These easy Peppermint Cupcakes with White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting are an amazing Christmas dessert recipe for your holiday parties.

With so many holiday parties I’m always looking for easy Christmas dessert recipes to share with friends and family. Peppermint is my favorite holiday flavor. I’ll take it any way I can get it but I especially like it with white chocolate so this year I made a simple Peppermint Cupcake with White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting. It is smooth, rich, and creamy with flecks of peppermint on top.

white chocolate butter cream frosting on a peppermint cupcake

The cupcake recipe is super easy because it starts with a box of cake mix. I doctored up the cake mix by adding my own ingredients rather than following the instructions on the box. I added pudding mix, sour cream, vegetable oil, eggs, and just a little peppermint extract. It makes a fluffy, moist cupcake with a delicious minty flavor.

white chocolate frosting with crushed peppermint cupcake

The White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting is simple to make with white chocolate ganache, butter, and powdered sugar. It’s silky smooth and practically melts in your mouth. To add to the peppermint flavor of the cupcakes I sprinkled the white chocolate buttercream with crushed peppermints. It adds a little crunch and makes the cupcakes look so festive.

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Servings: 24
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Peppermint Cupcakes with White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

This easy peppermint cupcake recipe is topped with a silky smooth white chocolate buttercream frosting for the ultimate holiday dessert!
white chocolate butter cream frosting on a peppermint cupcake
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Peppermint Cupcakes

  • 15.5 oz. box Yellow Cake Mix
  • 3.4 oz box Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix
  • 3/4 c. Sour Cream
  • 3/4 c. Vegetable oil
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Peppermint extract

White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

  • 2 c. butter, softened
  • 4 c. Powdered Sugar
  • 12 oz. White Chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1/2 c. Heavy Cream
  • 2 tbsp Peppermint, , crushed


Peppermint Cupcakes

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine boxed cake mix, vanilla pudding mix, sour cream, vegetable oil, eggs, and peppermint extract.
  • Prepare a muffin pan by inserting a cupcake liner in each cup.
  • Once combined pour the peppermint cupcake batter into the cupcake liners filling about 2/3 full.
  • Bake for 20 - 25 minutes until you can insert a toothpick and it comes out clean.
  • Remove cupcakes from oven and let them cool completely.

White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

  • In microwave heat heavy cream until boiling.
  • Pour heavy cream over white chocolate and stir together until chocolate is fully melted.
  • Let white chocolate cool for 5 minutes.
  • In a large mixing bowl cream together butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy.
  • While continuing to mix butter and sugar slowly pour in white chocolate.
  • Whip until fully incorporated and light and fluffy.
  • Pipe frosting onto filled cupcakes.
  • Sprinkle with crushed peppermint
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Course: Dessert

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Peppermint Brownie Towers

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