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Christmas Cupcakes: Chocolate Cupcakes

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Super chocolaty devils food cake meets the cool crunch of peppermint in this recipe to create the perfect Christmas cupcake! These cupcakes are not only impressive looking and heavenly to eat but they are super easy to make! Great to take into work or for kids Christmas parties. I'm not even a real big fan of minty desserts but I can never just eat one of these beauties.
Ingredients
Dry ingredients
  All purpose flour 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Baking soda 2 Teaspoon
  Baking powder 1 Teaspoon
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
  Unsweetened cocoa powder 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)
  Sugar 2 Cup (32 tbs)
Wet ingredients
  Hot coffee 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Milk 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Vegetable oil 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Eggs 2 Large
  Vanilla extract 1 Teaspoon
  Semi sweet chocolate chips 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)
For the topping
  Cool whip 8 Ounce
  Candy canes 7 Medium, crushed, divided (3/4 cup used in the batter; rest for garnishing)
  Semi sweet chocolate chips 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs), melted (as required to drizzle over the cool whip)
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Crush the candy canes and set aside.
2. Line a cupcake tin with cupcake liners and set aside.

MAKING
3. In a large bowl add flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
4. Add cocoa powder, sugar and combine the ingredients well.
5. Pour in some plain hot black coffee, some milk and vegetable oil. Mix using a mixer until well combined.
6. Add the eggs, vanilla extract and mix well to combine.
7. Add the semi sweet chocolate chips and 3/4 cup of the crushed canes to the batter. Save the rest of the crushed candy canes for garnishing. Using a spatula, fold in the mixture to combine well.
8. Pour the batter into the lined cupcake cups in the baking tin, 3/4 full. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Do not overbake.
9. Once done, remove from the oven and cool over a cooling rack.
10. Top each cupcake with a dollop of cool whip.
11. Melt some chocolate chips, take it in a sandwich bag, snip off the end and drizzle on the chocolate. Top it with some sprinkles of the crushed candy.
12. Refrigerate before serving.

SERVING
13. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Things You Will Need
1. Mixer

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Dessert
Taste: 
Sweet
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Cake
Ingredient: 
Unsweetened Cocoa
Interest: 
Easy
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
20 Minutes
Ready In: 
30 Minutes
Servings: 
6
Cupcakes are a fun item at any time. Monique adds a simple pepperminty zing to these dishes with the help of crushed candy canes.These colorful variations are a wonderful dish to serve up on a festive occasion.

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