Friday, November 16, 2007

Hot Chocolate in the Desert

I love how it is getting extremely close to Christmas, and yet it is still too hot here to wear jeans. I know I complain about this often, but dangit, I want to wear a sweater this year. Just once... I remember last year, standing outside waiting for all of the kids to get off the bus at the school where I worked, and being freezing every morning! But that was Yuma, and El Centro is still just HOT.

But not too hot for Hot Chocolate Cupcakes!! The inspiration for these came from the insanely good hot chocolate that Jay makes for us every year, with cinnamon, nutmeg, milk, and double the chocolate. YUM!!! So of course this had to become a cupcake too. It turned into a sort of tweak-as-I-go-along recipe, as I wanted to get the taste as close as possible to that of the real thing. I think this is pretty close to what I ultimately came up with.

HOT CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES: Makes 12 standard size cupcakes

1/4 cocoa powder

1 packet Nestle rich chocolate hot cocoa mix (dry)

3/4 C all purpose flour

1/2 C sugar

3/4 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

3/4 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1 large egg

1/4 C plus 2 TBSP warm water

1/4 C plus 2 TBSP buttermilk

2 TBSP canola oil

1/2 tsp vanilla

1 C Kraft mini marshmallows

1/2 C semi sweet chocolate chips (I used Hershey's Special Dark)

2 tbsp light Karo syrup

1 TBSP butter

2 tsp heavy cream

1 C heavy whipping cream

1 - 2 tsp sugar, to taste

1/4 C chocolate shavings

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and line muffin pan with 12 cupcake liners

In medium bowl, combine cocoa powder, hot cocoa mix, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and spices.

In a glass measuring cup, whisk together the egg, water, buttermilk, and vanilla.

Add milk mixture to the dry ingredients, and mix on medium speed until smooth, about 2 minutes.

Fold in the mini marshmallows.

Divide batter evenly in the cupcake liners.

Bake for 20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center of a cupcake comes out clean (a few crumbs are ok).

let cool for 5 minutes in pan, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Fill cupcakes with fudge filling, and top with sweetened cream and chocolate shavings.


Melt chocolate chips, butter, and Karo syrup in small pan over low heat. Stir until completely melted and smooth. Remove from heat and stir in the cream. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before filling the cupcakes.
Note - putting the fudge in the fridge will harden it, if this happens, just reheat to soften.


In large bowl, beat cream on high speed just until soft peaks form. Stop mixer and add sugar. Continue beating on high until thick enough to hold its shape. Dollop or pipe on cooled cupcakes, top with chocolate shavings.

I wasn't too sure what the marshmallows in this recipe would do, whether they would stay put and create pockets of gooeyness throughout, or just melt into the batter. Turns out it was the latter, which made for an all over gooey moist cupcake. I have to admit I was a little confused though when I bit into the cupcake and all the marshmallows had dissapeared... :)


The Van Fam said...

Jamie, you should definitely open up a bakery. Seriously you are so creative!

Jessica said...

oh my gosh! yummo!! gonna make these!!!
so ya. yesterday it was looking alittle cloudy and cool so i bundled up the kids in a sweater and we went to the park. well the park has a pool next to it and people were SWIMMING!!! i kept my sweater on!! :D

Jaime said...

Jess - really? Swimming? Seriously we need out of the desert. I am jealous of your sweater lol... That is fun that it was nice enough to play at the park. Yay!!

Jaime said...

I just realized that I totally left out some vital components i this recipe...the cinnamon and nutmeg!! That was like the whole point lol... Well I just added them so they are there now :o)

Brimaca said...

I agree about the weather thing. I've tried to wear a sweater here twice and have had to change by 10am. I think it's a little cooler here in Texas than where you are. We've had one or two days in the sixties. Everyone else bundles their kids up tight and Malachi is still wearing tank tops and shorts. Sixty is a warm day in a Utah winter!

Tatum said...

That is the best idea!! I am so gonna make these! Again you are so creative. Have you opened your own bakery yet?? You really should! I am so gonna make these!

The Van Fam said...

Hey Jamie! I need your address, you can just mail it to me at Thanks!!

Mindy said...

Jamie, I came on your website to read the lastest creative adventure and now I am totally using these for my in-law christmas party. Thanks for the help. Keep up the good work. Oh, and if you ever decide to do mail order for your cupcakes, I would totally order.

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