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Red Velvet Peppermint Cupcakes

Makes 12 cupcakes


1 box red velvet cake mix

1/2 cup Gil’s California Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/4 cup Gil’s Cherry Balsamic Vinegar

3/4 cup water

3 eggs

2 each (16oz) containers buttercream frosting

1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract

1/2 cup candy canes, crushed


Preheat oven to 350°F, line a muffin pan with cupcake liners, and lightly spritz with cooking spray.

Place the cake mix, olive oil, balsamic, water, and eggs in a large bowl, whisk until blended and smooth. Evenly distribute the batter between the prepared cupcake cups, filling each 3/4-full. Place in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes until cooked through (insert a toothpick in the center of one of the cupcakes, if the toothpick comes out clean, the cupcakes are done). Remove from the oven and set aside to cool on a wire rack.

Place the frosting in a large bowl, add the peppermint extract, and whisk until combined. Once the cupcakes have cooled completely, pipe the frosting on top of the cupcakes and garnish with crushed candy canes.

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