Cakes/ Dessert

Candy Cane Joe-Joe Cupcakes with Peppermint White Chocolate Buttercream

I know I say this every time I post a recipe….but I am SO SO SO EXCITED!!!! These very well might be the tastiest cupcakes in the universe. They have candy cane joe-joe bottoms (which, if you don’t live near a Trader Joe’s, is a candy cane “oreo”), a super moist, rich chocolate cake base, and a gorgeously fluffy peppermint white chocolate buttercream. They are absolute perfection.

Candy Cane Joe-Joe Cupcakes

The chocolate cupcake base is one I developed after like 65 million chocolate cake tests and I use it for every single chocolate cupcake I make. It turns out perfectly every time and is so stinking good!

I’m also really in love with the frosting. The second time I made these cupcakes, I accidentally burned the white chocolate for the frosting but tried to use it anyway (ugh, why??? haha), but then there were burned, brown chunks throughout the frosting, so I added some cookie crumbs into it to try & hide them, but then the texture got WEIRD and wouldn’t pipe right. Bah. So I remade them the next day, *didn’t* burn the white chocolate, and put the crumbs on top 😉 Also, with minty frostings, sometimes I think it just tastes like toothpaste, so I tried really hard to make this not taste like toothpaste 🙂 haha!

Candy Cane Joe-Joe Cupcakes

If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you to purchase Candy Cane Joe-Joe’s….well, first of all, I’m SO sorry. Secondly, you can totally just use a regular oreo or even mint oreo? The flavor will be slightly different but alas – better than nothing, right?

Happy baking, friends – I am SO EXCITED for you to make these cupcakes this holiday season! They are sure to be a hit.

Candy Cane Joe-Joe Cupcakes

Candy Cane Joe-Joe Cupcakes with Peppermint White Chocolate Buttercream
Serves: ~24 cupcakes
  • 1 c all-purpose flour
  • ½ c unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ t fine sea salt
  • 1 t baking soda
  • ½ t baking powder
  • ½ c white sugar
  • ½ c dark brown sugar
  • ½ c canola oil
  • 1 c low-fat buttermilk (no substitutions)
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • For the frosting:
  • 1 c unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • ½ t peppermint extract
  • 4 oz white chocolate, chopped (bar, not chips)
  • ¼ c heavy cream (no substitutions)
  • pinch salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line a muffin pan with cupcake liners, and place a joe-joe in the bottom of each liner.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, cream together sugars, oil, vanilla, and eggs. Add in the buttermilk and whisk to combine.
  4. Pour the wet into the dry and stir until just combined.
  5. Pour the batter into each cupcake liner about ¾ full. Bake for about 17 minutes. You may test doneness with a toothpick, or, when pressed on the top, they will spring back just a little. Let cool.
  6. For the frosting, melt the white chocolate and heavy cream together in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in small increments, like 15 seconds, until smooth & the chocolate is thoroughly melted. Let cool COMPLETELY. You need the chocolate to be at room temperature, and no warmer.
  7. Cream butter in a stand mixer or with a hand mixer for 3-4 minutes, until light and creamy. Add in the powdered sugar, pinch of salt, peppermint extract, and white chocolate mixture. Beat until fluffy. Pipe onto cupcakes as desired!


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  • Reply
    December 4, 2017 at 10:37 am

    Girl these look AMAZING. Cupcake queen, over here. I’m one of those poor unfortunate souls without a trader joes where I live normally 🙁 However, I’ll have to try these when I’m home for Christmas!

    • Reply
      December 10, 2017 at 8:17 pm

      Yessss girl you will have to stock up on the Trader Joe’s goods when you’re in MN!

  • Reply
    November 30, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    These are PERFECT! I seriously want to stick my finger and grab a taste of that frosting right now!! TJs is my absolute favorie– I swear I’m there twice a week. And their Candy Cane Joe-Joe’s a to die for 🙂 Can’t wait to try!

    • Reply
      December 3, 2017 at 8:19 am

      Thanks Liz!! TJ’s is seriously the best – especially during fall/winter when they have the funnest seasonal items!

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