What do you do with all those extra candy canes and peppermints that you have around the house during Christmas time? You make these delicious Vanilla Peppermint Swirled Cupcakes! These are made with my favorite vanilla cupcake recipe, and the addition of the peppermint buttercream icing is a great combination.
First let’s talk about the vanilla cupcake with the peppermint swirl. This is a fun way to add interest, flavor, and color to your cupcakes. I love experimenting with combinations of flavors, and this particular recipe calls for sour cream and vanilla. The sour cream provides a nice tangy taste while the vanilla is an old favorite warm inviting smell that makes the whole house smell delightful. To add the peppermint and the swirl to the cupcake itself, simply save about 2 cups of the batter and add red dye and about 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of peppermint oil. Place the batter into a piping bag (or ziplock bag) with the end cut off. Once you have placed your cupcake liners inside your muffin pan and filled your cupcake liners with the original batter, just insert the tip of the bag into the cupcake and pipe the red peppermint batter in as you draw a circle. With remaining icing, draw large circles on top of each batter cup as well.