Saturday, 19 December 2015

Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

With Christmas only days away I thought I would share with you a slightly different take on a classic winter warmer - Hot chocolate cupcakes!  With a marshmallow surprise centre and topped off with a little gold Lindt bear, these cupcakes go down a treat with friends and family. They also happen to be pretty easy to make! For those who are short on time or energy I have included an alternative recipe cheat!

For those wanting to make the cupcakes from scratch - trust me its easy! You will need:

275g Sugar
225g Flour
25g Cocoa powder
1/4 tsp Baking powder
1/4 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
2   Eggs
1 tsp Vanilla extract
100ml Milk
75ml Vegetable oil
175ml Hot water
12 large cupcake cases
Packet of marshmallows

Preheat the oven to 160C, 350F, Gas Mark 5

Sift all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl and mix well, set aside. In a medium bowl mix eggs, vanilla, milk and oil together. Add to the dry ingredients and mix on a low speed for 4-5 minutes. Then slowly add the hot water while you mix until everything is combined.

By adding the hot water you get a really lovely texture!

Add to large cupcake cases and bake for 20 minutes, test with a skewer to make sure they are cooked. It should come out clean. Carefully cut a hole in the top of the cupcakes and add a marshmallow. Allow to cool completely.

To decorate you will need:

200g Butter
200g Icing sugar
1 tsp Vanila extract or vanila bean paste
Chocolate chips
Mini marshmallows
Mini Lindt chocolate bears

Cream the sugar and butter together, add the vanilla and mix well. Add to a piping bag and pipe onto the cupcakes. Add a bear, marshmallows and chocolate chips.

For the cheat you will need a box of Betty Crocker Devils Food Cake and to follow the directions on the box. Like my recipe cut out a little hole from each cupcake as they are cooling and pop in a marshmallow. Allow to cool and follow my decoration instructions above.

These cupcakes would be a great Christmas Eve or Boxing Day treat,  I also think they would make a great alternative gift in a clear cellophane bag tied up with ribbons and bows.

Happy Baking!

Emma Xx

Chocolate Bears c/o Lindt


  1. These are the cutest little cupcakes! x

  2. Replies
    1. Thank you Linda! They did taste pretty good, even if I do say so myself!

      Emma Xx

  3. Ooh a surprise marshmallow centre is such a lovely idea! How cute do they look with the Lindt bears on top too?!

    Laura xx | Loved By Laura

    1. Such an easy way to jam up the cupcakes! The bear makes them I think!

      Emma Xx

  4. They look so delicious!
    Rita x

  5. These cakes look delicious but the little bears really make them extra festive <3

    Gisforgingers xx

    1. Thank you Claire. The little bears really do make them! They would look great with Father Christmas ones too!
      Emma Xx

  6. These are so lovely and adorable. And they sound absolutely delicious.
    I'm gonna have to try and find some time in between all my other baking to make this.
    Much love,

    1. Ah thank you so much Mona! I hope you like them if you get to bake them!

      Emma Xx

  7. Oh they look adorable! I love making Christmas cupcakes - going to save this as a potential one.

    Saskia /

  8. These look absolutely lovely and the gold-wrapped chocolate bears are such an inventive and unique touch! Love it!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

  9. These are adorable, thanks for sharing the recipe.

  10. THANK you for introducing these into my life :D
    🎄 🎅 ⛄️ Happy holidays! :)

  11. Those cupcakes are so darn cute!!! Love themmm <3

    1. Ohh they look so cute (And yummy of course) I'm going to try them haha

  12. It's 30th Dec now, way over Christmas but placing a piece of wrapped candy/chocolate on top of a muffin is a fresh idea :) Thank you for the inspiration!

    Real Life Nerd //

  13. Wonderful recipe, you had me at chocolate. x

  14. Oh my goodness these look delicious! I just bookmarked your blog so I can come back and find this recipe later in the week :-) My partner is going to love these!

  15. Ooh these sound super yummy, especially with the little Lindt bears on top too - just so cute!
    Sian xx Rebel Angel