Drinks & Dessert

Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

A delicious spin on traditional chocolate, these cupcakes are baked with eggs, oil, sugar, and you guessed it - hot chocolate! Whip up these delectable desserts for your next dinner party or save them for a cozy night in. Either way, you won't be able to resist the delicious cocoa flavor!

Total Time: 40 min 

Yield: 14 cupcakes



  • 3/4 cup McSteven's Milk Chocolate Cocoa (or spice it up with one of many different McSteven's flavors!)
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk



You can use any frosting recipe you like, but here is what we used:


  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • powdered sugar
  • McSteven's Cocoa for light dusting at the end



  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Place paper liners in a cupcake tin (this recipe makes 14 regular size cupcakes). Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together McSteven's Cocoa, flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, beat together the eggs, sugar, brown sugar, vegetable oil, and vanilla until combined. 
  4. Alternate adding dry ingredients and buttermilk to the batter until both are used up. The batter will be somewhat thin. 
  5. Pour batter into prepared cupcake tin. Fill each paper liner halfway full. 
  6. Bake for 18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting. 


  1. Whip the room temperature butter on medium high speed with a whisk attachment of a stand mixer or a hand mixer for 5-7 minutes. The butter should lighten in color as you incorporate air into it. 
  2. Add in vanilla and salt, mix on low speed until incorporated.
  3. slowly mix in the sweetened condensed milk, adding 1/4 of can at a time, mixing on medium speed. Scrape down the sides of the bowl throughout the process (sometimes the sweetened condensed milk can pool at the bottom of the bowl). 
  4. Add powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time until you reach desired consistency. 
  5. Ice cupcakes, lightly dust with cocoa powder, and enjoy!