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 Rossi

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White Chocolate Cupcakes

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

Prep 25 mins
Cook 35 mins
Total 1 hr
Dessert
American
12 servings
381 kcal
4.89 / 9 votes
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Equipment

  • Pastry bag (optional)

Ingredients 

  • 5 ounces white chocolate finely chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cake flour preferably unbleached
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons (2 oz) salted butter at room temperature
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

Directions
 

  • 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.)
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Notes

White Chocolate Cupcake Variation

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.

Show Nutrition

Serving: 1frosted cupcakeCalories: 381kcal (19%)Carbohydrates: 57g (19%)Protein: 4g (8%)Fat: 16g (25%)Saturated Fat: 7g (44%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 46mg (15%)Sodium: 230mg (10%)Potassium: 142mg (4%)Fiber: 0.4g (2%)Sugar: 43g (48%)Vitamin A: 198IU (4%)Vitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 73mg (7%)Iron: 1mg (6%)

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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.

If you love white chocolate, and I do, you will love these wonderfully moist white chocolate cupcakes.

The recipe says it makes 12 and to fill the cups very full, but I still ended up with 15. I only put raspberry jam in a few, and they were received with mixed reviews. No one thought the jam was a great addition.

I topped the cupcakes with the white chocolate cream cheese icing. I’m not a huge cream cheese fan, and this is very cream cheesy, so next time I may try adding some orange zest to the icing or a dark chocolate drizzle with a sprinkle of sea salt.

This cupcake was good. It had a nice flavor and I really liked the texture. I think that vanilla was the more pronounced flavor rather than the white chocolate. I thought that the frosting really adds to the white chocolate flavoring and makes for a very nice cupcake to frosting combo. I liked that this frosting was cream cheese-based. I think regular buttercream would have been way too sweet and taken away from the white chocolate flavor. I thought that the density of the cake was good—not quite pound cake dense, but firm enough to handle a good filling. I used a mixed berry jam.

The recipe made exactly 12 cupcakes and the frosting was more than enough to frost the 12 cupcakes using a piping bag and making a nice size swirl of frosting on top.

These cupcakes are good and easy to make. I filled a cupcake with Nutella. The Nutella is great with the cupcake. I suspect that a dark chocolate frosting or a Nutella-based frosting would be better than the white chocolate frosting.

Originally published February 14, 2021

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Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I never thought White Chocolate cupcakes would taste this good. I researched this recipe by accident since I have an unsuccessful white chocolate whipped cream frosting in my fridge (part white chocolate and heavy cream) and then I gave this recipe a try, since I only have left over bluuberry filling, I decided to swirl it on top. It turned out beautiful and delicious. Cupcakes are light and fluffy. This is gonna be on my recipe folder. Thank you for sharing this amazing recipe.

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  2. Just read the comments in regards to cupcakes and cakes over spilling, one thing I learned in Home Ec, is that regardless of the recipe, never fill your pan more than 1/2 – 2/3 full. Anything over that, you end up with an overflow. Don’t rely on a recipe when it comes to this particular matter. Might be why I got 42 cupcakes when I doubled it. And they were perfectly shaped, formed and a perfect small dome. Ok, this was just my 2 cents plus more than 40 years of baking experience. Oh, one more thing, use an ice cream scoop. It works great for measuring how much you’re actually putting into the cupcake papers. One scoop is all you need.

    1. Many thanks, Cheryl L, for taking the time to share your experience. It makes perfect sense and quite frankly I will take 40 years baking experience over what any fancy schmancy website has to say any day! I’m adjusting the recipe to reflect not overfilling the pans right now. Really looking forward to hearing which recipe on the site you try next. And again, thank you.

  3. 5 stars
    Ok. Here’s the deal. I have never liked white chocolate. I have always had a problem with finding a good white cake recipe. Well, you’ve gone and done it. I made this tonight, as a matter of fact, the last batch of cupcakes are in the oven as I type. Here’s what I can say: (1) these are absolutely incredibly amazing. (2) The crumb and texture is perfect. (3) I have no reason to ever look for or try another white cake recipe again. Like I said, this one was absolutely perfect.

    I did double the recipe. I got 42 standard size cupcakes out of it. Very nice ones.

    The only 2 things I did differently because it was all I had, (1) I substituted pasteurized egg whites. And in case anyone wants to know, it’s 3 tablespoons = 1 whole egg. (2) I didn’t have whole milk, we only use 1 %, but it seemed to do just fine.

    But seriously, this is a phenomenal recipe.

    Thanks so much for sharing it.

    Now, I have to go and frost them. 🙂

  4. Just made these cupcakes. The texture is light and fluffy, and they taste delicious. They rose way more than expected. I followed the recipe (filling the cups up instead of doing them 1/2 to 3/4 full like I normally would) so the cups ended up overflowing onto the pan, resulting in messy, flat-topped cupcakes. That was a little frustrating, but next time I will not fill the cups as much. I chose not to do a filling in them, and topped them with a maple sugar frosting. Yum!

    1. Nadia, I’m so sorry you had a difficult time with the baking of the cupcakes. The author is very specific about using 1/3 cup of batter. Do you have a scoop? I find them incredibly helpful when making cupcakes. P.S. Your frosting sounds divine.

      1. I also had the problem of the cakes rising much more than expected and they have risen over the top of the cupcake cases and look a mess. I definitely used a measure to measure out the suggested amount of batter into each case, and my tins are of the right size. However, according to the comments above I am confident the cupcakes will taste better than they look! Next time I will ignore the instructions and fill them with less! 🙂

        1. Thanks, Lucy. We’re going to retest the recipe right away based on your and others’ comments and will be back in touch. We’ll tweak the recipe so as to make certain there’s no messy overflow. Thanks so much for taking the time to let us know! And yes, we do hope and trust the flavor is as spectacular for you as it was for us.

  5. 5 stars
    OMG! I was looking for a simple cupcake recipe for a baby shower and found yours. It seemed like a lot of vanilla extract, so I used half the amount. Because I live in Australia, I just used self-raising flour instead of all the mixture you had. While mixing the mixture appeared to curdle a little but still held together and tasted fine. Twenty-five minutes in the oven I had the lightest, fluffiest cupcakes I’ve ever eaten! They are lovely and flat so easy to frost and the tops have a crispy texture and the inside so light! These are obviously going to fast become a family favorite. I just hope I have enough left for the baby shower! Thank you! Amazing recipe.

    1. Judy, so glad to know you enjoyed the recipe. It’s definitely not too much vanilla, if you’re using regular and not double-strength vanilla. And I think the batter may have appeared curdled because not all your ingredients were at absolute room temp. Happens to me sometimes, too.

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