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North Pole Cupcakes

North Pole Cupcakes

These charming, cheery North Pole Cupcakes are probably the first thing Santa eats to restore his energy after a long Christmas Eve. A fancy, flavorful cupcake supports a giant, snowy drift of peppermint frosting with a cute little sign directing everyone to the place where all the magic happens!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword North Pole Cupcakes
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 12 Cupcakes
Calories 592kcal
Author Kathleen



  • 1 Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Plus 1/8 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Plus 1/8 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Unsalted Butter at Room Temperature
  • 1 Large Egg at Room Temperature


  • 1 Cup Unsalted Butter Softened
  • 3 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 5 Tablespoons Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1 Teaspoon Peppermint Extract
  • 3-5 Drops Red Food Coloring
  • 1 Cup Crushed Peppermint Candy Canes
  • 1 Piping Bag Fitted with a Large Star Tip

Royal Icing:

  • 3 Egg Whites
  • 2 Cups Powder Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cream Of Tartar
  • 1 Piping Bag fitted with a #2 Tip


  • 12 Cinnamon Candy Cane Sticks
  • 12 Green M&Ms
  • 1 Container Chocolate Fondant Sold at Craft Stores
  • 1 Cup Powdered Sugar


Make the Cupcakes:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cupcake pan with liners.
  • Mix flour, baking powder, soda, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl and set aside.
  • In the bowl of a standing mixer beat sugar and butter until creamed. Add egg and mix until fully incorporated. Add vanilla extract, salt, baking soda, and baking powder and mix in. mix the heavy cream into the wet mixture
  • Beginning and ending with the flour mixture, alternate adding the flour mixture and sour cream.
  • Spoon batter into prepared pans 1/2 full. Bake in the oven for about 22 minutes or until the center of the cupcake comes out clean with a toothpick. Cool completely on the wire rack.

Make the Frosting:

  • In the bowl of a standard mixer, combine unsalted butter, powdered sugar, heavy whipping cream and peppermint extract and mix on medium speed, until well combined (will be stiff).
  • Place the piping bag, fitted with large star tip, into an empty medium cup and fold the bag over the edges. (using as a stand to hold bag)
  • Place half of the frosting in a separate bowl. Add food coloring and mix until evenly combined.
  • Using a rubber spatula, scoop some red frosting onto one side of the piping bag, then add white frosting to the other side.
  • Pipe frosting onto the completely cooled cupcakes, then sprinkle the tops with the crushed candy cane pieces.

Make the Royal Icing:

  • Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a standing mixer and mix on medium speed until stiff peaks form.
  • Spoon Royal Icing into the piping bag fitted with #2 Tip.

Final Assembly/Decorations:

  • Pipe a small dollop of royal icing onto the top of the candy cane sticks and place a green M&M on top. Set aside to dry.
  • Sprinkle some powdered sugar onto a cutting board and knead the fondant until soft and easy to work with.
  • Roll out the fondant to ¼-inch thick.
  • Using a pizza cutter or knife, cut 12 rectangles about 3” x 1 ½”.
  • Using the royal icing, write “North Pole” onto the rectangles and pipe some snow around the edges. Let the signs dry for about 3 hours on the cutting board.
  • Once the rectangles are dry, carefully flip them over and add a small dot of royal icing to glue these to the candy cane poles, holding for about 15 seconds to set. Repeat with remaining rectangles.
  • Add the signs to your cupcakes, and enjoy!


Calories: 592kcal | Carbohydrates: 109g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 102mg | Potassium: 105mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 92g | Vitamin A: 535IU | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 0.9mg