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Easy Dark Chocolate Halloween Cupcakes with White Chocolate Frosting

Celebrate your Halloween week with these easy Dark Chocolate Halloween Cupcakes with White Chocolate Frosting. They are quick to whip up and fun to make!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time16 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: Chocolate, Cupcakes, Fall, Halloween
Servings: 16 Cupcakes


For the Dark Chocolate Halloween Cupcakes

  • 1 12.75 oz dark chocolate cake mix (preferably Ghirardelli)
  • 1 3.6 oz box of instant dark chocolate pudding mix (preferably Godiva)
  • 1 cup sour cream, room temperature
  • 1 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup warm coffee

For the White Chocolate Frosting

  • 8 oz mascarpone cheese, room temperature
  • 4 oz white baking chocolate
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 tbsp milk or heavy cream
  • 4-5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt


For the Dark Chocolate Halloween Cupcakes

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and line your muffin tins with paper liners (or spray with nonstick cooking spray). You will need about 16 liners
  • In a bowl, combine the cake mix, pudding mix, sour cream, oil, eggs, vanilla, and coffee. Mix until just combined, but do not over mix
  • Using a large spoon or cookie scoop, pour batter into your muffin wells. Fill about 1/2 to 2/3 full
  • Bake in preheated oven for 16 - 20 minutes, or until the tops of the cupcakes easily spring back when touched.
  • Remove from oven and cool in muffin tins on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from muffin tins and allow the cupcakes to continue to cool .

For the White Chocolate Frosting

  • In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the white baking chocolate until smooth. Do not overheat as this will cause the chocolate to burn. Once melted, allow to cool to room temperature.
  • To a large bowl, add your mascarpone cheese, melted white chocolate, butter, vanilla, powdered sugar, cream and salt. Mix together until combined and smooth. Feel free to add more cream or powdered sugar to get the consistency you like
  • Frost cooled cupcakes with white chocolate frosting. You can either use a knife or a frosting bag to pipe on the frosting.


  • You may substitute 1/2 cup of water in place of the 1/2 cup of coffee if you choose
  • You may use any chocolate cake mix and pudding mix that you like. The dark chocolate Ghirardelli and Godiva mixes are super delicious and make these cupcakes extra dark and festive for Halloween!