We began with a simple devil's food cake batter. Filled each cupcake paper 2/3 full. Baked at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.
While they cooled we created a cream cheese frosting, replacing the vanilla for peppermint extract. Frosted the cupcakes with the peppermint cream cheese frosting and topping each one with a few pieces of chopped peppermint patty candies.