National Cupcake Day; Hot Chocolate Peppermint Mousse Cupcakes

Tomorrow, December 15th, is National Cupcake Day!!! That has to be the best food holiday ever! This is the one time I wished I lived in a major city, so I could visit all the amazing cupcake stores in one day! Instead, I will celebrate with myself and force my boyfriend to eat cupcakes with me; it shouldn’t be too hard.

I am celebrating National Cupcake Day with Hot Chocolate Peppermint Mousse filled cupcakes with White Chocolate Swiss Meringue Buttercream.

Hot Chocolate Peppermint Mousse filled cupcakes with White Chocolate Swiss Meringue Buttercream

I am bursting at the seams to make dozens and dozens of holiday cupcakes: so many flavors, so many combinations.  Last weekend, I was playing around with flavored whipped creams, so I decided to create a cupcake based around chocolate and peppermint.

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Hot Chocolate Whipped Cream

Homemade whipped cream has to be one of the tastiest, easiest additions to any dessert. This holiday season, I find myself experimenting with all different flavors of whipped cream. I wanted to share this one with you since the season of hot chocolate is upon us and it is a twist on your normal chocolate whipped cream! It makes a great cupcake filling too!

Whipped Chocolaty goodness

Whipped Chocolaty goodness

Hot Chocolate Whipped Cream
Makes about 2 cups

1 C heavy whipping cream

½ C hot chocolate mix

Place metal bowl and whisk in freezer for about 15 minutes so they are good and cold. Pour heavy whipping cream into mixing bowl and beat on high for 2 minutes. Add hot cocoa mix and continue to beat until stiff peaks form. Keep Refrigerated.

The type of hot chocolate you use will affect the taste. For a richer, dark chocolate taste, I recommend Ghirardelli Double Chocolate Hot Cocoa mix. I also tried this with Swiss Mix hot chocolate packets. I used 3 packets, which equaled ½ C. The Swiss Mix version was equally as good, especially if you prefer the taste of Swiss Mix hot chocolate.

You can also mix it up with some peppermint extract or a different flavor of you choice, which I will be sharing next week! It makes a great filling or alternative frosting for cupcakes and other desserts!

I am entering this Hot Chocolate Whipped Cream recipe in the Creative Holiday Recipe Contest hosted by Confessions of a Cookbook Queen and Cookies and Cups! Check it out!

Here is an idea for you to use hot chocolate whipped cream for! Click here for Hot Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes.