Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

Cheryl Starker

By
@AnneBoleynTudor

These are such a nice treat all winter long and so gorgeous to look at.


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Serves:

18

Cook:

20 Min

Method:

Bake

Ingredients

1 1/2 c
all pupose flour
1 1/4 c
sugar
1/4 c
cocoa, unsweetened
1 tsp
baking soda
1/2 Tbsp
salt
1/3 c
canola or vegetable oil
1 c
prepared hot cocoa (cooled)
1 tsp
vanilla extract
2
eggs
1/2 c
chocolate chips, mini

WHIPPED CREAM:

1 1/4 c
heavy cream
1/3 c
confectioners' sugar
1/2 Tbsp
vanilla extract

GARNISHES:

18
unwrapped candy canes, mini

Directions Step-By-Step

1
CUPCAKES: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake tins with 18 liners. (There are so many liners to choose from now. I get mine at craft stores.)
2
In a large bowl, mix your flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Do this with a wire whisk to blend the dry ingredients thoroughly.
3
Add the oil, prepared cooled hot cocoa, vanilla and eggs to the dry ingredients. Use the whisk or regular mixer to blend ingredients until no lumps remain. Stir in the mini chocolate chips.
4
Divide the batter evenly into the lined cupcake tins.
5
Bake the cupcakes for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center of the cupcake. Cool the cupcakes in the tins for 10 minutes and then move them to a rack to cool completely.
6
FOR THE WHIPPED CREAM: In a medium bowl, combine the heavy cream, confectioner's sugar and vanilla. Mix with an electric mixer on medium speed until it's creamy and slightly stiff. Do not over beat. (You could use a Cool Whip type of cream if you desire, but not any from a can.)
7
ASSEMBLY: Pipe or mound the whipped cream on top of the cooled cupcakes. Garnish with a mini candy cane tucked into the side of the cupcake to resemble a handle.
8
GARNISH: Sprinkle mini chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, crushed peppermint sticks or something of your own choice on top of the whipped cream.
9
Serve immediately. Cover and refrigerate any left overs. (To keep plastic wrap from touching and smashing your cupcake tops, put a mini marshmallow(s) onto a toothpick(s) and insert in the cupcake(s) and it will help keep your plastic wrap from touching it.)

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American