Vanilla Cupcakes with Peppermint Swirl Frosting

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This time of year is filled with baking.  I feel like I begin baking the day after Thanksgiving and I don’t stop until Christmas Eve!  It’s just that there are so many holiday parties, activities, and friends to give treats too.  Not to mention that I want to make as many new goodies as possible.

Delicious Vanilla Cupcakes with Peppermint Swirl Frosting


I couldn’t wait to get started baking as soon as I received my Holiday Flavor Bundle from Nielsen-Massey. I tried to think of a recipe that would use all three of the flavors but I was stumped.  I did manage to come up with these Vanilla Cupcakes with Peppermint Swirl Frosting which uses two of the tasty flavors.  It’s really a delicious cupcake perfect for the holidays.

The cupcakes are fluffy, tender, and have a great vanilla flavor from the Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla.  This isn’t your average vanilla.  It packs a ton of flavor that really shines through in these cupcakes.  Sometimes I feel like I have to use so much vanilla extract in a recipe in order to taste it but I didn’t have that problem with this vanilla.

Everything you need to make Vanilla Cupcakes with Peppermint Swirl Frosting

After the cupcakes cooled I made a peppermint buttercream frosting with the peppermint extract.  A little bit of this extract goes a long way so add a tiny bit at a time until you have the perfect flavor.  I then split the frosting in half, dyed on portion red and left the other portion white, and piped a beautiful Peppermint Swirl Frosting on top of the cupcakes.

Vanilla Cupcakes

Then, because I can’t leave anything alone, I topped my cupcakes with sparkling sanding sugar and a few festive sprinkles.  They looked so pretty I almost didn’t want to eat them!   When I did take a bite they were pure Christmas.   The vanilla cupcake was subtle until the bold peppermint frosting.   I can’t wait to take these to my next holiday party!


Delicious Vanilla Cupcakes with Peppermint Swirl Frosting

Vanilla Cupcakes with Peppermint Swirl Frosting

A tender vanilla cupcake topped with a bold red and white peppermint frosting.
5 from 4 votes
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 1 dozen cupcakes
Author: Hezzi-D


For the cupcakes:

  • 1 1/2 c. flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 stick butter softened
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 c. milk

For the frosting:

  • 12 Tablespoons butter softened
  • 3 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Peppermint Extract
  • 1 Tablespoon milk
  • red food coloring


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin with 12 cupcake liners.
  • In a medium bowl combine the flour and baking powder. Set aside.
  • in a large bowl cream together the butter and sugar until well combined.
  • Add in the egg, vanilla, and nutmeg and mix well.
  • Add half the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until smooth.
  • Add in the milk and stir until just combined.
  • Mix in the remaining flour until just combined.
  • Fill the muffin cups 3/4 of the way full with the batter.
  • Bake for 22-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Remove from the oven and cool completely on a wire rack.
  • To make the frosting put the butter in a bowl and mix on high speed with a mixer until smooth.
  • Add in the powdered sugar, a half cup at a time, until desired consistency is reached.
  • Mix in the peppermint extract and milk.
  • Divide the frosting into two bowls. Color one of the bowls red.
  • Place the white frosting in one piping bag and the red frosting in another piping bag. Snip off the ends of each and place both inside a larger piping bag fitted with a tip.
  • Pipe a swirl frosting on each cupcake. Top with sprinkles if desired.


A Hezzi-D original recipe

Looking for a holiday dessert? Try my Vanilla Cupcakes with Peppermint Swirl Frosting!

I received a Holiday Flavor Bundle from Nielsen-Massey but all opinions are 100% my own.



  1. My wife likes to make double chocolate chip cookies, which are chocolate chip cookies with cocoa in the batter. I think adding some peppermint extract to this cookie would be great. Mint chocolate chip cookies sound delicious.

  2. 5 stars
    I would make cupcakes and cookies and then put some of the flavors in the icing. I like to make white chocolate covered pretzels and would try using the flavoring.

5 from 4 votes (2 ratings without comment)

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