Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

Are you looking for a yummy dessert to bring to your next holiday party? Or maybe just an excuse to make cupcakes… here is an easy recipe perfect for the holidays!

Hot Chocolate CupcakesHot Chocolate Cupcakes
Makes 18-24 cupcakes
Cupcakes
1 box dark chocolate cake mix
1 tbs flour (for high altitude cooking)
2 tbs cocoa powder
3 eggs
½ cup vegetable oil
1 cup of water
marshmallows

Preheat the oven to 350°. Line two 12-cup muffin tins with paper liners and spray the liners with non-stick spray. Combine the cake mix, flour and cocoa powder in a mixing bowl. Crack the eggs into a separate bowl along with the vegetable oil and water, whisk to combine. Combine wet and dry ingredients together and mix well.

Pour the batter into the lined muffin tins, filling them about three-fourths full. Press one marshmallow into the center of each cupcake, making sure it’s covered in batter. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until springy and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the cupcakes cool slightly, then transfer them to a rack to cool completely.

Icing
4 cups of powdered sugar
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 tbs milk
1 1/4 tsp of peppermint extract or peppermint schnapps

Add powdered sugar, softened butter, milk and peppermint extract or schnapps in a large mixing bowl or stand mixer. Beat on low until powdered sugar is incorporated. Then move mixer up to medium-high speed. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often. If it is too dry add a splash more milk. Place the icing into a piping bag with an icing tip. Frost cupcakes as desired and garnish with hot cocoa toppings. Enjoy!

Toppings
Crushed candy canes
Marshmallows
Hot cocoa powder

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