Velvety Candy Cane Chocolate Cupcakes (Vegan)

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Peppermint and chocolate. Two very common things seen around at Christmas time. You've got your candy canes hanging from the tree and peppermint mochas (plus all the other festive pepperminty drinks). Then chocolate is just everywhere, advent calender's, gift boxes, chocolate tins and so on.

Velvety Candy Cane Chocolate Cupcakes (VEGAN) - Perfect little bites of Christmas joy that will want you want more! Lovely to make with kids for Santa, a Christmas gathering or little treat on Christmas eve

How long do those things last though? Surely that one tub of chocolates doesn't last the whole festive period and I'm pretty sure by Christmas day there isn't a candy cane to be seen in sight on the tree...Well these cupcakes are to be added to the list of quickly vanishing foods, they are just too good. I may or may not have eaten more than one in a sitting...multiple times...

Velvety Candy Cane Chocolate Cupcakes (VEGAN) - Perfect little bites of Christmas joy that will want you want more! Lovely to make with kids for Santa, a Christmas gathering or little treat on Christmas eve


I know I don't normally upload two blog posts a week, but I just had to give this recipe to you in time for Christmas! It would make the perfect little treat for a Christmas eve gathering or to make for those odd bods who don't like mince pies (who doesn't like mince pies, seriously?!). Not to mention the kids while love them! Make it a fun little activity to do with the kids, get bashing those candy canes (if you can find any spare), wipe chocolate spread or frosting on each others faces, put a special little cupcake to the side to save for father Christmas.

Velvety Candy Cane Chocolate Cupcakes (VEGAN) - Perfect little bites of Christmas joy that will want you want more! Lovely to make with kids for Santa, a Christmas gathering or little treat on Christmas eve

They are easy to throw together and bake in half an hour and if you're like me, using a vegan chocolate spread to ice them makes the whole process even easier. Of course, you can make you're own frosting or maybe add a little bit of melted chocolate.

Soft, velvety, moreish delicious bites of joy with a slight added crunch from the crushed candy cane. I can't give these cupcakes enough praise! Yes I am a tad bias...but just try them, and then you can be the judge.

Velvety Candy Cane Chocolate Cupcakes (VEGAN) - Perfect little bites of Christmas joy that will want you want more! Lovely to make with kids for Santa, a Christmas gathering or little treat on Christmas eve



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Velvety Candy Cane Chocolate Cupcakes
Soft, velvety, moreish delicious bites of joy with a slight added crunch from the crushed candy cane.
Ingredients
  • 60g, non-dairy butter
  • 1/2 cup, vegan buttermilk*
  • 2, flaxeggs**
  • 1/2 cup, brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup, white sugar
  • 1 cup, flour
  • 1/3 cup, cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp, baking powder
  • 1 tsp, peppermint extract
Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees.2. Make buttermilk and put to the side. 3. Make flaxegg and put to the side. 4. Cream together butter and sugar. 5. Add in peppermint extract and flaxegg and combine well then whisk in buttermilk.6. Gradually mix in cocoa powder, flour and baking powder. 7. Spoon the mixture into cupcake cases and bake in the oven for 16-18 minutes and allow to cool before icing and adding crushed candy cane.
*add a tsp of lemon juice to non-dairy milk
**combine 2tbsp of ground flax with 6tbsp of water and allow to gel
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 12 Cupcakes

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