Peppermint Swirl Cupcakes

Chocolate cupcakes (Courtesy of Paula Deen)

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup strong brewed coffee, cooled
3 large eggs
1 8-ounce container sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Step 1: In a large bowl mix the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Next add the oil, coffee, and eggs. Beat at medium speed until smooth. Then mix in the sour cream and vanilla.

Step2: Place in cupcake liners and bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes. Makes about 30 cupcakes

Peppermint Frosting (you may want to double the recipe, it will frost about 10 cupcakes) 
1 cup confectioners sugar 
1 stick butter 
1/2 teaspoon vanilla 
2 tablespoons heavy cream 
1/2 cup Hershey's peppermint swirl kisses

Step 1: Cream together the butter and confectioners sugar. Melt the kisses and add into the butter mixture. Next, add in the heavy cream and vanilla.

Step 2: Pipe on cupcake and top off cupcakes with a peppermint kiss! 

These cupcake boxes can be found here-

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