Chocolate yogurt cupcakes and chocolate yogurt frosting

Lighten up chocolate yogurt cupcakes made with melted dark chocolate and a dollop of greek yogurt. Top with a creamy yogurt frosting and you can enjoy them any time of the day

Lighten up chocolate yogurt cupcakes made with melted dark chocolate and a dollop of greek yogurt

Tomorrow marks the first day of Spring.

If you asked me 3 months ago if I’m looking forward to March 20th I had replied “Can’t wait!”

Now, March 20th is here and for the last couple of weeks my allergies had taken the best of me. Sneezing a gazillion times a day, headaches and a funny voice. I should probably hid under the blankets.

The good thing is that I’m not allergic to chocolate. Now, that would be a tragedy! My life without chocolate cookies, chocolate cake or other chocolate treats?  What a life that would be! Not that sweet, i can tell you!

Lighten up chocolate yogurt cupcakes made with melted dark chocolate and a dollop of greek yogurt

I made these cupcakes last week for a play-date. Some may think I should probably stick with veggie sticks and dips but we all know that cocoa and dark chocolate keep high blood pressure down and reduce the blood’s ability to clot, thus the risk of stroke and heart attacks may be reduced. And the Greek yogurt is considered a healthy treat due to its high levels of protein. Don’t just a cupcake by its look, please. You can thank me now!

These chocolate yogurt cupcakes are one of my latest favorite. Even my I-don’t-like-chocolate daughter ate two of these chocolate cupcakes.Since they use eggs I only had one, but I had a very hard time not grabbing another one.

Lighten up chocolate yogurt cupcakes made with melted dark chocolate and a dollop of yogurt

Both the cake and the frosting are made using fat-free Greek yogurt and 80% chocolate.

Although 1 cup of sugar is used to make the cakes, they are not too sweet. They are soft, with a deep chocolatey-y taste.

The frosting is a combo between chocolate buttercream and yogurt. It’s not that easy to pipe it out using different tips (probably because I’m not that good) and it doesn’t keep its shape too long left at room temperatures (just a couple of hours).

The recipe for these chocolate cupcakes is  from a chocolate fudge cake recipe from Chocolate and Coffee Bible

Baker’s notes

  • If don’t have room temperature butter dice it small and mix it with sugar. Keep mixing for about 7-8 minutes until is cream and fluffy.
  • If you forgot to take the eggs out of the fridge, no problem. Put them in a bowl and let the warm water run over them. In less than 10 minutes you have room temperature eggs.
  • If self-rising flour is not available, place 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a measuring cup. Add enough all-purpose flour to measure 1 1/4 cup

Chocolate Yogurt Cupcakes

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 16 Chocolate Cupcakes

1 Chocolate Cupcake

Chocolate Yogurt Cupcakes

A rich chocolate cupcake made with dark chocolate and Greek yogurt for a sweet afternoon or after-dinner treat.

Ingredients

    Chocolate Yogurt Cakes
  • 4 oz (113 grams) chocolate chopped
  • 3/4 cup (170grams) room temperature butter
  • 1 cup (200 grams) brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs room temperature lightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup (150 grams) Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/4 cup (150 grams) sifted self-rising flour
  • Chocolate Yogurt Frosting
  • 4 oz (113 grams) chocolate chopped (I used 80%)
  • 1/4 cup ( 57 grams) butter
  • 3 cups (360 grams) confectioners' sugar
  • 1/3 cup (75 grams) Greek yogurt

Instructions

    To make the cakes
  1. Preheat the oven to 375F. Line 16 muffin cups with paper liners. Set aside.
  2. Melt the chocolate. (I used the microwave method)
  3. In a mixing bowl cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and gradually add the beaten eggs.
  4. Add the chocolate followed by the yogurt. Turn the mixer of and with a spatula fold in the flour. Divide the batter between the 16 cups and bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Cool completely before frosting.
  6. To make the frosting
  7. In a small saucepan melt the butter and chocolate. Remove from the heat and pour into the mixing bowl. Add the sugar and yogurt and mix at the lower speed until smooth. Gradually increase speed and beat until thickened. Place the bowl in the fridge for about 10 minutes.
  8. Frost the cupcakes as desired. Enjoy!
  9. *to make the ribbon frosting I used Wilton tip 123.

Notes

If don't have room temperature butter dice it small and mix it with sugar. Keep mixing for about 7-8 minutes until is cream and fluffy.

If you forgot to take the eggs out of the fridge, no problem. Put them in a bowl and let the warm water run over them. In less than 10 minutes you have room temperature eggs.

If self-raising flour is not available, place 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a measuring cup. Add enough all-purpose flour to measure 1 1/4 cup.

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Comments

  1. says

    My kids love yogurt, and I know they would love these cupcakes! I am sorry to hear your allergies are bothering you. Sending hugs your way! Happy Almost Spring :)

  2. says

    Love using yogurt in my baking. We always have a big tub in the fridge.

    These look amazing. Your photography is fantastic and leaves me hungry!!

  3. says

    I have been hearing about the benefit of Greek Yogurt and I even bought one instead of regular kind at my last grocery shopping. =) I can’t believe Tiffany doesn’t like chocolate! If you have lots of chocolatey dessert, let me know so I can help you – oh I wish! =)

  4. says

    Yogurt in the cupcakes as well as the icing-yum! I think the greek yogurt is the best type for baking and I do need to start including it in more of my recipes.
    Your cupcakes do look fabulous-well done.!

  5. says

    These are gorgeous looking. I love that you used the Greek Yogurt in your cupcakes. I’ve only added the yogurt to muffins, and quick breads. Will have to try the yogurt in cupcakes.

  6. says

    I’m glad you didn’t opt for veggie sticks and a dip–these are far more drool-worthy! I can’t frost a cupcake if my life depended on it so I’m sitting here admiring your beautiful job. These are a keeper, Roxana. :)

  7. says

    These are elegant! I want one right now. Great points re: the greek yogurt and dark chocolate. I want to bake these asap – and even buy some pretty individual cupcake stands to put them on! Thanks for this recipe!

  8. Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmet says

    Scrumptious! Yes, I’m sure it was hard not grabbing another cupcake… they look so moist and irresistible. What a gorgeous recipe,Roxana! Have a great week ahead :)

  9. Marsha @ The Harried Cook says

    I love this recipe, Roxana! Those cupcakes are really pretty! I guess some frostings don’t hold out well at room temperature, but that’s a small price to pay for such goodness! And I don’t think these would last more than a couple of hours anyways! :)

    I think the frosting looks absolutely great – I must disagree with you and say you have some frosting skills! You are good! Beautiful cupcakes and gorgeous pictures, Roxana!

  10. says

    Did I told you before that you are genius? I think I did several times:))) Those cupcakes are calling my name Roxy..what are you doing to me at this hour and you know I am on raw diet..you could wait for few more days:))) Just kidding..no they look amazing and sound like a perfect playdate treat! I think those kids (and moms) love you so much!:))

  11. says

    Oh, I just want a spoonful of that gorgeous icing! These are fabulous, Roxana…and I’m SO glad you’re not allergic to chocolate :) xoxo

  12. says

    Wow, these are so beautiful! I’m sure if they have healthy yoghurt in them I could consider them a main meal, right?

    I sneeze all the time in the summer now that I’m up in the hot and humid north. I did when I lived in Florida too. The dry south of Australia – I rarely sneezed. As long as I have my daily dose of drugs I’m just fine.

  13. 5 Star Foodie says

    These look scrumptious and I like that they are healthy too, being made with yogurt. Happy first day of spring!

  14. says

    Ugh, Roxana, so sorry to hear about the allergies! Spring has sprung, seemingly, here in the Northeast. It’s crazy, my tulips are already coming up. Although I fear a late freeze and then we will lose it all.

    Gorgeous cuppy cakes!

  15. says

    Ahhhh, a girl after my own heart! You know how much I adore Greek yogurt? These sound fantastic, and I love the use of the yogurt in your buttercream, YUM!!! I love that your daughter is not a chocolate fan either, I am not the only one, YAY:-) I want to dive into that frosting, and take a bite now:-) Hugs, Terra

  16. Kim - Liv Life says

    Beautiful, beautiful cupcakes!!! And yogurt is one of my favorite ingredients to add to baked goods. Love the flavor as well as the tenderizing. Well done!!

  17. says

    Love mixing yogurt in cake and these looks so cute! Love how you did that decoration .. so satin-y look :)And thank god you can eat chocolate!

  18. says

    Awesome idea to use Yoghurt even in the frosting!They look so rich and luscious, I can’t take my eyes off that frosting :)Great clicks as well!I’ll definitely be trying this for sure my friend :)

  19. Susan says

    Gorgeous photos! I visited the Chocolate Museum while I was in Cologne this past January and there was a piece up on the wall exclaiming all the virtues of chocolate and how healthy it is for your body. I turned to my husband and said “see, it IS good for you” Just a little justification for having that piece of chocolate every day :-)

  20. Bonnie Banters says

    So chocolatey and healthy too…that’s a winning combo! Guess the Greek yogurt kinda replaces the cream cheese. Very nice!

  21. Anne-So says

    I tried these today. I just made a few modifications : I used less sugar and a chocolate with praline in it… Delicious ;) Thanks for sharing !

  22. Nadia says

    I made these cupcakes today and out if the 16 cupcakes there are only 3 left, so i guess that says a lot. The cupcakes were very moist and chocolaty and delicious. The frosting came out perfect although I did reduce the sugar a little. Couldn’t make the pretty ribbons…i suck at frosting cakes or cupcakes:).
    Thanks for sharing a great recipe:)

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