Black and White Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes

Black and White Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes |

I don’t know about you, but I love a good peppermint mocha.  A piping hot peppermint mocha on a cold morning always does the trick, and the slight burst of peppermint instantly makes it feel like the holidays.  What I love even more than peppermint mochas are cupcakes, so it only made sense to combine the two.  A light chocolate cake filled with coffee and peppermint sounded like the perfect holiday treat!

I let the idea dance around in my head for a few days when I just happened to stumble upon peppermint mocha Kahlua. I was immediately intrigued and knew these cupcakes were about to get a whole lot better.  I put a half cup in the cupcake batter so believe me, you definitely know it’s there.  It’s a light chocolate cupcake, and upon first bite you get this wonderful boozy, mocha flavor followed by a little pop of peppermint.  Under baked by about a minute, the cupcakes sink ever so slightly in the center making this all sorts of delicious!

Black and White Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes |

At this point I was already a little smitten, but wanted to add a little white chocolate to the party as well.  I used the Godiva white chocolate liqueur that I love so much to make the frosting along with a dash of peppermint extract to balance out the sweetness.  Piped on top of the cupcakes, it was a match made in heaven.  Topped with festive sprinkles and a sprinkling of disco dust, these cupcake are their own little party waiting to happen :)  To make them even more festive, I piped some Santa hats on them.  So cute and super simple too!  I give full directions in the recipe below.

Black and White Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes |

Last, I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!  I hope you all have a wonderful holiday filled with family, friends, good food, and lots of dessert!

Black and White Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes

Yield: 18 cupcakes


  • 4 ounces unsalted butter, room temp.
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 & 1/2 cups AP flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup Kahlua Peppermint Mocha - I talk about substitutions in the notes.
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • White Chocolate Peppermint Frosting
  • 8 ounces unsalted butter, room temp.
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 5-6 Tablespoons white chocolate Godiva liqueur
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • Santa Hats
  • Piping bag
  • red food coloring
  • tip #808
  • tip #20


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy.
  3. Add egg and vanilla.
  4. Sift dries together.
  5. Alternate adding the dries with the Kahlua and buttermilk.
  6. Fill cupcake pans and bake at 375 degrees for 18-20.
  7. White Chocolate Peppermint Frosting
  8. Cream butter and 3 cups powdered sugar.
  9. Add 4 Tablespoons of the liqueur to start.
  10. Add peppermint extract.
  11. Beat on medium speed till frosting is smooth and creamy.
  12. Add remaining sugar, 1 cup at a time, until you reach desired consistency. You may also add remaining liqueur if needed.
  13. Santa Hats
  14. Using a piping bag with tip #808, pipe a mound of red frosting on cupcake. Slowly pull piping bag up while gradually releasing pressure to create the shape of the santa hat.
  15. Using tip #20, pipe a small shell border around the base of the hat and a tiny rosette right on top.


If you do not have Kahlua Peppermint Mocha, you can use regular Kahlua. If you want that pop of peppermint make sure you add 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract.

If you want to make sober cupcakes: Simply replace the Kahlua with coffee.

If you are tinting buttercream red, you need a good food coloring such as chefmaster, and it takes a lot!

These are best in 1-2 days of making, and you want to serve them at room temp.

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26 Responses to “Black and White Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes”

  1. 1

    Peppermint Mocha is my favorite holiday flavor!!! Your cupcakes look amazing!! I am loving the frosting, especially the santa hat one! :)

  2. 2

    Oh my gosh, that little frosting Santa hat is the cutest thing ever. These are so fun!

  3. 3
    Stephanie says:

    One of my favorite flavors year round! Minus the alcohol, hehe

  4. 4

    These are SO pretty!!! I could easily eat like 3 in a few seconds.

  5. 5

    Okay, the santa hat is where it’s at. Merry Christmas!!!

  6. 6

    Peppermint Kahlua?! What amazing cupcakes!

  7. 7

    Yum! I love peppermint and chocolate together. These cupcakes are adorable; I love those santa hats.

  8. 8

    I wish that your Christmas will be fulfilled with sweet pleasure,
    Full with memories that you keep close and treasure.
    Happy Holidays x
    -The Little Housewife

    As usual you keep me inspired, beautiful pictures…

  9. 9
    cakewhiz says:

    pepperminnt mocha is my favorite flavor combo during this time of the year! these cupcakes look delicious and very pretty with those santa hat decorations!

    happy holidays hun :)

  10. 10

    Holy moly! I want to be your taste tester! I love peppermint mochas…and in cupcake form I can imagine how delicious these must be!!!

  11. 11


    I got this link in my e-mails today from celebrations, it’s a cupcake contest, you may already know about it, but I thought of you and your wonderful looking cupcakes. The prize is $2500. Never hurts to enter! Here’s the link in case your interested!

  12. 12
    Eddie says:

    Meghan, made these for a party and they were to die for…it’s a keeper..

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    […] Remove the piled icing santa hats from the top of these cupcakes, and you are left with a chocolate and peppermint treat that can be served year-round. What makes these Black and White Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes so special? Maybe its the alcohol in the recipe — the main flavors, besides cocoa power and vanilla extract come in the form of Kahlua Peppermint Mocha . The frosting contain while chocolate Godiva liquor and peppermint extract, meaning that when combined, these cupcakes are a mint-y, chocolate-y, dream come true. Source Buttercream Blondie […]

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    Michelle says:

    Hello! These look amazing and I want to make them for holiday treats, but I don’t want to buy an entire Godiva white chocolate liqueur bottle for only 5-6 Tablespoons. Could I substitute with Baileys Irish Cream that I already have? Or could I use the Kahlua Peppermint Mocha in the frosting too? Or should I just use a different white chocolate frosting recipe without the liqueur? thanks for you advice!!

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      bblondie says:

      Hi Michelle! I think the Baileys sounds really good – if you go that route, I would start with 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract and then add more to taste. You could also substitute heavy cream for the Godiva liqueur, I’d start with 3-4 Tablespoons and add more if you need it. If you use heavy cream, I suggest adding 1/2-1 tsp. vanilla extract to the frosting along with the peppermint extract. Happy baking!

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