Sunday, December 28, 2014

Hot Cocoa Cupcakes

Hot cocoa is one of the things about winter that I really love and look forward to throughout the year. I have never really been a huge fan of winter otherwise; don't get me wrong, I love the winter sports and fashion and the pretty snowfall, but other than that winter has always just been the season that I want over soonest. That being said, these cupcakes are inspired by one of my only favorite things about winter. I was highly tempted to eat one while drinking hot cocoa, but my waistline told me I better not. 

Hot Cocoa Cupcakes

Yields 24+ {about 30}


1 cup butter

1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1 cup - 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

2 tbsp hot cocoa powder

1 1/4 cup all-purpose flower

1/4 cup cornstarch

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

4 eggs

1 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 cup almond milk


1 cup butter

2-3 cups confectioner's sugar

Marshmallow {see recipe below}


1 egg white

3/4 cup corn syrup

1 cup confectioners' sugar

1 tbsp vanilla


Melt the butter and chocolate together in the microwave.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder, flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and baking powder.

In a large bowl using an electric mixer, beat the eggs, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla together until smooth.

Add the cooled butter/chocolate and beat until smooth.

While still beating, add half of the flour mixture, then half of the almond milk.

Repeat until everything is added. Stir until just combined

Bake on 350 for 20-25 minutes

Make the marshmallow by beating the egg white on high for about 5 minutes to form stiff peaks. Beat in the corn syrup.

Beat in the confectioner's sugar a little at a time until it is completely combined. Beat in the vanilla, and continue beating for 2 to 3 minutes until the marshmallow has a fluffy texture {and when I say "fluffy" I mean like fluff, the marshmallow spread; I am hilarious}.

For the frosting, beat the butter alone for about 2 minutes, then add the confectioner's sugar a half cup at a time until the two of them are combined.

Slowly beat in the marshmallow.

Pipe the frosting with a circle tip onto the cooled cupcakes.

Top with peppermint bark and drizzled chocolate.

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