GLUTEN FREE PEPPERMINT MOCHA CUPCAKES

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peppermint-mocha-cupcakesPeppermint Mocha Cupcakes are what happens when sweet chocolate cake mixes with peppermint and sweet cream cheese frosting. Topped with crushed peppermint candies, this dessert is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit. And totally gluten free!
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Author: Dishing Delish
Ingredients
For the Cake
  • 1 3/4 cups gluten free all purpose flour
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup light cream
  • 1 cup strong coffee
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp baking powder double acting
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1 tsp salt
For the Frosting
  • 3 cups confectioners sugar
  • 2 8oz packages cream cheese, softened
  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter softened
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
Toppings
  • Crushed Peppermint Candies or Candy Canes
Instructions
For the Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a mixing bowl combine dry ingredients (gluten free flour, cocoa, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt).
  3. Add wet ingredients (eggs, cream, oil, peppermint extract, vanilla extract).
  4. Slowly stir in coffee until all ingredients are well combined.
  5. Pour batter evenly into greased cupcake tin.
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Let cool before frosting.
For the Frosting
  1. Mix together cream cheese, butter, and vanilla extract.
  2. Slowly add confectioners sugar, a little at a time until all sugar is completely mixed in.
  3. Keep refrigerated until ready to use.
  4. After cupcakes are frosted, top with peppermint candies.

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