Rocky Road Cupcakes Recipe Frosted With Toasted Chocolate Meringue
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Rocky Road Cupcakes

Rocky Road cupcakes start with a milk chocolate brownie cupcake, then add mix-ins of mini chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, and chopped almonds. To make the rocky road cupcake unforgettable, add toasted chocolate meringue frosting.

A Rocky Road cupcake being torched

These Rocky Road cupcakes are the Rocky Road ice cream recipe in cupcake form. The frosting is similar to – but not quite as fluffy as – my marshmallow frosting; it has the addition of cocoa powder for an extra chocolate boost.

Completed Rocky Road cupcakes resting on a cutting board

What Will You Need to Make These Cupcakes?

I recommend a stand mixer or electric hand mixer in addition to the usual baking tools. Your arms will thank you; you have to spend about 20 minutes whisking egg whites to make the meringue frosting for this recipe.

While not essential, a culinary torch will let you precisely control how much you toast the chocolate meringue frosting.

You will need a candy thermometer to make this recipe.

Mix-ins are essential to make this recipe. You will have to buy mini chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, almonds, and chocolate chunks (for decorating).

Ingredients for Rocky Road ice cream and cupcakes - mounds of chocolate chips, marshmallows, and almonds on a cutting board

How to Make Rocky Road Cupcakes

Completed Rocky Road cupcakes resting on a cutting board

Milk Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes

Start by preheating your oven to 350 F and filling cupcake tins with liners.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cocoa powder.

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. (Terminology like this is covered in my post on how to make cupcakes, so read that as a primer if this step is confusing.)

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

Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until just combined.

Add and fold in mix-ins of mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, and chopped almonds.

Chocolate chips being added to Rocky Road cupcake batter
Fill cupcake liners and bake until a toothpick comes out dry.

Remove cupcakes from the cupcake tin and cool on a cooling rack or on your counter if you don’t have one.

Unfrosted Rocky Road cupcakes just out of the oven

Chocolate Meringue Frosting

Begin by combining egg whites and sugar in a heat-proof bowl. (I use the metal bowl of my stand mixer, and these instructions are written for a stand mixer or electric hand mixer.)

Place the mixing bowl over a pot of boiling water and whisk until the mixture reaches 110 F on a candy thermometer.

Remove bowl and whisk for 10 minutes on medium speed.

Whisk for an additional 5 minutes on high speed until stiff peaks form.

A mixing bowl full of meringue frosting
Whisk in cocoa powder until incorporated.

Spoon frosting onto cooled cupcakes.

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

Use a culinary torch (or a broiler) to toast the marshmallow frosting.

A Rocky Road cupcake being torched

Rocky Road Cupcake Notes

Note: I originally developed this recipe in 2010 for Paula Deen. I have since developed my own chocolate cupcake recipe. If you prefer a lighter chocolate cupcake recipe to a dense brownie-like cupcake, try using my chocolate cupcake recipe, folding in the marshmallows, chocolate chips, and almonds from the recipe below, and using the frosting from the recipe below.

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Rocky Road Cupcakes

To make the rocky road cupcake unforgettable, add a chocolate meringue frosting toasted with a culinary torch (or your broiler)!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Chocolate Meringue Frosting, rocky road cupcakes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 18 cupcakes
Calories 314kcal
Author Stef


Cupcake Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 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
  • 1/2 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup almonds roughly chopped

Chocolate Meringue Frosting Ingredients

  • 2 egg whites
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
  • 18 almonds
  • 18 mini marshmallows
  • 18 chocolate chunks


Cupcake Instructions

  • 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 Directions:

  • 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 the mixture 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.


The marshmallows in the cupcakes can stick to the cupcake liners as they bake. To avoid this, you can use silicone liners.


Nutrition Facts
Rocky Road Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 314 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 44mg15%
Sodium 57mg2%
Potassium 214mg6%
Carbohydrates 41g14%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 326IU7%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 58mg6%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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5 comments on “Rocky Road Cupcakes”

  1. Rachelsays:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE Rocky Road! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I visited a very interesting and good to read the article I’ll try it with my husband

  3. I love the meringue frosting with its toasty bits! These cupcakes look fantastic!

  4. These cupcakes look fantastic very delisious :D

  5. Great work! really looking awesome

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