White Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

by Erin

My favorite cold weather beverage in solid form – white hot chocolate cupcakes! A white chocolate cupcake, topped with white chocolate, whipped cream, and mini marshmallows.

White Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

After living in Memphis for nearly 7 years I finally realized how much I am not used to cold weather anymore. Thankfully the temperatures were in the 50s and 60s over the weekend while my apartment was packed up into storage, but it promptly plummeted. Unfortunately my warmest coat is hidden away in some box because I didn’t look at the weather forecast before packing. For having a PhD I do some silly things sometimes.

This kind of weather calls from serious amounts of hot beverages and food. I say that and realize these cupcakes are not as warm as a cup of hot chocolate but they certainly will warm your heart. I’ve had White Hot Chocolate Cupcakes on my to-do list for way too long, I think since last winter. But I finally tackled them and a good thing too because they were a huge hit! People were calling dibs on the remaining last few.

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Makes 1 dozen cupcakes



1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/3 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

3/4 cup sugar

2 eggs

4 oz. white chocolate, chopped

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup milk


4 oz. white chocolate, chopped

1 cup miniature marshmallow bits

1 cup heavy cream

1/4 cup powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

Shaved chocolate, for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line muffin pan with cupcake liners, set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a small, microwave-safe bowl, melt the chopped white chocolate by heating it in 30 second intervals in the microwave. Stir well between each interval and heat until the chocolate is smooth when stirred.
  4. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light. Beat in eggs one at a time, followed by melted white chocolate and vanilla extract. Working in three additions, alternate adding in some of the flour mixture and milk, ending with a final addition of flour. Mix until just incorporated.
  5. Divide batter evenly into prepared muffin cups.
  6. Bake for 20-23 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean and the tops spring back when lightly pressed with a fingertip. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  7. In a small, microwave-safe bowl, melt the chopped white chocolate by heating it in 30 second intervals in the microwave (just as in step 3).
  8. Dip tops of cooled cupcakes in the melted chocolate. Immediately sprinkle the outside edges with the marshmallow bits, creating a ring on top of the cupcakes. Refrigerate until chocolate is set, about 10 minutes.
  9. Meanwhile*, in a medium bowl whip the heavy cream until soft peaks form. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla and whip until stiff peaks form. Top cupcakes and serve immediately.

* Whipped cream is best when made right before serving.

Source: Cupcake base from Baking Bites. Topping inspired by Betty Crocker.

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dina February 21, 2014 - 10:53 am

they look delish!

Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake January 30, 2014 - 11:02 am

White Hot Chocolate is my fave!! I so love that you made a cupcake version!!

Joanne January 30, 2014 - 6:16 am

You definitely picked the coldest week EVER to move! Yikes. Hope you’re somehow staying warm! I’ve just decided I’ll definitely be cozying up to a batch of these this weekend. I love white hot chocolate!

Mimi @ Culinary Couture January 29, 2014 - 11:03 pm

These are precious! And perfect for this disgustingly cold weather!

Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen January 29, 2014 - 6:40 pm

I’m so over winter already…bring on spring!! These cupcakes look incredible Erin! Pinned! :)

spiffycookie January 29, 2014 - 10:45 pm

Definitely over the winter. This has been the coldest winter since I’ve lived in Memphis. And thank you!!

Zainab January 29, 2014 - 12:33 pm

These cupcakes look amazing!! I’m obsessed with white hot chocolate during this winter and I’ve had white hot chocolate cupcakes on my to-do list too since Chrsstmas. I finally scheduled it for blog post in February. So glad you made this as I am now inspired :)

spiffycookie January 29, 2014 - 10:44 pm

Awesome I can’t wait to see your version!

Laura Dembowski January 29, 2014 - 10:25 am

We all do silly things sometimes, but hopefully it will be warm there again soon. Do you like living in Memphis? It sounds like a cool place to live. These cupcakes look irresistible!

spiffycookie January 29, 2014 - 2:15 pm

When I first moved here about 7 years ago I wasn’t a huge fan, but I have grown to enjoy it. Lots of great food and things to do. I am sad to be leaving it.

Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures January 29, 2014 - 8:30 am

Yum! Stay warm! I’m so ready for spring!

Shannon | Bake.Frost.Repeat. January 29, 2014 - 7:07 am

These look amazing. I woke up to 2 1/2 inches of snow this morning in E. TN, so these are definitely needed!


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