Rocky Road Cupcakes

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By Stefani Pollack

Take the road less traveled and enjoy a rocky road dessert found outside of your supermarket ice cream freezer. Start with a milk chocolate brownie cupcake, add more chocolate (in the form of mini chocolate chips), mini marshmallows, and chopped almonds and you’ve got a crowd-pleasing rocky road cupcake.  To make it unforgettable, add a chocolate meringue frosting toasted with a culinary torch (or your broiler)!

Yield: 18 cupcakes



2 cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
¾ cup cocoa powder
¾ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/3 cup sugar
2 large eggs
2/3 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup milk
½ cup mini marshmallows
½ cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
½ cup almonds, loosely chopped


Preheat oven to 350 F.

Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cocoa powder in a medium-sized bowl.

Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy.

Beat in eggs, sour cream, vanilla, and milk until blended.

Mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients until just combined.

Fold in marshmallows, chocolate chips, and almonds.

Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full.

Bake for twenty-five minutes or until a toothpick comes out dry.

Chocolate Meringue Frosting


2 egg whites
½ cup sugar
2 teaspoons cocoa powder
18 almonds, mini marshmallows, and chocolate pieces for decoration


Combine the egg whites and sugar in the mixing bowl of a stand mixer.

Set mixing bowl on top of a pot of boiling water.

Whisk until sugar has reached 110 F on a candy thermometer.

Remove mixing bowl from the pot and place on mixer.

Whisk for 10 minutes on medium speed using the whisk attachment.

Whisk on high speed for another five minutes (you should see stiff glossy peaks).

Whisk in cocoa powder until just integrated.

Spoon onto cupcakes.

Top each cupcake with an almond, marshmallow, and piece of chocolate.

Toast the meringue and marshmallow using a culinary torch or placing under your oven broiler for just a quick second. Make sure to not walk away as these will toast fast.

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I had been looking for a rocky road recipe for the longest! The first time i had one i feel in love with them. But i lost the recipe :( so im hopin this one is even better!

By jaida mccanelley on February 04, 2012



By Anonymous on April 14, 2011

Rocky Road is my favorite ice cream flavor, could the Rocky Road cupcakes with the ice cream be too over the top?  Can’t wait to try it and see.  Thanks Paula, you are such a creative cook.  Love your recipes.

By Tammy on September 29, 2010

Ok, so, this sounds good enough for me to drag the big mixer out and recruit my grandsons for a bake-fest this weekend!!
Thank you for sharing the recipes. I have nearly all of your cookbooks and rarely miss your show. You are truly an inspiration!!

By Sharon Russell on August 17, 2010

Another way to ice this would be to pull them out just as they are done and put a LARGE Marshmallow on top and put it under (low) broil till it toasts and melts down a bit.

By Ellen Collin on August 17, 2010

This sounds like a Grandma’s Day is coming soon.

So that my little Grandchildren & I can make your

“Rocky Road Cupcakes”  they sound scrumptious!!!

By Kris Kruse on May 18, 2010

it’s great i like all your recipes paula .you’re amazing woman i can feel through your acts and your smile that the life is beautiful.this recipe is very good for my kids frirnds.thank you.

By eleonore elian on February 18, 2010

I just thought i would say yummmmmmy oh my its a fun treat to fix for my grandbabies and of course my grandbabies just have to help, but its all good and its all fun thanks for giving me and my babies something fun to make together

Love you Paula Deen


By carol chaffin on February 18, 2010

Oh…my…goodness! Must make them soon!!!

By Linnie on February 18, 2010

I just finished reading the recipe for ROCKY ROAD CUPCAKES. They sound absolutely delicious and I can’t wait to try them on my family. Thank you so much Paula!!!!

By Karen Pickle on February 18, 2010

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love the table paula would look good on my new patio. so glad you are back. I hope to get there to see you in person one day.i will start tomorrow to find the patern form the tablecloth.
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