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Easy and Irresistible Hot Chocolate Flavored Cupcakes

These hot chocolate flavored cupcakes are easy and irresistible! Quick to come together, you can use any hot cocoa mix and end up with a crowd-pleasing treat.

Make this creamy, dreamy hot cocoa cupcake recipe for a decadent treat

Hot Chocolate Flavored Cupcakes

Hot chocolate flavored cupcakes with marshmallow buttercream frosting – it’s a mouthful, I know. But just look at these delectable tiny cakes!

This is the easiest recipe to come together and you can use favorite hot cocoa or hot chocolate mix (according to a friend of mine, they aren’t the same thing). What?

It’s shocking that I know someone who appreciates the finer details of chocolate. Just shocking.

So I did what any chocolate lover would do: I Googled it. Sure enough, there is a difference between hot cocoa and hot chocolate. But seriously, sign me up for either.

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Hot Cocoa Cupcakes Ingredients

For the cupcakes:

  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup hot chocolate mix
  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour (you can use all-purpose flour)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk

hot chocolate cupcakes ingredients for hot cocoa cupcakes

For the Marshmallow Buttercream Icing

Just say that to yourself lots of times: marshmallow buttercream – it has to be therapeutic. Besides, marshmallow is a fun word to say.

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 7 oz. jar of marshmallow fluff
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • optional: crushed peppermint pieces

How to Make Hot Chocolate Flavored Cupcakes

Yield: 12 cupcakes

Hot Chocolate Flavored Cupcakes

Hot cocoa cupcakes with marshmallow buttercream

These hot chocolate flavored cupcakes are easy and irresistible! Quick to come together, you can use any hot cocoa mix and end up with a crowd-pleasing treat.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 21 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 41 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup hot chocolate mix
  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour (you can use all-purpose flour)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 7 oz. jar of marshmallow fluff
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to a toasty (yet comfortable) 350 degrees. Spray a muffin tin or add cupcake liners.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together baking soda, baking powder, cake flour, sugar, milk, eggs, oil, cocoa, and your hot chocolate mix. Employ your muscles or mix with a mixer 2-3 minutes, until smooth.
  3. Carefully pour the cupcake mixture into a lined muffin tin (2/3 full). Bake 20-22 minutes. Let cool completely before frosting. hot chocolate cupcakes ingredients for hot cocoa cupcakes
  4. In the cupcake-mix bowl you just rinsed out, cream together the butter, vanilla, salt, and marshmallow fluff.
  5. Alternate adding small amounts of heavy cream and powdered sugar. Note: if your icing is runny, add a bit more powdered sugar.
  6. On cool cupcakes, add marshmallow buttercream icing and sprinkle on a few miniature marshmallows. Garnish with a straw (and maybe some peppermint or chocolate mint shavings).

Notes

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 566Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 466mgCarbohydrates: 98gFiber: 2gSugar: 72gProtein: 6g

All nutrition information is estimated. For accuracy, please calculate your exact brands and ingredients if accuracy is desired.

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Preheat your oven to a toasty (yet comfortable) 350 degrees.

Spray a muffin tin or add cupcake liners like the rest of us too lazy to really spend time cleaning.

In a large bowl, mix together baking soda, baking powder, cake flour, sugar, milk, eggs, oil, cocoa, and your hot chocolate mix. Seriously, just throw it all in a big bowl.

Employ your muscles or mix with a mixer 2-3 minutes, until smooth.

Carefully pour the cupcake mixture into a lined muffin tin (2/3 full) – remember, you want to limit cleanup, so use a ladle or a small measuring cup to fill the liners. #lazykitchentip

Bake 20-22 minutes. Let cool completely before frosting (or “taste test” one of them and burn your tongue – we don’t judge here at Ruffles and Rain Boots).

How to Make Marshmallow Buttercream Icing

Prepare yourselves. This stuff is ah-may-zing if you like marshmallows and buttercream. And it is 100% okay to lick the bowl, Y’all.

No judgment.

In the cupcake-mix bowl you just rinsed out, cream together the butter, vanilla, salt, and marshmallow fluff.

how to make delectable marshmallow buttercream

Don’t go dumping in the rest because you want to alternate adding small amounts of heavy cream and powdered sugar. Note: if your icing is runny, add a bit more powdered sugar.

On cool cupcakes, add a smidge (or a ton) of the marshmallow buttercream icing and sprinkle on a few miniature marshmallows. Garnish with a straw (and maybe some peppermint or chocolate mint shavings).

Over to You

Put these on your “Impress My Friends” Pinterest board! These hot chocolate flavored cupcakes with marshmallow buttercream will show up to any party and steal the show.

Or you can eat them in your dining room in your fuzzy bunny slippers at 11 o’clock at night. I admit nothing…

Whip up a batch of these easy, quick, and tasty hot chocolate flavored cupcakes. #rufflesandrainboots #hotchocolate #cupcakes

Bri Adams

Saturday 24th of March 2018

I just experienced the amazingness that is marshmallow buttercream and I'm hooked! What a fabulous frosting. I'm not a huge fan of frosting in the first place and only can handle small doses of this but it sure was GOOD. Can't wait to try these with my kiddos.

Elia Garrison

Wednesday 21st of March 2018

These look soooo amazing!!!!

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