Chocolate Peppermint Swirl Cupcakes

By Jessica Hylton - - Updated


Chocolate Peppermint Swirl Cupcakes on a red tablecloth.

*Drumroll* I just wanted to announce that if you were watching TVJ’s Weekend Smile yesterday morning, you probably knew these cupcakes would be here this morning :).

If not, I was on TV yesterday!

If you know Jamaica then you know that we have about 10 local channels, and out of the news channels three, and TVJ is one of these. Their show Weekend Smile is basically a show that comes on on the weekend and is a continuation of their weekly TVJ Smile Jamaica which comes on every weekday morning at about 6:00/6:30 am and features different people talking about different items.

Close up of chocolate peppermint swirl cupcake.

They asked me to come on and share my eggnog recipe, what you can pair with eggnog in a dessert form (these cupcakes) and also to share gifts that foodies would love to get for Christmas. This is the third time I have been on their show; twice now on the weekend show and once on the weekday show.

Again it was so fun!! And again the night before I was like “I’m chill” then woke up wondering if I ate all the cupcakes I would have no choice but to not go on! Just KIDDING! I could never eat all of those cupcakes…at one time…

After re-watching the tape (God bless my Dad!) I honestly think that this was the best appearance! I looked so calm cool and collected and I actually felt that way other than the fact that the segment goes by so fast you don’t even realise when it is over. When they put up the online video I will link it here.

Top down shot of chocolate peppermint swirl cupcakes.

On to the delicious cupcakes that were featured; these Chocolate Peppermint Swirl Cupcakes.

These Chocolate Peppermint Swirl Cupcakes are so good. I never caught on to the mint chocolate trend but I understand the craze now. Something about the peppermint adds a sort of kick to the chocolate, a minty kick, lightening up the flavour but at the same time adding a depth and richness that can only be understood when you bite into them.  The cupcakes are so soft and velvety and the melted peppermint that was swirled into the batter certainly did the trick. Alternatively you could just add a dot of peppermint extract – a little goes a long way – which is much easier but I don’t regret swirling the peppermint into the cupcake batter. You get nice hints of peppermint in every bite and when combined with the frosting, the peppermint melts very slightly, creating a welcome crunch packed with flavour. After one day the peppermint flavour is even more prominent in the cupcakes, so consider making these a day in advance and storing in air-tight containers.

These would be great for any Christmas gathering! I’m going to be making them again later this week for a Christmas gathering and will probably be the last treat I make before I leave for the Christmas holidays. Snow! I’m so excited, so excited that I’ve already tried on all of my winter gear in this an air conditioned room in this very hot country and imagined myself in the snow. Yes I know, the reality is probably not as fanciful, but a girl can dream, right? 🙂

Three chocolate peppermint swirl cupcakes on a red tablecloth.

Frosted cupcakes on a red tablecloth.

A row of three cupcakes on a table.

Peppermint Swirl Chocolate Cupcakes

These Chocolate Peppermint Swirl Cupcakes are so good. I never caught on to the mint chocolate trend but I understand the craze now.
by: Jessica in the Kitchen
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes
Servings 30 servings
Course Desserts
Cuisine American


  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup coffee water 1 tablespoon of coffee in 1 cup water

Peppermint Swirl

  • 15-18 peppermints
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup


  • 3 cups powdered sugar sifted
  • 8 oz. unsalted butter room temperature, diced into 1" cubes
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 3-6 tablespoons milk


  • Chopped peppermints in a food processor


Peppermint Swirl

  • Chop (in a food processor or by hand) peppermints.
  • Add to a pot with corn syrup and heat on medium hight heat until melted, stirring continuously. Add up to 3 tablespoons of water if necessary if the peppermint begins to get sticky.
  • Remove from pot when melted completely. Make this immediately before making the cupcake batter, or even after and add to the cupcakes.


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 30 cupcake tins with liners.
  • Add all of the dry ingredients together and mix until incorporated.
  • Add the eggs, milk. oil and vanilla and stir.
  • Add the coffee water bit by bit so as to avoid splashing as it will make the batter very watery.
  • Add the peppermint swirl or 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract.
  • Using a level scoop, pour batter into the liners.
  • Bake for 22 minutes.
  • Allow to cool for 3 minutes then remove until a wire rack to cool completely.


  • Mix the unsalted butter, salt and the vanilla in a standing mixer or by hand until smooth.
  • Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time.
  • Add the milk, 3 tablespoons first and the additional if necessary to thin out the frosting. Mix for 7 minutes minimum to blend until frosting is fluffy and white.
  • Decorate the cupcakes by piping frosting on top, and adding chopped peppermints. Note that the peppermints will start to melt back together almost immediately after chopping so chop directly before adding to cupcakes.
After one day the peppermint flavour is even more prominent in the cupcakes, so consider making these a day in advance and storing in air-tight containers.
These Chocolate Peppermint Swirl Cupcakes are so good. Soft, chocolate-y and filled with peppermint, they’ll be one of your favourite Christmas cupcakes! The frosting is heavenly!


Calories: 211kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 128mg | Potassium: 60mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 224IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg
by Jessica

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  1. These look fluffy and yummy!!! Stopping by from Marvelous Mondays!!!! 🙂

  2. Oh that is so great you were featured on TV. Congrats!! These cupcakes look divine. I am a huge mint chocolate fan and always go crazy over this time of the year. I must try your recipe 🙂
    PS: It’s nice to meet you!

    • Jessica says:

      Thank you Zainab! I think these got me hooked on chocolate and peppermint; I bought a Peppermint Patty for the first time ever yesterday!

  3. Kelly says:

    Yay for being on TV, that’s awesome! And these cupcakes look dee-licious Jessica! Love peppermint and chocolate especially during this time of year and the peppermint swirl looks so pretty 🙂

  4. Liz says:

    Such beautiful, festive cupcakes! And congrats on the successful TV appearance…I would have been a nervous wreck!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Liz! It’s nervous at first but after a while you’d have been fine too 🙂 .

  5. Christine @ Cooking with Cakes says:

    Congrats girrrrl!!! What an exciting moment, that is seriously amazing! And uhh these cupcakes – I am swooning!! Soooo obsessed with peppermint everything these days 🙂

  6. Ashley says:

    How fun that you were on TV! That’s so cool! And these cupcakes sound amazing – I haven’t made anything with peppermint yet this holiday season. I need to fix that!

  7. Consuelo @ Honey & Figs says:

    Oooh, you were on TV?? That must have been so fun and exciting! I’m so happy for you, yay!
    These cupcakes look amazing, and that frosting is calling my name! ; )

  8. That is so cool that you were on tv! I can’t stop looking at your pictures…they are gorgeous! Everything about them looks and sounds perfect. 🙂 I have to come up with a reason to make cupcakes, now!

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