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Hot chocolate cupcake with tall spirals of glossy marshmallow frosting.

Hot Chocolate Cupcakes


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.


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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)


Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

RECIPE PREP: Adjust oven rack to the center position. Preheat oven to 350ΒΊF. 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 πŸ‘‰πŸ» 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.


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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