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

Disclaimer: Although attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, kindly note that these are only estimates. Nutritional information may be affected based on the product type, the brand that was purchased, and in other unforeseeable ways. will not be held liable for any loss or damage resulting for your reliance on nutritional information. If you need to follow a specific caloric regimen, please consult your doctor first.

by Jessica

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  1. That’s awesome you were on TV!! I can only imagine how nerve wracking it must be. I don’t think I could be trusted with these cupcakes beforehand. They look amazing! I am drooling.

    • Jessica says:

      Thank you so much Sarah! It was nerve wracking but apparently no-one saw that aspect on camera – score!

  2. Love, love, love these Jessica! So pretty and I just love the peppermint swirl!

  3. Layla @ Brunch Time Baker says:

    I love these peppermint cupcakes! Perfect for the holidays!

  4. lotte says:

    you were on tv thats so cool! i love your cupcakes they look so delicious and adorable <3
    great blog 🙂

    xx Lotte

  5. These are so adorable! Chocolate and peppermint are the perfect combo this holiday season. Thanks for sharing Jessica!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Anne and you’re welcome! I am so loving the chocolate and peppermint trend!

  6. How exciting!

    I love the “packaging” and I know that had a wonderful flavor.

  7. congrats on being on TV girl, that’s awesome!! These cupcakes are SO delicious looking and full of holiday spirit, I love em!

  8. ela@GrayApron says:

    Congratulations! I don’t have Jamaican TV…but at least I get to see these beautiful cupcakes right here, in front of me. So… they are famous…you are famous! 🙂 ela

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Ela!! And haha you flatter me, I’d love if these cupcakes were famous! 🙂

  9. I love peppermint especially in cake form. It just makes the holidays feel so much more festive! These look delicious and congratulations on your TV appearance!

    • Jessica says:

      Thank you so much Azmina! I just realised I was literally dressed like a peppermint today in a red dress and white sweater! Ha!

  10. Monica says:

    Oh, how crazy exciting!! Congrats on your TV appearance! (I didn’t realize you lived in Jamaica – wish I was there right now!). These cupcakes look so pretty and perfect for the holidays! We’ve definitely been indulging in peppermint treats here, too, and loving it!

    • Jessica says:

      Thank you so much Monica!! Jamaica has cooled down thankfully due to it being Christmas time but trust me it’s too hot sometimes :).

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