Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

Celebrate delicious hot cocoa with an adorable idea of Hot Cocoa Cupcakes! These may not warm you up inside, but they sure will make you smile!

hot cocoa cuppiesHot Cocoa Cupcakes


2 1/4 cups of flour
1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/2 cup of shortening
1 3/4 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla
3 eggs
1 1/3 cup of water


    1. Preheat oven to 350F. Combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
    2. In a large mixing bowl, beat shortening on high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar and vanilla; beating until well combined. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Alternately add water and flour mixture to the shortening mixture, stirring after each addition. Pour batter into muffin tins lined with cupcake liners.
    3. Bake at 350F for 20-22 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on wire racks for 10 minutes, then remove from pans. Cool thoroughly on wire racks.
    4. Frost with Marshmallow Chocolate Frosting. Add miniature marshmallows and sprinkle with cocoa powder.

Yield: Makes 24
Source: Adapted from Kraft

Marshmallow Chocolate Frosting


2 cups of sugar
1/2 cup of butter
1 small can of evaporated milk
2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
1 cup of small marshmallows


    1. In a small saucepan, combine sugar, butter, evaporated milk and cocoa powder. Cook to 230F on a candy thermometer, or until soft ball stage.
    2. Remove from heat and add small marshmallows, stirring until melted. Cool slightly and frost cupcakes.

Source: Adapted from

Gretchen Noelle

My love of food was cultivated early on by my family but has come alive while living in Peru. During the 12 years of living in Lima, Peru, I have also enjoyed numerous trips to other areas of the country. Here on Provecho Peru you will find Peruvian recipes in English, American favorites prepared overseas, news about Peruvian Cuisine and interesting tidbits about life in Peru.

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20 Responses

  1. RecipeGirl says:

    Cute, CUTE idea! My 6 year old would go nuts over these, not to mention my hubby 🙂

  2. StickyGooeyCreamyChewy says:

    These are too cute! What a clever idea. I’m shocked that they don’t have Cool Whip where you are! 😮

  3. Nikki57 says:

    Oh wow these sound great. Such a cute idea!

  4. Amy says:

    These are adorable! 🙂 Great idea!

  5. Sweet Tooth says:

    I really like the presentation! I went to the Kraft site via your link, but they did not use the mug in the photo – what a great idea! They should hire you.

  6. CB says:

    So stinkin adorable! I totally have to steal this idea come winter. Great job!-Clara

  7. chelley325 says:

    Very cute idea! I love it!!

  8. Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) says:

    Is Peruvian cocoa powder like Mexican cocoa, with sugar and cinnamon ground in with the cocoa?

  9. Emiline says:

    Those cupcakes look DEEELICIOUS! You presented them beautifully. I will have to make these for sure. Mom’s b-day is coming up…Mallow frosting sounds great.

  10. LyB says:

    That is a great idea!I also love coffee, tea, hot chocolate, anything warm in a cup basically! Kudos for sticking with the recipe up to plan D, looks like it was worth it! 😉

  11. Erin says:

    These look beautiful and delicious! I bet the frosting was amazing! I love chocolate and marshmallows- it’s the perfect combination!

  12. Aran says:

    Gretchen these look sooo cool… I love the idea!

  13. Jerry says:

    Cute indeed!

  14. Deborah says:

    I just saw a recipe for hot chocolate cookies, and this cupcake idea sounds equally delicious!

  15. culinography says:

    Those are *so* cute!!

  16. Sharon says:

    Those look so delicous. Very cute!

  17. Katerina says:

    “Where are my marshmallows? Where are my marshmallows?” …Am frantically looking in the cupboards, cause it just looks so good.

  18. Stef says:

    Those are super cute! Great idea!

  19. CB says:

    Your cupcake has been chosen for ATC’s Weekly Cupcake Collection! Click her for more info. Looking forward to your next cupcake creation!

  20. Jaime says:

    hot cocoa cupcakes?! what a great idea! mmm!

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