Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

I adapted this recipe from one I found in a magazine at Christmas time. They are delicious and a very festive dessert for holiday parties! You can use any boxed chocolate cake mix, I just listed my favorite. Just be sure to follow the directions on the box of whatever brand you use. Allow extra time for cooling the cupcakes.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 12 candy canes
  • 1 (18 1/4 ounce) boxof duncan hines moist deluxe devil's food cake mix
  • 1 13 cups water
  • 12 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 14 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 16 ounces vanilla frosting


  1. Place the candy canes in a food processor or blender and grind to a fine powder.
  2. Line two muffin pans (12 cups each) with cupcake liners and preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Blend dry cake mix, water, oil, eggs, and peppermint extract in a mixing bowl at low speed for 30 seconds, beat at medium speed for 2 minutes. Fold in 1/4 cup of the candy cane powder, reserving the rest.
  4. Divide batter among muffin pans and bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean after stuck into the center.
  5. Once cupcakes are removed from oven cool them completely.
  6. While cupcakes are cooling, stir remaining candy cane powder into the vanilla frosting.
  7. Frost cooled cupcakes and enjoy, or store in an airtight container.
Most Helpful

I had lots of peppermint hard candy so I used those instead of candy canes to make these cupcakes. They were so good! The entire family enjoyed them. Can't wait for the holiday sales. Looks like we'll be buying lots of candy canes this year!

whtbxrmom March 31, 2012

We loved these! All I could really find to use in place of candy canes were Altoid mints crushed finely in my food processor. It worked well; it made the cupcakes and frosting very minty and refreshing! I used my own homemade buttercream frosting with the peppermint powder folded in. Thank you for posting! Made for PAC Spring 2010.

bricookie55 April 05, 2010

These are soooo good! I love mint and chocolate -- one of my favorite food/flavor combos EVER! I made these as directed, except I used peppermints since it is not yet candy cane season! I will definitely be making these again around Christmas time! :) [MADE FOR PAC FALL 2009!]

~SarahBeth~ September 16, 2009