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Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

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About this Hot Chocolate Cupcake recipe

These quick and easy Hot Chocolate Cupcakes are everything we love from a cosy winter day's hot chocolate in the form of a rich, yummy cupcake. These simple chocolate cupcakes are stuffed full of chewy marshmallow, and topped with a generous whirl of chocolate buttercream, a handful of squidy marshmallows and a crumbly flake for good measure. Sounds like a perfect Christmas movie treat to us!

Do I have to use hot chocolate powder?
You don't have to use hot chocolate powder for this simple hot chocolate cupcake recipe, however using hot chocolate powder in this easy cupcake recipe gives the creamy flavour we all love from a good old hot chocolate with lashings of whipped cream. We love Whittards hot chocolate or any that is slightly higher in cocoa, but our easy hot chocolate cupcakes recipe is perfect for any hot chocolate powder you have in the cupboard - why not make extra malty Malteaser Hot Chocolate cupcakes? Or Mint Aero Hot Chocolate Cupcakes? The flavour combinations are endless, especially when you come onto the toppings! 

Baking with Marshmallows
We love the chewy gooey texture that baking with marshmallows gives our bakes, why not try our Smores Cookie Sandwich recipe if you are looking for ways to use up left over marshmallows. For this baker-favourite Hot Chocolate Cupcakes recipe, we melt our marshmallows before stuffing them into the centre of the cupcakes fresh out of the oven Just wait for the moment you take a bite into these chocolate cupcakes to reveal the gooey, sweet centre! 

We just love cupcakes. Whether is a rich, indulgent Mary Berry Cupcake, a classic Easy Vanilla Cupcake or a Simple Fairy Cake with a dollop of icing. There's just something about the magical moment of biting into a cupcake, getting buttercream on your nose, and having to find all the will power to not reach for another (we always recommend reaching for just one more!). We have lots of quick & easy cupcakes recipes which are ready to whisk up in just 20 minutes and are perfect cupcakes for charity cake sales like baking for a Macmillan coffee morning or simply 'just because'.

40Total Time
20Prep Time
20Bake Time


  1. Step 1:

    Preheat your oven to 180°C (160°C, gas mark 4) and line a cupcake tin with 12 cupcake cases.

  2. Step 2:

    Cream together the butter and sugar using a freestanding or hand held electric mixer, until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs one by one beating in between.

  3. Step 3:

    Carefully fold in the flour, hot chocolate powder and milk until smooth and well mixed. Spoon into the cases until 2/3 full then place in the oven for about 20 minutes until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean.

  4. Step 4:

    Remove from the oven and leave to cool slightly before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

  5. Step 5:

    To make the buttercream, beat together the icing sugar, butter and cocoa powder until well mixed then slowly add the milk, whilst still beating. Continue beating until light and fluffy.

  6. Step 6:

    Next gently melt the large marshmallows in a heatproof bowl over simmering water. Scoop out a small well in the centre of each cupcake and pour in a little melted marshmallow into each one, then leave to cool.

  7. Step 7:

    Finally use a spoon or small palette knife to spread chocolate frosting onto the cakes and finish with the small marshmallows.


  • For the cakes

    • 3 Egg(s) (free range) (medium)
    • 150g Butter (unsalted)
    • 150g Silver Spoon Caster Sugar
    • 175g Allinson's Self Raising Flour
    • 50g Hot chocolate powder
    • 1 tbsp Milk
  • For the buttercream

    • 300g Silver Spoon Icing Sugar
    • 100g Butter (unsalted) (softened)
    • 40g Hot chocolate powder
    • 40ml Milk (whole)
  • For the filling and decoration

    • 100g Mini marshmallows
    • 12 Marshmallows (large)


  • Cupcake tin
  • 12 cupcake cases
  • Electric mixer
  • Skewer
  • Cooling rack
  • Mixing bowl
  • Heatproof bowl
  • Saucepan
  • Palette knife

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