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Chocolate Cupcakes with Hot Chocolate Frosting

Chocolate Cupcakes with Hot Chocolate Frosting– A basic chocolate cupcake topped with hot chocolate frosting.hotchocolatecupcakesHey everyone! I can’t believe how cold it has been. I hope you’re staying warm. 

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One of my favorite things to do in the winter is drink hot chocolate. One evening Jason (my husband) said he would like to make us a mug of hot cocoa but since we didn’t have the premixed stuff he wasn’t sure how to make it. lol. Well, you betcha I bought a box of hot cocoa packets during my next trip the grocery store. It’s no secret that my husband does not know his way around the kitchen, and I’m okay with that. He does some mean grilling for us during the summer though. 🙂

marshmallows In addition to the hot cocoa packets I’ve had a stash of these cute marshmallows.  I figured it was time to put them to use and what better way than to decorate cupcakes with them.

hotchocolatecupcakesfrostedThese cupcakes are a basic chocolate cake recipe that can be used with various types of frosting. I chose to use a hot cocoa frosting that incorporates packets of hot cocoa mix.

chocolatecupcakesThis frosting is very sweet tasting and was a nice variation for chocolate cupcakes. I think they turned out really cute and I think little kids would love them.

Chocolate Cupcakes
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Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup butter
  2. 3 eggs
  3. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  4. 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  5. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  6. 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  7. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  8. 2 cups sugar
  9. 2 teaspoons vanilla
  10. 1 1/2 cups milk
Instructions
  1. Allow butter and eggs to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Line muffin pans with cupcake liners.
  2. In a medium bowl stir together flour, cocoa powder,baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  4. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds.
  5. Gradually add sugar, about 1/4 cup at a time.
  6. Beat on medium speed until combined.
  7. Scrape sides of bowl; beat about two minutes more or until light and fluffy.
  8. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  9. Beat in vanilla.
  10. Alternately, add flour mixture and milk to the butter mixture, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined. Beat on medium to high speed for 20 seconds more.
  11. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling each one-half to two-thirds full.
  12. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean.
  13. Cool cupcakes in muffin cups on wire rack for 5 minutes.
  14. Remove cupcakes from muffin cups and cool completely on wire racks.
  15. Frost with desired frosting.
Notes
  1. Recipe from Better Homes and Gardens
Pics and Pastries http://www.picsandpastries.com/
Hot Chocolate Frosting
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Ingredients
  1. 4 envelopes Hot Cocoa Mix
  2. 1/3 cup hot water
  3. 1/3 cup butter, softened
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  5. 1 pound powdered sugar (about 3 1/2 cups to 4 cups)
Instructions
  1. Combine cocoa mix and water in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Beat in butter and vanilla.
  3. Gradually beat in powdered sugar until smooth and creamy.
  4. Add more hot water if frosting is too thick.
Pics and Pastries http://www.picsandpastries.com/
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Born and raised in Southern Illinois. My journey has brought me to Louisville, Ky where I live with my architect husband, Jason and our little dog, Fonzie. We enjoy exploring our city and eating good food. I am happy to be able to share great recipes with you and snap some photos along the way. I sincerely hope you enjoy exploring my blog as much as I have enjoyed creating it!
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Comments

  1. Bethany says:

    how many cupcakes does this make? and is it frosting for that many as well?

    • Tiffany says:

      Hi, Bethany! The cupcake recipe will yield approximately 24-30 cupcakes. The icing frosted 12 cupcakes by piping it on the way I did. That uses more frosting. If you plan to decorate them that way then I suggest doubling the recipe. 🙂

  2. they look cute and yummy!

  3. dorothy schuhmacher says:

    Would like the recipes

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