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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Hot Cocoa Cupcakes with Marshmallow Buttercream Frosting


It's Christmas time!  It's December!  I love this time of year.  This is the time of year when I spend just about all day everyday in my kitchen.  Wait...  I do that all year long!  Ok, nevermind.  This is the time of year when all of YOU spend more time in the kitchen.  While you are there, you are going to want to make these cupcakes!  They are delicious!  I used my vanilla cupcake recipe and tweaked it a little bit to make a very creamy, yummy milk chocolate cupcake then I kicked up my vanilla buttercream frosting with a little marshmallow cream and these cupcakes just scream HoLiDaY!  :)  Without further ado, here is the recipe...


Hot Cocoa Cupcakes with Marshmallow Buttercream Frosting

(Yields 30 standard sized cupcakes)

Cupcake Ingredients:

  • 1 C unsalted butter (2 sticks) - room temperature
  • 2 C granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs - room temperature
  • 1 TBSP pure vanilla extract
  • 3 C unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1/4 C unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 C hot cocoa

Cupcake Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar in a stand mixer or with a hand mixer for about 2 minutes until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in the eggs, one at a time.
  4. Mix in the vanilla extract.
  5. Sift together the dry ingredients.
  6. Alternate adding the dry ingredients and the hot cocoa to the wet ingredients until well mixed but do not over mix.
  7. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full.
  8. Bake 18 to 22 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.  Do not over bake.
  9. Cool completele on a wire cooling rack then frost.

Frosting Ingredients:

  • 1 C unsalted butter (2 sticks) - room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 TBSP pure vanilla extract
  • 1 7 oz jar of marshmallow creme
  • 6 - 8 C powdered sugar (I use a 2 lb bag)
  • 2/3 C whole milk  

Frosting Directions:

  1. Beat the butter, salt and vanilla for about 2 minutes until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the marshmallow creme and mix well.
  3. Alternate adding the powdered sugar and the milk and mix until well incorporated.
  4. Put into a pastry bag fitted with your tip of choice and pipe onto cupcakes.


*If you like a minty hot chocolate you can add a teaspoon of peppermint extract to the cupcake batter, the frosting or both!


Enjoy!



3 comments:

Allen Van Vleck said...

So cute. When you say "1 cup of hot cocoa" what exactly do you mean. Make a cup with milk or water and use that, or cocoa powder, or . . .. Please help I want to make these for a bake sale! Thanks in advance.

Lori said...

Yes, make a cup of hot cocoa, with milk or water, however you prepare your hot cocoa to drink. Use 1 C of that.

Allen Van Vleck said...

Thank you! Thanks for the recipe. - Denise