Chocolate Peppermint Mini Cupcakes

by danielle on December 15, 2012

Edited to Add: I was working early and had already scheduled this post but I just want to say that my thoughts and prayers are with those who we lost in the terrible tragedy that took place yesterday. No words can be said that will be enough during a tragedy such as this. I’ve been seeing this on a lot of blogs today and I’m going to repeat it: Hug someone you love today.

Today is National cupcake day so why not celebrate with a cupcake? In keeping with the holiday season I decided to make them chocolate peppermint. The cupcake itself is actually Paleo if you exclude the chocolate chips but the frosting is not. Just a little heads up if you’re strict Paleo. These are mini cupcakes too so they’re the perfect treat to make without overdoing it. You won’t have a ton of leftovers too so you don’t have to worry about chocolate cupcakes staring at you from the kitchen counter!

paleo peppermint cupcakes

Ingredients: 

  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup enjoy life mini chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • dash of sea salt
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. pure peppermint extract

Directions: 

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a mixing bowl combine your flour, cocoa powder, chocolate chips, baking powder, and sea salt.
  3. Next add in the rest of your wet ingredients mixing well.
  4. Pour your batter into a greased mini muffin tin.
  5. Bake 13-15 minutes until set.

For the Frosting: 

  • 1/2 tub True Whip or Trader Joe’s House Whip (they’re pretty much the same and both are gluten free)
  • 1/4 tsp. pure peppermint extract
  • 2-3 drops all natural food coloring if desired

Combine your whipped topping with the peppermint and food coloring if desired to top your cupcakes. Keep in mind this “frosting” is gluten free but not Paleo!

paleo cupcakes

paleo chocolate peppermint cupcakes

Favorite kind of cupcake??? 

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Michelle @ Eat Move Balance December 15, 2012 at 11:32 am

They’re so cute, with the pink whipped topping and candy cane pieces! I’m not a huge cupcake fan, but I would definitely try one of these! :)

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danielle December 15, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Thanks so much Michelle!

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Katie December 15, 2012 at 1:32 pm

These are awesome! I love peppermint anything!!! <3

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danielle December 15, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Thanks Katie! Me Too!

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Brittany @ Delights and Delectables December 15, 2012 at 2:46 pm

These are perfect for this time of year!! YUM! Is it weird that I don’t like frosting??

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danielle December 15, 2012 at 8:25 pm

Thanks Brittany! I am such a frosting person! I love it!

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. December 15, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Chocolate cupcakes are definitely my favorite. These look delicious!

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danielle December 15, 2012 at 8:25 pm

Thanks so much Amanda!

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Jess @ JessieBearWhatWillYouWear December 15, 2012 at 3:33 pm

cute idea!

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danielle December 15, 2012 at 8:25 pm

Thank you Jess!

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Kristen@Change of Pace December 15, 2012 at 4:10 pm

I love coconut cupcakes! These are perfect for the holiday. I wish I had some peppermint! I’d totally be making these right now :)

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danielle December 15, 2012 at 8:25 pm

Thanks Kristen! Coconut cupcakes sound great too!

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 15, 2012 at 11:18 pm

Mmm I love the combination of chocolate and peppermint!

I like any kind of chocolate cupcake – especially when it’s combined with flavours like mint, caramel and coconut!

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danielle December 16, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Thanks so much Chelsea!

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Kammie @ Sensual Appeal December 16, 2012 at 1:38 am

My favorite kind of cupcake.. chocolate OF COURSE :)

Love the peppermint addition. Perfect for the holidays!
I think I tried this whip topping before but I can’t remember.
If not, then I definitely HAVE seen it around before.
But then again I live at TJ’s. Not really. You know what I mean lol

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danielle December 16, 2012 at 2:49 pm

That’s too funny! I spend a lot of time at TJ’s myself ;)

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julie December 17, 2012 at 1:37 am

oh!!!! making these for a holiday party i’m going to next week! nobody will ever know! hahah

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danielle December 17, 2012 at 11:53 am

Perfect! Hope everyone enjoys them!

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Arlene @ Adventures in Weight Loss December 18, 2012 at 8:51 am

I made them last weekend and they were delicious. My only problem was that, despite greasing the muffin tins, they stuck to the pan.

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danielle December 18, 2012 at 2:13 pm

So happy you liked them! I had to spray my pan really well and didn’t have trouble with them sticking. Try running a toothpick around the edge of cupcakes before you take them out!

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Sunnie@ModernGirlNutrition January 27, 2013 at 6:06 am

These sound (and look!) so good! It may be past the holidays, but it’s definitely not too late for these:)

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danielle January 27, 2013 at 2:42 pm

Thanks Sunnie! Hope you enjoy them!

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