Hot Cocoa Cupcakes

A fun play on one of the winter season’s most favorite winter time treat!

Chocolate cupcakes filled with marshmallow fluff and topped with a rich whipped cream frosting.

Hot cocoa brought to life in a cupcake.

The cupcakes are dreamy and decadent with a super chocolaty, moist devil’s food cake and surprise centers. Sticky, spreadable marshmallow fluff. In a word – divine.

The final addition is freshly whipped and sweetened heavy cream. Soft and fluffy. A crucial part to any cup of hot cocoa.

Plunk a mug of cocoa and a hot cocoa cupcake down in front of me. Guess which one I’ll reach for first?

Cupcake wins. Every time.

Hot Cocoa Cupcakes

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 12 cupcakes

Hot Cocoa Cupcakes

Chocolate cupcakes filled with marshmallow fluff and topped with a rich whipped cream frosting. Hot cocoa brought to life in a cupcake!


1 cup all-purpose flour
6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 large egg yolk, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup boiling water
about 1 + 1/2 cups marshmallow fluff
1 pint heavy whipping cream
1 cup confectioners' sugar
chocolate shavings for garnish, optional


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 12 cup muffin pan with liners.
  2. Whisk the flour with the cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl beat the butter 2 minutes until smooth and creamy. On medium speed gradually add the sugar, beating until light and smooth 5 minutes. On low speed beat in the eggs and yolk one at a time. Beat in the vanilla.
  4. On low speed add the flour in 4 additions beating well after each one. Drizzle in 2 tablespoons of the hot water at a time, mixing briefly after each addition until a smooth batter forms.
  5. Fill each cupcake liner with a scant 1/4 cup of batter. Bake 18-20 minutes until a toothpick comes clean from center. Cool in pans on wire rack 10 minutes then remove and cool completely on wire racks.
  6. To fill the cupcakes use a  cupcake corer or  cut a cone out of the top of each one with a paring knife or use a small biscuit cutter - press down and twist lifting the disc of cake out. Add a spoonful of marshmallow fluff and replace with the cake cone(cut the pointy end off so it lays flat) or disc.
  7. To make the frosting: chill a large bowl and the beaters from your electric mixer 1/2 hour. Add the heavy cream and confectioners' sugar. Beat starting on low speed and gradually increasing the speed as the cream thickens. Beat until the cream sticks to the beaters when lifted.
  8. Dollop big spoonfuls of cream on each cupcake and garnish with chocolate shavings. Store cupcakes in refrigerator.


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  1. Megan says

    So I tried these and they came out okay. They weren’t spectacular and I definitely wouldn’t make them again. The cake itself was not as chocolaty as I would’ve liked and was kind of dry. I think part of the problem was the instructions. They call for you to beat in the dry ingredients in 4 additions, beating well after each one. Does this not lead to over mixing of the batter? Most of the cake recipes I’ve tried instruct to mix in dry ingredients until just combined.

    I also had trouble with the next part that states, “Drizzle in 2 tablespoons of the hot water at a time, mixing briefly after each addition until a smooth batter forms.” After incorporating the flour, my batter already looked smooth, so I contemplated skipping that part, but for fear that my cupcakes would come out overly dry I added it anyway. But I had no idea what the consistency of the batter was supposed to be. Should the batter be thick and pudding like or thin and runny? And how much of the water was I supposed to add? The entire 1/2 cup or would that have made it too thin? This part was entirely too vague for me, so even after making the cupcakes, I’m still not sure if I made them correctly.

    I really liked the concept for these cupcakes, but the taste was really lacking unfortunately,

    • says

      Hi Megan! Thanks for making the cupcakes! The hot water not only helps to keep the cupcakes moist but ‘blooms’ the flavor of the cocoa. Had you followed the directions your cupcakes would of surely been moist and chocolaty. You were to drizzle in the hot water a little at a time until it was all mixed in. Since you didn’t follow the directions this is kind of an unfair review. If you had a question about the method you could of asked me. Thanks for giving them a try and Happy New Year!

  2. says

    OMG! These chocolaty cupcakes are a daydream. I’d like to have one right now with a glass of hot milk to warm body and soul in this very cold day. Bye dear, hope your day is great

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