Hot Chocolate Frosting

Image of chocolate cupcake with hot chocolate frosting and mini marshmallows

Hot Chocolate Frosting is a wintertime take on traditional chocolate frosting! Made with dry hot chocolate mix, this homemade frosting is perfect for cupcakes and more. Enjoy a cupcake with a cup of hot chocolate!


Well, it’s officially cold up here in the Northeast.

And apparently winter doesn’t officially start until like December 21st or something, which coincidentally marks the end of the world… at least according to the Mayans…who I am frankly quite scared of.  I mean, they have been right a lot, I’ve heard.

Anyway, I sort of think is trash that winter doesn’t even START until December 21st.

So not only is the world gonna end, it’s gonna end BEFORE Christmas, on the official first day of winter…which in my opinion should really be the day after Thanksgiving.

Not the end of the world, the start of winter.  You still with me?

I mean, ending the world the day after Thanksgiving would seriously honk off those guys who were in line at Best Buy for 17 days before Thanksgiving.  Which would kind of be hilarious, you know if the world weren’t REALLY ending.

But Winter SHOULD start the day after Thanksgiving…right?

Nobody asks my opinion when planning these things.


Here’s my point.  It’s cold here.  And it’s already snowed.  And I can’t feel Christmasy knowing it’s still fall.

And since my mind is obviously not working at full capacity today, I will only be giving you half a recipe.

Homemade Hot Chocolate Frosting Recipe

You see those cupcakes up there?

Well, I’ll tell you how to make half of it.


Arguably the better half.

The frosting.

It’s Hot Chocolate Frosting.


Because I’ve already told you how to make the cupcakes.

How to Make Hot Chocolate Frosting:

Let’s begin.

I’ve always wanted to try mixing in hot chocolate mix to frosting.

It’s how my brain works.


But after trying a few different techniques, I’ve found that making a really thick hot chocolate and adding that to the frosting works best…

Just mix some heavy cream and hot chocolate mix in a small saucepan.  Heat it up over medium heat and stir it until it’s almost boiling.

This helps the sugar in the mix dissolve, so your frosting isn’t grainy…

PhotobucketIn your mixing bowl, mix up some butter and add in some powdered sugar..

Totally standard.


PhotobucketPour that yummy, chocolatey cream into the frosting and mix it all together.


Then pipe it all up on your cupcakes…

I topped mine with some Jet Puffed Mini Marshmallows Bits.

It’s the right thing to do.


And I happened to notice some fun hot chocolate flavors at the grocery store, like Mocha, Peppermint and even white mocha…

So many possibilities!


Again, chocolate cupcake recipe can be found HERE.



Hot Chocolate Frosting

  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 5 min
  • Total Time: 15 min
  • Yield: Frosts 12 cupcakes 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


Hot Chocolate Frosting is a wintertime take on traditional chocolate frosting! Made with dry hot chocolate mix, this homemade frosting is perfect for cupcakes and more. Enjoy a cupcake with a cup of hot chocolate!


  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup dry hot chocolate mix (without mini marshmallows)
  • 1/3 cup + 1 Tbsp heavy cream


  1. In a small saucepan combine hot chocolate mix and cream. Heat over medium until hot and steaming…not quite boiling, stirring consistently. You want the sugar in the hot chocolate to dissolve. Set aside.
  2. In large mixing bowl cream butter until smooth.
  3. Add in powdered sugar and mix until combined. It will be very dry.
  4. Turn mixer to low and slowly pour in your hot chocolate mixture. Once all is added turn mixer up to medium and beat for about a minute until light and fluffy, scarping down sides of bowl when necessary.
  5. Spread or pipe on cupcakes.

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52 Responses

  1. Dude I never thought to use hot cocoa mix in frosting because, yeah, it would be all grainy and gross.

    But this, this my friend, is magical! And with mallow bits on top! I think I just died of excitement. I know that’s kind of intense but work isn’t exactly riveting today >_<

    Love this idea though!!!

  2. I agree. Winter begins the day after Thanksgiving. It’s still warm here, though. We even opened the windows today, which is super awesome but also weird. I’ve never been able to open my windows and have a Christmas tree twinkling nearby at the same time.

    Love this frosting.

  3. I don’t care what month it is…if it’s below 40 degrees then it’s winter. End.of.story. Which, coincidentally, means it’s hot chocolate season! Win!! Although…I vote that hot chocolate buttercream should be year-round.

  4. My mom told me once to use hot chocolate mix instead of cocoa powder and was like wtheck are you talking about?! Ever since I`ve been trying to figure out ways to use hot chocolate mix, but never though hard enough. This is a great idea!

  5. Megan

    Just made these and they are DIVINE!!!!!! Used 4 packs of Nestle rich milk Chocolate flavor hot cocoa mix. Didn’t have butter so had to sub margarine and still amazing. Just ate 3. My 4 year old said “Mom, you’re bad! Don’t eat them all.” I said “I’ll try not to.” 😉

  6. Jessica

    Just made this today, and it’s fantastic! It was also my first attempt at making my own frosting, I was actually nervous to try it! But it turned out so good! I have plenty leftover (thought I would need double for the amount of cupcakes i had), now to make something to frost!

  7. Gretchen

    This looks incredibly yummy! Can’t wait for me and my daughter to try it!! Thanks for the recipe!! I think I will make mini chocolate cupcakes and put on a bunch of icing! Love the mini’s on top too!!

  8. Meg

    I just finished making this frosting. While it tastes fantastic, it has the consistency of Elmer’s glue. :-/ I halved the recipe and used part shortening, part butter. Was that my mistake? I will try this again as I’ve wanted a hot chocolate buttercream recipe for ages. Thanks for posting, I’m going to tinker around with it. 😀

  9. Beth

    I just came across this recipe while trying to find a recipe to satisfy my sweet tooth with what we had on hand. This frosting is fantastic. I felt compelled to comment as many times people will say that a recipe “looks great” and “can’t wait to try it” but there are very few, if any, actual reviews after they’ve actually made it. I used a chocolate mocha Ghirardelli mix and topped some almond cupcakes with it. I may not make chocolate frosting any other way again. Thanks!

  10. aimee elizabeth

    I was making zuchhini brownies for a summer picnic and ran out of cocoa powder making them. I wanted to do a chocolate frosting with what I had-hot cocoa-and found this recipie. Thank you so much! The frosting was so beautiful and creamy, not to mention delicious, and I ground some milk chocolate to dust over the top. They were a hit!

  11. Natalie

    This is the BEST chocolate icing EVER! The kitchen is NOT my friend and anyone who knows me knows this to be true. However, I made yellow cupcakes and THIS chocolate icing and EVERYONE could NOT believe I made them!!! The icing was a BIG hit and they were completely shocked that it was made from hot chocolate. I am making my second batch tonight…there have been requests! I am now an “overnight” success in the kitchen! LOL!!! Thank you for the post!!! 😀

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