Hot Cocoa Chocolate Cupcakes

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Hot Cocoa Chocolate Cupcakes

Hot Cocoa Chocolate Cupcakes

I know I am a little early to have these Hot Cocoa Chocolate Cupcakes decorated for Christmas already but I just couldn’t help myself. These cupcakes actually started out as something else. I thought I saw the coolest thing ever to make cupcakes with at Joanne’s the other day. It was from Wilton and was designed to make cupcakes in 2 colors or flavors, called the Two Tone Cupcake Insert. I thought I would take it a step further and add cheesecake with Snickers in the middle with this delicious hot cocoa chocolate cupcake. It did not work, well the first 3 did, kind of. Then the batter didn’t want to go into the paper liners and I sure wasn’t going to stop and wash it after each use which is what I would of had to do. So instead I switched modes and went to this Christmas chocolate cupcake instead. To be fair I am going to try the cupcake insert again with just cake batter next time. Maybe with a cake from a cake mix it will work just fine, I’ll let you know.

I’m giving you the recipe for the Hot Cocoa Chocolate Cupcakes, you need vanilla frosting, mini marshmallows, crushed peppermints and a candy cane to complete the look.

Hot Cocoa Chocolate Cupcakes


Hot Cocoa Chocolate Cupcakes

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 17 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: Makes 12

Chocolate cupcakes flavored with unsweetened chocolate, cocoa and hot cocoa mix. Cupcakes are then topped with a vanilla icing, mini marshmallows, crushed peppermints and a candy cane.


  • 6 tablespoons oil
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 3 oz. unsweetened chocolate – chopped finely
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 3 tablespoon hot cocoa mix (I used Godiva Dark Chocolate Truffle)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Frosting
  • Vanilla frosting
  • marshmallows
  • crushed peppermint candies
  • candy canes


  1. Heat milk in a microwave safe bowl. Add chopped chocolate and stir until melted. Let cool.
  2. Sift together flour, cocoa, hot cocoa, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. Add sugar to your mixing bowl fitted with your whisk attachment. Add oil, vanilla and vinegar, mix well.
  4. Add the eggs and mix until combined.
  5. Add the chocolate milk mixture, blend in. Add the flour and mix until combined.
  6. Fill cupcake liners about 2/3 full.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 17 – 19 minutes.
  8. Makes 12 cupcakes
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  1. says

    I honestly don’t think it’s too early to show this recipe. People (not like me) do plan in advance. I need to get better at doing that for sure! It looks really tasty though. I’m sure you will get a lot of pins on this one! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Countdown in Style. Don’t forget to come back on Friday to see if you’ve been featured! xoxo

    • Mary Ellen says

      Thanks Brittnei! It just seems funny to be doing Christmas before we do Thanksgiving to me. However I do know some people are already baking so I am also for them!!!

    • Mary Ellen says

      Thanks Linda! I had fun making them. I have a few things planned for Christmas if I can just get in the kitchen this week!

  2. says

    Hello Mary Ellen! Yum! Those cupcakes look amazing! I bookmarked the page! Thank you for sharing. I came acroww your blog on the “Pin It Monday Hop”. I’m following you via Bloglovin’. Please follow me back and have a great day.


  3. says

    I’m not a baker, but I would love to try these out. They look delicious!

    Thanks for sharing with Countdown in Style. Come back on Friday to see if you were featured!


    • Mary Ellen says

      Thanks April, they were pretty easy to do. Use a box cake mix if you don’t want to make the scratch one. The decorating part of these is easy.

  4. says

    These look so yummy, Mary Ellen! I’m so enjoying my Hot Cocoa this fall… I think a nice Hot Cocoa Cupcake would be divine! Thank you for sharing on Brag About It this week.
    ~ Megin

  5. says

    Hi Mary Ellen,
    Your Cupcakes look awesome, sure wish I had one. Thanks so much for sharing your great recipe with Full Plate Thursday and enjoy your Thanksgiving week!
    Come Back Soon
    Miz Helen

  6. says

    This looks amazing and yummy…one would never know you didn’t intentionally set out making these delicious looking cupcakes. I pinned them to my Sweet Treat pinterest board.

  7. says

    Hey Mary Ellen! It’s Deonna from the Child at Heart blog! I love this post and would love for you to link up to the Merriest Blog Hop each Friday until Christmas and share your creations! These sound SO good I am going to have to add them to my recipes bucket list for December!

  8. says

    Hi there! It’s V@Sprout’s House. I discovered your gorgeous blog via the Saturday Night Fever link party! What delicious looking cupcakes! Anything chocolate gets my vote!! Have a great Sunday. xox

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