There's something about Christmas that makes me love all things peppermint! These white chocolate peppermint cupcakes are so cute and perfect for the holidays. Made with a white or yellow cake mix and added melted white chocolate, they cupcake bottom is so yummy. The frosting is peppermint flavored with lines of red gel food coloring to make the frosting look like a candy cane!
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line the muffin tin with 24 cupcake liners and set aside.
Prepare the cake mix according to box directions and melt white chocolate in microwave safe bowl. Pour the melted chocolate into the mixed cake batter. Mix again just enough to incorporate. Fill each cupcake liner and bake as directed on box.
While the cupcakes are baking, prepare the frosting.
Cream together softened butter and sugar in a mixing bowl on low speed. Add milk and mix again on medium setting, scraping the sides as needed. Add the peppermint extract, starting with a teaspoon and then ¼ teaspoon at a time, tasting in between (you may prefer more or less than recipe calls for)
While the cupcakes are cooling, add red gel food coloring to a small bowl.
Using a small (used for food only or brand new) paint brush, saturate the tip with red food coloring, and paint 4 stripes up the sides of the piping bag. You may need to go over the lines a few times to get solid red lines.
Spoon in the peppermint frosting and pipe onto the cooled cupcakes. Garnish with a peppermint, sprinkles, mini candy cane or shaved white chocolate.
For the white chocolate cupcakes:
For the peppermint frosting: