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Create the Perfect Holiday Moment with these Merry & Bright Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

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We’ve celebrated Christmas all over the world! From Norway to Panama to Utah, and if there is one thing we can agree on – it’s that Christmas just doesn’t feel like Christmas if there isn’t snow. We want to be covered in blankets, sipping on hot chocolate and listening to Christmas music all day long. Add a few twinkling lights, red poinsettias, a festively decorated pine tree and that is all I need for a perfect Christmas.

These hot chocolate cupcakes are perfect for cold winter days! Let’s be honest, chocolate cupcakes are sure to hit the spot all year long, but when there is a blanket of snow on the ground these will be extra special. Especially on those extra cold winter afternoons when you are stuck inside!

Or even better, after a long day of sledding down the neighborhood hill.

These cute little snow clad Santa’s will put a smile on everyone’s face. Add some white, gold, green or blue sprinkles, or go one step further and sprinkle with crushed peppermint.

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Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

These hot chocolate cupcakes are a one bowl recipe and produce perfect results every single time!

Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

Catherine Olson
These cute little cupcakes are made with actual hot chocolate in the recipe and are so easy to make with one bowl and one spoon!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 cupcakes


  • Cupcake tin


Cupcake Batter

  • ¾ cup flour
  • ½ cup hot chocolate powdered mix (approx 3, 1.38oz packets)
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • cup melted butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup of milk
  • 6-7 jet puffed marshmallows


  • ½ cup softened butter
  • 2 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • cup cocoa powder
  • 1 hot chocolate powdered mix packet
  • ¼ cup half & half
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract


Cupcake Batter

  • Whisk together all dry ingredients
  • Add all wet ingredients and stir to combine
  • Cut 6-7 jet puffed marshmallows in half
  • Fill cupcake liners no more than half full
  • Place half a marshmallow inside cake batter
  • Bake at Fahrenheit 350° for 18 minutes
  • Let cool


  • Add all ingredients into a bowl and mix on high until smooth
  • Frost cupcakes
  • Makes 12-14 cupcakes
Keyword Hot Chocolate Cupcakes
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What is Your Favorite Hot Chocolate Mix?

I’ll take Swiss Miss every time.

I mean the Swiss are no strangers to snow, so they’ve got to be able to get it right!

Can I Use Regular Cocoa Powder Instead?

Sure if you want to be a big giant party pooper!

Just kidding, of course you can. The hot chocolate packets are a fun addition, and super unique. The hot chocolate portion of the cupcakes make for great neighbor or friend gifts too.

If you promise not to tell anyone, most of the time I actually just heat up milk for my kiddos and swirl in some chocolate shavings after they’ve spent the afternoon sledding.

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Can I Use Oil Instead of Butter?

Yes! Butter offers a better flavor, but oil will make these hot chocolate cupcakes that much more moist and fluffy. I usually opt for safflower or sunflower as I’m not a canola/vegetable oil fan.

How Can I Make My Cupcakes More Moist?

As mentioned above, oil will lend to a more moist cupcake, but you can get moist cupcakes with butter just as easily.

It all comes down to your fat/flour ratio. You want to have no more than twice as much flour as butter or oil. If you add extra cocoa powder, you want to balance it out with equal parts milk.

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