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Hot Chocolate Cupcakes
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Hot Chocolate Cupcakes with Marshmallow Meringue Frosting

Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cakes & Cupcakes, Chocolate Cupcakes, Hot Chocolate, Marshmallow Meringue
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Calories: 316kcal
Author: Mike Johnson


For the Hot Chocolate Cupcakes:

  • 200 g Domino® Golden Sugar
  • 240 g all-purpose flour
  • 65 g unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 75 g canola oil
  • 120 g milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 120 g hot chocolate (or hot water)

For the Marshmallow Meringue Frosting:


To Make the Hot Chocolate Cupcakes:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the Domino® Golden Sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together then set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the vegetable oil, milk, egg, and vanilla extract and stir until combined. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk until mostly combined.
  • Add the hot chocolate and stir until the mixture is evenly combined. (When the hot chocolate is initially added, the batter may separate a bit, but continue stirring until it’s even in texture. The batter will be thick, don’t panic!)
  • Spoon the batter into the liners until each cup is 2/3 full. Bake for 20-22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely before frosting.

To Make the Marshmallow Meringue Frosting:

  • In a large heatproof bowl, whisk together the egg whites, Domino® Golden Sugar, and cream of tartar, then set the bowl over a saucepan filled with just two inches of simmering water over medium heat. Do not let the bottom of the egg bowl touch the water. Whisk the eggs and sugar constantly until sugar is dissolved and the mixture has reached a temperature of 160°F (71°C), about 4 minutes. The mixture will be thick and tacky at first, then thin out and become frothy.
  • Transfer the hot egg mixture to a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, and add the vanilla bean paste. Beat on high speed until stiff, glossy peaks form, about 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Transfer meringue to a piping bag and pipe onto cooled brownie cupcakes using a large round open tip. If desired, use a kitchen torch to toast.


Cover and store leftover cupcakes at room temperature or in the refrigerator for 1-2 days.


Serving: 1cupcake | Calories: 316kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 287mg | Potassium: 197mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 39IU | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 2mg