Chocolate Cupcakes with m&m’s Frosting

Delicious, from scratch, Chocolate Cupcakes with m&m’s frosting! Pile it high for more flavor and fun!

The most delicious, from scratch, Chocolate Cupcakes pile high with creamy M&M Frosting!!

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I’ve come to realize that my kids, while they enjoy my baking, they enjoy the benefits I provide. For example, a day before an event, they like to say to me “my team would LOVE if you could bring in some of those delicious cupcakes. I don’t care what flavor, but you know, they all know you’re a baker.”

Which translates too…please make something over the top delicious in the next 12 hours. Something that won’t embarrass me, but impress my friends. Oh, and can you make sure you make 3 dozen of that “something.”

I’ve fallen trap to this scenario more times than I care to admit. Of course I love to bake for others. And my kids. But, I also like a little time to prepare. And I think my kids feel if they give me time I will say “no.” So they spring it on me last minute, and beg, and flatter me in hopes I will say “yes.” Which I almost always do!

The most delicious, from scratch, Chocolate Cupcakes pile high with creamy M&M Frosting!!

Enter: Chocolate Cupcakes with M&M’s Frosting! Rich, moist, fudgy cupcakes with PILES of vanilla frosting loaded with candy.

How to make Chocolate Cupcakes with M&M’s frosting:

I used my favorite chocolate cupcake recipe for the base. It makes about one dozen cupcakes. The frosting piled high like in the photos is enough for 12 cupcakes as well. If you need more cupcakes, you can double the cupcake recipe…and if you want to not use all that frosting on each cupcake you can stretch it to cover 24 cupcakes. But then again…why would you do that?

I have decided there are two types of people. Those who love the frosting. And those who love the cake. I am a frosting lover. My motto is: more frosting. #lamemotto

Switch up the M&M’S and try peanut, pretzel, caramel, or choose a holiday color to suit your needs!

The most delicious, from scratch, Chocolate Cupcakes pile high with creamy M&M Frosting!!

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I love adding m&m’s to my desserts: 


 M&M Fudge: add any color/variety candy to your vanilla fudge for a delicious festive treat!


 Rainbow Fudge Cookie Bars: easy 4 ingredient dessert idea. You’re welcome!

Thanksgiving Cookie Cake- a giant chocolate chip and m&m cookie cake with buttercream frosting! #Thanksgiving #cookie

M&M Cookie Cake: better than the kind you get at the mall, and easy to make for any occasion!

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Chocolate Cupcakes with M&M’S Frosting recipe:

Yield: 12-15 cupcakes

M&M Frosting

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes

Fluffy vanilla frosting packed with m&m candies, on top of a from scratch chocolate cupcake!


For the cupcakes:

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (dark chocolate)
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup brewed coffee (stronger the better)
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk

For the frosting:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2 Tbsp milk
  • 10 oz package m&m candies


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degree F.
  2. For the cupcakes, combine flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda, and baking powder in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. Mix brewed coffee with milk in a small measuring cup. Set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with sugar for 5 minutes until fluffy. Add in egg. Slowly add in dry ingredients, alternating with coffee mixture (about 3 additions). Beat for 2-3 minutes after final addition, scraping down the sides of the bowl.
  5. Scoop batter into paper lined cupcake tins. Bake for 15-18 minutes. Remove and cool completely on wire rack before adding frosting.
  6. For the frosting, beat butter for 2 minutes. Add in powdered sugar, vanilla and milk and beat on medium high until fluffy, about 4-5 minutes. Fold in candies. Use a large scoop to add frosting to cupcakes! ENJOY.


**I used regular milk chocolate m&m candies. But the baking bits would be a great option too!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cupcake

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 316Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 124mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 1gSugar: 37gProtein: 3g

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The most delicious, from scratch, Chocolate Cupcakes pile high with creamy M&M Frosting!!

*Today’s recipe for Chocolate Cupcakes with M&M’S frosting was first published on Shugary Sweets on July 9, 2015 and has been republished in July 2018.


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Posted on July 8, 2018

Comments & Reviews

  1. I noticed that you linked to your “favorite chocolate cupcake” recipe, which you described at using for the base. But you also have a recipe within this post to make a different version of cupcakes. Which one would you say is best? 

    1. I would say of the two, this one is my favorite base recipe:

  2. I’m normally a cake person, because sometimes frostings can be too sweet for me, but if every cake I ever hate from now on had this frosting on it, I think I’d be pretty content!

  3. The cupcake sound so good. My husband loves chocolate. My favorite frosting is 7 Minute/Divinity Frosting. Oh my how I love that stuff. Our oldest son loves this type though. He hasn’t ever had it with candy in it.

  4. Wow! This looks so heavenly! I think this would be the perfect cupcake for my boys birthday parties! That frosting is perfect! Thanks for suggesting my Dark Chocolate M&M Cookies as another great recipe that uses M&M’s! 🙂

  5. I am a cake person unless it’s buttercream frosting…then I will eat it by the spoonful 🙂 These cupcakes are so cute!! love the M&Ms!

  6. I’m normally a cake person, because sometimes frostings can be too sweet for me, but if every cake I  ever hate from now on had this frosting on it, I think I’d be pretty content!

  7. Baking for others is fine, but I like it best when they don’t know I’m doing it. Then I don’t have to put up with special requests or expectations or baking in huge numbers.
    These look delicious, though, so props to your kids for making you do it!

  8. Is it possible to be both?? I love a good balance of cake and frosting… but I guess if I had to choose it would be cake! Hah, I think it’s funny how your kids trick you into baking something for them, but I don’t blame them!  I’d like 3 dozen of these cupcakes now!

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