Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes

I was going to wait till the beginning of December to post my Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes recipe.  But this weekend when I walked into Starbucks all the signs of fall were down and  the quintessential red and white cups now fill our little neighborhood Starbucks. I figured if Starbucks isn’t going to wait till after Thanksgiving, then I guess I do not have to either!  I love mint and chocolate. Love is an understatement I think. I loose all sensibilities around mint and I don’t know why.  I seriously can not be left alone with Thin Mints. Just ask my friend Tammy. I have no manners when it comes to mint and chocolate, even at a friend’s house. If I ever come over, hide the mint and chocolate. Here are the specific items to hide from me: M&M’s Premium Mint candies, Thin Mints, Andes Mints, After 8 Dinner Mints and most of all the caffeinated version, the Peppermint Mocha.  I promise I am well behaved around all other kinds of foods.

I love adding coffee flavors to my chocolate recipes. Coffee and espressos bring out the wonderful nutty flavor of chocolate. I thought I would give Starbuck’s Peppermint Mocha Via’s a try in this recipe.  I went a little crazy this past weekend. I have made peppermint mocha cookies, peppermint mocha brownies and my favorite of the bunch peppermint mocha cupcakes. Since I am awful at keeping surprises, I decided why not stay up late on Saturday night and share the recipe.

Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes

Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes 

  • 1 cup King Arthur Flour {sifted}
  • 1/4 cup dark unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 cup fine granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg {room temp}
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla
  • 1/2 cup peppermint mocha via {lukewarm}
  • 1/4 buttermilk {room temp.}


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a standard cupcake baking tray with 12 liners.

On the Starbucks Peppermint Mocha Via directions it says to mix with hot milk. Instead of milk, mix the Via mixture with 1/2 cup of hot water. Stir and set aside.

Sift flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt into a bowl. In separate bowl beat sugars and butter on medium till light and fluffy. Approximately 2 minutes. Add egg and vanilla, beat till combined. Add flour mixture in 3 additions alternating with liquid, starting with the buttermilk. Don’t over beat. Scrape down the side of the bowl and the bottom area. Beat on high-speed for 30 seconds. This helps the batter develop.

Use an ice cream scoop to divide the batter evenly among the baking cups. Fill approximately 3/4ths full. Bake for 18-20 minutes or till the toothpick comes out clean. Let cupcakes cool in the pan for 5 minutes then release from the pan and transfer to a baking rack.

*Recipe adapted from Cupcakes by Shelly Kaldunski

Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes

 Peppermint Buttercream

  • 6 oz. unsalted butter
  • 2 1/2 cups confectioner sugar {sifted}
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tbsp. half and half + 1 tsp.
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla
  • 3 drops of pure peppermint extract or oil
  • 1/2 cup Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips


In a stand mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter & salt for about 4 minutes till light and fluffy. The texture of the butter will change. Add half of the powdered sugar and the half and half to the butter and beat again until combined. Scrape down the bowl.  Add the rest of the powdered sugar, the vanilla, and the lemon juice and beat until combined.  Scrape down the bowl again.  Beat on high-speed for 5-6 minutes or until the frosting is fluffy.  Place in a pastry bag with the tip of your choice. Decorate the cupcakes then sprinkles Andes Peppermint baking chips on top.

Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes



12 comments on “Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes

  1. These look so delicious!! Thank you for the recipe!!

    1. melissa says:

      You are most welcome Tricia! I hope you enjoy it!

  2. Sounds delicious!! You pictures are beautiful!

    1. melissa says:

      Thank you so much, Lisa!

  3. Paula Kelly-Bourque (@VanillaBeanBake) says:

    These look and sound amazing. So festive. Love your presentation of them.

  4. Nadia says:

    So excited to give these a try!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe, Melissa!!! 🙂

    1. melissa says:

      You are most welcome! I hope you enjoy them.

  5. Lizy b says:

    Alright sister friend…I knew I loved you but…now we are peppermint mocha twins too!! These look amazing!

    1. melissa says:

      So we are like Thing 1 and Thing 2 when it comes to peppermint? 🙂

  6. These look peppermint perfect! (P.S.- It’s already Christmas time at Semi Sweet’s house. My tree is up and my halls are decked.)

    1. melissa says:

      So between making crazy golden girls cookies and blogging you have time to deck the halls? Super STAR!

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