Peppermint Patty Cupcakes

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Peppermint Buttercream Icing on top of Chocolate Cupcake

At first glance, this cupcake looks like your average, pretty and delicious cupcake.


Take a gander there folks and see what there is to see.

Chocolate Cupcake with Peppermint Buttercream Icing on Top, another half cupcake showing the inside stuff

I would bet money that more than one of you regular readers – all 10 of you- just shook your head at me. Again. Oh Karlynn, you and your stuffing things in places they don’t belong.

Like stuffing the Tim Horton’s bag in the glovebox when I pick up the kids from school so they don’t know I snuck a bagel that morning after I dropped them off.

Like stuffing that old favorite sweatshirt that Mike has into the back of the closet, since I can’t throw it out because it’s in baby pictures from the hospital when my son was born.

Let’s revisit that sentence again, shall we?

That favorite sweatshirt that Mike has that was in pictures from the hospital when my son was born.

My son is turning 10 in two weeks.

‘Nuff said.

The trick to getting those beautiful peppermint patties into the middle of the cupcake is to fill the cupcake liner about two-thirds full then gently place the patty on top and cover it up with a minimum of batter. It will sink, but not all the way to the bottom! Unlike most things that one can bake into a cupcake, the peppermint patties also stay whole and together, making for a great visual presentation when you bite into one.

cupcake liner with two-thirds full, a patty on top and covered with batter


You slather those bad boys with my peppermint buttercream icing and you have a mint party in your mouth.

Gorgeous, decadent chocolate cupcakes stuffed with a York peppermint patty, then topped with my Peppermint Buttercream Icing, Do you want to cheat? Go ahead and make a cake mix out of a box. There’s never any judging on this website.

How are your plans for Christmas coming along?  I am getting so gosh darn excited for our cruise! I know, I know, enough about the cruise Karlynn. I just can’t help gushing over it! A Disney cruise has been on my Bucket List for years now and we are finally going!

What are you all doing for Christmas? Travelling to see family? Staying at home?

Thanks for stopping in everyone!



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Peppermint Patty Cupcakes with Peppermint Buttercream Icing

Chocolate cupcakes with a York peppermint patty baked into the middle, topped with Peppermint Buttercream icing.
5 from 3 votes
Peppermint Buttercream Icing on top of Chocolate Cupcake
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
17 minutes
Total Time
27 minutes
Karlynn Johnston


  • 15 ounces box of chocolate cake mix OR your own homemade recipe

Oil/egg/water according to your boxed cake mix instructions

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 24 York Peppermint patties to put on each cupcake


  • Prepare the cake according to the instructions. 
  • Line muffin tins with cupcake liners. 
  • Fill liners two-thirds full, then place an unwrapped peppermint patty on top. 
  • Place enough batter on top to cover the peppermint patty. 
  • Bake in a 350 degree oven for 17-10 minutes, until the top of the cupcakes spring back when touched or a tester inserted into the middle comes out clean. 
  • Cool on racks. 
  • Frost with my Peppermint Buttercream Icing. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 167kcal, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 20mg, Sodium: 170mg, Potassium: 7mg, Sugar: 16g, Vitamin A: 30IU, Calcium: 36mg, Iron: 1.1mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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chocolate cupcakes stuffed with a York peppermint patty, then topped with my Peppermint Buttercream Icing

Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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