Red Velvet Hot Cocoa + Cream Cheese Frosting Marshmallows

I have a holiday recipe to share with you that’s inspired by two of my favorite treats. Hot cocoa, and red velvet. Earlier this year I combined the two to create a decadent and delicious cocoa mix perfect for sipping and gifting. And since its been a top rated search topic on Posh Little Designs in the last few months I thought it would be a good time to revisit the old recipe and add a new twist in the form of a cream cheese frosting marshmallow. This is truly a match made in holiday heaven!

Red velvet hot cocoa mix

Red Velvet Hot Cocoa Mix

The secret to this cocoa is the addition of the red velvet cake mix. It adds the richness and red coloring that red velvet cake is so famously known for.


3/4 Cup Dry Milk Powder

1/4 Cup + 2 tablespoons Natural Unsweetened Hershey’s Bakers Powder

1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar

1/2 Cup Red Velvet Cake Mix (I prefer a quality all natural brand such as Barefoot Contessa)

1 Pint size Mason Jar.


Measure each ingredient and layer in mason jar.

Seal and decorate for a holiday gift your friends and family will love.


Add an instruction tag to each jar of hot cocoa mix.

For preparation: dump entire jar of hot cocoa into a bowl and mix well.

Add 1/4 cup of blended mix to mug and top with 1 cup boiling water.

For a richer hot cocoa add boiling milk instead of water.

Top with homemade cream cheese frosting marshmallows (recipe follows).

Red Velvet Hot Cocoa

Cream Cheese frosting Marshmallows

The cream cheese adds a subtle tang that will remind you of the frosting on a red velvet cake.

3/4 cup of water divided

3 (.25 ounce) packages unflavored gelatin

3 oz light cream cheese softened

2 cups white sugar

1 dash of vanilla extract

1/4 cup cornstarch

1/4 cup powdered sugar


Line a 9×9 inch baking dish with plastic wrap that’s sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Spray additional piece of plastic wrap to cover the top and set aside.

Place 1/2 cup of water in the bowl of an electric mixer and add gelatin to water to soak.

While gelatin is soaking add remaining 1/4 cup water, and white sugar to sauce pan. Bring mixture to boil over medium heat for 1 minute. Add in softened cream cheese stirring until completely dissolved.

Pour hot sugar and cream cheese mixture into gelatin and beat on high using a whisk attachment. Beat for 12 minutes until mix is fluffy and forms stiff peaks. Add in dash of vanilla extract and mix until combined.

Pour mixture into baking dish using a greased spatula to smooth top. Cover marshmallow mixture with remaining prepared plastic wrap, pressing down lightly to seal.

Allow to rest for 4 hours, or overnight.

When marshmallows have set, mix together cornstarch and powdered sugar in a dish. Using greased knife, or cookie cutter to cut the marshmallows and then dredge lightly in the cornstarch mixture.

If packaging the marshmallows for gifts be certain that they are stored in an airtight container. Keep time is 2 weeks.

Red Velvet Hot Cocoa

Check back soon for more posh inspiration, plus holiday gift ideas and recipes.


This concept and recipe was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs.


4 thoughts on “Red Velvet Hot Cocoa + Cream Cheese Frosting Marshmallows

  1. OMGoodness, just plain Yummy! I enjoyed this treat the first time you made it and I love the new twist. I’m always bragging to my students about what a pash and fabulous crafter you are and I usually mention this wintery treat. 🙂

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