Black & White Cupcakes

I helped host a bridal shower this past weekend. To save a little money, we all decided to make a batch of cupcakes for the dessert instead of ordering a cake. Since the bride’s colors for the wedding are black & white, my friend, Joy, had the great idea to make chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese icing and then use upside down chocolate chips to look like polka dots. They turned out super cute.

To make all the cupcakes uniform, we decided to use a cake mix and then use the same cream cheese icing recipe. I couldn’t find the cake mix we were supposed to use, so I got the closest thing I could find, and it got rave reviews. It was Duncan Hines Chocolate Fudge cake mix. I doctored up the icing recipe just a bit, but not too much. The recipe I used is below.

Cream Cheese Icing
Source: adapted from The Way The Cookie Crumbles (whom she adapted from Apple a Day, who adapted it from

16 oz. cream cheese
2 cups powdered sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt

Allow cream cheese to soften on counter at room temperature for about 10 minutes or so. Place cream cheese in stand mixer. Add in powdered sugar. Beat on medium high for about 3-5 minutes, until fluffy. Add in vanilla and salt. Beat for another two minutes. Top cupcakes or cake and refrigerate.

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  1. I’m hosting a baby shower for my sister-in-law in May and I was also thinking cupcakes instead of cake since our budget is limited. Yours look like they turned out perfectly!

  2. My wedding colors were black and white. Love these cupcakes. SO fun for a shower!

  3. Colleen says:

    What a cute way to go with the theme! These look delicious!

  4. These are adorable! I never would’ve thought to do the chips upside down. Nicely done!

  5. These look beautiful! What a wonderful shower dessert!

  6. penniesonaplatter says:

    What a great idea for turning the chocolate chips upside down!

  7. jennpennell306 says:

    i have to say…i LOVE your blog!! i am not a cook, but i love all your stuff!! YUM!

  8. These are BEAUTIFUL! You are so creative! They go just PERFECTLY with those cute napkins!!

  9. Very creative & absolutely adorable. I've been looking for an idea for something black & white, thank for the inspiration.

  10. melissa says:

    what cute cupcakes! they went perfect with the decor.