Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

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These hot chocolate cupcakes with marshmallow frosting are cozy desserts for the holiday season. Fluffy, tender and rich, they’re super delicious. Pair these decadent treats with hot cocoa bombs, milk, eggnog, or coffee.

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A batch of hot chocolate cupcakes with tall spirals of glossy white marshmallow frosting.

During Christmastime, along with candy canes, these special treats add to the magic of the season. The contrast between dark chocolate cake and tall glossy white swirls of marshmallow fluff frosting is luxurious and elegant.

Garnish hot chocolate cupcakes with mini marshmallow bits. It’s an easy way to elevate the look and taste of these cozy desserts. Take them to parties, or up to the cabin to enjoy with family after a day in the snow.

The paper cupcake wrapper pulled down on a hot chocolate cupcake so texture is visible.

Why THIS RECIPE WORKS

  • Easy Recipe: These hot chocolate cupcakes are made with basic pantry staples. You may have everything you need for this recipe right now. Just check your fridge and pantry.
  • Quick Results: Mix the batter in 10 minutes. Fill the cupcake wrappers. Bake for 16 to 18 minutes. So quick and simple.
  • Hot Chocolate Experience in a Hand-held Dessert: These holiday cupcakes are fluffy, tender and super chocolaty. They feature tall swirls of marshmallow frosting. Garnish with mini marshmallow bits.
  • Potluck Friendly: These small cakes travel well. Place them in a cupcake carrier. Or repurpose a cardboard ornament box (with square or round wells) to transport the cupcakes to a party.
Hand lifting a hot chocolate cupcake from a dessert table.

🛒 INGREDIENTS

Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

  • Whole Milk: Adds creamy delicious moisture to the batter.
  • Vegetable Oil: Adds richness and ensures the cupcakes stay moist.
  • Large Eggs: Are used to bind the batter together while adding richness and softness for a tender crumb.
  • Pure Vanilla Extract: Enhances the flavor of the other ingredients while providing a classic bakery taste and aroma.
  • Granulated Sugar: Adds the perfect amount of sweetness.
  • All-Purpose Flour: This is the best type of flour for these small cakes. Its strength makes them easy to frost and best supports the marshmallow frosting. Using cake flour would result in a very delicate crumb that would be hard to frost.
  • Dutch Process Cocoa: I use Hershey’s Cocoa Special Dark. It’s what gives these hot chocolate cupcakes that beautiful deep-dark color with an irresistible chocolatey taste. But if desired, you can use Hershey’s natural unsweetened cocoa instead.
  • Baking Powder: This leavening agent ensures the cupcakes have the perfect rise and a light airy texture.
  • Sea Salt: Enhances the chocolate’s depth of flavor while perking up the taste of the other ingredients so the flavors are multi-dimensional. Without salt these desserts would taste flat, bitter and bland.
Ingredients for hot chocolate cupcakes.

Marshmallow Fluff Frosting

  • Egg Whites: To create a simple meringue.
  • Granulated Sugar: To sweeten the frosting.
  • Marshmallow Fluff: To provide a delicious marshmallow taste.
  • Pure Vanilla Extract: To enhance the flavor.

Optional Garnishes

  • Dehydrated Marshmallow Bits: Give these cozy treats a true hot chocolate vibe. If you can’t find this product at the store, chop up regular-sized marshmallows into tiny bits.
  • Chocolate Jimmies (Sprinkles): Add a festive touch.
Ingredients for marshmallow creme frosting.

RECIPE STEPS

Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

RECIPE PREP: Adjust oven rack to the center position. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line the 12 wells of a cupcake tin with paper cupcake liners.

  • STEP 1: In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the milk, vegetable oil, eggs and vanilla extract.
  • STEP 2: Add granulated sugar to the bowl. Whisk to combine. Add remaining ingredients: flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Whisk to combine, but do not overmix.
  • STEP 3: Divide the batter equally between the wells of the prepared cupcake pan. Fill each well 2/3 full. Bake 16 to 18 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the center of 2 cupcakes comes out clean. Transfer the desserts to a wire rack and cool completely before frosting.
  • STEP 4: Make this easy recipe for 👉🏻 marshmallow frosting.
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  • STEP 5: Transfer the frosting to a piping bag fitted with a metal tip. Pipe frosting onto the cupcakes, leaving a bare border around the edges so the dark chocolate cake is visible. Garnish as desired.
Hot chocolate cupcakes on a dessert table with milk.

RECIPE FAQ

These are the most commonly-asked questions for making the BEST hot chocolate cupcakes, and the most helpful answers for recipe success.

What are classic garnishes for hot chocolate cupcakes?

Mini dehydrated marshmallows or Jet-Puffed bits, chocolate jimmies, mini chocolate chips, and peppermint sticks.

Where to find dehydrated marshmallow bits at the grocery store?

There are 3 distinct places to look for them. In the baking aisle next to the regular marshmallows, by the coffee and hot chocolate mixes, or in the specialty baking tool aisle alongside Wilton cake decorating items.

How to make chocolate cupcakes more chocolatey?

Stuff the cupcakes! Scoop out the center with a small metal scoop. Fill the hole with 1/2 teaspoon mini chocolate chips or thick scoopable (room-temperature) hot fudge. Place the scooped-out piece of cake back on top. Pipe on frosting so the cutouts are not visible.

How to store hot chocolate cupcakes?

Place the desserts in an airtight container. Store them in the fridge for up to 3 days. Bring to room temperature before serving.

A homemade batch of hot chocolate cupcakes with marshmallow fluff frosting on a dessert table with milk.

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Hot chocolate cupcake with tall spirals of glossy marshmallow frosting.

Hot Chocolate Cupcakes


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Hot chocolate cupcakes are rich, tender and fluffy. They have snowy white swirls of marshmallow frosting. For a true hot chocolate experience in a hand-held dessert, sprinkle with marshmallow bits.


Ingredients

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Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup Hershey’s Cocoa Special Dark (or natural unsweetened cocoa)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Marshmallow Fluff Frosting

  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup marshmallow fluff
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Optional Garnishes: Dehydrated marshmallow bits and chocolate jimmies (sprinkles)


Instructions

Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

RECIPE PREP: Adjust oven rack to the center position. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line the 12 wells of a cupcake tin with paper cupcake liners.

  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the milk, vegetable oil, eggs and vanilla extract. Add granulated sugar to the bowl. Whisk to combine. Add remaining ingredients: flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Whisk to combine, but do not overmix.
  2. Divide the batter equally between the wells of the prepared cupcake pan. Fill each well 2/3 full.
  3. Bake 16 to 18 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the center of 2 cupcakes comes out clean. Transfer the desserts to a wire rack and cool completely before frosting.
  4. Make this easy recipe for 👉🏻 marshmallow frosting.
  5. Transfer frosting to a piping bag with metal tip. Frost the cooled cupcakes. If desired, garnish with dehydrated marshmallow bits and chocolate jimmies.

Notes

Where to find dehydrated marshmallow bits: There are 3 distinct places to look for them at the market. In the baking aisle where the marshmallows are, next to the coffee and hot chocolate mixes, or in the specialty baking tool aisle alongside Wilton cake decorating items.

How to store the cupcakes: Place the desserts in an airtight container. Store them in the fridge for up to 3 days. Bring to room temperature before serving.

  • Prep Time: 25 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 Minutes
  • Category: Cupcakes
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American
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  1. I hadn’t made cupcakes in years. But when I saw this recipe I knew it was time to bring out the cupcake tins. They were easy to make and a big hit with the family. My picky son said these were the best cupcakes ever.