Mint Kissed Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

Soft and dreamy hot chocolate cupcakes topped with marshmallows and filled with melted Heshey’s Mint Kiss centers. A kid-friendly, easy cupcake recipe!

I had so much fun creating this hot chocolate 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 in a mug

Mint Kissed Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

These dreamy hot chocolate cupcakes are topped with marshmallows and filled with melted Heshey's Mint Kiss centers. A kid-friendly, easy cupcake recipe!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 23 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings: 24 cupcakes
Calories: 203kcal
Author: Jenny
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  • 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


  • 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.


Calories: 203kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 208mg | Potassium: 83mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 99IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords: chocolate cupcake recipe, chocolate cupcakes, easy dessert recipes, quick dessert recipes


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

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69 Responses
  1. Kristi @ Cherry Jasmine

    These look delicious! I was wondering what I was going to do with the Mint Hersheys Kisses I bought! Now I know – I can’t wait to try these.

  2. 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.

  3. Jessi

    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

  4. Jennifer

    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!

  5. Feast on the Cheap

    How creative! It’s snowing cats and dogs here, so I know one thing I’d like to make later. Is 8AM too early for a hot chocolate cupcake?

  6. Cathi

    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???

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. Becca Wong

    Omgosh, I’m sitting in bed on my laptop.. and I see THIS on my dashboard! You should know that I’m literally drooling right now.. Delicious!

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Juliana from NC

    Yummm.. adding these to my holiday baking rotation.. thanks for sharing! Happy Holidays!

  14. Mads

    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 🙂

  15. 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!

  16. 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!

  17. 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!!

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