chocolate cupcake with cream cheese frosting

Chocolate Peppermint Ganache Cupcakes

Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes are filled and dipped in chocolate ganache, topped with peppermint cream cheese frosting and have a sprinkle of candy cane on top.  They are perfect for the holidays or just about any time!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Chocolate Peppermint Ganache Cupcakes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 24 cupcakes
Calories 350kcal
Author Leigh Anne Wilkes


  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ½ cup oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 box devil’s food cake mix
  • 1 cup sour cream

Peppermint Ganache:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 5 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa
  • 6 Tbsp buttermilk or 5 ½ T milk, ½ T lemon juice
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract

Peppermint Buttercream:

  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • ½ cup butter softened
  • 2 cup powdered sugar
  • ½- 1 tsp peppermint extract


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Mix the eggs, water, milk, oil and vanilla together
  • Add in cake cake mix and sour cream until well blended
  • Fill cupcake liner ¾ full and bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
  • While cupcakes are baking, make the peppermint ganache
  • In a bowl, sift 3 cups powdered sugar
  • In a small pan, melt butter and add cocoa and buttermilk and bring to a boil
  • Pour mixture over powdered sugar and, add peppermint extract and stir until smooth
  • Dip the tops of the warm cupcakes into the warm ganache and let cool before frosting
  • You can also poke a hole in the middle of the cupcake with a wooden spoon and fill the whole with ganache


  • Beat cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy
  • Gradually add powdered sugar
  • Add extra sugar if needed for right consistency
  • Add peppermint extract and beat again
  • Pipe frosting onto cupcake and then top with candy cane kisses, crushed candy cane or even mint M & M's


Calories: 350kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 268mg | Potassium: 118mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 463IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 1mg