Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

Vanilla frosting "marshmallows" are piped onto devil's food cupcakes to mimic the look of a favorite hot drink. Don't forget the pretzel "cup handles!"

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 25 min
  • Servings 12

Ingredients

1/2
box Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ devil's food cake mix (about 1 2/3 cups)
1/2
cup water
1/4
cup vegetable oil
1
egg
1
cup Betty Crocker™ Whipped vanilla frosting
1/2
cup marshmallow creme
1/4
teaspoon unsweetened baking cocoa
6
miniature pretzel twists, broken in half

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Place paper baking cup in each of 12 regular-size muffin cups.
  • 2 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. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups.
  • 3 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.
  • 4 In small bowl, mix frosting and marshmallow creme. Spoon into small resealable food-storage plastic bag; seal bag. Cut 3/8-inch tip off 1 corner of bag. (Or spoon mixture onto cupcakes instead of piping.)
  • 5 Pipe 3 small dollops of frosting mixture on top of each cupcake to look like melted marshmallows. Sprinkle with cocoa. Press pretzel half into side of each cupcake for cup handle. Store loosely covered.

Expert Tips

If you like peppermint, frost these fun cupcakes with the frosting mixture, and sprinkle the tops with crushed candy canes.

If you have only one pan and a recipe calls for more cupcakes than your pan will make, cover and refrigerate the rest of the batter while baking the first batch. Cool the pan about 15 minutes, then bake the rest of the batter, adding 1 to 2 minutes to the bake time.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Cupcake
Calories
200
(
Calories from Fat
80),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
9g
9%
(Saturated Fat
2 1/2g,
2 1/2%
Trans Fat
1g
1%
),
Cholesterol
20mg
20%;
Sodium
180mg
180%;
Total Carbohydrate
28g
28%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
20g
20%
),
Protein
1g
1%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
4%;
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.