Very Vanilla Peppermint Cupcakes

Very Vanilla Peppermint Cupcakes


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Enjoy a classic vanilla cupcake recipe with a festive peppermint addition! Garnish with candy cane bits or insert a mini candy cane into each cupcake.

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Time needed

20 min preparation + 20 min cooking

Serving Size / Yield

2 dozen


  • 3 ½ sticks butter, softened and divided
  • 1 ½ C. sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 C. sour cream
  • ½ C. milk
  • 2 ½ C. flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • Dash salt
  • 3 C. powdered sugar
  • 4 T. heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tsp. peppermint extract
  • Crushed candy canes, for topping

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, cream together 1 ½ sticks of butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Beat in eggs, vanilla, sour cream, and milk until smooth. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Gradually mix this into your batter until evenly incorporated. Spoon batter into cupcake liners and bake for 15 to 20 minutes until golden. In a large mixing bowl, beat remaining butter until pale and fluffy. Mix in powdered sugar, adding cream and peppermint extract as you go, until icing is smooth. Pipe onto cooled cupcakes and top with candy cane pieces.

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