White Chocolate Cupcakes

White chocolate cupcakes with white chocolate cream cheese frosting are a heavenly and stunning spectacle of cake perfection. Not too sweet. Not too rich. Just simple cupcake loveliness through and through.

A single white chocolate cupcake, topped with white frosting on a paper napkin.

These white chocolate cupcakes have a stunning appearance and a subtle sweetness. The white chocolate flavor isn’t incredibly assertive—if anything, it’s a delicate and lovely vanilla undertone that goes perfectly with the fine-crumbed texture to create a spare sophistication that’ll appease kids as well as adults.–Renee Schettler

White Chocolate Cupcakes

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  • 25 M
  • 1 H
  • Makes 12
4.9/5 - 9 reviews
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Special Equipment: Pastry bag (optional)



Preheat the oven to 350°F (176°C). Position an oven rack in the center position and line a pan of twelve 3-by-1 1/2-inch muffin cups with paper liners.

In a heatproof bowl, dump the chocolate. Bring a wide saucepan of water to a simmer over medium heat. Turn off the heat and place the bowl in the hot water. Let it stand, stirring occasionally, until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth. Be careful not to let any water get in the bowl or the chocolate will seize and clump. Remove the bowl from the water and let cool until tepid.

In a small bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, cake flour, baking powder, and salt.

In a glass measuring cup, stir together the milk and vanilla.

In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl with a handheld electric mixer on high speed, beat the sugar and butter until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in the eggs, 1 at a time, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in the tepid chocolate. 

Reduce the speed to low and beat in the flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with the milk mixture in 2 additions, and mix until smooth. 

Using a 2-inch diameter ice cream scoop or a 1/3 cup measuring cup, scoop the batter into the prepared cups. The cups shouldn’t be more than 2/3 full. (If you overfill the cups, they’ll end up flat rather than domed.)

Bake the white chocolate cupcakes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Do not overbake. Don’t be alarmed if the cupcakes don’t rise appreciably or if they fail to turn golden brown.

Let the cupcakes cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the cupcakes from the pan, place them on the wire rack, and cool completely.

Just before serving, frost your white chocolate cupcakes with the white chocolate cream cheese frosting. (For an especially professional look, use an ice-cream scoop to top each cupcake with the frosting, then use a small spatula to smooth each portion of frosting into a dome.) Originally published June 21, 2013.

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    White Chocolate Cupcake Variations

    • White Chocolate Layer Cake
    • To make a white chocolate layer cake instead of white chocolate cupcakes, double the recipe, use two 9-inch pans instead of cupcake tins, and bake for about 40 minutes.

    • White Chocolate Cupcakes Filled With Jam
    • A tart jam filling contrasts nicely with the sweetness of these white chocolate cupcakes and cream cheese frosting—raspberry, strawberry, currant, or just about anything would be lovely. If filling the cupcakes, place about 3/4 cup jam in a pastry bag fitted with a plain tip about 1/2 inch wide. Insert the tip about 1/2-inch deep into a cooled cupcake and squeeze to pipe about a tablespoon jam deep into the heart of the cupcake. Repeat with the remaining cupcakes and jam.

    David Says

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    I have to say that I’d my doubts about this recipe. The batter was thin and, despite what the author says, the cupcakes rose and turned slightly golden in the oven. I figured they’d be dry, but the cupcakes were perfectly baked. The texture of the cupcake was good—the crumb was tight and the structure was firm. It wasn’t dry, but it wasn’t soft, either. It had a whisper of white chocolate—which to me is a creamy, milky flavor. Of course, there’s no chocolatey chocolate flavor. Clearly, white chocolate isn’t an assertive flavor.

    Our guests loved these and I’d definitely recommend them. I frosted a cupcake using an ice cream scoop to see if it’s indeed easy to frost that way, and it was!

    Recipe Testers' Reviews

    The white chocolate flavor was delicate and delicious. Once filled with the raspberry jam and topped generously with the rich White Chocolate Cream Cheese Icing, each flavor component complimented the whole.

    This recipe produced exactly 12 cupcakes, as promised. The use of cake flour resulted in a soft and fine crumb.

    These white chocolate cupcakes are truly an inspiration! The cupcakes are moist and flavorful. They're a bit dense, like pound cake. The white chocolate taste is undetectable to me, even though I knew white chocolate was in there. They have a very vanilla flavor to me. The frosting is out-of-this-world scrumptious. The recipe allowed for a very generous dollop atop the cupcake, which was incredible because I truly couldn't get enough of it.

    The contrast of the raspberry with the sweet cupcake was perfect; do not skip the raspberry jam or disappointment will be had! These cupcakes also came together easily.


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        1. Thanks but I have just added it at the end as I needed to get the cake finished, I think the directions need to be a bit clearer.

    1. These are honestly some of the best cupcakes I have ever eaten. The texture is perfect and the are not overly sweet. Pair with a peanut butter butter cream icing for an amazing experience.

    2. Is there a way to substantiate eggs in this recipe? My nephew is allergic to eggs but wants the white chocolate flavour…

      1. Hi, Lita. We didn’t test it with any kind of an egg substitute, and we don’t want to guess as to how to make it come out perfectly. You’d be best served by searching for an eggless white chocolate cupcake recipe on the Internet.

    3. I believe that in every house there is a child who does not like to eat what is prepared here, the house has one, but this cupcake meal saves any housewife who has little time but needs to feed herself and the family is very practical and quick to do. I loved the recipe.

      1. Kelley, oh, that kid was me. When my tried to feed me kale soup or calf’s liver…well, let’s just say it wasn’t pretty. Glad your little one liked the cupcakes.

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