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A must for your holiday baking season.
For the cupcakes:
Preheat oven to 350°F and line two 12-count muffin pans with cupcake liners.
In the bowl of a stand mixer combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Heat milk and creamer in a saucepan over low heat until just warm. Mix in the hot chocolate mix and stir until the powder is dissolved.
Add eggs, hot chocolate/milk mixture, vegetable oil and vanilla to the dry ingredients. Beat on medium speed until well combined, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Fold in chocolate chips.
Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full with batter. Bake for 16 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Remove pans from the oven. Let cupcakes cool in pans for 5 minutes, then remove to wire racks to finish cooling.
For the buttercream:
Place 4 candy canes in a blender or food processor and pulse until candy canes are mostly ground, with just a few little pieces. Set aside.
In bowl of stand mixer beat butter until creamy. Gradually add in confectioners’ sugar one cup at a time, scraping down sides of bowl as necessary. Add milk until you reach desired consistency. Add the ground candy canes and mix well. Place buttercream in a piping bag fitted with a large star tip and frost cupcakes.
Garnish with the remaining 2 crushed candy canes.
To me, nothing beats an old-fashioned red velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting. Well, unless it’s a slice of cake of the same! Moist, deep in flavors, slightly sweet and topped with an incredible frosting!
For those dark chocolate lovers out there, this is definitely a dessert that you need to try. I’ve never tasted anything like this cake recipe; it’s like biting into a soft chocolate bar. It is rich and full of dark chocolate flavor. Makes about 18 cupcakes.
Nancy is the Coupon Clipping Cook, which means she not only has an astounding number of recipes to share with us (her TK recipe box is busting at the seams!) but she's also got loads of money-saving tips in her blog (she worked at a grocery store for a number of years, so she knows her stuff). She has some pretty amazing creations, like Roasted Garlic Potato Soup and Nutty Coconut Chicken. Go check them out!
Heather is a Texas native and the blogger behind Heather's Dish. She's mom to Weston, wife to Nate, and they live in Little Rock, Arkansas with their two "stubborn and saucy" dogs Bunker and Keira. In her blog, she shares her photographs, random musings (serious and silly alike), and all kinds of scrumptious recipes---and not just evil variations of her favorite mac and cheese. Her enviable TK recipe box is a testament to that. Go see for yourself!