Poofy Cheeks: Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes with Peppermint Mocha Buttercream

November 20, 2013

Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes with Peppermint Mocha Buttercream

This time of year I love all of the sights, sounds and flavors of the holidays. I love wondering through the stores while singing along to the Christmas music they have playing. I think my very favorite part of the holidays is carrying on and creating traditions with my children. The feeling you get around the holidays is magnified when you get to experience it through your children and relive your own childhood memories.

Holiday baking has become a tradition I am trying to carry on with my children – one that my mom did with us. For the past few years we have baked here and there and then had one big baking day where my brother and sister come over and we make five or six different sweets. We started our holiday baking a little early this year because this coming weekend I am going to visit my brother at FSU and I wanted to take him some holiday sweets. Since he is three hours from home and has a job this year he won’t get to come home until a day or two before Christmas – missing out on all of our baking.

Wondering what we baked up? Peppermint mocha cupcakes with peppermint mocha buttercream frosting… of course! Coffee-mate has their seasonal flavors out and I incorporated the peppermint mocha creamer to make a delicious buttercream frosting!

Peppermint Mocha Cupcake with Peppermint Mocha Buttercream

Peppermint Mocha Cupcake Ingredients:
  • Chocolate cake mix (and ingredients it calls for on the box)
  • Strong brewed peppermint flavored coffee, room temperature (enough to replace the amount of water the box cake mix calls for)
Peppermint Mocha Buttercream Frosting Ingredients:
Yields 24 cupcakes
  • Bake cupcakes according to box directions but replace the water with brewed peppermint flavored coffee. Once baked allow to cool.
  • For the frosting – Use a mixer to whip butter until creamy. Add in powdered sugar and beat on low until well blended. Once blended mix on medium speed for two minutes.
  • Add salt, peppermint extract and Coffee-mate Peppermint Mocha and mix until combined.
  • Once the cupcakes are completely cool frost them and enjoy!
Peppermint Mocha Cupcake with Peppermint Mocha Buttercream

Peppermint Mocha Cupcake with Peppermint Mocha Buttercream

My hint: Since I only wanted a single serving of the peppermint coffee to add into the cake mix I used my French press and put it into the refrigerator for ten minutes to cool before adding into the cake batter.

Peppermint Mocha Cupcake with Peppermint Mocha Buttercream

I garnished mine with peppermint chocolate but candy canes would make the perfect garnish too!

Peppermint Mocha Cupcake with Peppermint Mocha Buttercream

Don’t forget the other season flavors Coffee-mate has out right now! Make the season better with Dark Chocolate Fudge, Peppermint Mocha and Eggnog Latte.

OH and to sweeten this whole recipe even more Coffee-mate wants to give one Poofy Cheeks reader their own Coffee-mate prize pack (a $50 value!) #CMcantwaitCGC
Coffee-mate Prize Pack Giveaway!

To enter the giveaway leave a comment and tell me what your favorite Coffee-mate flavor is!

Coffee-mate is a wonderful addition to seasonally-inspired recipes. Check them out here or here.
Giveaway winner will be picked 11/22 at 5pm.


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  1. I actually have never tried Cofeemate before...but Peppermint sounds perfect....totally into peppermint mochas this time of year. Thanks for giveaway Kelsey!

  2. My favorite Coffee-Mate flavor is definitely Caramel Macchiato. It is way cheaper than getting one at Starbucks, while still giving me that sweet, caramel taste stirred into my eye-opening coffee!

  3. I love the traditional Hazelnut. This sounds good too though!

  4. peppermint because it feels like Christmas whether I'm using it in December or July

  5. I am a pumpkin nut! I love pumpkin spice

  6. I haven't tried Coffeemate yet, but thank you for the wonderful give away!

  7. Definitely Peppermint Mocha! I wait all year just so I can get a Peppermint Mocha at Starbucks, but who can afford it?!? My daughter bought the Coffee-Mate Peppermint Mocha flavor, now I can have as many as I want without feeling guilty at spending the extra money!!! YAY!! ♥


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