Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

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This week’s Cooking With Kids recipe is a super cute cupcake recipe that looks like little cups of hot chocolate. It’s very easy to do, so even your young ones can get involved in this project. We took our inspiration from Pillsbury’s recipe and cooked up some hot chocolate of our own!

Here’s what you need for this recipe: a chocolate cake mix, marshmallow creme, whipped frosting, mini pretzels and cocoa powder. Once you’ve got everything gathered, go ahead and mix up the cake mix and bake your cupcakes according to the directions on the box. (Parents may need to supervise using a mixer and getting cupcakes in and out of hot oven.)

Once your cupcakes are done, measure the whipped topping and marshmallow creme and put in a mixing bowl together.

Stir until they’re well blended together.

Scoop the icing mixture into a plastic bag and snip off a small piece of the corner, making your own piping bag. Of course, if you have the tools and want to use a real tip, you can do that as well. This works really well though, so you might just want to skip the extra mess and go with the baggie method.

Pipe little “marshmallows” on to your cupcakes.

Sprinkle some cocoa powder on your marshmallows.

The pretzels were the only part of this project we found to be a bit tricky, so we used two methods. One, we poked two holes in the cupcake and inserted half a pretzel in each hole. The other (easier) method was to simply “hook” the top of the pretzel over the paper lining and gently press it into the cupcake. It stays and works just as well. Either way, once you make little cup handles out of your pretzels, you’re done!

This Cooking With Kids project is easy, cute and oh so yummy! Why not whip up a batch this week and serve it up with a cup of real hot chocolate to serve to your friends and family?

Bottoms Up!

Hot Chocolate Cupcakes
Recipe type: Cooking With Kids
Serves: 18
Easy cupcake recipe for kids to make!
  • 1 box cake mix
  • eggs, oil, water according to package instructions
  • 1 cup whipped vanilla frosting
  • ½ cup marshmallow creme
  • cocoa powder
  • mini pretzels
  1. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans).
  2. Place paper baking cup in each of 18 regular-size muffin cups.
  3. In large bowl, beat cake mix, water, oil and egg with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, then on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally.
  4. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups. Bake 17 to 22 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes; remove from pan to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  5. In small bowl, mix frosting and marshmallow creme. Spoon into small resealable food-storage plastic bag; seal bag. Cut ⅜-inch tip off 1 corner of bag. (Or spoon mixture onto cupcakes instead of piping.) Pipe 3 small dollops of frosting mixture on top of each cupcake to look like melted marshmallows.
  6. Sprinkle with cocoa.
  7. Press pretzel half into side of each cupcake for cup handle. Store loosely covered.

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7 People have left comments on this post

» Ileane
said: { Feb 13, 2013 - 09:02:13 }

Hi Karee,

After I saw you visiting my blog I wanted to stop by and say Hi! and find out what you got cooking over here!!

This looks super YUMMY!!

Thanks for sharing the recipe!

» Karee
said: { Feb 13, 2013 - 10:02:23 }

Thanks Ileane! Your blog has tons of great info for Lisa and I to learn from – we’ll be back!

» Jen said: { Feb 13, 2013 - 11:02:49 }

These cupcakes are adorable! Love the addition of the pretzel mug handle – that combo of salty pretzel and chocolate cake sounds delish! 🙂

» Karee
said: { Feb 13, 2013 - 11:02:52 }

Thanks Jen!

» Mom Foodie said: { Feb 17, 2013 - 08:02:52 }

Those are pretty darn cute )

» manish m said: { Mar 19, 2013 - 12:03:35 }

These look delicious! My kids will love making (and eating) these, thanks for sharing!

» Karee
said: { Mar 19, 2013 - 12:03:21 }

You’re welcome – enjoy!

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