Here it is, the beginning of January, and we finally had our first decent snowfall. Not that I’m complaining. During last year’s polar vortex the Chicago area had approximately 80 inches of snow dumped on it so this little bit of snow is nothing to whine about!
My kids were outside all afternoon playing in the snow and when they came in, their cheeks were all red and their noses were all ice cold. It wasn’t long before they were asking for hot chocolate!
And it got me thinking: How about Hot Chocolate Cupcakes!!
These cupcakes are easy and fun to put together. To make it super simple, I started with a regular box of chocolate cupcakes and threw a cup of sour cream in the mix. -That is always a helpful hint to make the cake moist. ( Or you could substitute a cup of plain greek yogurt)
I baked up the cupcakes,scooped out some of the middle and filled them with marshmallow fluff. I then used a few packets of Swiss Miss hot chocolate and mixed up some fluffy hot chocolate frosting.
This frosting really does have the sweet chocolatey taste of hot chocolate!! And finally, we topped the cupcakes off with these cute little marshmallow decorations. They have the texture of Lucky Charms marshmallows if you know what I mean.
Decorating these cupcakes with the mini marshmallows is a fun activity for kids. As you can see, my son Alex loved getting creative with the placing of his marshmallows. And I think he just looks so cute in his Flirty Aprons. Every time I see his ““My Cape is on Backwards“” title, it just makes me laugh!!
Spending time with my kids in the kitchen, decorating a bunch of cupcakes to me is a perfect afternoon!!
And then, of course, you get to eat the cupcakes. It’s kinda hard to say which part is more fun: The making of the cupcakes or the eating the cupcakes!
Look at all that marshmallowy goodness in the center of the cupcake! The next time your kids are out in the snow, don’t just think about drinking hot chocolate, it’s also fun to eat it when it comes in the form of these cute and yummy Hot Chocolate Cupcakes! 🙂
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- 1 box of chocolate cake mix (I used Pillsbury)
- 1 c. sour cream (or substitute greek yogurt)
- 3/4 c. water
- 1/2 c. vegetable oil
- 3 large eggs
- 3 envelopes of Swiss Miss Hot chocolate (without marshmallows)
- 1/3 c. boiling hot water
- 1 stick of softened butter
- 1 t. vanilla
- 3 c. powdered sugar
- 1 jar of marshmallow fluff
- 1 jar of Marshmallow Bits
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
- Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners (about 24)
- Place all cupcake ingredients in a large mixing bowl and blend until mixed thoroughly
- Divide the batter into 24 cupcake liners and bake for approximately 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Remove the cupcakes from the oven and allow to cool for ten minutes. Remove the cupcakes from the pans and place on a cooling rack until cupcakes are fully cooled, about 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, make the frosting by placing the hot chocolate mix in a medium bowl and whisking in the boiling water until the sugar in the mix has dissolved.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter. Add the chocolate mixture and vanilla and mix until blended. Add the powdered sugar in several additions and mix thoroughly after each addition, scraping down the bowl as needed.
- Using a small mellon baller, scoop out the middle of each cupcake and fill with marshmallow fluff. This is easiest using a pastry bag. Replace the hollowed out cupcake on top to the marshmallow fluff.
- Frost the cupcakes as desired and decorate the top with the marshmallow bits.
- Makes 24 cupcakes
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