White Chocolate Cupcakes (with Video)

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A delicious white chocolate dessert recipe that’s incredibly simple to make and customize to your personal preferences! Whether you’d prefer a straight-up White Chocolate Cupcake or want to bring it up a notch with a White Chocolate Mocha Cupcake, this recipe has you covered!

A super simple recipe for white chocolate cupcakes with white chocolate frosting. These cupcakes are inspired by White Chocolate Mochas but are even better in dessert form!

White Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe

There’s not a lot of options out there for white chocolate fans.

Beyond a drizzle of white chocolate on desserts or the occasional white chocolate shaving, you don’t see many options for white chocolate desserts out there beyond hot drinks (like white hot chocolate or white chocolate mochas).

Today, I’m doing my small part to change that with these White Chocolate Cupcakes! We’re making a simple vanilla or mocha cupcake (your preference) and then topping it with a super simple white chocolate buttercream. You can also add mini white chocolate chips to the cupcake batter, or follow my simple ganache filling recipe here to make a white chocolate ganache filling.

(You could alternatively fill these white chocolate cupcakes with your favorite fruit filling – I think a raspberry or strawberry jam filling in these would be divine!)

I adore this cupcake recipe – it’s super easy with 7 ingredients and makes a great base for that white chocolate frosting to really shine, however, you can of course use a boxed cupcake mix and just make the white chocolate frosting from scratch – it’s the real hero of this dessert recipe anyways.

Why is there no white chocolate in the cupcakes? Honestly, to use white chocolate to make the cupcakes you would need to use an (expensive) high-quality white chocolate and be really precise about mixing times, measurements, etc, to prevent scorched, flat cupcakes. The recipe would be really finicky and the taste would still be super subtle. I’d prefer to share a super easy cupcake that you will have great results with and pack that white chocolate flavor into the frosting.

However, if you really want to add some white chocolate to the cupcakes (and don’t want to just add some mini white chocolate chips), you can swap out one to two tablespoons of the all-purpose flour called for in this recipe for a white chocolate power.

What if I don’t want to use hot coffee in the cupcakes? Swap out the hot coffee for an equal amount of hot water, or if you’d like to do a tea-infusion (like Earl Gray) you can use hot tea. The coffee does help bring out the white chocolate flavor and is quite subtle in the baked cupcakes. (I’m not usually a fan of coffee in chocolate cupcakes or cookies, but it really works in this recipe for me.)

 

Today, I’m teaming up with some of my favorite bloggers to bring you unique and delicious cupcake recipes! Be sure to check out their recipes, too:

Houseful of Nicholes – Red Velvet Cupcakes
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In the Kids Kitchen – Narwhal Cupcakes
Kiss My Tulle – Doctored Up Cake Mix Chocolate Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream Frosting
Someday I’ll Learn – Coffee Cupcakes 

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Check out our quick recipe video to see just how simple these white chocolate cupcakes are to make, and then don’t forget to scroll down to grab your free printable recipe!

 

How to make white chocolate cupcakes with white chocolate buttercream

White Chocolate Mocha Cupcakes Ingredients

Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.

Tip: swap out the hot coffee for hot water if you’d like a “white chocolate cupcake” without the mocha flavor.

White Chocolate Frosting Ingredients:

Extra optional toppings:

  • White chocolate squares

Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.

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How to Make White Chocolate Cupcakes

Preheat oven to 350F

Line a cupcake tray with your choice of cupcake liners. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the butter and sugar with an electric mixer for two minutes, until light and fluffy.

Add in the eggs, and beat until mixed.

Place the flour in a small bowl and stir in the baking powder. Add half of the mixture to the batter and combine.

Add the hot coffee and beat to incorporate.

Add remaining half of the flour and beat to incorporate. Make sure you are scraping the sides of the bowl so you don’t have dry flour stuck to the sides.

Add the milk and beat well to combine.

Use a large cupcake scoop to portion out the batter into the prepared cupcake tin, filling each cupcake liner about 2/3 of the way full.

Bake for 18-22 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean and the cupcakes spring back when lightly tapped.

Cool the cupcakes on a cooling rack as you prepare the white chocolate frosting.

How to Make White Chocolate Frosting

In a large bowl, combine the butter and powdered icing sugar. Beat with an electric mixer for at least two minutes until soft and pale.

In a small microwave-safe bowl (or a double boiler), melt the 1/2 cup white chocolate using the same method you used earlier. The chocolate doesn’t need to be completely melted, but it should be soft and have no hard pieces.

Use an electric mixer to combine the butter-sugar mixture with the melted white chocolate. Add the vanilla extract and cream, and adjust to achieve the perfect texture – either by adding more cream (softer) or powdered icing sugar (stiffer).

Fit your piping bag with your large star tip and scoop the frosting into your piping bag. 

Swirl the white chocolate frosting onto your cupcakes, starting in the middle, working your way out to the edges of the cupcake, and then swirling back in and up for that domed effect.

If desired, top with a square of white chocolate.

 

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If you love White Chocolate Mochas, you are going to LOVE this super simple White Chocolate Cupcake recipe with homemade white chocolate frosting

Grab your free printable for our super simple white chocolate cupcakes recipe:

Yield: 18 cupcakes

White Chocolate Cupcakes

White Chocolate Cupcakes

A delicious white mocha cupcake topped with a rich and silky white chocolate buttercream frosting.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

White Chocolate Cupcake Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 125mL hot coffee
  • 100mL milk

White Chocolate Frosting Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 4-5 cups powdered icing sugar
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3 Tablespoons milk or cream, to taste

Extra optional toppings:

  • White chocolate squares

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Line a cupcake tray with your choice of cupcake liners. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the butter and sugar with an electric mixer for two minutes, until light and fluffy.
  4. Add in the eggs, and beat until mixed.
  5. Place the flour in a small bowl and stir in the baking powder. Add half of the mixture to the batter and combine.
  6. Add the hot coffee and beat to incorporate.
  7. Add remaining half of the flour and beat to incorporate. Make sure you are scraping the sides of the bowl so you don't have dry flour stuck to the sides.
  8. Add the milk and beat well to combine.
  9. Use a large cupcake scoop to portion out the batter into the prepared cupcake tin, filling each cupcake liner about 2/3 of the way full.
  10. Bake for 18-22 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean and the cupcakes spring back when lightly tapped.
  11. Cool the cupcakes on a cooling rack as you prepare the white chocolate frosting.

How to Make White Chocolate Frosting

  1. In a large bowl, combine the butter and powdered icing sugar. Beat with an electric mixer for at least two minutes until soft and pale.
  2. In a small microwave-safe bowl (or a double boiler), melt the 1/2 cup white chocolate using the same method you used earlier. The chocolate doesn't need to be completely melted, but it should be soft and have no hard pieces.
  3. Use an electric mixer to combine the butter-sugar mixture with the melted white chocolate. Add the vanilla extract and cream, and adjust to achieve the perfect texture - either by adding more cream (softer) or powdered icing sugar (stiffer).
  4. Fit your piping bag with your large star tip and scoop the frosting into your piping bag. 
  5. Swirl the white chocolate frosting onto your cupcakes, starting in the middle, working your way out to the edges of the cupcake, and then swirling back in and up for that domed effect.
  6. If desired, top with a square of white chocolate.

Notes

Tip: swap out the hot coffee for hot water if you'd like a "white chocolate cupcake" without the mocha flavor.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

18

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 724Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 66mgSodium: 186mgCarbohydrates: 138gFiber: 0gSugar: 127gProtein: 3g

Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.

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I hope you love these white chocolate cupcakes – I brought them to a school event and they were a total hit!

For more delicious dessert recipes, check out our Strawberry Heart Macarons with Chocolate Ganache Filling or our Pistachio Dessert Lasagna recipe.

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