The weather is getting little cooler out there. When it cools down I find myself looking forward to all of my favorite winter treats! Hot cocoa with marshmallows is one of my all time favorites! So here is my cupcake version of it!
As always feel free to start with a cake mix that you can fancy up a bit using a few hints from my blog Lazy Cakes. Or you can make one from scratch using this recipe or own favorite.
Basic chocolate cake:
2 cups white sugar 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 2 eggs 1 cup milk 1/2 cup vegetable oil 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 cup boiling water
Start by preheating your oven to 350°. Mix dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately before adding the dry into the wet 1/3 at a time. Reserve the boiling water for the end and stir it in by hand. Bake for 18-23 mins for cupcakes.
Next I made my Swiss Meringue butter cream and added a couple tbsp of cocoa powder to give it a nice chocolatey flavor. The Swiss meringue is what makes the frosting look so fluffy and inviting! Follow this link If you feel like basic buttercream.
Be sure to take the wrapper off of the cupcake decorate the cupcake first and the carefully drop it into a cute tea-cup or coffee mug. Serve it with a real cup of cocoa and enjoy!