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!

Three Gingerbread Cupcakes with White Chocolate Frosting

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…

Instant Hershey's White Chocolate Pudding

 

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…

Gingerbread Cupcakes with White Chocolate Pudding Frosting on a Serving Tray

 

How to Make The Best Christmas Cupcakes

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

A Jar of Grandma's Molasses

 

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

Cupcake Liners Filled with Gingerbread Cupcake Batter

 

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!

Adding Milk to White Chocolate Pudding Frosting

 

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

White Chocolate Pudding Frosting on a Spoon

 

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

Chilled White Chocolate Pudding Frosting in a Tub

 

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.

A Half-Eaten Gingerbread Cupcake with White Chocolate Pudding Frosting

 

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 Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Total Time Total Time: 43 minutes
  • Yield Yield: 10 cupcakes 1x
  • Category Category: Dessert
  • Method Method: Oven
  • Cuisine 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
December 19, 2013 7:01 pm

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?

Eileen
September 16, 2016 3:54 pm
Reply to  Shelly

Cool whip is deadly don’t ever feed to your loved ones! Just read the ingredients nothing real in it!!

jen
December 14, 2013 1:18 pm

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
December 27, 2012 6:11 pm

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
December 14, 2012 8:30 pm

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..

December 14, 2012 2:31 am

Those are so pretty, the frosting is perfect!

December 14, 2012 12:00 am

I was sold on the photographs alone! Yum! 🙂

December 13, 2012 10:29 pm

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

December 13, 2012 8:54 pm

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

December 13, 2012 7:17 pm

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

December 13, 2012 5:32 pm

That frosting looks unreal! Love this idea!

December 13, 2012 3:22 pm

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!!

December 13, 2012 12:47 pm

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

December 13, 2012 11:06 am

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

December 13, 2012 6:12 am

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 🙂

December 12, 2012 7:02 pm

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

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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