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How to make Hot chocolate Cupcakes
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Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

Hot chocolate cupcakes are soft chocolate cupcakes topped with hot chocolate buttercream for an indulgent & delicious chocolatey dessert.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Cake, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Hot chocolate cupcakes
Servings: 14 cupcakes
Calories: 389kcal



  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened Cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/3 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 cup Buttermilk


  • 3/4 cup Unsalted Butter (room temperature)
  • 3 1/2 cup Confectioners Sugar
  • 1/3 cup Heavy Cream

Hot Chocolate Dry Mix**

  • 2 1/2 tbsp Powdered Sugar
  • 3 tsp Cocoa Powder
  • 3 tbsp Powdered Milk
  • 1 pinch Salt



  • Preheat your oven to 180°C (350F). Place paper liners in a cupcake tin.
  • In a medium bowl, sift the dry ingredients together cocoa powder, flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  • In a bowl beat the eggs, sugar, brown sugar, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract until combined well.
  • Start adding dry mix to the wet mix alternating it with the buttermilk. Mix till everything is combined. Don't over-mix. The batter consistency will be somewhat thin.
  • Pour batter into the prepared cupcake tin. Fill the molds (paper liners) till halfway filled. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.    
  • Let it cool completely before frosting.

Frosting and hot chocolate mix- (the hot chocolate mix is added in the frosting)

  • In a bowl take the heavy cream and heat it in the microwave for 20-30 seconds or till the heavy cream melts. Don't overheat.    
  • Add the cocoa powder, salt, sugar, and milk powder to it and mix it properly.     
  • In another bowl take the butter and beat until smooth for about 2-3 minutes. Slowly start adding in the sugar in batches and beat till you get that light creamy buttercream frosting texture.     
  • Start adding the Hot cocoa mixture to it and beat. If you feel your frosting is a little runny, add more sugar.    
  • Pipe the frosting on your cupcakes after they are cooled. Top your hot chocolate cupcakes with marshmallows and enjoy!


** You're welcome to cheat and use a rounded 1/2 cup of your favorite hot chocolate mix!


Calories: 389kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 80mg | Potassium: 154mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 47g | Vitamin A: 455IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 1mg