Chocolate Peppermint is one of my all time favorite flavor combinations especially around the Holiday season. These Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes start with a rich chocolate cupcake filled with a sweet vanilla custard center that has a subtle hint of peppermint and Ghirardelli Chocolate Peppermint Bark shavings throughout, then each cupcake is topped with a peppermint swirl buttercream, more Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark shavings, and a whole Peppermint Bark Square…just delicious.
Feel free to add more peppermint extract to the custard or buttercream just note that a little goes a long way and peppermint can really pack a punch! It’s best to start with a little then add more depending on your flavor preference.
How To Fill Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes
Filling your cupcakes with custard, flavored buttercream, jams, and so much more is an easy and delicious way to pack to much flavor in every bite. Biting into any cupcake always a good time, but imagine biting into a cupcake with a delicious surprise in the center? Game changer. When filling your cupcakes it’s best to do this step slowly and gently so you don’t risk overfilling the cupcakes and end up cracking the cupcake in half.
Insert your piping bag about half way into your cupcake, not at the very bottom then slowly squeeze your piping bag so that the filling starts to come out. As you gently pipe the filling, slowly move your piping bag upward to remove it from the cupcake. If your filling overflows a bit, simply use an offset spatula to scrape up that excess filling.
You can find these delicious Ghirardelli Chocolate Peppermint Bark Square’s at your local Walmart. If you’re not a fan of peppermint, there are so many flavors to choose from that you’re bound to find the perfect match to turn into a delicious cupcake creation.
To shave your Ghirardelli Chocolate Peppermint Bark Square’s simply use a peeler or cheese grater! It works perfectly and helps to give your the perfect sized shavings in every bite. Additionally you can use a zester if that’s what you have on hand. You also have the option of finely chopping up your Ghirardelli Chocolate Peppermint Bark Square’s then sprinkling them on top of your cupcake.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do and have a Happy Holiday season filled with lots of chocolate and peppermint 🙂