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Yummy Fixins: Festive cupcakes for holiday season (recipe)

Arica Davis
Yummy Fixins

Are you looking for a yummy dessert to serve at your holiday gathering? Or maybe just an excuse to make cupcakes?

Here is an easy recipe perfect for the holidays!

Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

Makes 18-24 cupcakes

Cupcakes

1 box dark chocolate cake mix

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1 tablespoon flour (for high altitude cooking)

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

3 eggs

½ cup vegetable oil

1 cup of water

Marshmallows

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two 12-cup muffin tins with paper liners and spray the liners with non-stick spray.

Combine the cake mix, flour and cocoa powder in a mixing bowl.

Crack the eggs into a separate bowl along with the vegetable oil and water, whisk to combine.

Combine wet and dry ingredients together and mix well.

Pour the batter into the lined muffin tins, filling them about three-fourths full. Press one marshmallow into the center of each cupcake, making sure it's covered in batter.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until springy and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Let the cupcakes cool slightly, then transfer them to a rack to cool completely.

Icing

4 cups of powdered sugar

1 cup unsalted butter, softened

1 tablespoon milk

1 ¼ teaspoon of peppermint extract or peppermint schnapps

Add powdered sugar, softened butter, milk and peppermint extract (or schnapps) in a large mixing bowl or stand mixer. Beat on low until powdered sugar is incorporated.

Then move mixer up to medium-high speed. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often. If it is too dry add a splash more milk.

Place the icing into a piping bag with an icing tip. Frost cupcakes as desired and garnish with hot cocoa toppings. Enjoy!

Toppings

Crushed candy canes

Marshmallows

Chef Arica Davis is owner/operator of Yummy Fixins, Personal Chef Services and Pasta Parties. Visit http://www.yummyfixins.com to book your next dinner party.