1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
2 tbsp butter or margarine, softened
1 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup buttermilk*
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup chocolate chips


1 cup butter
3 cups icing sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
1–2 tbsp. milk
Perfect for the holidays, or for lovers of mint chocolate any time!


1.Preheat oven to 350˚F (180˚C). Grease and flour cupcake tins, or use papers.
2.Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside.
3.In a large bowl, beat eggs until thick. Add these ingredients in this order, beating well after each addition: sugar, soft butter, oil, cocoa, buttermilk*, vanilla and flour mixture. Fold in boiling water, then chocolate chips.
4.Fill cupcake tins about 2/3 full and bake for 12 – 16 minutes. Let cool.
5.Icing: Cream butter & icing sugar until light and fluffy, then add vanilla and milk. Add a few drops of peppermint extract to icing. Have fun with the cupcake decorating; divide the icing into three bowls. Add green food colouring to one, red food colouring to another, and carefully swirl some of both colours together for a candy cane effect in the other. Spread icing on cupcakes, or swirl icing onto cupcakes using a piping bag. Toppings: Sprinkle with crushed candy canes; or top with red & green jelly beans.

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