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Hot Chocolate Frosting

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. It’s hot cocoa in frosting form!

Hot Chocolate Frosting Recipe

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.

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.

Image of Cupcakes with Hot Chocolate Frosting

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…

Image of Hot Chocolate Mix and Heavy Cream

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…

Image of Chocolate Cream for Frosting

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

Totally standard.


Image of Pouring Chocolate Cream

Pour 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.

Image of Hot Chocolate Frosting with Mini Marshmallows on a Cupcake


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.


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Hot Chocolate Frosting

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  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Frosts 12 cupcakes 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Stove
  • 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. It’s hot cocoa in frosting form!


  • 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.


  • Serving Size: 1 cupcake
  • Calories: 196
  • Sugar: 35.9 g
  • Sodium: 120.3 mg
  • Fat: 5.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 37.4 g
  • Protein: 0.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 3.7 mg

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54 comments on “Hot Chocolate Frosting”

  1. Delicious, I added a tsp of cocoa powder to the hot cocoa mix. I also used used peppermint hot cocoa mix. It was incredible!

  2. This frosting is DELICIOUS!!! I made it with a vanilla peppermint cake and it just makes everything so yummy! I would definitely make this every holiday. Also, I used half and half instead of heavy whipping cream just to put that out there. Happy Holidays Everyone!!!

  3. 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!!! 😀

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

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