Hot Chocolate Cupcakes with Whipped Cream and Marshmallows…Cooking with kids.

Not sure I have ever posted a recipe but could not resist this one being winter.  We love cooking with kids, and our Little Monkeys absolutely love, love, love chocolate. It does not matter what form, solid or liquid, cold or hot…you name it they will eat it.  Not sure who they get that from…:)

Although Victoria in the winter is not really “winter”, it does not mean we should not enjoy treats that warm people up in the deep cold middle of winter in Canada.

This recipe you can bake right in the mug and top with all your favorites, hot chocolate cupcakes are sure to surprise and excite your hot chocolate lover or the kid in you.

These cupcakes are as cute as they come.  Topped with fresh whipped cream and mini marshmallows, they are perfect for a fun winter dessert.  My little monkeys gobbled them up still warm from the oven after arriving home from school, marveling at the fact that I offered them hot chocolate that turned out to be cake.

Cooking with kids

Hot Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

1 1/2 cups sugar
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon Dutch-processed cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
3/4 cups very hot water or coffee
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 1/2 tablespoons powdered sugar

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl or stand mixer, whisk together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl, beat eggs, milk, oil and vanilla together. Pour wet ingredients into dry and beat on medium speed for 3 minutes. Pour in the hot water slowly and continue mixing until the water has just been mixed in.

Pour the batter into heat-safe mugs (6- or 8-ounce size) and place them 1-2″ apart on a sheet pan. Bake 25-30 minutes until center bounces back when touched. Remove from oven on the tray.

Beat heavy cream and powdered sugar until soft peaks form. Top warm cupcakes with whipped cream and mini marshmallows and serve.



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