Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

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Hot chocolate cupcakes taste just like the wintery drink. Made with cocoa and topped with mini marshmallows, these homemade cupcakes are the perfect winter dessert!

Yield: 14 cupcakes | Prep Time:20 mins | Cook Time:18 mins | Total Time:38 mins

hot chocolate cupcakes


For the chocolate cupcakes:

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk

For the frosting:

  • 1/2 cup dry hot chocolate mix (no marshmallows)
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 to 3 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar


To make the cupcakes:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Place paper liners in a cupcake tin (this recipe makes 14 cupcakes). Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together cocoa powder, flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or using a hand mixer), beat together the eggs, sugar, brown sugar, vegetable oil and vanilla extract until combined. Alternate adding the dry ingredients and buttermilk to the batter. Start with one third of the dry ingredients, stir a few strokes. Add half the buttermilk, stir. Repeat. Add remaining flour mixture and stir just until combined. Be careful not to over mix. The batter will be somewhat thin.
  4. Pour batter into the prepared cupcake tin. Fill each paper liner halfway full (avoid overfilling and use 14 liners). Bake for 18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting

To make the frosting:

  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, whisk together the hot cocoa mix and heavy cream. Heat for 5 minutes, stirring often, until warm. Remove from heat and cool for 20 minutes (or until at room temperature).
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or using a hand mixer), beat butter until smooth, about 1 minute. Add confectioners’ sugar and beat until combined, about 1 minute. With the mixer on low, slowly pour in hot cocoa mixture. Once combined, increase speed to medium-high and beat for 1 minute. If you’d like a thicker frosting, add more confectioners’ sugar.
  3. Transfer frosting to a pastry bag fitted with desired tip (I used a large round Wilton 1 A). Pipe frosting on to cupcakes and garnish with mini marshmallows.

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