Hot Cocoa Cupcakes with Marshmallow Buttercream Glaze #TimeToBelieve

Christmas if finally coming! Christmas time is by far my favorite time of year. I love the sights, smells and especially tastes of the holiday. Those holiday treats can really help you pack on the pounds though, so I look for simple substitutes that can be made to help shave off a little of the calories or fat and a bit of the guilt as well. These hot cocoa cupcakes with marshmallow buttercream glaze are not only adorable, but they are made with new I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter®. With 40% fewer calories and 70% less saturated far than butter, they are a tasty bite that are a little less naughty, and oh so nice.

About New I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter®

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter® has been reformulated to be even better than before. It is the first Unilever spread offered in the US to be made from non-GMO sourced ingredients. In fact, it is made from simple ingredients that you can recognize, like a blend of plat-based oils, purified water and a pinch of salt to create a real butter taste you love that can be used when cooking or baking your favorite foods.

The new I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter® was released in stores nationwide in October, and is available at a suggested retail price of $3.09 in original, light and olive oil varieties. Unilever spreads can be part of an overall healthy, balanced diet and provide a source of good fats, similar to the good fats found in avocados, walnuts and almonds. You can get more information at

Hot Cocoa Cupcakes with Marshmallow Buttercream Glaze

I wanted an adorable cupcake that I could make to take with me to holiday events. I brainstormed a few different things and got some inspiration online to come up with these hot cocoa cupcakes with marshmallow buttercream icing. I wanted to cut the calories a bit in the buttercream icing, so I just replaced regular butter with equal amounts of the new I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter®. The result was the same amazing taste with less calories and saturated fat.


For the cupcakes:

1 box cake mix
1/2 c hot cocoa mix
1 c milk
3 eggs
1/2 c oil
3/4 c sour cream
2 tbsp hot fudge sauce

For the glaze:

1 c I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter®
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 jar marshmallow fluff
1 1/4 c powdered sugar
mini marshmallows
mini chocolate chips
mini candy canes

Step 1: Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. 

Step 2: Mix all of the ingredients for the cupcakes together in one large bowl until blended well. 

Step 3: Pour the cupcake batter into a cupcake pan lined with cupcake liners and fill them 3/4 of the way full. 

Step 4: Place the cupcakes in the oven for 15 minutes or until a toothpick that is place in the center comes out clean. 

Step 5: While the cupcakes are cooking, blend together butter and vanilla in a separate bowl and slowly add in powdered sugar a 1/4 cup at a time until blended well. 

Step 6: Fold in a 1/2 jar of marshmallow fluff into the I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter® and powdered sugar mixture, until blended thoroughly, this could take some time to do, and should be done with a spoon or spatula and not a blender. 

Step 7: Remove the cupcakes from the oven and let cool. 

Step 8: Once cooled, pipe the marshmallow buttercream glaze onto the cupcakes or simply dip them into the glaze for a more rustic look. 

Step 9: Top with mini marshmallows and mini chocolate chips before inserting a mini candy cane into the side to act as a handle for your “mug” of hot cocoa. 

The new I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!® offers a fresh butter taste to add flavor to any meal, and can be used for spreading, topping, sautéing, cooking or baking. It has made a great addition to our holiday baking, and can to yours too. Check out for more baking inspiration this holiday season and try the new formula for yourself!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


    • Mini candy canes would work perfectly, I ended up not being able to find them so I had to cut down full sized candy canes. The boys didn't mind the leftover pieces though. 🙂

  1. Yep, I didn't have any problems at all. I used the same about of I Can't Believe It's Not Butter as I would regular butter and it came out great.

  2. Those look amazing. They look so fun. I 'll have to remember this for my son's classroom party after I get permission from his teacher.

  3. These are the cutest most darling cupcakes I have ever seen. I would love to make these for Christmas next year! They look easy to make and I like the design on the Cupcake paper! Thanks for sharing.

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