I’m pretty pleased with myself I must admit. I reckon I really killed it with this pink swirl in the peppermint frosting, don’t you think?
Peppermint cupcakes with a pink swirl peppermint frosting, now those are cupcakes to get pretty happy about.
The recipe is a simple adaptation from my vegan vanilla cupcakes (a winning recipe if there ever was one!)
A reader commented recently that her cupcakes hadn’t come out as golden brown as mine (this was posted on our gluten-free vanilla cupcakes recipe) but you know with baking, you can try the recipe 3 times in the same day and have a slightly different result every time.
Like these came out super golden brown, but the recipe they’re based on, the vanilla cupcakes linked above, didn’t come out nearly so golden brown as this!
I can only tell you, it all tastes amazing, and that’s all that counts.
The pink swirl in the peppermint frosting is actually too easy. All you have to do is separate your frosting into two bowls and then add a couple of drops of pink (or red) food color to the one bowl and mix it in, so you have a bowl of pink and a bowl of white.
Now you just put roughly equal amounts of each into your piping bag or piping syringe (what I use, I still – after all this time – can’t seem to handle a piping bag properly!) and then just go for it! Every cupcake will have a slightly different amount of each color but the swirl will be there.
I’ve seen pics of those who use a piping bag, just put in the white frosting first and then shove the alternate color into the middle. With my piping syringe, I have less space to play with so I just went with half the color on one side and then half the color on the other side. It’s not perfect (pretty messy in fact) but it doesn’t matter because it doesn’t need to be perfectly lined up to come out with a nice swirl.
And then top with some crushed peppermint candy canes for the perfect peppermint topping!
I tried first to use some bigger pieces of candy cane for the topping but they just wouldn’t stick, so crumbles it was.
So if you love pepperminty things and cupcakes then these vegan peppermint cupcakes are especially for you! You will love them! They are:
- Topped with pink swirl frosting!
Keep them covered at room temperature and they’ll stay wonderfully fresh for a few days, or keep them covered in the fridge if you need them to stay fresh longer, in the fridge they’ll stay good for up to a week!
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Gorgeous vegan peppermint cupcakes with a pink swirl peppermint frosting! These vegan cupcakes are moist, spongey and sooo pretty. Loaded with peppermint flavor, this is a winner for anyone who loves peppermint, and cupcakes!
For the Peppermint Cupcakes:
- 1 and 3/4 cups (220g) All Purpose Flour
- 1 cup (200g) Sugar
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1 cup (240ml) Soy Milk (or Almond Milk)
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 tsp Peppermint Extract
- 1/3 cup (80ml) Extra Virgin Olive Oil*
- 1 Tbsp White Vinegar*
For the Pink Swirl Peppermint Frosting:
- 1/4 cup (56g) Vegan Butter
- 3 cups (375g) Powdered (Confectioners) Sugar
- 1/2 tsp Peppermint Extract
- 3 Tbsp Soy Milk (or other non-dairy milk)
- Couple of drops of pink (or red) food coloring
- Crushed Peppermint Candy Canes (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C)
- Sift the flour into a mixing bowl and add the sugar, baking soda and salt.
- Then add the soy milk, vanilla, peppermint, oil and vinegar and using a hand whisk, whisk it up briefly to remove any big lumps (tiny lumps are fine!).
- Line a cupcake tray with cupcake liners and divide the batter evenly between them.
- Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of one of the cupcakes comes out clean.
- Transfer the cupcakes to a wire cooling rack and allow to cool completely before frosting.
- Add the vegan butter, powdered sugar, peppermint extract and soy milk to the bowl of an electric mixer and beginning on low speed, gradually increase speed until the frosting is thick and smooth. If your frosting is too thin, add more powdered sugar, if it’s too thick, add soy milk a drop at a time until you reach the right consistency. It should be thick (as pictured) to be able to pipe it properly.
- Divide the frosting into two bowls. Add a few drops of pink or red food coloring to one of the bowls and mix it in to get a nice pink color.
- Then add roughly equal amounts of each color frosting on either side of a piping bag or syringe and pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes, getting the pink swirl.
- Top with crushed candy canes.
*You can use any vegetable oil that you prefer but if you use coconut oil, make sure it is melted first.
*I used white vinegar, but apple cider vinegar would be fine too.
*Nutritional information includes frosting and crushed candy canes.
- Category: Dessert, Cakes
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: Vegan
- Serving Size: 1 Cupcake (of 12)
- Calories: 346
- Sugar: 49.4g
- Sodium: 247mg
- Fat: 8.7g
- Saturated Fat: 1.3g
- Carbohydrates: 65.1g
- Fiber: 0.6g
- Protein: 2.5g
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