Here's a fun Christmas baking idea! The ultimate Christmas cupcake has a moist vanilla muffin topped with a whipped cream frosting with real candy canes - this is an easy recipe that comes out looking and tasting just like candy canes.

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These candy cane cupcakes are so cute and festive. I loved how moist the cupcakes turned out and my son loved decorating them with me. The candy cane frosting was a lovely touch and tasted great! The perfect cupcakes for the holidays! - Luci


Candy Cane Whipped Cream 2 cups heavy cream 2 cups candy cane candies bright red food coloring Vanilla Cupcake 1 cup salted butter 1 cup sugar 2 eggs 2 cups flour 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 cup milk

Start with the whipped cream topping. Heat heavy cream in a sauce pan and add the candy canes. Be careful so it does not boil at any point.

Allow the candies to melt - still without the cream boiling - while stirring often

When the candy canes are entirely melted, remove the cream from the heat and allow to cool down in room temperature. When cooled, refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

Meanwhile, make the vanilla cupcake base. Start by mixing together butter and sugar.

Then add eggs, and mix again

In a separate bowl, mix together all the remaining dry ingredients

Add to the batter together with the milk, and mix just until everything is well blended and the batter is smooth.

Scoop batter into a lined muffin tin and bake for 16-18 minutes at 400°F. Then set aside to cool completely!

When the cream has been in the fridge for at least 4 hours, bring it out and whip it.

It should end up with the same texture as regular whipped cream, but it might take a little bit longer.

Prep an icing bag with the nozzle of your choice, and draw stripes inside with a bright red gel food coloring.

Then add the whipped cream.

Decorate the cupcakes with the candy cane whipped cream. If you're not eating them all now, decorate just as many as you will need. Store leftover whipped cream in the fridge, it's good for up to 3 days!

Treat someone you love to a Candy Cane Cupcake this Holiday season!

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