Today is World Chocolate Day…and since chocolate is one of my favorite things in the world…thought I’d share a couple of chocolate recipes from my little corner of the world.

Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Buttercream

Prep…Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 muffin tins with cupcake liners.

Make the cupcakes…

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup cocoa powder
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup hot coffee

    Combine dry ingredients…flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Combine “wet” ingredients…buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla. Slowly pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients. Pour the hot coffee into the batter. Mix until just combined. Fill cupcake liners about 2/3 of the way full. Bake for about 18 minutes. Remove cupcakes from oven. Let cool completely before frosting.

    Make the Peppermint Buttercream frosting… 

    1C butter
    4C powdered sugar
    1 tsp vanilla 
    3/4tsp peppermint extract
    10 peppermint candies, crushed
    pinch salt

      Cream butter. Add powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, until thoroughly combined. Add vanilla, peppermint extract,  and a pinch of salt.  Sprinkle cupcakes with crushed peppermint candies just before serving.


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