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DARK CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES WITH WHITE CHOCOLATE BUTTERCREAM. A light and fluffy, bold dark chocolate cupcake with a creamy luscious white chocolate buttercream.

Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with White Chocolate Buttercream

  • Author: Lily Ernst
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 15 min
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 dozen


A light and fluffy dark chocolate cupcake with a creamy, luscious white chocolate buttercream.


Ingredients for the cake:

  • 1 & 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 & 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Dutch processed)
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup strong coffee, hot

Ingredients for the buttercream:

  • 2 cups unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 200 grams good quality white chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line 2 baking tins with 24 cupcake liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, toss together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, yogurt, vegetable oil and vanilla. Using a rubber spatula, slowly add the dry ingredient and mix until combined. Add the hot coffee and whisk everything together until smooth.
  4. Fill each cupcake liner 2/3 full and bake for 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cupcakes cool completely before frosting.

To make the buttercream:

  1. Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment or handheld mixer, beat the butter for about 2 minutes, until light and fluffy. Add the first 3 cups of powdered sugar, one at a time, mixing in between. Then add the melted white chocolate and mix until smooth. Add the last 2 cups of powdered sugar and vanilla and beat until smooth and creamy. Frost cupcakes as desired. I used a Wilton 1M tip.
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: chocolate cupcake recipe, dark chocolate cupcakes, white chocolate buttercream