Lilac Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe

lilac cupcakes

Lilac is one my favorite flowers come summer and chocolate one of my favorite treats. Not as in eating chocolate off the bark, but in cakes. While I have been looking into doing more and more floral recipes, there is a time where you need to choose between adding the flowers in your recipe or just giving your cakes a floral look. We’ll go for the latter on this one with those delicious lilac chocolate cupcakes.

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No, they do not taste of lilac. The frosting only looks like lilac flowers. It could taste of lilac should you add some lilac simple syrup or extract. But for this one, I wanted to start small and just focus on trying to gett the frosting right.

Ingredients for the lilac chocolate cupcakes

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  • 4 1/2 tbsp butterroom temperature
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 100 ml whole milk
  • 3 tbsp sour cream
  • 6 tbsp cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 1/3 cup butter (room temperature)
  • 3 cups icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Purple food coloring
  • Pink food coloring


Chocolate cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In the bowl of a standing mixer, cream together butter and brown sugar until smooth.
  3. Add egg and beat until fully-incorporated and fluffy.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  5. In a smaller bowl, combine milk and sour cream. Set aside.
  6. Alternating between dry and wet ingredients, add to the butter-sugar mixture in two parts.
  7. Using a cookie or ice cream scoop, scoop out cake batter into the lined cupcake pan. About 2 scoops should do, or fill cupcake liners up to 3/4.
  8. Bake for 22 minutes, or until cake insert comes out clean.
  9. Let cool completely before using.

Cream cheese frosting

  1. In the bowl of a standing mixer, beat together cream cheese and butter until smooth.
  2. With the mixer running on low, add icing sugar one cup at a time.
  3. Then, add milk and vanilla.
  4. Beat on high until frosting is fluffy.
  5. Separate frosting into two bowls. Add purple to one and pink to the other.

Assemble the lilac chocolate cupcakes

  1. Fit a large piping bag with a 2D piping nozzle. Fill one smaller piping bag with the pink frosting, and another one with purple. Add both bags to the large piping bag.
  2. Starting at the centre of the cupcake, pipe flowers of frosting. Continue piping around the centre dollop until you reach the edge of the cupcake.
  3. Repeat on all the cupcakes.
  4. Enjoy!

Check this Instagram video to see the frosting being piped over the cupcakes in real time!

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What do you think of this lilac chocolate cupcakes recipe? It is actually very easy and you won’t need strong piping skills. I should know, because it was my first time attempting those cupcakes, and also I am well aware there is a lot of room for improvement!

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