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Some Like it Hot: Hot Cocoa Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting

Chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese frosting
Summer is totally awesome and all, but it seems to me as if there are way too many light, fruit-based and altogether too-virtuous desserts that prevail during those hot and sunny months. But as the days gradually start to get shorter and cooler, there's a sure-fire antidote, which can be summed up in three beautiful words: Hot Cocoa Cake. This is not a cake for wimps: it's unimaginably rich and decadent. Often, recipes for it call for a fudge-like frosting to be applied directly to the still-hot cake; however, as I've always preferred chocolate desserts that have a flavor contrast, I tried them with cream cheese frosting on a whim. The flavor combination works like a dream; when served at a party, they disappeared rather quickly.

Hot Cocoa Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting

For the cakes (makes about 18; adapted from this recipe):

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa
  • 2 sticks (4 oz. ea) butter
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 eggs, beaten

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Mix together flour, sugar, and salt. 
  3. In a saucepan, bring the butter, cocoa, and water to boil and pour over flour mixture. 
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients to the mixture and stir well. 
  5. Fill cupcake cups 3/4 full.
  6. Bake for about 20 minutes. Because you won't see the cakes browning at the edges, use a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake to test doneness.
  7. Once cool, frost generously with cream cheese frosting; if desired, garnish with walnuts.
Cream Cheese FrostingWalnuts
For the frosting:



  • 1 (8)-ounce package of cream cheese, softened (do not substitute low-fat; it just doesn't work the same way)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 to 6 cups confectioners' sugar (depending on your desired consistency)
In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter, vanilla and salt until the butter is completely incorporated into the cream cheese and it has a smooth consistency. Add the confectioners' sugar cup by cup, stirring after each addition, until it has reached the desired consistency.


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Reader Comments (14)

yummm! im sitting in a freezing room and some hot cocoa cupcakes aka SUGAR would really warm me up!

September 9 | Unregistered CommenterMini Baker

This looks divine!!! Can't wait to try it for myself.

September 9 | Unregistered CommenterEliana

Bring on Fall! I'm ready for a little decadence!

Yum! Such a good idea.

September 10 | Unregistered Commenterthe southern hostess

The description, "unimaginably rich and decadent" seems right on the money. Put cream cheese frosting on anything and you've basically won me over. I'm easy that way.

I like the contrasting flavors too. I don't like to be overwhelmed by chocolate flavor. The cake looks fantastic, and bet it's perfect with the cream cheese icing.

September 10 | Unregistered CommenterPalidor

Oh, Yes! So very decadent. Must save this recipe for a special dinner night.

September 10 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

I wonder if it would work with a marshmallow frosting?

September 11 | Unregistered Commenter.philip

Really, the only thing you need to entice me is "cream cheese frosting." Yum. Hot cocoa cake is just, well, what go under the icing. On the cake.

September 11 | Unregistered CommenterLB Kovac

Mmmm I'm loving the sound of this. But I agree, marshmallow frosting would also be divine!


September 12 | Unregistered CommenterWe Are Not Martha

Rich and decadent sounds perfect to me ;)

September 15 | Unregistered CommenterCakelaw

Wonderful post... Very informational and educational as usual!

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March 5 | Unregistered CommenterJB.

I made these last night, and I added some bourbon and cocoa to the frosting to give it a bit of a kick-- turned out DELICIOUS!

March 5 | Unregistered Commentermsplte
Thinking about modifying these more to make them christmassy- putting little marshmallows in them and sprinkling crushed peppermint sticks on top. So excited! They sound delicious!
November 30 | Unregistered CommenterDracofangxxx
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