Candy Cane Red Velvet Cupcakes

I dedicated this weekend to tackling all my holiday shopping, so when I had to bring a dessert to a good friend’s holiday party I didn’t have much time to bake something elaborate. With literally 45 minutes to get myself presentableand have the dessert ready I knew exactly what needed to happen. Bring in the cupcakes! I had found this amazingly cute paper cupcake tower with matching cupcake wraps, and together they served as my contribution to the super chic holiday soireĆ©.

To answer your premeditated questions, no, I did not make them from scratch. Yes, I used a box. And, yes, I did crumble my own candy-canes to make the crunchy minty topping/garnish. The boxed red velvet cake mix is delicious and easy and seriously gets the job done. Do we really need to waste all that time making cupcakes from scratch? I think not!