Gingerbread Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

Hot Chocolate Cupcakes with Gingerbread Frosting!

Chocolate cupcakes topped with gingerbread cooking frosting and PEEPS® Gingerbread-Flavored Marshmallow Men make adorable holiday cupcakes!  These toppers are just too cute and all you have to do is open the package and pull them apart!

Hot Chocolate Cupcakes with Gingerbread Frosting!

Whenever I make cupcakes for a party and really want to wow people, I make sure they they have some sort of topper. They really make any cupcakes to the next level.  But what should you top your cupcakes with?  Fresh fruit is perfect for the summer, pieces of candy bars are great for Halloween but big decorative marshmallows are exactly what you need for Christmas time!  These PEEPS® Gingerbread-Flavored Marshmallow Men were just what I needed!  There’s also some adorable PEEPS® Chocolate Mousse-Flavored Marshmallow Reindeer, so watch out for those!  And if you want a discount code, I have that too!  SWEETINGS15 will get you 20% off!

Hot Chocolate Cupcakes with Gingerbread Frosting!

Perfect for a party!  You could even serve these with hot chocolate and guests could pull off the marshmallows and pop them into their drinks!

Hot Chocolate Cupcakes with Gingerbread Frosting!

I crushed up gingerbread cookies for the frosting, I like doing that because it adds texture and flavor.  But you can just add a little bit of ginger or leave it plain and let the gingerbread man on top do all the work!

Hot Chocolate Cupcakes with Gingerbread Frosting!

These Gingerbread Hot Chocolate Cupcakes are just what you need to kick off the Christmas season!

Gingerbread Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

Gingerbread Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

Ingredients

HOT CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES:
1 (15.25 oz) box chocolate cake mix
3 eggs
½ C. melted butter
½ C. sour cream
¾ C. milk
FROSTING:
1 C. unsalted butter, softened
3 C. powdered sugar (more if needed)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/3 C. gingerbread cookies, crushed in a blender
Gingerbread PEEPS®

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line pans with cupcake liners.
2. Combine cake mix, eggs, melted butter, sour cream and milk until smooth.
3. Fill cupcake liners ¾ full and bake for 15-20 minutes or until an inserted knife comes out clean.
4. Let cool.
5. Gingerbread Frosting: Beat butter until smooth. Add 2 cups powdered sugar, vanilla extract and finely crushed gingerbread cookies. Slowly add in more powdered sugar until you reach your desired consistency. If it gets too thick, add in 1 tablespoon of milk.
6. Frost your cooled cupcakes and top with Gingerbread PEEPS!
NOTE: I crushed my cookies with a blender and then sifted them so that I only used the fine pieces. This way, I could pipe the frosting out with no clumps. If you don’t want to use cookies, you can add a little cinnamon and ginger to the frosting instead!

This post was sponsored by PEEPS® but the recipe and all opinions are my own!

7 thoughts on “Gingerbread Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

  1. 1
    Roxana says:

    Lizzy, these cupcakes are SO adorable! I’m all over that gingerbread frosting, oh my goodness! 😀

  2. 2

    These are too adorable. And I love this flavor combo!!

  3. 3

    These cupcakes are absolutely adorable! My kids will go crazy for them!

  4. 4

    These would be a huge hit at our house, we all love gingerbread!

  5. 5

    These are adorable! My kids would love them 🙂

  6. 6

    If you’re serving these at a party, I’d definitely want to come! Those toppers are just so cute! I love your idea for adding crushed cookies on top, too… Gingerbread is my favorite holiday flavor, so the more I can eat, the better! 🙂

  7. 7
    Patty K says:

    How cute are these!!! I haven’t seen these peeps around. Hoping they’ll be on sale now since Christmas has passed.

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