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Peppermint Swirl Cupcakes
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1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/3 cup unsweetened dark cocoa

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 cup sugar

1/3 cup Land O Lakes® Unsalted Butter, softened

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 large Land O Lakes® Egg

1/2 teaspoon peppermint flavoring

1/2 cup buttermilk  


6 large Land O Lakes® Eggs (whites only)

1 1/3 cups sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups Land O Lakes® Unsalted Butter, cut into pieces

1/2 teaspoon peppermint flavoring

Red gel food color

 *Substitute 1 1/2 teaspoons vinegar or lemon juice and enough milk to equal 1/2 cup; let stand 5 minutes.

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Heat oven to 350ºF. Place paper baking cups into 12 muffin pan cups; set aside.

  2. STEP 2

    Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and baking soda in bowl; set aside.

  3. STEP 3

    Combine 3/4 cup sugar, 1/3 cup butter and 1/4 teaspoon salt in bowl; beat at medium speed until creamy. Add 1 egg and 1/2 teaspoon peppermint flavoring; continue beating until well mixed. Add flour mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating at low speed after each addition until well mixed.

  4. STEP 4

    Divide batter evenly among muffin pan cups. Bake 16-18 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely.

  5. STEP 5

    Heat water in saucepan until it comes to gentle boil.

  6. STEP 6

    Place egg whites and sugar in bowl; place bowl over saucepan with gently boiling water. Cook, stirring often, until mixture reaches 165ºF. Remove from heat. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt; beat 5-8 minutes with heavy-duty stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment until stiff peaks form.

  7. STEP 7

    Add butter, a few pieces at a time, beating well after each addition (mixture may look curdled); continue beating until fluffy. Add 1/2 teaspoon peppermint flavoring; beat until mixture is smooth.

  8. STEP 8

    Remove 1/2 cup frosting to another bowl; stir in red food color. Spread 4 to 5 stripes red frosting inside large pastry bag, fitted with large round or open star tip, using table knife. Spoon in white frosting. Pipe frosting onto cupcakes.

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Tip #1

A hand mixer can be used to make frosting but beating time will be longer.

Tip #2

A large resealable plastic food bag may be used for pastry bag. Cut off tip from one corner to form 1/2-inch opening.

Tip #3

Stand pastry bag up in tall glass so it stays open and makes filling easier.

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