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Chocolate Candy Cane Cupcakes

This is it, y’all. Crunch time. Normally I count myself in the few that has Christmas shopping done by October. This year? Not so much.

In fact, I’ll fully admit that not four hours ago, I purchased the last of the gifts we’ll give this Christmas, and I really hope it reaches my brother-in-law in time. But, since we sent him a bottle of booze, I’m pretty sure he’ll appreciate it, even if it arrives late.

I may have just spoiled the surprise, but something tells me my 21-year-old car-obsessed baby bro-in-law doesn’t read this blog too often.

So today and Friday, I’m going to give you guys some quick and easy recipes that you can make an hour or two before the guests arrive, and still look like a superstar cooking diva that’s kicking backside and taking names.

These Chocolate Candy Cane Cupcakes are made with items I keep on hand all year long. That may sound weird, but I never use up all the Christmas stuff I buy the year before, and I *always* pick up extra goodies in the clearance aisle after the holiday.

I’m pretty sure any one of you has got candy canes hanging out somewhere (maybe the Christmas tree? That’s normally where I keep ’em), and some butter, a chocolate cake mix, maybe a box of chocolate pudding. Add some peppermint extract to the mix, and we, my friends, have got a party.

Some of you may be gasping at my use of a box mix. I am a tried and true baker. 99% of the time, I really prefer to make it homemade. But the last two weeks have been an absolute flurry of activity preparing for a 29 hour drive to Texas.

I desperately wanted to send some festive cupcakes to James’s co-workers this week, like I always have in past years. With time running short, I reached for the Duncan Hines and doctored it up like there’s no tomorrow.

Guess what? I still got emails thanking me for delicious peppermint chocolate cupcakes, and I’m a little less likely to lose it when I forget where my keys are to put something in the overly-packed car for the 200th time.

Give yourself a break this holiday. Make some cupcakes. Eat some cupcakes. And leave the guilt at the door. They’re still cupcakes, after all. 🙂

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Rachel G

Sunday 16th of December 2012

Just made these and they came out great! Made them into mini-cupcakes, made about 60. Only needed one can of pre-made frosting. Baked at 350 for 15 minutes. Thanks for the recipe!


Thursday 29th of December 2011

YOu had me rolling...something tells me my football obsessed husband never reads my blog either. Unless I were to say something about him, then he would!!! Anywho, love doctored recipes. They work for me now, especially with the kids. And those little wreaths are adorable. Think I'll be using leftover royal icing to make some soon!

Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray

Thursday 22nd of December 2011

Yum! These look fabulous! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!


Wednesday 21st of December 2011

29 hours?! Wow. I'm so excited to go to Texas too! I hope you have a blast! Eat lots of food and let's chat when we get back ;)

Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray

Wednesday 21st of December 2011

29-hour drive?!?! Yikes, good luck!! And do some relaxing once you're there. Let somebody else cook for you! :)