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Spring Nest Cupcakes + Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate cream cheese frosting, easter cupcakes, spring cupcakes, spring nest cupcakes


  • 1/2 cup {1 stick} unsalted butter unsalted, room temperature
  • 4 oz. {half a pack} cream cheese room temperature
  • 3 1/2 cups SIFTED confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/2 cup SIFTED cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, whip together the cream cheese and butter for 2 minutes or until smooth and creamy.
  2. Make sure you sift the cocoa and confectioner’s sugar. Combine these and slowly add to the bowl of the mixer one third at a time and mix until it is combined with the butter and cream cheese before adding the next batch.
  3. Once the sugar is all added into the bowl, add in the vanilla and heavy cream, then mix on low until combined.
  4. Whip on high for 5-8 minutes until frosting is smooth and has lightened in color a bit due to the whipping adding a bit of air into the mix. It will be lighter and silky smooth.
  5. Frost it up.