This Hot Cocoa Cake is the perfect thing to enjoy after a day of fun winter activities. With hot chocolate buttercream, chocolate ganache, and even mini marshmallows, this cake is sure to be a hit!
The best way to get through winter is to embrace it with the knowledge that spring will arrive again before you know it. In Minnesota, we buy warm clothing, special outdoor gear, and indoor space heaters. Then, we head outside to ice skate, sled, ski, snowboard, ice fish, snowmobile and play in the snow!
Afterward, we warm up with mugs of hot cocoa and if we are still cold, we can wrap up in warm blankets near the fireplace or by a space heater. This Hot Cocoa Cake is the perfect thing to enjoy after a day of fun winter activities!
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Where is the Hot Cocoa Cake recipe? In this post, I will share step-by-step instructions with photos for how to make the cake, as well as answering FAQs about the recipe and sharing a short video showing the recipe in motion. But you can go directly to the recipes by scrolling down to the bottom of the post.
How To Make Hot Cocoa Cake
Step One: Bake and Cool
Bake two layer cakes, allow them to cool on a wire rack. I wanted this cake to be taller and more narrow than what I could get with a 9-inch cake pan so I used these two 6-inch by 2-inch cake pans instead.
Once cooled, cut off the rounded tops with a long serrated knife so that they are somewhat level on top.
Step Two: Buttercream Frosting
Make the hot chocolate buttercream using hot chocolate mix that has been dissolved in hot cream.
Spread frosting on the first layer, add the second layer and more hot chocolate buttercream.
Next, make some buttercream frosting in whatever color you want. I used Wilton’s Teal Gel Paste from this multi-pack: I love how the gel paste food coloring gives brighter colors with less food coloring.
Spread a thin layer of frosting over the sides of the cake to create a crumb coat. Put frosting in a decorating bag and pipe a wide rim of frosting around the top of the cake.
This will become the rim of the hot cocoa mug and will hold the ganache in place. Finish frosting the cake and place in in the fridge to chill.
Step Three: Chocolate Ganache
Make the chocolate ganache by heating the cream in the microwave, pouring it over the chocolate chips and then letting it sit for a few minutes.
Pour the chocolate ganache on the top of the cake and carefully yet quickly spread it out before it sets. Top with mini marshmallows.
Step Four: Candy Cane Handle
No mug of hot chocolate is complete without a handle so finish the cake off by inserting a candy cane handle. I used a large candy cane with part of the stick broken off.
Hot Cocoa Cake FAQs
1. Can I use something else for the mug handle? Yes, I’ve also found that Twizzlers Twists works as another handle option and they come in a rainbow of colors.
2. Can I make this ahead of time? You can make it ahead of time and store it in the fridge but I would wait to add the candy cane handle.
3. Could I turn these into cupcakes? Yes, that would be a great idea! Frosting them with take a little bit longer but it would be super cute!
More Hot Chocolate Recipes To Try:
These Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups made with sugar cookie dough are filled with hot chocolate ganache, have a pretzel handle and mini marshmallows on top!
Hot Chocolate Biscotti is the perfect thing to enjoy with a cup of hot chocolate! Make this biscotti recipe to share during winter activities.
This chewy Hot Chocolate Cookies recipe is so much fun from the marshmallow cream and hot chocolate mix to the milk chocolate chips and mini marshmallows!
These one-bowl brownies by Food Network couldn’t be easier to make, and adding leftover hot chocolate mix is the perfect way to make them extra special