I bought a packet of mini candy canes the other day and I knew they would end up on a cupcake. What is more seasonal than a peppermint candy cane cupcake? If you can’t find mini candy canes just break up the full sized ones and sprinkle on top of your chocolate frosting for a pretty effect.
I actually stumbled upon the smooth peppermint ganache that tops this cake when I tried (and failed) to make mint truffles. The attempt resulted in something that was too soft for a truffle centre but perfect on top of a cupcake.