Hot Chocolate Cupcakes With Mint Kissed Centers

I had so much fun creating this cupcake 🙂  Hot chocolate is the best during the winter so why not add it to your cupcakes?! Talk about a dreamy soft chocolate cupcake with a surprise mint truffle kissed center. These are truly to die for….can’t wait for you guys to give these a try. Can you practically taste the toasted marshmallows on top? Mmmm!

Have fun whipping these up with your family. They’ll be a huge hit 🙂  Happy baking!

Here’s your line up!

Feel free to use any brand of hot chocolate mix, even your own recipe is A-OK 🙂

Make a small cup of hot chocolate for the cupcake batter. Just warm milk, not hot!

Pour in!

This is some good batter 🙂

Fill your cupcake liners up….

Break out your mint kisses or even the candy cane ones work 🙂


Press a kiss in centers of cupcakes and time to bake.


Top with marshmallows and bake some more.

Until they look like this 🙂

Stick a trimmed straw inside for a little decoration and time to EAT!


Hot Chocolate Cupcakes With Mint Kissed Centers

1 Devils Food Cake Mix

4 eggs

1/2 Cup vegetable oil

1 small box instant chocolate pudding mix

1 Cup sour cream

3/4 Cup warm milk mixed with 1 packet hot chocolate mix

24 mint truffle kisses (or the Candy Cane ones work great too)

3-4 Cups mini marshmallows

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place cake mix,  eggs, oil, pudding mix, sour cream and mixed hot chocolate into a stand mixer on medium speed. Mix until well combined, about 1 1/2 minutes. Scoop into 24 paper lined muffin tins about 3/4 full. Place a mint truffle kiss into center of each cupcake pressing to bottom. Bake for 18 minutes, remove and top with marshmallow. Return back to oven and bake for an additional 5 minutes or until marshmallows are puffed and just starting to brown. Remove and let cool. You can place a cut straw into each cupcake if desired to decorate.

24 cupcakes


Hope you enjoy! Have a great rest of your week!!

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69 Responses
  1. Colleen Murray

    I made this cake batter for my sons 4th birthday which was today. I put it in a tractor shaped pan. It was extremely moist and had good flavor. I am not a box cake fan so I am always looking for recipes with other ingredients mixed with them to make them more exciting and flavorful. This one was great!!! Thank you Jennifer for your creativity and sharing this delicious cake.

  2. these are fantastic! I modded the recipe a little: you may like to try and replace some of the milk for mint baileys as well as the kisses for mint baking morsels.

    all around- amazing :)) thanks so much for sharing

  3. these look absolutely amazing!! what a great idea putting hot coco mix into these little gems! i’m an expat living in scotland and i’ll be heading home for christmas this year. i’ve been looking for some good recipes to try when i’m back. this is the perfect recipe to share with my family and little nieces. thanks for sharing!! i’ll be following your blog for more delicious recipes!

  4. Love the cupcakes and plan to make them ASAP; however, the necklace idea is genius! I have some necklaces that I love but don’t wear them because they are long and I prefer short necklaces. But, guess what accessory I plan on wearing to church this Sunday???

  5. angie Santini

    So delicious. My house smells of toasted mallows. But am I the only one who had a hard time getting my marshmallows to stay on top. How did you do it Jeni? We might of had a few flames in the bottom of the stove! just like camping. Wonderful, except for the darn rolly mallows. Thank you.

  6. Tiffany

    I made these for my girls Xmas celebration at my house on Friday! WOWWWZZAAA were there good! They were a huge hit thanks so much for the recipe! And I have to go get me that pan from Williams Sonoma! love it!

  7. Sherryl

    Without a doubt, you have THE BEST recipes out there! Thanks so much for sharing your creativity! I get compliments every time I make one of your recipes, and I always send my family and friends to your website. It is great!

  8. Jackie

    Okay, I am totally a baking newbie (26 years old and have not spent any time in the kitchen, but I’ve got a new lease on life and now I’m trying to teach myself (with the help of amazing bloggers like you, Jenny) how to cook and bake.) I also could not get the marshmallows to stick (they stuck to the bottom of my oven as they plummeted into a hot, melty abyss), so I substituted marshmallow fluff and a little torch to get them toasty looking, that kinda worked sorta. I also wound up with burned kisses. :-\ Maybe because I used the candy cane kisses? They tasted amazing, though! I have tried at least a dozen of your recipes, and I have loved every bite of every single one. Even if they’re a little strange looking. Ha ha.

  9. Laura

    I made these today-the flavor combination is soo yummy and I brought them to a holiday party. The only problem I had was getting the marshmellows to stay on top of the cupcake when I topped the cupcakes (before putting them in the oven the 2nd time). Possibly i filled the muffin cups too full? So there ended up being less marshmellow topping.

  10. These are too cute!
    I just got all of the ingredients for your gingersnap cookies…I’m so excited to try them! I’ll post back to let you know how it went.
    Perfect recipes, every time 🙂

  11. Jenny

    I made these for my kids and neighbors yesterday~what a hit!!! Everyone loved them. They were easy to make, and they are super cute and taste SO good! Thanks for all of your great ideas, I’ve made many!

  12. Ginny

    Just made these cupcakes with peppermint kisses! I made them for my mom bday tomorrow had to try one so yummy!! She will be so excited!

  13. Sarah

    Baking these up as I type this. My kitchen smells of hot cocoa! Mmmmm! I’m using the candy cane kisses as I couldn’t find the mint truffle ones anywhere. I think they will work great, though. I’m putting them in tall decorative mugs with packets of hot cocoa and candy underneath as teacher gifts today! Thanks for the great idea!!

  14. Vanessa

    How on earth do you come up with these recipes?! Everytime I read your blog I print off the recipes. I love them! I drool when I read them! Then have to go to the store to get the ingredients. Thanks for such wonderful ideas. This one will be so much fun to do!

  15. Kacey

    I made these today for my kids teacher gifts, and filled the bottom of the mugs with treats to help hold the cupcake up.(and a side note is…my mallows were a tiny bit stale but they still worked, and they held their shape perfectly so they just look toasted) THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! They are amazing!

  16. Rachel

    WOW! I am not sure I’d like the mint though so I might try a different ‘kiss’. I do know some who would though, and I am forwarding them this link 🙂 You are so creative!!!! ((LOVE!))

  17. Lori Allberry

    Jenny – I don’t know how you do it – but every recipe knocks my socks off! You are amazing! I will be making this for my party next week!


  18. Jenny – these just look AMAZING! I am absolutely making…but with Nestle hot cocoa and dark chocolate/mint morsels. 🙂 Your photography is always so appetizing…you do great work! Happy holidays to you and family!

  19. Eve

    These look delicious. I have a student with a birthday before we go into Christmas break next week, I think I will make these for her treat. I am sure the extras will be devoured in the teacher’s loung if my husband does not get to them before hand.

  20. Yum! I’m so glad I can always count on you to post recipes for stuff that I’ll likely already have…and mint truffle kisses..I totally have them! 🙂 Thanks!!

  21. Shana

    This looks fun! Jenny I have so much fun with your recipes. I need to eat gluten free and most of your recipes I am able to convert. This will be another one to try YEAH!

  22. Heather

    These look yummy! Did you use a mini-muffin pan or a regular one? I just ask because my regular pan is only 12 and your picture is a 24 count pan. Thanks!!!

    1. Hi Heather, I used a regular size muffin pan 🙂 I have a very LARGE regular size muffin pan that I got from William Sonoma, use it all the time 🙂

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