Merry Mint Cupcakes

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Merry Mint Cupcakes

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Which, at the Artsy House, means we’re doing quite a bit of hosting. I absolutely love creating a warm, festive atmosphere and filling our home with family and friends every chance I get. But part of being a good hostess also means having delicious treats to offer my guests, and you all know that baking isn’t exactly my forte. I have friends who can whip up all kinds of fancy desserts from scratch…but as for me, I’m short on time and do much better when I bake with a little help.


All I need are a few key things from my local Walmart, like Pillsbury™ Funfetti® Holiday Cake Mix, Pillsbury™ Funfetti® Holiday Vanilla Flavored Frosting, M&M’s® White Peppermint, M&M’s® Hot Chocolate, M&M’s® Holiday Milk Chocolate, and Great Value Milk, and I’m all set to treat my guests. Here’s how I create simple but delicious Merry Mint Cupcakes that are as delicious as they are festive!


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Merry Mint Cupcakes

These delicious cupcakes are as festive and fun as they are delicious!
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Dessert
Servings: 24 cupcakes
Author: Amy Latta


  • Pillsbury™ Funfetti® Holiday Cake Mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • Pillsbury™ Funfetti® Holiday Vanilla Flavored Frosting
  • M&M's® White Peppermint


  • Combine cake mix, water, eggs, and applesauce in a large bowl.
  • Mix until moistened, then on medium speed for two minutes.
  • Place cupcake liners in a muffin tin and fill each about half full of the batter.
  • Bake at 350 degrees Farenheit for 20 minutes.
  • When cupcakes have cooled, add Pillsbury™ Funfetti® Holiday Vanilla Flavored Frosting and sprinkle with the candy confetti.
  • Add a few M&M's® White Peppermint to the top of each cupcake.


Thank goodness for tasty box mixes and canned frosting, am I right? I can make a delicious dessert without a ton of time and effort, which means I can focus on the fun-for-me part…making it pretty! Now this part, friends, is my cup of tea {well, coffee. You know it’s coffee.} First, I spooned the Pillsbury™ Funfetti® Holiday Vanilla Flavored Frosting into a decorating bag and piped it onto each cupcake in a swirling motion starting at the outside and ending at the inside. I sprinkled the candy confetti on top and added four M&M’s® White Peppermint to each cupcake. I may or may not have eaten as many as I used. Seriously, you guys. They are SO GOOD. You need to run out and buy a bag right now. Before you even finish reading this. Unless, that is, you shop at my Walmart…in which case, forget about it. They’re all mine.

Merry Mint Cupcakes

The final touch was adding cute little DIY toppers to make the cupcakes extra festive. First, I used a circle punch to create white circles, then hand lettered “joy” on each one with my Tombow Fudenosuke marker. If you’re interested in exactly how I did that {I promise, it’s SO easy}, check out my Basic Hand Lettering post! I used a scallop circle punch and made two red circles for every one white one, then made a “sandwich”, layering a red circle, a toothpick, another red circle, and finally the white circle and used adhesive to stick it all together. Once the toppers were finished, I stuck the picks into the cupcakes and voila!


Now they’re ready to serve to your guests…and you might even leave one out with a glass of milk for a certain ho ho ho-liday visitor! Speaking of milk, though, did you know that it’s one of the most requested items at food banks but one of the least donated? More than 46.5 million Americans – including one in every six children – rely on Feeding America food banks each year, but on average are only able to receive the equivalent of less than one gallon of milk per person per year. While many people are very generous with canned and dry goods, most don’t think to donate milk since it’s perishable. For a small donation at The Great American Milk Drive will deliver a gallon of milk {and all of the essential nutrients, including protein, that it provides} to a family in need in YOUR local community.

Merry Mint Cupcake

Plus, right now, when you purchase 2 bags of M&M’s® at Walmart (9.4 oz bags or larger), up to a gallon of milk will be donated to the drive. It’s an easy way you can help others in your community just by doing your weekly shopping.

Merry Mint Cupcakes
I’ve already shared this batch of cupcakes with our neighbors and friends, so I’m sorry I can’t send any your way, but you can easily create your own with the help of the recipe and those few basic ingredients. And today, there’s a chance for you to win a KitchenAid® mixer to help with your holiday baking! There’s a handful of bloggers sharing their favorite recipes and competing to win a kitchen makeover. By voting on your favorite photo, you are entered in a drawing to win one of eight KitchenAid® mixers. Easy, right? Good luck!

Holiday #BakeInTheFun

Merry Mint Cupcakes

Check out more delicious holiday recipes here; I’d love to hear about your favorite things to bake and share this time of year!

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