One of my fondest childhood memories is sledding followed by a nice hot cup of hot chocolate (with mini marshmallows of course). Growing up, our house was on a hill with a sloping backyard. We would start at the top and see how far we could get. There was one time that I just kept on going – into the neighbor’s backyard, through their bushes, and *almost* over a 30 foot cliff down into the creek. I had desperately clung to tall weeds to keep myself from going over. I remember losing my boot as I climbed back out through the bushes and trees. It’s funny the things we remember.
Sledding was some of the best times my sister and I had together. And now we get to enjoy it with our kids. My son – the one with no fear – wanted to be just like the big kids and go down the hill headfirst. So we put the kiddo on the sled and let him go. Some of us were at the bottom and they were aimed towards the neighbor’s house so he couldn’t go too far. Well, this is one of those times that I should have listened to my mommy instincts. He ran right into a bush headfirst, snapping a branch off and giving himself a nice cut on the forehead. Sorry Buddy! We won’t do that again…
With all of our sledding adventures, it seems only fitting to make Hot Chocolate Cupcakes for my sister’s birthday. After all, no sledding adventure is complete without the hot chocolate.
I did a chocolate cupcake base with a whipped cream frosting and mini marshmallows on top. The frosting is whipped cream with pudding mix to help stabilize the frosting. I used vanilla pudding mix, but you could also use white chocolate pudding mix to make it white.
The whipped cream frosting is definitely the star on these hot chocolate cupcakes. I was asked for the recipe, so it must be good! You can find the frosting recipe below. I was amazed at how firm the frosting got as it sat. This is the pudding going to work! Without the pudding, whipped cream would droop as it sat.
For the cupcakes I used a classic chocolate cake. Of course the cake was great and it even went well with the frosting. My only criticism is that it didn’t scream hot chocolate. I guess sometimes just the look is enough to make a great cupcake. But, me being the perfectionist that I am, I will try a different cake recipe next time. One with cocoa should give you a cake the resembles hot chocolate a little closer. Head on over to The Cake Blog to see the cake recipe.