Hot Chocolate Whipped Cream

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This Hot Chocolate Whipped Cream is the BEST whipped cream I’ve ever made. There are ONLY TWO simple ingredients in this Chocolate Whipped Cream. It’s so simple to make and it makes the perfect topping for cakes, cupcakes and even hot chocolate!


A mason jar full of swirls of hot chocolate whipped cream with the piping bag laying next to it

Homemade whipped cream has to be one of the tastiest, easiest additions to any dessert and I love experimenting with all different flavors of whipped cream.

This Hot Chocolate Whipped Cream is a twist on a traditional chocolate whipped cream recipe!

The great thing about a hot chocolate whipped cream vs a regular chocolate whipped cream is that hot chocolate version tends to be smoother and more milkier. This is because cocoa powder is unsweetened and can be bitter if too much is used without something like vanilla extract or powdered sugar for added sweetness.

A wire whisk with whips of hot chocolate whipped cream on top

Have you ever been intimidated to make whipped cream? Maybe it was not stiff enough, or maybe it wilted after a few hours leaving you with a soupy mesh.

I’ve been there- trust me. It something that seems so simple to make yet why doesn’t it work all the time?

I’ve made hundreds, maybe even thousands of batches of whipped cream, I could talk about it all day long, so let me share with you how you can make this amazing whipped cream recipe.

A piping bag with a swirl of hot chocolate whipped cream piped out onto the table

How to Make Hot Chocolate Whipped Cream

  • There are two simple ingredients: Heavy Whipping Cream & Powdered Hot Chocolate Mix – the same kind you would use to make yourself a hot chocolate at home.
  • I’ve played around with varying types of hot chocolate mix including Ghirardelli and a more traditional Swiss Miss packets. You’ll definitely want to use a quality hot chocolate mix since that is the primary taste in this whipped cream, but really any of them will work.
  • Hot chocolate is meant to dissolve in liquid, so it may seem grainy in texture at first, but as it sets, it will be smoother.
  • You can spread this on a cake or it’s also great for piping too. I find I am most successful piping cupcakes when I have quality piping bagsand my jumbo piping tips. Otherwise, just grab a spoon and dig right in! No one is judging over here.

A close up shot of chocolate whipped cream piped onto a white plate with a gold rim

Tips to make the best whipped cream

  • Make sure your ingredients and your bowls and whisks are COLD. I always recommend throwing the bowl and the whisk in the freezer or fridge for 5-10 minutes. I prefer to use a metal mixing bowl because it stays colder.
  • Whipped cream needs to be whipped at high speeds- the slower you go, the longer it will take but also the weaker the whipped cream will be.
  • Don’t add the hot chocolate until you have soft peaks- this will help the whipped cream go from soft to stiff peaks once you mix in the hot chocolate
  • Use it right away, don’t store it in a container- Whether you’re frosting a cake or cupcake, it’s always best to pipe it right away, even if you aren’t eating the dessert right away. If you leave it in the bowl, it will start to wilt over time.

Sharing even more tips about making whipped cream on my post for How to Make Whipped Cream.

A teal dish filled with piped whipped cream

What the difference between heavy cream and heavy whipping cream?

While heavy cream and heavy whipping cream are nearly the same, both containing milkfat of at least 36%, heavy whipping cream is better for making whipped cream because it holds it shape much better. Heavy whipping cream also seems to be a bit thicker, I only use heavy whipping cream.

Can I use a hand mixer?

Yes, you can use a hand mixer but it makes it harder to get the same stiffness that you can achieve with a stand mixer because the stand mixer has more power.You will need to spend more time whipping the cream if you are using a hand mixer.

Can I make this ahead of time?

Yes, you can make it ahead if time, but it’s always best to pipe it (or spread it) right away, even if you aren’t eating the dessert immediately. If you leave it in the bowl, it will start to wilt over time.

I’ve also played around with various versions of flavored hot chocolate including cake batter and cinnamon maple. The hot chocolate whipped cream and cake batter version are more mousse-like in texture than a traditional whipped cream. Due to the amount of powdered ingredients involved, it becomes much thicker.

Ever since I’ve first made my hot chocolate whipped cream, I’ve found various ways to incorporate it into my baked goods. It makes a great topping for cakes and cupcakes and even cookies.

A close up shot of a glass mason jar piped full of hot chocolate whipped cream

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A mason jar full of swirls of hot chocolate whipped cream with the piping bag laying next to it

Hot Chocolate Whipped Cream

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Makes about 2 cups


This Hot Chocolate Whipped Cream is the BEST whipped cream I’ve ever made. There are ONLY TWO simple ingredients in this Chocolate Whipped Cream. It’s so simple to make and it makes the perfect topping for cakes, cupcakes and even hot chocolate!


  • 1 C heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup (3 packets) powdered hot chocolate mix


  1. Place metal bowl and whisk in freezer for about 15 minutes so they are good and cold. Pour the heavy whipping cream into mixing bowl and beat on high for 2 minutes or until soft peaks form.
  2. Add hot cocoa mix, mixing on low speed just until incorporated and then increase speed to high and continue to beat until stiff peaks form. Use right away and then 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.
  • 3 packets equals ½ cup
  • 1 packet is equal to .73oz or 2 1/2 tablespoons which is a little less than 1/4 cup
  • Use a piping bag to frost cupcakes or cookies or spread over cooled cakes.
  • Category: Frosting

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49 Responses
  1. Katyy

    Hi this recipe is exactly what I’ve been looking for a filling for my cupcakes for a potluck. I want to do the hot chocolate peppermint. Can you please tell me what to use and how much to get thr peppermint flavor? Thank you

    1. Beyond Frosting

      Hi Katyy, I would start with maybe 1/4 teaspoon and then add 1/4 teaspoon at a time until you like the flavor. Peppermint can be a little over bearing so I think it’s best to ease your way in!

  2. Ellen

    Hi there, just would like to know how many cups will this produce after whipping or like how many 3oz cupcakes can it cover? I am now very eager to try this one, looks so yummmmyyyy!

  3. hi

    Hi what do you mean by hot cocoa ? In australia hot cocoa is.milk and quick chocolate and you heat it up to.make hot chocolate? .

    1. Beyond Frosting

      Hi Ely. Yes, you can use Cocoa powder. You will need to adjust the amount according to your desired taste buds, but you will not need as much cocoa powder as you would hot chocolate powder since the taste is much strong. Offset the bitterness of your chocolate with vanilla extract.

  4. Jamie

    Just made this trying different recipes for halloween treats. Replaced the hot chocolate with pumpkin spice (different flavored hot coco) on a rich chocolate cupcake. Turned out great! Would suggest with the pumpkin spice useing 1/3 cup rather than half it’s very sweet!

  5. Cindy

    Whipped cream can also be frozen to use at a later time. If you whipped cream is in the refrigerator, it is not going to separate.

  6. amélie


    i am from france and i don’t really understand: i was wandering if your “hot chocolate mix” is a kind of a mixture that you buy in shop or is it chocolate that you’ve melted?


    1. Beyond Frosting

      Hi there. Hot chocolate mix is powdered how chocolate that you mix with milk to make a hot chocolate. I buy it at the grocery store.

  7. BBGrammy

    I’m thinking about how whipped cream separates if you keep it overnight. Would leftover cupcakes filled with this frosting get soggy if kept in the fridge? Or does the chocolate mix stabilize the cream?

    1. Beyond Frosting

      Hi there- I believe the hot chocolate mix helps to stabilize the whipped cream. I have made this multiple time on desserts and poke cakes that are left overnight and there is no sogginess. I have also kept this in a tupperwear for 2 days and it is still good!

    1. Beyond Frosting

      Hi Robin, I have not, but I am sure it would be just fine. You could add a tiny bit of vanilla extract or unsweetened cocoa powder too.

  8. Erlene

    I absolutely LOVE your blog. I changed up your Peppermint Hot Chocolate cupcake recipe a bit and topped it with this Hot Chocolate Cream…it’s sooooo good. It was so good that I posted about it…lol. Thanks for the great recipe. It’s definitely a keeper for us.

  9. Kim

    I just recently found a recipe for stabilized whipped cream that uses cream cheese. I think I will make that and add the hot chocolate. The other combinations listed sound really good as well!

    1. beyondfrosting

      Hi Maggie, it will depend on the speed of your mixer and how cold you heavy cream it. It will take several minutes for the heavy cream to start forming from a liquid to a “solid” and then another minute or two until you see the stiff peaks form.

  10. AdvocareMama

    I’ve been making this for years! It’s also really good with ANY other powder mix! Try cappuccino powder with the whipped topping or to make it even easier i ise cool whip sometimes! A really good one on top of apple cake is to mix cool whip with hot apple cider mix! Lemonade mix is good too! The possibilities are endless! If you let it set in fridge over night it won’t be grainy!

    1. Susie

      YUM! Cappuccino on a chocolate cake or cupcakes! But couldn’t you dissolve the powder in a bit of the cream before whipping it to avoid graininess–rather than having to let it sit overnight?

      1. Beyond Frosting

        Hi Susie- I am not sure, I haven’t tried that before but it sounds like a great idea! The powder helps to give the whipped cream a little bit of body as well.

        1. Beyond Frosting

          Hi Melinda, I often use cocoa powder and powdered sugar to make a chocolate whipped cream so I am sure that would be fine. I would use powdered sugar instead of granulated sugar though.

  11. Charlie

    This looks so very good!

    I do have a question.

    Does the hot chocolate mix make the whipped cream grainy?

    Have a Joyful Day and a New Year filled with blessings :~D


    1. beyondfrosting

      Hi Charlie,

      At first it appears to be grainy, but if you stick it in the fridge for a bit to let it stiffen up it will go away! Thanks for stopping by!

    1. beyondfrosting

      Thank you Shelly! I am so honored you stopped by! Thanks for creating such a fun contest. I recently also saw your Hot Chocolate Frosting and I can’t wait to try it!

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