Candy Cane Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache {& a Huge Giveaway}

I’ve got a thing for mini cupcakes lately. Maybe because you can pop a bunch of different flavors in your mouth for the same impact as one large cupcake? So, I thought it would be fun to do a Christmasy version. Here’s my Mini Candy Cane Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache:

Mini Candy Cane Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache

And even, better, here are a bunch of my blog friends favorite holiday recipes as well! It’s our Holiday Progressive Dinner WITH a big fat giveaway as well!

16 Amazing Holiday Appetizer and Dessert Recipes

Tomato & Ricotta Crostini from Katie’s Cucina | Roasted Leek and Onion Soup from Sweet C’s Designs

Mozzerella, Bacon and Roasted Peppers Hot Cheese Dip from Cook the Story

Red Pepper Manchego Stuffed Mushrooms from The Lilypad Cottage

Spicy Sriracha Deviled Eggs from White House Black Shutters | Cranberry Salsa from Bombshell Bling

Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms from Kokocooks | Cream Cheese with Garlic & Bacon filled Crescents from A Glimpse Inside

Peppermint Hot Cocoa Rice Krispie Treats from Yellow Bliss Road | Peppermint Patty Chex Mix from Lolly Jane

Brownie Stuffed Christmas Trees from It’s Always Autumn | Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cookies from Clean and Scentsible

Mini Candy Cane Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache from Crazy Little Projects

Black and White Cookie Brownies from Sweet Rose Studio | Oreo Truffle Reindeer Noses and Free Printable from Balancing Home

Peppermint Muddy Buddies from A Pumpkin and a Princess


Eat up!!!! Which one looks the yummiest to you?

Let’s talk about how to make the cupcakes now.


Mini Candy Cane Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache:

  • 1 Devils Food Cake Mix
  • 1 large package of instant chocolate pudding
  • 1 C sour cream
  • 1 C vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 C water
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all of the above ingredients. Line mini cupcake tin with mini cupcake liners and then fill cupcake liners about half full. Cook for about 7-9 minutes.
Allow to cool completely


For the Candy Cane Frosting:

  • 3 sticks of softened butter
  • 6 Cups of powdered sugar
  • 8 Tbsp milk
  • 2 tsp peppermint extract
  • 8 crushed candy canes

Mix all of the above ingredients and then pipe onto cupcakes. (Put all of the frosting into a ziploc bag, snip off one corner and squeeze gently onto cupcakes.)


For the Chocolate Ganache:

  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Melt the cream and the butter in a pot on the stove. Warm until almost boiling but not quite and then remove from heat. Stir in chocolate chips until melted.

Allow to cool for AT LEAST 30 minutes to an hour. Then drizzle over the top of the cupcakes. I also sprinkles some candy cane bits on top of this.


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Hey there! I'm Amber, mom of 4 crazy boys, wife of 1 and non-stop, always busy, crazy project doer. (There's a reason why we call it *Crazy* Little Projects.) I love chocolate, reading, sewing and being with people!

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  1. tylstenie says

    Look yummy as do so many for the goodies. I am having a problem trying to enter the contest. Tried yesterday and today but it never goes beyond saying the entry “form” is loading. I have not had this issue in the past. Anything I can do to fix this?

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