This is a bread I made up for Morgan because she loves hot cocoa so much. As soon as the first cold day hits, she is pulling out the hot cocoa and piling on the marshmallows. She is a hot cocoa lover, and has been since she was a little girl and it snowed one time for like five minutes in Texas. I ran and woke all the kids up so they could witness the event then gave them all hot cocoa. By the time they drank it, the snow had melted and it was 100 degrees again. (I’m exaggerating. But only slightly.)
I love this series of pictures of Morgan from last winter.
Notice the gigantic mug of hot cocoa.
But why must hot cocoa only be in a mug? She can have hot cocoa bread, too. And so can you!
How to make Hot Cocoa Bread:
1/2 cup cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cups cocoa powder
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup mini marshmallows
Combine cream cheese, butter, and sugar. Cream with a mixer. Add egg and vanilla. Mix again. Add the cocoa powder and about 1/2 cup of the buttermilk; mix well. Add all the remaining ingredients (except the marshmallows) and stir to combine. Stir in the marshmallows.
(If you don’t have mini marshmallows, you can cut up big marshmallows.) Spoon into a greased loaf pan. This makes a large loaf–use your largest loaf pan.
Bake at 350-degrees for one hour.
Makes one delicious hot chocolaty loaf! Goes good with a cup of hot cocoa.
*Try these in mini-loaves for holiday gift-giving! (How long it would take to bake would depend on your mini-loaf pan size. Probably 20-30 minutes.)
See this recipe at Farm Bell Recipes and save it to your recipe box.
Suzanne, the bread looks sooooo yummy!!! I will have to make this soon, my Son Sam will love it!!! Thank YOU!! :duck:
On November 4, 2010 at 1:16 am
Mmm, looks good! You know, you can make marshmallows yourself! I saw a recipe here:
I’m afraid it is in Swedish, though.
I have to see if I can find a similar recipe in English.
On November 4, 2010 at 3:13 am
Tracey In Paradise,Pa. says:
:woof: Looks yummo…going to make this today for the granny monsters afterschool.
Hugs Granny Trace
On November 4, 2010 at 6:04 am
Morgan is one very lucky girl. It looks wonderful!
On November 4, 2010 at 6:13 am
Okay, heading to the kitchen….:-)
On November 4, 2010 at 7:34 am
Praire Mother says:
That looks wonderful. I just have to get the cream cheese and tomorrow it will be on our table.
On November 4, 2010 at 8:18 am
:hungry2: OoooooOH, the hot cocoa bread looks sooo good and the pics of Morgan and her cocoa are soooo cute! I will be making this soon, the little ones should luv it. I love the idea of mini loaves to gift!!! Thanks for the great recipe! :hungry:
On November 4, 2010 at 8:41 am
Linda Segerson says:
I know some chocolate lovers in my family that will love this…thanks!
On November 4, 2010 at 8:54 am
Oh girl, that looks good! Morgan’s a lucky kid.
On November 4, 2010 at 8:55 am
That DOES look YUMMY!!
Funny thing, though, since becoming “adult,” I still LOVE hot cocoa, but prefer topping it with whipped cream. Hmmm.
On November 4, 2010 at 9:10 am
Hmmm……..since becoming an adult I prefer my hot cocoa with kahlua. 😉 Perhaps I should try that in the bread too….
On November 4, 2010 at 9:49 am
Andrea the Kitchen Witch says:
What a great idea!! I have a hot chocolate lover on my hands too, this loaf is a must make! Thanks for the awesome recipe and idea 🙂
On November 4, 2010 at 9:52 am
My girls will LOVE this! I’m going grocery shopping today and will be sure to get all the goodies to make it. I’m thinking a basket with 2 mugs, homemade hot cocoa mix, chocolate dipped spoons and hot cocoa bread will make a super good gift this Christmas 🙂
On November 4, 2010 at 10:09 am
That mug is as big as her head. I love it.
On November 4, 2010 at 10:22 am
I love hot cocoa and can’t wait to try this bread too. My church bazaar is this weekend. I am already signed up to bring some baked goods, I think I will be taking this too!
On November 4, 2010 at 10:41 am
Oh, man… I’m droolin’. :smilerabbit: That is one purty lookin’ bread! I’m gonna hafta make one purty soon cuz my boys are hot chocolate lovers too! :hungry:
On November 4, 2010 at 10:47 am
Melissa Marsh says:
My mouth is watering. Holy cow. That looks amazing!
On November 4, 2010 at 11:34 am
WOW – cream cheese plus chocolate – this one’s gotta be a keeper!
BTW, Morgan looks like a younger [only slightly] version of you 🙂
On November 4, 2010 at 11:47 am
Kelly A says:
Okay so, I am bit lazy and don’t want to go to the store. So I made some ricotta and seeing how that works, I will come and update when it is done!
( I also may have stolen the marshmellow packets out of the box of cocoa mother in law bought the kids………))
On November 4, 2010 at 12:02 pm
I found this homemade marshmallow recipe in English: https://www.cooksunited.co.uk/recipes/623961258387311/Homemade-Marshmallows.html :hungry:
On November 4, 2010 at 12:40 pm
OH MY GOD! Now you know posts like these are going to throw my diet right off!
Gonna make it anyway!
On November 4, 2010 at 3:26 pm
wow. just wow.
looks like it would make delicious muffins, too.
On November 4, 2010 at 4:05 pm
Thanks to you, I have now drooled all over the screen of my laptop!
On November 4, 2010 at 4:15 pm
Kelly A says:
so the Ricotta worked out great! It is a delicious bread, considering having some with vanilla ice cream.
On November 4, 2010 at 5:00 pm
Suzanne McMinn says:
I’m glad you like it, Kelly!
On November 4, 2010 at 5:05 pm
I will definitely make this one once it cools down a little bit. With 86 degrees outside (CA) I am not really in the mood for hot chocolate right now. But it looks so yummy, I might change my mind and bake it for the weekend. It is supposed to cool down a bit anyway. Reason enough to try it out, I think …. :sun:
On November 4, 2010 at 6:49 pm
My goodness, that looks good…. it’s a definite on my list of items for the bake sale table at the church fair next month. How could anyone resist such a thing!!
Thanks you for sharing the recipe!
Ruth in NH
On November 4, 2010 at 7:02 pm
Christina Leonhardt says:
The real question and test is did Morgan love it as much as the hot cocoa?
On November 4, 2010 at 7:15 pm
mmmmmmmmmm~mmmmmmmmmmmmm………I’ll have to try this soon.
Love Morgan’s photo~shoot…she looks like such a happy girl (:
On November 4, 2010 at 7:22 pm
KC Hobgood says:
Oh my that does look good. Can’t help but notice its a cousin of Irish soda bread with the baking soda and butter milk for the rise. Have you considered making it with with soft cake flour instead of AP flour. It should work very well. BTW if you can make buttermilk biscuits with cake flour you have all the basics to make soda bread and scones too. Its all in how you cut the dough. Thanks for the amazing recipe.
On November 4, 2010 at 7:45 pm
Made this tonight and served it a la mode with our homemade ‘Old Fashioned Vanilla Ice Cream’ from our BEST Jersey cow! I must say, it was a HIT!
On November 4, 2010 at 9:43 pm
B. Ruth says:
That’s a lot of cocoa it must truly have a hot cocoa flavor..and must make a huge loaf….sounds great…
Would black walnuts ruin the flavor…do you think?
On November 4, 2010 at 9:52 pm
Suzanne McMinn says:
B. Ruth, I think it would be good with black walnuts!
On November 5, 2010 at 6:39 am
Now that is a cold day treat I am going to make.
<3 :woof: :woof:
On November 5, 2010 at 2:10 am
Made this tonight but I’m wondering why my marshmallows melted completely and yours didn’t? It tastes good still but I was hoping for some yummy warm marshmallows in there.
On November 5, 2010 at 11:55 pm
Suzanne McMinn says:
Tannis, some of mine melted, but most didn’t. I’m curious to try it in muffins and mini loaves because I think it’s the long bake that makes some of them melt.
On November 6, 2010 at 5:19 am
Sarah K, says:
I made this today, and loved it! I baked it in mini loafs, and my marshmallows melted too. I think this would turn out great as a cake. Add some graham crackers, and you could have a smores cake.
On November 6, 2010 at 9:19 pm
Me and my two youngest (2 and 4) made this today! My 4 year old daughter is a hot chocolate addict, so I thought this would be fun for her. Turned out great, our mini-marshmallows melted though, and I didn’t have buttermilk, so I used lemon juice+milk.
I bet this would be adorable baked in big oversized mugs. My loaf pan didn’t quite hold all the batter, so I used a couple small round baking dishes/ramekins and just took those ones out earlier than the loaf pan – they turned out fine!
Thanks for the recipe!
On November 10, 2010 at 1:02 pm
Jan J. says:
This looks REALLY yummy! I have never seen a chocolate bread but I sure want to try this one!
On November 11, 2010 at 4:07 am
Kelly A says:
So Husband and I decided to make a “hot cocoa” basket for christmas gifts. a Jar of this bread if I can manage it, and I am going to find a nice homemade cocoa powder too.
I will be experimenting though. I use buttermilk powder, which I reconstituted for this recipe, but to try it for the can, I am going to just add the powder, and then add plain water and see how it works out.
On November 15, 2010 at 11:43 am
Made this today and LOVE it!!! I made the mini loaves. Cooked it for 25 minutes and the toothpick came out clean. My only problem is that the centers collapsed while cooling. Did I do something wrong or do you know what I can do different to keep them from collapsing?? Thanks Suzanne. BTW I LOVE your blog. I read it daily (sometimes more then once) also my 12 yr old daughter loves to hear the clover stories and your other posts. Thank you!!!!!
On December 12, 2010 at 5:08 pm