Chocolate may be my biggest weakness, second only to cheesecake (that recipe is coming soon). I wanted to stir things up from the normal cupcakes and do something easy and tasty for the kids without making them overindulgent. These chocolate and white chocolate chip mini cupcakes with Nesquik buttercream are cute and easy to pack in a small container for the kids to take for lunch and small enough that I don’t feel guilty that I am sending them for lunch. I have been drinking Nesquik my entire life.
Since I was little, this was the best (and cheapest) way to enjoy a nice glass of chocolate milk. I also didn’t really like plain milk as a kid either so this also helped me up my milk intake as well. My kids now love their chocolate milk but as a mom trying to make better choices, Nesquik is still a good choice for me and my family. They even decreased the sugar content by 25% and it’s iron fortified too. I remember telling my kids that it’s “the fun way to get them to drink more milk”. The chocolate syrup is fortified with iron and the powder is fortified with iron and vitamins A, B, and C. What I love most about these is that they are small and the perfect size for a snack any time of the day, unlike full-sized cupcakes that can be too much for my kids.
These cupcakes were super easy to do and my kids absolutely loved them. I also like that they weren’t overly sweet even with the buttercream. This is the perfect recipe for school bakes sales as one batch yields about 60 mini cupcakes. I hope you enjoy them as much as we did.
Mini Chocolate Cupcake Ingredients and Instructions
Preheat oven to 350°C (makes approx. 60 mini cupcakes)
Chocolate Cupcake Batter Ingredients
2 3/4 cup cake & pastry flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup Nesquik powder
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup soft shortening
1 cup milk
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup white chocolate chips
Mix shortening, sugar, vanilla and eggs together for 1-2 minutes with a mixer on medium. In a separate bowl, sift flour, Nesquik, baking powder and salt together. Add slowly to the egg mixture while pouring in the milk a little at a time, until well blended. Add in the chocolate chips and mix thoroughly. Line a mini cupcake pan with liners and add a little batter to each until 3/4 full. Place in preheated over and bake for 16 minutes. Remove from pan to a cooling rack to cool completely before icing.
Chocolate Nesquik Buttercream
3 tbsp margarine, softened
1 1/2 cups icing sugar
1/2 cup Nesquik powder
1 1/2-4 tbsp of milk (depends on how thick you want it)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Nesquik syrup to drizzle over top
Combine the margarine, Nesquik, vanilla, and icing sugar together while slowly adding milk until you reach your desired consistency. Place into a cake decorating bag and decorate the cupcakes anyway you would like. You can also just spread the icing on the cupcake as well. Add a few white chocolate chips on top and drizzle with some Nesquik syrup.
The final product was so good and the perfect snack for after school or even as a lunch box treat.
Did you like Nesquik as a child?
Disclosure: This post for my mini chocolate cupcakes, was sponsored by Nestlé however, my opinions are completely my own and based on my own personal experiences.