hot cocoa cupcakes inspired by the Starbucks hot cocoa pack

Hot Cocoa Cupcakes

Hot Cocoa mix packs are used to create rich chocolate cucpcakes that’ll satisfy your sweet tooth!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Cooling / Chilling Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cupcakes with hot chocolate powder, hot chocolate cupcake recipe, hot cocoa cupcake recipe, hot cocoa cupcakes
Servings: 6 cupcakes
Calories: 244kcal


  • 1 Large Mixing Bowl
  • 1 small or medium bowl
  • 1 6-cup muffin tin
  • 6 cupcake liners


  • ¾ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup Starbucks Hot Cocoa Mix
  • ½ Tbsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter melted + cooled
  • 1 large egg room temperature
  • ½ Tbsp. Madagascar vanilla bean extract
  • cup milk we used unsweetened almond vanilla
  • ¼ cup baking chips we used cream cheese, but feel free to go with whatever you like!


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Spray or line a 6-muffin cup tin.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together sugar, flour, hot cocoa mix, baking powder, and salt.
  • In another smaller bowl, whisk together eggs, vanilla, milk, and melted butter. (CRITICAL that the melted butter is cool before adding.)
  • Using a rubber spatula, fold the egg mixture into the flour mix.
  • Deposit 1 Tbsp. of batter into each muffin cup. Add chocolate chips to the remaining batter in the bowl and fold in. Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups.
  • Bake 15 – 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Let cool in muffin tin for 5 – 10 minutes before removing from the tin and transferring to a wire rack to fully cool.



Calories: 244kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 272mg | Potassium: 96mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 308IU | Calcium: 108mg | Iron: 2mg
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