Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with White Chocolate Buttercream

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

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

I had the honor of making the cupcakes and cake for one of my colleague’s wedding. He got married on New Year’s Eve. What a great way to bring in the New Year by celebrating with all your friends and family, and committing to the one you love.

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

When I originally spoke to the lovely couple about what they wanted, they just mentioned chocolate. So I decided to go with a bold, dark chocolate cupcake and contrast it with a soft, smooth white chocolate buttercream. The two opposite flavors compliment one another like Yin & Yang.

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

When I say the cupcake is dark, I mean it’s almost black in color. The texture is soft and moist with the most intense chocolate flavor. There is also strong black coffee mixed into the batter, so there is a hint of coffee flavor. I also thought the kick of caffeine would be fun at midnight.

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

The frosting is made with Lindt White Chocolate which gives it a luxurious and velvety smooth, vanilla cocoa butter flavor – a true white chocolate taste.

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Here’s what the actual set-up looked like. What you see is 120 cupcakes with a 3-layer 8″ cake on top and yes, that is a Minion wedding couple cake topper. Cute, eh? The groom’s last name is Minion and the gold clock cupcake toppers represent the stroke of midnight. I was intently making sure everything looked perfect. I also had the help of my awesome husband that night.

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Congratulations Faith and Chris! I wish you enjoy all the pleasures that togetherness brings in life. ๐Ÿ™‚

Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with White Chocolate Buttercream

  • Servings: 24 cupcakes
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients for cupcakes

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 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.

Cupcake recipe adapted from Half Baked Harvest

Buttercream recipe by Little Sweet Baker

I will also be bringing these to Fiesta Friday #49 @The Novice Gardener. Have a fabulous weekend everyone!

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  1. Wow Lily! They are beautiful! You always amaze me with such little sweets! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Any chance you can share what your recipe and process was for the cake portion of this? My moms 70 is coming and this cake is very much what I had in mind – except with gold bling ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Lily! These are beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚ I love the idea of the deep dark chocolate cupcake topped with a sweet, fluffy white chocolate frosting. A relationship is all about contrast and using your strengths to make a sweet life ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Also, how cute are those cake toppers!
    I can’t wait to give these cupcakes a try, and I’m sure my co-workers will have big smiles on their faces when I do.

  4. Yum, these look amazing! What a wonderful way to end off 2014!

  5. wow….these are soo amazing!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. such amazing looking cupcakes!! Yum! Wish you a very Happy 2015! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Wow! These look amazing, Lily. You never fail to amaze me with you little sweets. ๐Ÿ˜€

  8. What perfect cupcakes to start the new year off with! These look delicious and all that buttercream is making my mouth drool!

  9. Thia cupcakw looks really delicious n im sure it will b. What attracted me more is the white chocolate frosting.

  10. Gorgeous – love the cake topper and your cupcakes ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Gorgeous! Happy New Year! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Super awesome cake and cupcakes! Gorgeous pictures of the very uniformly frosted cup cakes too. Great way to herald the new year with this wedding celebration. Happy new year to you Lily!

  13. Amazing cup cakes :).

  14. Impressive! That cupcake tower is a harbinger to a happy marriage. Love it!

  15. I absolutely love the cupcake style cake! The minion toppers are adorable, and I’m so glad that the “Minion Family” likes the minions too! Thank you so much for bringing these to the fiesta, and happy 2015!

  16. Wow, that’s an ambitious undertaking! Everything looks fantastic – very impressive!

  17. These look so yummy, I can just imagine how well the rich dark chocolate goes with the sweet creamy white chocolate! And they look so perfect for a wedding, what a lovely idea! x

  18. Definitely going to try them out! They look amazing. *Mouth waters*

  19. What a gorgeous display! I am sure that the happy couple were so very pleased, and they must have an incredible me sense of humor :). Your photos are gorgeous too. I love that you have a beverage containing your name too ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing Lily!

  20. Wow! These are gorgeous ๐Ÿ˜‰

  21. Wow! how incredible! What a grand idea! I’ll take a few of those please. ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy New Year!

  22. Wow! It all looks amazing!

  23. How awesome is this? I think that cupcake ‘wedding cakes’ are a much better, and less expensive idea. The ingredients make these look so lusciously delicious Lily- well done ๐Ÿ˜€

  24. They look super delicious! Happy Fiesta Friday!

  25. What a great cake! Happy FF


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