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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

  • 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. 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. 😀

  2. 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!!

  3. 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!

  4. Vera Zecevic-Cupcakes Garden

    Very creative idea, it must be so delicious. Perfect sweet for cold weather.I’ve featured this recipe on my blog, hoping that you don’t mind, but if you do, please contact me and I’ll remove it. All the best.

  5. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    Agreed, Thanksgiving marks the start of winter for all intent and purpose.

  6. 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.” 😉

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