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Chocolate Peppermint Twist Cupcakes and Duncan Hines Giveaway


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Today’s gift from the kitchen is cupcakes.  Now these Chocolate Peppermint Twist Cupcakes are made to look gourmet – chocolate cupcakes dipped in ganache, topped with peppermint frosting, followed by a drizzle of chocolate ganache!  The great thing about them though is they are made with a boxed cake mix and canned frosting!

The frosting also gets it color and flavor from Duncan Hines Frosting Creations.  These little packets of flavor mix are easy to use.  You just mix one packet into 1 container of frosting.  They have a great selection of flavors including cinnamon roll and cotton candy.  They also have seasonal flavors – gingerbread, apple pie, pumpkin spice, and peppermint.  I love the combination of chocolate and peppermint at this time of year.  That is where my inspiration came from for this cupcake.

Now if you want a generous piping of frosting on your cupcakes you have to use 2 cans of frosting.  You could get by with one but you won’t get that gourmet look with the generously piped frosting.  The other thing I discovered is that once you mix the flavor mix into the frost it tends to be just a bit too runny to pipe.  I managed to do it but it would probably help to refrigerate the frosting just for a bit to help it firm up.  The other alternative is to make a butter cream frosting from scratch and use the flavoring packets.

This cupcake was a definite hit and I am sure they would be a welcomed gift for any chocolate lover.  You can package them up in cupcake boxes that are readily available at stores such as Walmart or Bed Bath and Beyond.  They can be found at most craft stores and even on Amazon too.

Duncan Hines and Wilton have provided a gift pack so that one of you can sample the yummy frosting creations!  The prize pack includes:

  • Wilton Cake decorating set
  • 2 Duncan Hines cake mixes
  • Wilton 9” angled spatula
  • Wilton 15” angled spatula
  • “The Pastry Chef’s Companion: A Comprehensive Resource Guide for the Baking and Pastry Professional” by Glenn Rinsky and Laura Halpin Rinsky
  • Wilton Turntable
  • 2 Duncan Hines® frosting creations™ starters
  • 2 Duncan Hines® frosting creations™ flavor mixes in Peppermint Stick and Gingerbread
To enter, leave a comment on this post telling me what mix flavor you want to try!  

You have unto Saturday Dec. 8 at midnight (MST) to enter!  Winner will be announced at the bottom of this post following the entry deadline. This contest is now closed!

Also, I currently have 3 other giveaways going on – from Crock-PotChapstick, and HostaCookieParty.com.  Be sure to enter!

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Chocolate Peppermint Twist Cupcakes | realmomkitchen.com

Chocolate Peppermint Twist Cupcakes


Units Scale
  • 1 Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix
  • 1 cup light sour cream
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 small package chocolate fudge instant pudding mix
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 2 cans of Duncan Hines® Frosting Creations™ Frosting Starter
  • 2 packets of Duncan Hines® Peppermint Stick Frosting Creations™ Flavor Mix
  • 1 cup Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tins with 24 cupcake liners.
  2. In a large bowl, add cake mix, sour cream, water, oil, eggs, and pudding mix.
  3. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for about two minutes. Use a strong mixer, this batter is thick.
  4. Pour batter into prepared cupcake liners, dividing batter evenly between the 24 cupcakes. Bake 350 degrees for 20 minutes Don’t over bake or the cake will be too dry! The toothpick test works to check to see if they’re done.
  5. Allow cupcakes to cool completely.
  6. Place chocolate chips and whipping cream in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 20 seconds and stir. Then microwave for 10 second intervals, stirring after each interval until mixture is smooth.
  7. Tip top of cupcakes into the chocolate mixture completely coating the tops with a thin layer.
  8. Add 1 packet of flavor mix to 1 can of frosting starter. Mix to combine. Repeat with remaining frosting and flavor mix. Place frosting in fridge for a few minutes to firm up the frosting.
  9. Pipe frosting on to cupcakes.
  10. Drizzle remaining chocolate mixture over frosted cupcakes.
  11. Sprinkle each cupcake with some of the Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips. Makes 24 cupcakes.
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Winner of the Giveaway is Jennifer H who said: “I would love to try the Peppermint Stick.”  Congrats!  Watch for an email on how to claim your prize.

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kelly @ kellybakes December 13, 2012 - 9:26 pm

Wow–I would have never guessed that these were from boxed mix and canned frosting! These are gorgeous!

Lisa December 9, 2012 - 2:24 pm

I’d like to try gingerbread flavor!

Susan C December 8, 2012 - 11:12 pm

Mmmmmmm – would love to try the Gingerbread.

Anne@FromMySweetHeart December 8, 2012 - 9:23 pm

Oh what pretty cupcakes! I love that layer of ganache before you frosted them! I’ve yet to try those Frosting Creations but I’d love to try the cinnamon roll! : )

Mallory December 8, 2012 - 5:45 pm

Mint chocolate! yummy

Jess Curren December 8, 2012 - 3:51 pm

peppermint for sure!!

Lesleigh December 8, 2012 - 1:19 pm

Peppermint or gingerbread are sounding good.

Renee December 8, 2012 - 10:26 am


Denae December 7, 2012 - 7:29 pm

Mint Chocolate!

Kelly S. December 7, 2012 - 5:01 pm

Ummm…I don’t think I can pick just one! White chocolate raspberry, caramel, cinnamon roll, and cherry vanilla all sound great!

Sert December 7, 2012 - 1:54 pm

I’d wanna try mint chocolate

Miah December 7, 2012 - 1:50 pm

White chocolate raspberry! Yum!

Marie December 7, 2012 - 1:48 pm

The Chocolate and Marshmallow! What a great combo!

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Kay December 7, 2012 - 8:48 am

Gingerbread sounds really good

Michelle December 7, 2012 - 8:48 am

I love the taste of pumpkin anything so I would want to try pumpkin spice

Linda December 7, 2012 - 8:47 am

I want to try cherry vanilla

April V December 7, 2012 - 7:31 am

I want to try that pumpkin spice mix!

Ann December 7, 2012 - 1:56 am

Bubble gum!

Julie December 7, 2012 - 1:55 am

Apple spice for me!

Donna December 7, 2012 - 1:54 am

I’d love to try pumpkin spice

Stacey B. December 6, 2012 - 10:51 pm

Cinnamon roll.

Jennifer H December 6, 2012 - 7:13 pm

I would love to try the Peppermint Stick.

Barb December 6, 2012 - 4:52 pm

I would love to try the cherry vanilla

Nikki December 6, 2012 - 4:11 pm

I want to try cherry vanilla!!

Susan @ The Royal Cook December 6, 2012 - 10:56 am

Cotton candy. I’m still a kid at heart! 🙂

Dezi A December 6, 2012 - 12:34 am

I would love to try the Peppermint to make these cupcakes. Mint and Chocolate are my all time favorite combination! And these look divine!

Sarah December 5, 2012 - 11:10 pm


Chriss December 5, 2012 - 9:03 pm

I would love to try the cinnamon roll flavor.

Calli December 5, 2012 - 8:01 pm

I want to try gingerbread!

debbie c. December 5, 2012 - 2:46 pm

PMS EMERGENCY CUPCAKE: Devil’s food cupcake w/ mocha/chocolate mousse frosting. TAKE 1 AS NEEDED! 🙂

Tiffany December 5, 2012 - 12:53 pm

I would try the peppermint!

Dawn B December 5, 2012 - 12:52 pm

Would love the gingerbread!!

Janna December 5, 2012 - 11:34 am

Yummy! Definitely the mint chocolate! The caramel sounds heavenly as well.

Shannon December 5, 2012 - 11:17 am

I would like to try the peppermint for my daughters that like it!

Susan December 5, 2012 - 9:36 am

Cinnamon and peppermint sound great.

Deanna December 5, 2012 - 8:53 am

Ooh, Mint Chocoloate and Caramel sound delicious (maybe not *together*). 🙂

Veronica M. December 5, 2012 - 6:48 am

Gingerbread baby!

Mandy December 5, 2012 - 6:09 am

I would love to make a pumpkin cake with cinnamon roll flavored frosting.

Bridget December 5, 2012 - 3:20 am

I would love to try the Peppermint flavor!

Terri C December 4, 2012 - 10:40 pm

Would love to try the gingerbread ! Yum!

Laura December 4, 2012 - 9:21 pm

White Chocolate Raspberry

shirley elizabeth December 4, 2012 - 9:20 pm

Ooh I want to try out pumpkin spice and caramel!

Amy S December 4, 2012 - 9:18 pm

White chocolate raspberry!

Kelly Dorpinghaus December 4, 2012 - 9:06 pm


Maralea December 4, 2012 - 7:01 pm

Would love to try Cinnamon Roll!

Joan December 4, 2012 - 6:33 pm

I would try the mocha flavor.

Deann December 4, 2012 - 6:32 pm

mint, or white chocolate raspberry

Terri December 4, 2012 - 6:25 pm

I want to try the gingerbread mix!

Emily Adams December 4, 2012 - 5:36 pm

Cinnamon Roll!

Blessie Nelson December 4, 2012 - 5:35 pm

I want to try the white chocolate raspberry flavor!

Jeannette T. December 4, 2012 - 5:06 pm

Peppermint Stick sounds so good !!!

Stacy December 4, 2012 - 4:56 pm

Cinnamon Roll

Brittany C. December 4, 2012 - 4:34 pm

I’m a sucker for peppermint, or maybe the chocolate marshmallow

Cathy Jeppsen December 4, 2012 - 4:25 pm


Amy December 4, 2012 - 4:20 pm

cherry vanilla or apple pie

Karla December 4, 2012 - 4:18 pm

There are soooooo many that sound good… the white chocolate raspberry would probably be my first choice and carrot cake would be a very close second. 🙂

Tammy S December 4, 2012 - 4:16 pm

I would love to try the mocha.

Karla December 4, 2012 - 4:14 pm

So many choices and they all sound good…. Chocolate, Chocolate Raspberry, Carrot Cake, chocolate almond….If I had to choose just one…. it would probably be Chocolate Almond… with Carrot cake being a close second!! 🙂

Karla December 4, 2012 - 4:11 pm

I would LOVE to try the Chocolate….how can you not love chocolate… but hey…. it never hurts to try new things… so a chocolate raspberry sounds pretty good also!! YUM YUM!!

Eva December 4, 2012 - 3:53 pm

I would love to try the Chocolate rapberry, pepermint or Apple pie but really all the flavors sound great and delicious. Thanks for the chance to win.

Melanie December 4, 2012 - 3:39 pm

I want to try the peppermint flavor. My son LOVES anything peppermint!

Becky December 4, 2012 - 3:05 pm

Apple pie sounds yummy!

Jenny G December 4, 2012 - 2:49 pm

I would like to try the Chocolate Almond mix.

Sheila December 4, 2012 - 2:44 pm

I would love to try hot chocolate cupcakes and apple pie ones too.

D Schmidt December 4, 2012 - 2:39 pm

I would love to try the gingerbread!

Shanna December 4, 2012 - 2:25 pm

The peppermint (especially on these cupcakes) sounds amazing and I’d also love to try the gingerbread!

Andrea D. December 4, 2012 - 2:12 pm

I wan to try Peppermint Stick or Apple Pie. Thanks for the chance to enter.

kesha December 4, 2012 - 2:11 pm

I would love to try the Strawberry Shortcake or Chocolate Almond

Kim B. December 4, 2012 - 1:54 pm

I too would love to try the peppermint 🙂

Elin December 4, 2012 - 1:10 pm

Apple pie!

Jo Cupit December 4, 2012 - 1:09 pm

Gingerbread or Chocolate Marshmallow

Barbara December 4, 2012 - 1:00 pm

Gingerbread it is!

Maria W. December 4, 2012 - 12:55 pm

White chocolate raspberry!!

Linda December 4, 2012 - 12:52 pm

Orange cream would be my flavor of the day….

Monica December 4, 2012 - 12:45 pm

I want to try the cotton candy and the apple pie!

Christine Waddell December 4, 2012 - 11:52 am

Mmmmm…..chocolate marshmallow sound like the best to me!!!!!

Katie December 4, 2012 - 11:43 am

White Chocolate Raspberry sounds so good.

Danielle T December 4, 2012 - 11:23 am

i would try the white chocolate raspberry! so many good options though!!

Carrie December 4, 2012 - 11:23 am

Tis the season for peppermint – cake pops!!

Kim December 4, 2012 - 11:14 am

i want to try the apple pie mix!

Catherine W. December 4, 2012 - 10:26 am

I love everything peppermint, so I’d like to try that one.

Staci A December 4, 2012 - 10:25 am

The apple pie sounds delish!

Fiona Ting December 4, 2012 - 9:51 am

I would LOVE to try their apple pie and peppermint. they’d be the perfect addition to so many recipes!

Lauren December 4, 2012 - 9:10 am

I would love to try the gingerbread! My husband would pick the apple pie though!

Bonnie M. December 4, 2012 - 8:52 am

The gingerbread sounds good to me!

Jessica December 4, 2012 - 8:51 am


Nancy December 4, 2012 - 8:29 am

Mmm… white chocolate raspberry.

Hannah December 4, 2012 - 8:18 am

I would love to try the mocha…yum! 🙂

Gloria December 4, 2012 - 8:07 am

Would love to try apple pie,chocolate marshmallow,and the cinnamon roll flavor.

Ally December 4, 2012 - 8:04 am

I’d like to try orange creme so I could make creamsicle cupcakes!

Heather of Kitchen Concoctions December 4, 2012 - 7:39 am

These cupcakes look stunning! For the holidays I would want to try the peppermint but after the holidays the orange crème.

Laura C. December 4, 2012 - 7:27 am

oooo.. so many good choices!!! APPLE PIE for me! wait… peppermint…. wait.. CHOCOLATE MARSHMELLOW!!! wonder if it tastes like a smore’…. 😀

Jodi P December 4, 2012 - 7:16 am

Oh the Peppermint Stick sounds YUMMY!! and I would love to try the caramel and the mocha from the regular line as well. 🙂 Or maybe I should just try them all?! 😉

Sherri December 4, 2012 - 6:53 am

I can’t wait to try the apple pie.

erin December 4, 2012 - 6:48 am

Chocolate almond!!

mrsblocko December 4, 2012 - 6:40 am

I’d like to try Gingerbread. Haven’t seen that in the stores yet.

Elizabeth Ann December 4, 2012 - 6:23 am

I want to try their carrot cake! 🙂