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…


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 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.


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


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


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!


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


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


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


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.


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!


Gingerbread Cupcakes with White Chocolate Pudding Frosting
Makes 10 cupcakes
  • 1¼ cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ cup butter (4 Tbsp), room temp
  • ⅓ cup dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup very hot water
  • 1 box white chocolate instant pudding (3.5 oz box - 4 servings)
  • 1 cup cold milk
  • ⅓ cup powdered sugar
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 8 oz tub Cool Whip, thawed
  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 ⅔ full and bake 18-20 minutes.
  7. Cool completely before 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.
Store frosted cupcakes in refrigerator, or frost just before serving.

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

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Averie @ Averie Cooks

white chocolate instant pudding = I have never tried it but need to! I have always been tempted but just go with vanilla. What was I thinking! The frosting looks fabulous and I LOVE gingerbread and molasses!

Blog is the New Black

I adore gingerbread at Christmas time- the white choc pudding looks like a great idea to use for frosting!

Aimee @ ShugarySweets

These look delicious! Love a nice change in the frosting!!


White chocolate pudding frosting? MUST MAKE! 😀

sue @ cakeballs, cookies and more

I have never heard of pudding frosting, but now I am so sad it took so long for me to find it!! Looks amazing.

Katrina @ In Katrina

Well. Color me hungry.


What a cool idea. I bet the texture is amazing!


I love love pudding frosting…but white chocolate pudding?? Oh man!


Jello makes a white chocolate pudding that I have adored for ages but the idea of putting it in frosting never even crossed my mind which wicks because I made Gingerbread cupcakes with cream cheese frosting yesterday and now I’m wishing I could have a redo. Brilliant as always!


could make these cupcakes with your brown sugar frosting and put PP on the top for me? that would be perfect.

Diane (createdbydiane)

oh these look delicious, I LOVE gingerbread!


I am in love with the frosting and cupcakes! Thanks for teaming up for a fun white chocolate pudding day:) xo

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…

Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings

that does look like perfection!!!

Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.

great looking!! PINNED


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?


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.

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

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


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

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…


so……’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.

Nick @ Bakingbeardy

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

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!

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 🙂

Emily @ Life on Food

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


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

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!!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

That frosting looks unreal! Love this idea!


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


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

Emily ~SoDomesticated~

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

Karen @ Sugartown Sweets

I was sold on the photographs alone! Yum! 🙂

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

Those are so pretty, the frosting is perfect!


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..

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 »

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!


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?