Candy Cane Cupcakes


Don’t you just want to dig into that thing and see the inside?

Don’t they look tasty?

So you want the recipe do ya? Well first and foremost gather your goodies, cupcake wrappers decorations and of course you Ultragrain® Flour! (yep the candy cane twirls are Wilton!) And please PLEASE listen when I say use room temp ingredients they mix easier and all fundamentals of baking a cake from scratch call for it. Just set your stuff out a 1/2 hour before prep.

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Candy Cane Cupcakes
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Basic Homemade Cupcake base, added peppermint and colorings, finished with a basic buttercream
Recipe type: dessert
Serves: 24
  • 2½ Cups Ultragrain® All Purpose flour, sifted
  • 2½ TSP Baking Soda
  • ½ TSP Salt
  • 2 egg whites, room temp , another bowl with 3 egg whites, room temp
  • 1 TSP sugar
  • 1 C. Milk, room temp
  • 1 TSP Peppermint Extract (I used Watkins)
  • 1 C. unsalted butter room temp (2 sticks NOT margarine!)
  • 1½ C. Bakers Sugar
  • 1 TSP. Red food color (I use Wilton no taste it looks like a little paint jar)
  • Crushed peppermint candy canes
  • Wilton Candy Curls for decoration (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line your cupcake pan with wrappers
  2. Sift your flour, salt and baking soda in a bowl and set side
  3. Whisk the 2 egg whites for bout a minute just to break the membranes .
  4. Add the peppermint to the milk and stir, set aside.
  5. Place butter in stand mixer and cream on medium speed for about 40 seconds. Add the bakers sugar in a steady stream. Keep o medium and mix until fluffy and doubled in volume. Scrape the sides of the bowl a couple times during this process.
  6. Add the 2 egg whites one TBS at a time and mix for a few more minutes, again scraping the sides down as needed. When this mixture is done it will look like cream cheese but whipped so its lighter.
  7. Add ¼ of the flour mixture and ⅓ of the milk mixture and stir with a rubber spatula. Alternate until ingredients are used and use the flour last.
  8. Whisk the egg whites with either a hand mixer or hand whisk (I did it by hand) If you are using the mixer, turn it up after 30 seconds and add the TSP of granulated sugar. (if doing by hand, wait until the egg whites have turned to thick foam) continue whisking until stiff peaks form.
  9. Carefully fold egg whites into the batter and completely incorporate them. They add both a liquid and a "fluffy" agent to help the batter structure.
  10. Split the batter in half and color one red. I only used 1 TSP it was plenty.
  11. Add your batter to the cups. I used a medium cookie scoop in each color and put a scoop of each and then I took a butter knife to swirl. You can leave them and have half white half red cakes or layer the scoops on one another to make a vertical stripe.
  12. Cook for 18 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  13. Frost , sprinkle on some crushed candy canes and top with the candy curl :)

Butter Cream Frosting


1 cup unsalted butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
4 cups sifted confectioners’/icing sugar
3 T milk


  1. Cream butter in stand mixer
  2. Add vanilla
  3. Gradually add the sugar 1 cup at a time
  4. When mixture is dry add the milk until it reaches the consistency you want.


If you make these PLEASE share a pic! I’d love to see some variations!

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About Candace Reid

Candace Reid is the owner and author of My Serendipity Life. She is the mother of 3 and a recent college graduate having earned her Associates Degree in Business for Hospitality/Food Service Management. Candace is a member of the American Culinary Federation and is pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing from Southern New Hampshire University. She also loves to blog about family, food, fun and photography. Email Candace


  1. uhmmm…YUMMY!!!i love cupcakes and this one is looks very yummy..i love the decoration of an icing…i really like it.:-)

  2. I really appreciate this recipe you have shared, to be honest I consider myself as sweet tooth, I am sure that my family will love this, thanks for this sweet recipe.

  3. I just love how colorful you made these cupcakes. The red and the candy-canes make them look so Christmas-y. You are one cool cupcake decorator! :)

  4. My GOSH I want to eat these. They are so pretty and yummolicious looking!

  5. Those look amazing!

  6. Looks fantastic! Morgan wants to make them!

  7. yum!

  8. Oh my goodness, YUM! I am definitely making these!

  9. I had no idea Wilton made those adorable candy canes! So cute! Cupcakes look amazing…

    • Me either! My store has a Wilton section and they weren’t in there and I spotted a holiday baking aisle that had gingerbread kits and I was after cupcake liners and spotted them. They are available online too. I think they made the perfect topper, they went from cute to fancy with just a garnish I love it!

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  11. I am a lover of scrumptious cupcakes has my mouth salivating. Your picture tells it all leaving the the tasting to complet it.

  12. Great recipe! I’m definitely putting these on my holiday to-do list!

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