Christmas Vanilla Cupcakes with Peppermint Frosting Recipe

24 servings

  • For the Vanilla Cupcake:
  • 14 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 ⅓ cups superfine sugar
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 cups heavy cream, room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • For the Peppermint Frosting:
  • 2 ¼ cups heavy cream, cold
  • 1 cup mascarpone, cold
  • 1 ¾ cups confectioners' sugar, sifted*
  • For Decorating:
  • red marzipan
  • candy canes
  1. For the Vanilla Cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 400º F (200º C). Line cupcake pans with 24 paper cup liners.
  2. Sift the flour, superfine sugar, baking powder and salt in a bowl, twice, and set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the whisk attachment.
  4. Cream the butter until light and fluffy, about 6 minutes, make sure your butter is at room temp.
  5. Add the eggs, flour/sugar mixture, heavy cream and vanilla to the creamed butter mixture, and then beat slowly until well incorporated, but not more than 1½ minutes.
  6. Scoop the batter into prepared pans, using a standard size ice cream scoop, filling about ¾ full.
  7. For the Peppermint Frosting: In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the whisk attachment, mix all the ingredients until fluffy, about 3-4 minutes.
  8. Be careful not to overbeat mixture. If, by chance, you have overbeaten the mixture, simply add a few teaspoons of cold heavy cream (straight from the refrigerator) and carefully blend. It’s a trick I learned from Martha Stewart, and it makes the cream perfect again!
  9. *If your preference is a less sweet frosting, simply use less confectioners’ sugar.
  10. For Decorating: Place the cream in a piping bag; I use a #849 nozzle from Ateco.
  11. Pipe frosting on top of each cupcake. If you find it difficult to pipe on a swirl on a cupcake, check out my YouTube video on how to do a similar swirl.
  12. Roll out red marzipan, press your favorite stamp on it, take a round cookie cutter and cut out a circle, place it on top of the frosting, or add crushed candy canes or chocolate pearls on the frosting.