Hot Cocoa Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting

One of my favorite things about winter is hot cocoa. I don’t have it very often, but when I do I want it to taste just like a melted chocolate bar. I always love having whipped cream on top and marshmallows. As you all know, I’m obsessed with cupcakes. So I decided to turn my favorite drink into a cupcake. I was inspired by cherished bliss. I brought these cupcakes to a potluck at work today. It was a lot of fun, I was called up to be asked a question. I ended up being wrong, but I got someone’s name right (it was on the picture, but I knew it anyway). I won a gun that makes helicopters spin in the air. I’m donating it to toys for tots but it was a lot of fun to talk to people. Hopefully, you like it as much as the people at work.

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For hot cocoa cupcakes you need (48 mini cupcakes or 24 large cupcakes):

1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)

1 cup white sugar

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1/4 cup hot/boiling water

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 eggs

1 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup plain greek yogurt (this is 1 small container)

For the marshmallow frosting you need (enough frosting for the cupcakes):

1 egg white

1/2 cup white sugar

1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons water

1/2 cup mini marshmallows

1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract (optional)

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To start with preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Cream the 1/2 cup of butter (cut into pieces) and 1 cup of white sugar. To do this put the two ingredients in the bowl and slowly turn the mixer on high until the butter looks light and fluffy.

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Add 1/2 cup cocoa powder, 1/4 cup hot/boiling water, and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract and mix on low until incorporated.

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Then add the 2 eggs, one at a time until well combined.

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Then add 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon salt and mix on low. Then add 1/4 cup of the plain greek yogurt and mix on low until just combined. Then put in the other 1/2 cup of flour and mix on low until just combined. Finally, add the other 1/4 cup of the plain greek yogurt mixed on low until just combined.

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Line the cupcake tin with cupcake liners.

Put the batter in the liners using a cookie or ice cream scoop.

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Bake for 12-15 minutes if they are mini cupcakes, 25-30 minutes if they are full sized cupcakes.

While the cupcakes are in the oven start making the marshmallow frosting.

Put the 1 egg white, 1/2 cup white sugar, 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 3 tablespoons of butter in the top of a double boiler or in a glass bowl over a boiling pot of water.

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Whisk the mixture every once in a while until the mixture reaches 135 degrees on a candy thermometer. Then put it in the mixer with 1/2 cup of mini marshmallows and slowly bring the mixture to high until the mixture gets thick and will hold soft peaks. Right before you take it out put in 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract if you want to.

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Then take the cupcake out of the oven.

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Take the frosting and put it in a disposable pastry bag or a ziploc bag with the tip taken off and frost the cupcakes.

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Now you have perfect little bite sized cupcakes that taste like a delicious cup of hot cocoa. Remember to always live and let’s create!

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