Hot Chocolate Glazed Cupcakes



My son’s school requires a parent to cater snack for an entire week for an entire class twice a year. Might sound laborious when you have 25 little mouths to feed, but at least, you’re making sure the children get top-notch snacks.

Along with fruits and veggies, I try to bring a little extra (healthy) sweetness to their mornings. One morning it was oatmeal raisin cookies, one morning mini-croissants, and one, cupcakes (of course!). On Adam’s instructions, they were chocolate. His words upon taste-testing them: “They taste like hot chocolate, Mom.”

And they did!




Makes 12-16 cupcakes


Chocolate Batter

1 cup sugar

¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 cup boiling water

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

½ cup vegetable oil

2 eggs

¼ cup heavy cream

¾ cup milk

2 cups flour


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F or 180 C and line a cupcake pan with liners of your choice.
  2. In a bowl, whisk the sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt with the boiling water.
  3. Add in the oil and mix well.
  4. Beat in the eggs, the milk, and the cream.
  5. Whisk in the flour until your batter is smooth.
  6. Divide batter between prepared liners and bake for 16-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.




Chocolate Glaze 

2 tbsp butter

¼ tsp salt

2/3 cup powdered sugar

30 g unsweetened cocoa powder

¼ cup boiling water


  1. Melt the butter in the microwave. Mix in the powdered sugar and cocoa powder.
  2. Add the salt and water and whisk until glossy.
  3. Dip cooled cupcakes into glaze.
  4. Decorate with sprinkles if desired.
  5. The glaze will harden slightly as it cools, but it won’t become solid.
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