Stuffed Hot Chocolate Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting

I am obsessed with hot chocolate.  Growing up as a child, I was never allowed to drink coffee (my father firmly believed it would instill bad habits which would lead to lifelong caffeine addiction) and as a result, I still prefer my caffeine in the cold form of a soft drink to a hot form of tea or coffee.  But if the weather is cold, my hot drink of choice will always be a hot chocolate.

When I was home at Christmas, my mom pointed out that 3 Musketeers bar had released a Christmas edition which was Hot Cocoa flavoured with some marshmallows.  I was hooked – obviously I had to make some delicious baking out of it!

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I popped the candies in the freezer to make sure they wouldn’t melt during the baking process, and then I whipped up a batch of the Hummingbird Bakery‘s hot chocolate cupcakes.

Hot Chocolate Cupcakes (adapted from Cake Days)

Ingredients:

280g caster sugar

80g unsalted butter

2 large eggs

240ml whole milk

25g hot chocolate powder

240g plain flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

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Cream together butter and sugar.  Mix in eggs.

DSC_0610Sift in dry ingredients (hot chocolate powder, flour and baking powder).  Mix together and line a muffin tin.  Add a thin layer of batter before adding a mini 3 Musketeers bar.  Fill the muffin tin to about 3/4 full.

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Bake at 170C for about fifteen minutes (until you can touch the sponge and it springs back)

DSC_0621The marshmallow buttercream was inspired by an idea from Love from the Oven, where she added a cup of marshmallow creme to her homemade buttercream frosting.  We used our normal buttercream recipe which we like – but we removed the milk from the frosting, since the marshmallow creme made it particularly liquid.  If you’re making a homemade buttercream, add a cup of marshmallow creme, but remove the milk.

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Place icing on top of the cupcakes.

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Finish with a marshmallow on top!

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Save for a rainy day when the weather turns for a rainy worse!

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One comment

  1. What beautiful piping – I am really impressed! Sounds delicious too!

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