Hot Cocoa Cupcakes

Prep Time: 30 min | 15 min
Yield: 1 Dozen
  • 1 1/2 C Flour
  • 1 1/4 C Sugar
  • 1/4 C Unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 t Baking Soda
  • 1/2 t Baking Powder
  • 1/2 t Salt
  • 1/3 C Canola Oil
  • 1 C Prepared cocoa w/milk, chilled
  • 1 t Vanilla
  • 2 Eggs
December 12, 2014


For Day 1 of KC’s 12 Days of Cupcakes, we chose a crowd favorite!  Hot cocoa cupcakes combine one of the winter season’s greatest culinary symbols with a tasty dessert.  We swirled the frosting to look like whipped cream on top and added chocolate shavings and mini marshmallows to garnish because what cup of cocoa is complete without mini marshmallows?


Note:  We used high quality Godiva cocoa for our cupcakes to create a rich chocolate taste.  If you choose a brand with less kick, just add a little more mix to the cup when you brew it and stir well to make sure the cocoa dissolves.



Sift dry ingredients together. In a separate bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients. Combine the two just until incorporated. Portion into cupcake liners. Bake at 350 degrees until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.


The above listed ingredients are for the cake; additional ingredients will be necessary for the following:


1/2 c butter, soft
3 c powdered sugar, sifted
1/4 c milk
1 t vanilla

1/2 cup butter, soft
3 c powdered sugar
1/4 c milk
1 t vanilla
1/2 c unsweetened cocoa
Whip butter and powdered sugar together for 20 seconds. Add rest of ingredients and beat until thoroughly combined.


To frost, we chose a star tip.  To get the swirled effect, simply load your pastry bag with half chocolate and half vanilla frosting, and test pipe a strip until you sees both colors coming out.  Then, pipe away!  Top with chocolate shavings (use a peeler to shave pieces off a piece of bar chocolate – any kind will work) and mini marshmallows.

Kathryn Wandrie is the head chef and co-owner of KC Catering. Though she is trained in French Classical Cuisine, she expands the boundaries of her culinary education by experimenting with new techniques, cuisines and methods. When she's not cheffing, you can find her on the family farm, spending time with family, or reading a good novel.

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