Gingerbread Cupcakes with White Chocolate Pudding Frosting

These Gingerbread Cupcakes with White Chocolate Pudding Frosting are to die for! The cupcakes are so soft and filled with all the glorious gingerbread flavors! And don’t even get me started on the incredibly tasty frosting!

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Gingerbread Cupcakes with White Chocolate Pudding Frosting

So this frosting, you guys.

It’s sort of perfect.

 

It’s way different from my usual kill-me-now frosting.  So if you’re looking for a really stable buttercream, this isn’t for you.

But if you want something a little lighter (not necessarily healthier) you’re barking up the right tree.

 

It’s fluffy, it’s sweet, it’s got pudding in it.

 

Here’s how this happened…last week I was innocently shopping and came across this…

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I didn’t even know Hershey made pudding…so of course I tweeted, instagrammed and obsessed over it.  Typical.

Within a few minutes of tweeting it, Maria tweeted me back saying she had just made Oreo White Chocolate Pudding Cookies...so I decided I needed to make something different.

 

I saw this frosting a while back and knew it would be the perfect vehicle for the pudding.  I mean, Pudding Frosting?  Hello…yes!

 

Deciding on a cupcake for this frosting to sit on was easy peasy.

So here’s what I did…

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I started by making the cupcakes.  Which required me to break out my very lonely jar of molasses. Homeboy doesn’t get much play.

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The batter is super easy…I filled up some cute cupcake liners about 2/3 full and baked away!

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While they were baking I made the frosting…

Note, this frosting requires about an hour in the fridge before frosting, so leave a little time for that!

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You’ve got cream cheese, milk, pudding, and powdered sugar in there.  Beat it until it thickens…

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I transferred mine into an airtight container to chill for a bit.

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When the cupcakes were cooled and the frosting was chilled, I did some piping and I ate.

Seriously.

And I’m just gonna say this, I bet this frosting would make a great “mousse” served in cups or jars topped with fruit, or chocolate.  Nothing like frosting you can eat straight.

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Now hop over and check out Maria’s (Two Peas and Their Pod) Oreo White Chocolate Pudding Cookies.

I’ve also done some Oreo Pudding Cookies with Oreo Pudding, so check those out too!

 

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Gingerbread Cupcakes with White Chocolate Pudding Frosting

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Total Time: 43 minutes
  • Yield: 10 cupcakes 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description:

These Gingerbread Cupcakes with White Chocolate Pudding Frosting are to die for! The cupcakes are so soft and filled with all the glorious gingerbread flavors! And don’t even get me started on the incredibly tasty frosting!


Ingredients:

Cupcakes

  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup butter (4 Tbsp), room temp
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup very hot water

Frosting

  • 1 box white chocolate instant pudding (3.5 oz box – 4 servings)
  • 1 cup cold milk
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 8 oz tub Cool Whip, thawed

Instructions:

Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350° and line muffin tin with cupcake liners..
  2. In bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Set aside.
  3. With your mixer, beat butter, brown sugar, and molasses together until creamy and smooth.
  4. Add egg and mix well.
  5. Turn mixer to low and alternately add the dry mixture and water, starting and ending with dry mixture. Mix until smooth.
  6. Fill liners 2/3 full and bake 18-20 minutes.
  7. Cool completely before frosting.

Frosting

  1. In stand mixer beat cream cheese until smooth and light, 1-2 minutes.
  2. Add in pudding mix, milk and powdered sugar, beating until blended and thickened, about 2 minutes. Fold in the Cool Whip until evenly incorporated.
  3. Chill frosting for an hour before frosting cupcakes to firm.

Notes:

Store frosted cupcakes in refrigerator, or frost just before serving.

frosting recipe adapted from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen
cupcake recipe adapted from McCormick

Keywords:: gingerbread cupcakes, gingerbread recipe, easy gingerbread recipe, gingerbread cake recipe, best christmas dessert, christmas dessert recipe, white chocolate frosting

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Raven
Raven

I would love to use this, but I’m allergic to cool whip, don’t ask me what It just makes me feel hella sick. Is there someone I can use instead of cool whip?

jen

I made the frosting last night. I could literally eat it with a spoon it is sooooo good. Perfectly light and fluffy and not too sweet. I hope it freezes well because I only needed to frost about 18 cupcakes and I have left over. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

Kris
Kris

So, I made the cupcakes. The cupcakes are delicious and possibly the most moist spice cake that I’ve ever had. I also made the frosting and followed the recipe to a tee. However, it was a soup like texture. I refrigerated for several hours and it was still soup. I added 7 cups of powered sugar. Still soup. Delicious soup, but nothing that would hold form. I ended up making a classic buttercream and added some of the soup in lieu of milk along with another box of pudding mix. Tasted awesome and love the concept, but the first batch… Read more »

Robin
Robin

Ahhhh… I went to 2 grocery stores in Milwaukee,WI. They only sell JELLO sugar free + fat free white chocolate pudding. Would instant vanilla work? I really want to make these this weekend for a holiday party..

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

Those are so pretty, the frosting is perfect!

Karen @ Sugartown Sweets

I was sold on the photographs alone! Yum! 🙂

Emily ~SoDomesticated~

Um, yeah, this frosting pretty much rocks… I want to dig right in. No joke.

Julia

The frosting on these looks amazing–deadly!! wow…

Kristen

White chocolate frosting? You totally have me intrigued What a great combination of flavors!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

That frosting looks unreal! Love this idea!

Cookbook Queen

So yes…the lonely jar of molasses. i have one of those too (I think it’s 7 years old or so…does molasses go bad??)

That frosting is seriously one of my favorites. So good!!

Amanda

Gingerbread cupcakes + White Chocolate PUDDING frosting?? I must make these ASAP. Love this combo!!! 🙂

Emily @ Life on Food

I think that frosting is always the worst part of making cake. This looks pretty simple and delicious. Perfect!

Joy @ Baking-Joy

These look lovely, I love gingerbread at this time of year! The addition of a white chocolate frosting is genius! P.S I love your website design 🙂

tracy {pale yellow}

This is so holiday without being overly holiday, you know what I mean? I love finding new products in the grocery store!

Nick @ Bakingbeardy

I’m not seeing the recipe on here – deliberately hiding it to tempt us??

jenni
jenni

so…..um…..you’ve got me salivating here…..i ADORE gingerbread. i got to the end of the post with that mostly-eaten cupcake just sitting there begging me to finish it off and i’m searching EVERYWHERE on you post for the recipe. so….are you just going to tempt us or are you going to share? honestly….i would LOVE to have this recipe. the two of them together….frosting and gingerbread? match made in heaven.

Summer @ Mallow and Co

Oh my gosh – I love LOVE all the unique pudding flavors! I need to find this! And that frosting looks divine… actually all of it looks divine…

Sandra

Try it also with Jello Cheesecake Pudding. It’s crazy good!

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

This looks so light and fluffy. The gingerbread cupcakes sound so good with it!

Joanne

Pudding frosting just has to be some kind of wonderful magical thing that I’m going to want to eat out of the bowl with a spoon. I can feel it.

Carm
Carm

quick question…where does the Cool Whip come into play? It’s an ingredient for your frosting, but it doesn’t say when/where to add it. Did I miss something?

Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.

great looking!! PINNED

Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings

that does look like perfection!!!

Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies

Buttercream is usually too much for me, so this sounds like a good alternative. I always feel so guilty when I have to scrape most of the frosting off of a cupcake…

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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