I am SO excited to finally share these with you! I had to wait a whole 2 days for the sun to come back out so that I could get some good pictures. Two days may not seem like a lot, but when you are excited about something, it is FOREVER! 🙂
Anyways, here they are – Peppermint Chocolate Cupcakes with Candy Cane Pop Rocks! Yay! They are soooo yummy!! And who doesn’t love pop rocks? So much crackle and pop!
When I saw the pop rocks in Michaels last weekend, I knew it was fate. My hubs had requested my peppermint chocolate cupcakes for Christmas. I was going to make them all cute with a red and white swirl icing. But then I saw the pop rocks! What better to sit atop my delicious cupcakes than that? So I forwent the red and white swirl and gave the pop rocks center stage to shine!
I think they are so cute and man are they good! I had to hide some from the hubs for the 2 days before I could take pictures so that I still had some left!
I accidentally started eating the leftover icing with my finger this morning when I was taking the pictures. Yes, it was an accident. I don’t know how my finger got into that icing and then into my mouth. I don’t even have to think about it – I just have a gravitational pull to all things sweet. A curse and a blessing.
And on the peppermint note – I went to Target to get some candy canes this week and the traditional red and white swirly ones were nowhere to be found. I found gobstopper, swedish fish and jelly bean candy cans, but no traditional ones. When I checked out, the cashier was like “Man, nobody likes regular candy canes anymore. I haven’t seen anyone buy any!” and then I was like, “I know! You guys don’t even have any! That’s what I was looking for” and then he was like “Really? Dang!”
I know, that’s a lot of’ likes’. But it did go like that. 🙂
Anywho, if you’re looking for a fun treat to make for Christmas that has the holidays written all over it, give these a try. Even if you can’t find the pop rocks in your local store, they are amazing without them.
And since it’s only a few days away and many people are already getting their vacation on – Merry Christmas everyone!!Print
These festive cupcakes are made with moist chocolate cupcakes and peppermint frosting! They are topped with peppermint pop rocks for a fun and festive treat!
- 2 cups cake flour
- 2 cups sugar
- 3/4 cup Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa powder (I am a firm believer in the Special Dark)
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 1/4 cup butter
- 1 1/4 cup shortening
- 6 cups powdered sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
- 3–4 tbsp water
- Candy Cane Pop Rocks for sprinkling on top
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