your cupcakes do look really good. Very tempting.

  7. They look great! I can tell you’re using the new camera. Bravo!

  8. I have made these before, they are super delicious! Love the candy cane topping!! I need to detox too! I am glad the holidays are over for that reason!

  9. These look wonderful! I will have to try some as soon as I get out of sugar detox. I am sure I will still have candy canes hanging around in March! Hope you had a great holiday!

  10. These look great! I am starting my healthy regimen January 2nd. Until them I am eating what I want:)

  11. Oh yeah. I’d like one please! 🙂

  12. Those cupcakes look so wonderful, I love candy cane on top of desserts! I’ve had more treats the last few weeks to last me through next year, it’s sickening, but I love it! Happy New Year!

  13. Hahahaha, as I read this post I am eating leftover sweets… cheesecake and apple tart and cookies of coarse. I think we will all need to detox after all the baking!!!
    But the cupcakes look great :0)

  14. You are TOTALLY not alone on feeling like you have gained weight by the minute. This holiday was rough for me, too! These cupcakes look like a great way to use up the candy canes. Fabulous job, as usual. :o)

  15. aaha but this is the best time to gain an inch or two- I have been feeling guilty so I have a pedometer to kick my butt back in gear… if I have not gained at least the steps kept it the same.. eeekkk I hope..

    I LOVE the photo of you and darling hubs…what a fabulous couple, great picture.. as for the lovely cupcakes… they look lovely….. it is hard diet with all these goodies surround us during the holidays..

  16. Aggie, your cupcakes look fabulous! What a fun treat for all the cousins. Looks like a fun way to use up leftover cupcakes. I can’t swear off baking, even though I should. They look perfect!

  17. These are beautiful – I hear you on the detox, more vegetables, less sugar in my house!

  18. That frosting sounds yummy!
    Happy New Year Aggie!

  19. These look really yummy. I love the look of crushed candy canes =)

  20. Mmmmmmmm! Peppermint and chocolate combo is my all time favorite! This look so decadent!!