Rich chocolate cupcakes filled with peppermint cream and topped with a chocolate frosting made with hot chocolate mix ~ a perfect winter treat!
(the hot cocoa frosting is to DIE for…just thought you should know that right up front….!)
I love hot chocolate…. it is one of my favorite parts of winter. My friend Dawn recently suggested we participate in a Hot Chocolate Run. If you’ve never heard of this (I hadn’t!) let me show you a little of the amazingness that makes up a Hot Chocolate Run.
Nothing motivates better than chocolate, I always say! Who needs a medal when you can have a big cup of cocoa and warm chocolate fondue after a race?
In any case, I’ve been moderately addicted to hot cocoa ever since that weekend. We all know what happens when I get a flavor stuck in my mind right? Cupcakes happen. Hot Chocolate Cupcakes in this case– with some peppermint as a bonus. If you don’t like peppermint you can easily leave it out of this recipe, but I love the combination! Are you ready to make these? Here we go.
- One boxed dark chocolate cake mix (plus oil, water and eggs needed to make mix according to box)
- One packet of Dream Whip (what is Dream Whip? Click HERE)
- 1/2c. cold milk
- 3 t. vanilla (divided)
- 3 tablespoons of finely crushed peppermint candies (I used Peppermint Sprinkles )
- 1 stick (4 oz.) of salted butter at room temp.
- 1 stick (4 oz.) of unsalted butter at room temp.
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup of hot cocoa mix (I used Nestle)
- Kraft Mallow Bits and peppermint candies to decorate as desired.
- Make cake mix according to box, and bake in 24 cupcake liners in muffin tins.
- Cool cupcakes completely.
- Make cream filling by placing Dream whip, milk and 1 t. vanilla in a mixing bowl and beating on high until light and fluffy.
- Add finely crushed peppermint candy and gently fold in until well combined.
- Hollow a core out of each cupcake (I used a Chicago Metallic Cupcake Plunger that was recommended to me by a friend– LOVED it!)
(If you have baking friends this is SUCH an inexpensive and fun stocking stuffer idea– it only took me about 5 minutes to core all 24 cupcakes– and I stopped to take pictures!)
- Pipe filling into each cupcake core.
- Make frosting by combining butters, powdered sugar, cocoa mix and 2 t. vanilla in a large bowl and beating on high until fluffy.
- Pipe frosting over cupcakes and decorate as desired. (The mallow bits were really yummy with this frosting!
My thoughts: Fun and yummy winter treat!! Not a fan of peppermint? Just leave the crushed peppermint out of the filling and you have a yummy whipped cream taste with your hot chocolate frosting instead!
One note: Put the peppermints on just before serving as the frosting eventually makes them a little sticky. I hope you and your family love these little treats! Enjoy!!! ~r