Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

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Posted on 12/09/2012 by switch842
So, this was a random idea I got yesterday because, well, who doesn't love Peppermint Hot Chocolate? It's totally the best thing about winter. I wondered if I could make it into a cupcake and I DID! This cupcake is delicious, if I do say so myself. And with marshmallow frosting, they look really pretty, too!



Ingredients and Directions:

Hot Chocolate Cupcake
Yield: 1 dozen
Ingredients
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups flour
2 T cocoa powder
1 3/4 tsp baking powder
2 eggs
1/2 cup hot chocolate
2 tsp. vanilla

Directions
1) Preheat oven to 350°. Brew hot chocolate, using MILK instead of water. I used good ol' Swiss Miss. Set hot chocolate aside and let cool. Set cupcake liners in pan.
2) In a large bowl, cream together sugar and butter until light and fluffy.
3) In a separate bowl, sift the flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder together.
4) Add eggs to sugar & butter mixture, one at a time.
5) Add vanilla.
6) Slowly add dry ingredients to the wet until well combined.
7) Stir in 1/2 cup of the hot chocolate. Drink the rest. ;-) (For a richer cupcake, use a rich/dark chocolate hot cocoa mix).
8) Fill cupcake liners about 2/3 full. Bake at 350° 18-22 minutes, until the center spring back when lightly pressed.

9) Move to wire wrack to cool completely.

(After tasting the cupcake fully assembled, I think the chocolate needs to be amped up a little bit. I'll have to play with cocoa powder and hot chocolate to see what works. Or maybe even some melted chocolate.)

Peppermint Filling
The filling is a basic buttercream, substituting peppermint extract for vanilla. If you have a recipe you like, you can use that. Here's mine.
Ingredients
4 T unsalted butter, room temp.
4 T shortening
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. peppermint extract
1-2 T milk (if needed)
10-12 peppermint candies, crushed (optional)

Directions
1) Cream together the butter and shortening until well combined.
2) Slowly add the powdered sugar (I usually do it 1/2 cup at a time).
3) Add peppermint extract.
4) If the filling is too thick, add a little milk.
5) If desired, mix in the crushed peppermint candies.

6) Fill cupcakes.

(Sadly, I don't have a proper piping bag and tips so I had to do the cut open and fill with a spoon method.)

Marshmallow Frosting
Having never attempted this before, I went hunting for a recipe that looked fairly simple and delicious. The one I ended up using can be found at The Cake Duchess website. It is DELICIOUS. Very light and fluffy and definitely tastes like marshmallow.

If you have a kitchen torch, you can lightly toast the frosting after it's been piped on. This is my husband using his big ass propane torch after I made an off-handed comment about it. LOL



Ta da! You have a delicious cupcake that is very messy to eat. :-)
Mods, first post here. I think I did the tags right, but please let me know if I need to change anything.
rhiannon_666 10th-Dec-2012 01:29 am (UTC)
Perfect tags are perfect. Thank you for taking the time to tag your own entry. :)

It's such a delicious first post, too. Cupcakes look delish!
switch842 10th-Dec-2012 02:54 am (UTC)
Thank you! :-)
zelda_dragon 10th-Dec-2012 01:39 am (UTC)
These look wonderful! I've been looking for something to make for the holiday party at work, and I think this is it. Does the recipe only make a dozen?
switch842 10th-Dec-2012 02:55 am (UTC)
Thank you!

Yes, the cake recipe only makes a dozen. The filling and frosting can probably cover 2 dozen.
maidenmorticia 10th-Dec-2012 01:54 am (UTC)
wow... drool.

Oh and tell your husband he did a nice job with the torch.

Edited at 2012-12-10 01:57 am (UTC)
switch842 10th-Dec-2012 02:56 am (UTC)
Thank you! I will! LOL
slimequeen 10th-Dec-2012 02:07 am (UTC)
They look yummy. Such pretty frosting, too!
switch842 10th-Dec-2012 02:57 am (UTC)
Thanks! It's so shiny, isn't it? I might be using this frosting on a more regular basis.
superbadgirl 10th-Dec-2012 03:26 am (UTC)
Yum!

switch842 10th-Dec-2012 03:33 am (UTC)
Thank you!
switch842 10th-Dec-2012 01:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much!
travisma 10th-Dec-2012 03:39 am (UTC)
These look wonderful!Thank you!
switch842 10th-Dec-2012 01:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
planetrob 10th-Dec-2012 04:50 am (UTC)
look good
switch842 10th-Dec-2012 01:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
sapphirevampire 10th-Dec-2012 07:46 am (UTC)
*laughs* Men! They look scrumptious though! :)
switch842 10th-Dec-2012 01:43 pm (UTC)
They're so funny! LOL Thank you!
lupinlover 10th-Dec-2012 09:33 am (UTC)
Have you figured out a way to make it more chocolate-y yet?
switch842 10th-Dec-2012 01:44 pm (UTC)
Not yet. I just made these last night. But I was thinking I do have some unsweetened chocolate squares that could possibly work.
querulouspeg 10th-Dec-2012 02:21 pm (UTC)
I want to eat you.
switch842 10th-Dec-2012 02:52 pm (UTC)
Nom nom nom
purplecat 10th-Dec-2012 11:17 pm (UTC)
That looks SO GOOD and SOUNDS GOOD TOO! :)
I wish I could eat that! (I'm lactose intolerant and allergic to eggs so I have a lot of issues with baked goods).
Sweet recipe!
switch842 11th-Dec-2012 12:22 am (UTC)
Thank you!!

I'm so sorry about your food issues. If I had any solutions, I would definitely offer them. :-(
purplecat 11th-Dec-2012 12:23 am (UTC)
Aw no worries, sometimes there's just no substitute for dairy products in baked goods. ;)
switch842 11th-Dec-2012 12:24 am (UTC)
Sadly, this is true...
purplecat 11th-Dec-2012 12:26 am (UTC)
Usually what I do is get my bf to eat the stuff I want then I'll kiss him and can get a small taste of what he ate! XD I can't eat it but at least I get a little taste. Close enough ;)

It is sad but true about no substitutes for some things though. It's okay, at least others get to enjoy it.

I may even try this recipe out for my bf one day! I'm only starting out in baking so it seems rather complex for me still.
switch842 11th-Dec-2012 12:36 am (UTC)
Haha! That sounds like a very fun idea... ;-)

You can do it! Believe me, I am very much a beginning baker and if I can master the marshmallow frosting, anyone can.
purplecat 11th-Dec-2012 12:38 am (UTC)
Haha, yeah, he likes that idea too - free kisses! Haha.

Oh, I don't know... I get flustered with instructions and whatnot. And I want to eat all the ingredients! Heh! :P

Perhaps I'll try it with a friend and we can figure it out together. Either was, sounds great!
switch842 11th-Dec-2012 12:45 am (UTC)
Well, whatever you decide, good luck!
littlered36 11th-Dec-2012 12:02 am (UTC)
Yummy! They look great. I bet it would be cute to take a red & green candy cane and crush it up pretty fine, then to top it with it. Thanks for the recipe!


Edited at 2012-12-11 12:03 am (UTC)
switch842 11th-Dec-2012 12:22 am (UTC)
Thank you! Oo! That does sound like would be good idea.... :-)
lorency 14th-Dec-2012 12:26 pm (UTC)
These looks delicious. :) Thanks for sharing the recipe.
switch842 14th-Dec-2012 01:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :-)
unconventional 15th-Dec-2012 02:50 am (UTC)
I made these, minus the filling, this afternoon for a family event (I was so excited when I got an excuse to make them because they looked so delicious). They WERE amazing. I did make a chocolate change, since you said they needed more. I added a full packet of dark chocolate Swiss Miss to the dry ingredients, then alternatively added the dry ingredients and half a cup of milk to the egg/sugar/butter mix. That definitely made it more hot cocoa-y, though I think another packet or some more cocoa, with a little more milk, could do the trick.

Thank you for sharing these, and giving me the inspiration! That frosting is amazing and I want it on everything.
switch842 15th-Dec-2012 03:08 am (UTC)
I'm so glad these turned out well for you!!

Thanks for the tip with the chocolate. I wasn't sure if adding straight up hot chocolate mix like that would affect the balance of sugar too much, but it sounds like that was okay. I will definitely be trying these again for Christmas dinner. :-)
unconventional 15th-Dec-2012 03:54 am (UTC)
I wasn't even thinking of that. The batter did look a little gritty, but the cake itself had no traces of that.
switch842 15th-Dec-2012 02:29 pm (UTC)
That's good. I think I'll definitely be trying this method next time I bake these.
lunaaurae 20th-Dec-2012 01:44 am (UTC)
These look delicious!
switch842 20th-Dec-2012 02:25 am (UTC)
Thanks!
rachelpage 8th-Mar-2013 06:22 am (UTC)
Peppermint and chocolate sound great!
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