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Perfect Hot chocolate Cupcakes
Perfect Hot Chocolate Cupcakes
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
45 mins

It's getting super chocolatey with these perfect Hot Chocolate Cupcakes recipe. Moist and fluffy cupcakes. Ultra creamy chocolate marshmallow frosting. 25 minutes prep time.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: hot chocolate cupcakes recipe
Servings: 14 - 15 cupcakes
Calories: 288 kcal
Author: Sabine Venier
  • 3/4 cup flour (90g)
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa (30g)
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup granulated white sugar (150g)
  • 1/2 cup oil (120ml)
  • 1 vanilla bean* (1 tsp vanilla extract)
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk (120ml)
  • 1/2 cup butter (113g)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted (120g)
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
  • 7 oz marshmallow cream (200g)
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F / 175°C. Line two 12-cup muffin pans with about 14-15 cupcake liners (this recipe makes about 14-15 cupcakes). Set aside.

  2. Cupcakes: Stir flour, baking powder, salt, and cocoa in a large bowl to combine. Set aside. With a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a whisk or paddle attachment, beat egg and sugar until creamy for about 2 minutes. Add oil and vanilla* and mix on low speed until combined. Alternately add dry ingredients and buttermilk to the batter and mix on low speed just until combined. Begin and end with dry ingredients. Spoon batter into the liners and fill just halfway that your cupcakes don't sink or spill over the sides. Bake for about 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick centered in the middle comes out clean. Let cool to room temperature before frosting.

  3. Frosting: Mix butter until creamy. Add powdered sugar and cocoa and mix until combined. Stir in marshmallow cream until fully combined. Pipe or spread frosting on top of cooled cupcakes. Store in an airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days. 

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*First, cut off the straight end of the vanilla bean. Then place the tip of your sharp knife below the curled end and cut the vanilla bean through the middle of the bean lengthwise. Although you don't need to cut it all the way through, it's ok when you do so. Then open the vanilla bean and scrape out the flavorful seeds with the back of your knife. Just use the seeds.

Nutrition Facts
Perfect Hot Chocolate Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 288 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 30mg10%
Sodium 155mg6%
Potassium 112mg3%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Sugar 28g31%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 235IU5%
Calcium 41mg4%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.