Cozy Up With These Hot Cocoa Cupcakes (P.S. They’re Healthy!)

These hot cocoa cupcakes are THE dessert you’ll want to bring to all of your holiday soirées! These cupcakes are topped with a delicious marshmallow buttercream and made to look like little cups of hot cocoa; the not-so-secret ingredient? Rich, melted ChocoNuvo chocolate!

You could easily make a batch of hot cocoa cupcakes using a standard chocolate cake mix, but stirring in melted chocolate, will add a layer of flavor, that you just won’t get from a box!

A buttercream frosting, topped with mini marshmallows will make for a plate of adorably festive treats, that everyone will love! Add a fun paper straw, as garnish, to complete this fun, and tasty look!

Hot Cocoa Cupcakes

Makes 18

Ingredients:

Cupcakes:

  • 6 oz ChocoNuvo, broken into pieces
  • 3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter or margarine
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2-1/2 cups flour, divided
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 ½ cups water

Frosting:

  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • 8-ounces cream cheese, softened at room temperature
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 8-ounces marshmallow cream

Instructions:

Cupcakes:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Microwave ChocoNuvo and butter in large microwaveable bowl on low power 2 minutes, or until butter is melted. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Stir in sugar. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating with electric mixer on low speed after each addition until well blended. Add vanilla; mix well.
  2. Add 1/2 cup of the flour, the baking soda and salt; beat until well blended. Add remaining 2 cups flour alternately with water, beating until well blended after each addition. Pour cupcakes into a cupcake lined tin, fill ⅔ full.
  3. Bake for 19-21 minutes. Remove from oven, and allow to cool 4-5 minutes. Transfer cupcakes to cooling grid, until completely cooled.

Frosting:

  1. While cupcakes cool, whisk together cream cheese, marshmallow cream, powdered sugar, and cocoa powder.
  2. Frost cupcakes using your favorite pastry bag, and icing tip (or a spatula will also work!). Garnish with mini marshmallows.
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