Holly Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe with Peppermint Frosting Recipe
Author: Tammilee
  • Cupcake Ingredients
  • C flour
  • 1 TBSP cocoa powder
  • tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ C butter room temp, plus 4 TBSP
  • ¼ C softened shortening
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1 egg room temp
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 TBSP Red Velvet extract
  • 1 C buttermilk
  • 1 TBSP Red gel food color
  • Frosting Ingredients:
  • 1 C soft unsalted butter
  • 4 + C powder sugar
  • 4 TBSP heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1 bag green gum candy round shape
  • 1 bag of red M&M's
  1. Cupcake Directions:
  2. -Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. -Line cupcake tins with paper liners.
  4. -Sift flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.
  5. -Mix with a wire whisk.
  6. -In a separate bowl using an electric mixer, beat the butter, shortening and sugar until it is light and creamy.
  7. -Add the egg, vanilla, red velvet extract, and red gel food coloring.
  8. -Mix well.
  9. -Add flour and buttermilk, 1/2 of each at a time, mix until completely combined.
  10. -Spoon the batter into the lined cupcake tins until 2/3's filled.
  11. -Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  12. -Cool for 10 minutes.
  13. -Remove from cupcake tins to a wire rack until totally cooled.
  14. Frosting Directions:
  15. -Cream the butter and powder sugar until it looks light and creamy.
  16. -Add the peppermint extract. Stir to mix well.
  17. -If it doesn't cream add several drops of the heavy whipping cream until it creams.
  18. -Test to see if the frosting can form and hold a stiff peak by taking a spoonful of frosting and turning the spoon upside down. If the frosting stays on the spoon it is ready if not then..
  19. - Add more powder sugar 1/2 C at a time. Mix well.
  20. -If ready scoop the frosting into a pastry bag with a large tip.
  21. -Twist the open end of the pastry bag to push the frosting to the tip.
  22. -Start by frosting on the outside edge of the cupcake working to the center of the cupcake.
  23. - Cut the green gum candy rounds into half.
  24. -Place the green gum candy halves on top of the cupcake to look like the green leaves of the holly.
  25. -Add the 3 red M&M's on their sides in a triangle shape for the berries.
  26. -You can refer to the picture of the cupcake for more direction of the placement of the holly and berries.