Greek Yogurt Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes

/// October 10th, 2014

Greek Yogurt Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes Today I bring you one of my favorite recipe creations of ALL time: Greek Yogurt Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes. They may look like just another pretty chocolate cupcake promising perfection (there are so many these days…) but these moist, ultra-chocolatey Greek yogurt spiked sweeties are total game changers!

Greek Yogurt Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes Greetings from “I can’t believe it’s only October and I’m already showing flu symptoms” land. Ugh. Being sick —> the worst. Being sick on a FRIDAY NIGHT —> the pits and back and then some. Womp womp. Looks like it’ll be a weekend of soup, afternoon sleep sessions, and Modern Family marathons. I need my Phil fix because um… laughter is the best medicine right?

Moving forward… straight to you! What are you up to this weekend? Pumpkin picking? Pie baking? Kicking up your feet and doing n-o-t-h-i-n-g? All of those sound pretty great to me 😉

Greek Yogurt Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes Ok. So let’s focus! On the cupcakes. I just took a swig of NyQuil , so I better type fast or things could get weird… So —-> CUPCAKES. Let’s do this. 

These chocolate cupcakes are nothing short of EPIC. The base is soft, moist, and loaded with chocolate flavor. I added cocoa powder AND melted chocolate to the batter, so they are chocolate flavor all the way home. The way all chocolate cupcakes should be… just saying.

Greek Yogurt Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes The cupcake batter also has a heaping half cup of greek yogurt, and wow does it make all the difference. I typically bake my chocolate cupcakes with buttermilk or sour cream, so I was nervous baking these up the first time. I was so wrong to be! They were amazing! Funny enough my first batch was too moist. That’s rare when it comes to chocolate cupcakes. After a few tweaks, I worked out all of the kinks and created what I consider to be one of the best chocolate cupcakes on the market. Try it for yourself and I just know you’ll agree 😉

Greek Yogurt Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes The frosting is thick, creamy, and, of course, booming with rich, decadent chocolate flavor. The ingredients are pretty basic as far as buttercream go: butter, sugar, cocoa powder, salt. What makes it extra extra awesome is a generous dollop of Greek yogurt and half and half. I find the combination of Greek yogurt and half and half creates a buttercream that can hold up to high swirls but still just melts in your mouth. So perfect.

Greek Yogurt Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes This is a great recipe for when you’re looking for something a little more exciting than your standard chocolate cupcake recipe, and a little easier than making a super decadent chocolate fudge cake with chocolate fudge frosting. Moist, rich, and topped with the most addicting chocolate buttercream ever (trust me; you won’t be able to stop “taste testing”).

These cupcakes are the total package! Just be sure you have a tall glass of milk near… you’ll need it 😉 xoxo

Greek Yogurt Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 14 cupcakes

Serving Size: 1 cupcake


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs + 1 large egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup + 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour, not packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup full fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup boiling water or coffee
  • For the Chocolate Greek Yogurt Buttercream:
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 3 cups confectioners sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons Greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons Half and Half
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. For the cupcakes:
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (F). Line a 12-cup cupcake/muffin tin with cupcake liners and lightly spray the liners with non-stick spray (optional, but it does help them peel right off).
  3. Melt the oil, butter,and chocolate together in the microwave, heating in 30 second increments, and stirring between increments each time. You may also melt the oil, butter, and chocolate over very low heat on the stovetop, but I find the microwave option to be much easier. Whisk mixture until completely smooth; set aside to cool.
  4. In a medium sized bowl combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa powder, and salt; stir together until thoroughly combined; set aside.
  5. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, yolk, sugars, and vanilla; beat until smooth. Add the cooled oil/butter/chocolate mixture and whisk until smooth. Add half of the flour mixture, then half of the Greek yogurt. Repeat the process until everything is added, and be sure to mix until JUST combined - then quickly stir in the hot water or coffee (depending on which you're using). It's important not to over mix, here! Just stir until evenly combined.
  6. Divide the batter among the 12 liners in your prepared pan. Bake for 16-18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool *completely before frosting.
  7. For the Chocolate Greek Yogurt Buttercream:
  8. Sift together the confectioners sugar and cocoa powder, whisking well to ensure it's bump and lump free!
  9. Using a handheld mixer OR a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium-high speed until creamy; about 2 minutes. Reduce speed to low and slowly add the sifted sugar/cocoa powder, alternating with the Greek yogurt and half and half, then add the salt. Once all of the ingredients have been added, beat on high speed until light and creamy and combined; beat for at least 1 minute on high.
  10. Frost cooled cupcakes and top with any decorations if desired.
  11. Cupcakes stay fresh at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 4 days.


*Half and half is sold in the dairy isle at most grocery stores. If you cannot find it, you can make your own by mixing 1 part whole milk with one part heavy cream.

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76 thoughts on “Greek Yogurt Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes

  1. cristina

    Hello, I noticed in the instructions for the batter it said coffee/water. Do I add coffee? Also may I use VHoney greek yogurt by greek gods? I had a hard time finding full fat yogurt the one I got doesn’t say full fat but it also doesn’t say 1 or 2 % and the saturated fat is high.

  2. Paul

    These have become my go-to recipe for chocolate cake and frosting, not just for cupcakes. I opted to use Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa for the cake and regular cocoa for the frosting. the play between the two varieties of chocolate is perfect. Not one person has eaten these and have been able to just shrug their shoulders. They always elicit a reaction.

    I personally have problems finding plain Greek yogurt. It seems to always be out of stock or somehow hidden among the millions of flavored choices. I felt like a guy buying feminine hygiene products as I stood in front of all the choices while women clamored around me grabbing a variety of yogurt products. So I did some research and substituted it for regular sour creme. The consistency and taste remained the same. Since that is easier for me to get, I am going to continue with that choice.

    I did run out of half and half at one point and decided to try substituting it for heavy creme. That did not go as well. The heavy creme, as the name would imply, made the butter-creme very difficult to frost as it was very thick. The taste was the same, but the consistence was not. Eat and learn!

  3. Mary

    These look heavenly! Thank you for the recipe. I think I could eat a whole bowl of the frosting by itself. LOL!
    Do you think I could substitute plain full fat yogurt instead of Greek? Plan to make these really soon!

  4. shiela

    I have been looking on these cupcakes and they look very delicious..i am excited to make one however when i was scanning the ingredients i didnt understand what’s half and half?i havent seen any of that in our shops..i am from australia maybe i just dont what it’s called here..i’ll be glad ti hear from you.much appreciated..

    1. bakerbynature Post author

      Hi Shiela! Half and Half is simply half whole milk half heavy cream. Here in the US it’s sold in the dairy aisle. If you can find it, just use equal parts milk and cream :)

  5. Queenie

    you did not answer about water/coffee adding to cake reciept. I 2 do not understand how much instant coffee to add to water please answer would like to make these for my church function this Friday. Yes they look excellent but need post to say how they taste. Thank u

    1. bakerbynature Post author

      Hi Queenie. The ingredient list notes to add hot water OR coffee to the cake batter. The method below the instructions informs you when to add the water OR coffee to the mix. I hope this helps.

  6. Lindie

    Oh my goodness! I made these cupcakes for a co-worker’s birthday and feel ashamed for deflecting attention away from herr! All day long people came to my desk to rave over these delicious treats. This is, hands down, the best cupcake recipe I’ve ever made. It is a keeper and going in my recipe box. I was unsure of the frosting, with the ratio of wet vs dry ingredients, but wow – the frosing was perfect, fudgy and decadent. Thank you so much for sharing!

    ps- I’m sure that these will be a huge hit at my son’s 2nd birthday party in January. I was going to order cupcakes, but really? Why? These are amazing.

    1. bakerbynature Post author

      Hi Lindie! It’s not even 6 am here but you’ve already made my day with this comment :) Thank you so much for making my recipe. I’m happy you loved it as much as I do. And I’m sure these will be a MAJOR hit at the party! xo

  7. Melanie @ Nutritious Eats

    This is quite possibly the prettiest cupcake I’ve ever seen. I make a chocolate cake that is perfection, from Ina Garten I think, but I am going to have to try these for my next cupcakes. How on earth do you get the frosting to look so perfect? i have those tips and frosting bags but mine never look like this. Pinning for later!

    1. bakerbynature Post author

      Hi Melanie. Thank you so much! I just use a pipping bag and a wilton star tip, then quickly swirl away 😉 It took some practice, but after awhile it becomes second nature.

  8. M

    I just ran across this post somewhere on facebook and decided to make these tonight. My first time EVER making cupcakes and I have to say they came out amazing! I followed your recipe to the T except I added too much half and half and yogurt to the frosting (because it was so powdery silly me thought I need to make it more moist) so it ended up being a bit runny but still great. I was impressed and couldn’t believe I made these! So thanks :)

  9. Leanne

    hello, I’ve been looking everywhere online to find a good moist chocolate cupcake recipe and yours looks amazing. I live in the UK and i am just curious what weight in Grams is your butter, as are sticks of butter over here are 250g. Also could i substitue the canola oil for coconut oil ? Would love for your help thank you

  10. Tania

    Sorry another question,….how does this recipe compare to your “super decadent chocolate cupcakes” in flavour and moisture please? I have to make some for a wedding and I want the moistest one of the two.

    Thanks again

  11. Kelli

    I’m making these this weekend, they sound great! You say you use both melted chocolate AND cocoa powder in yours which is what I want to do, but I’m just wondering how much of each do you add? Also, do you recommend using coffee over water or vice versa?

    1. bakerbynature Post author

      Hi Kelli. The chocolate and cocoa amounts called for are listed in the ingredient section of the recipe box, at the very bottom of the blog post. I prefer to use coffee, but I love coffee, so the slight taste transferred into the finished product is appealing. If you don’t like coffee, I recommend using hot water :)

  12. sue griffore

    Is the frosting one that will crust? With warm/humid weather I have to be careful. Picture is amazing!! thank you

  13. TaiwanCactus

    THANKS for this recipe — BONKERS good cake! I didn’t do the frosting, just a yogurt-based super chocolate glaze. But if you make the Greek yogurt yourself, for extra credit, use the whey to make salted caramel and drizzle that atop… The whey always bothers me as I didn’t know what to do with it. But the tanginess of the yogurt in the cupcake, frosting, and caramel is fantastic.

  14. gizzel

    Sounds amazing but i live in south Africa and we dont get “half and half” what is this and what could i substitute it with?

  15. janet

    Hi there! I am from South Africa, and made quite a number of cup cakes in my life, but boy oh boy. You were not joking when you said yours are the best moist chocolate cup cakes ever! They are more than that! They are super, super, super awesome! Thank you for sharing your recipe!i

  16. Jheng

    Hi! wanna ask if its okay if i use low fat yogurt instead of full fat yogurt in this recipe? thanks

    1. bakerbynature Post author

      Hi Jheng. As stated in the post I do recommend using full-fat Greek yogurt for the best results. That said, if you must use low-fat the recipe will still work, however the texture and taste will be slightly less rich. I hope you enjoy the cupcakes!

    1. bakerbynature Post author

      Hi Anna. I am unfamiliar with Rapeseed oil, so I cannot say for sure. If it’s typically used in baking and doesn’t have a strong taste it may work :) Let me know if you try it!

  17. Nichole

    So, I never comment on blogs regarding a recipe. Literally never….until now! I found this recipe around 6 months ago, and have now made it several times. These chocolate cupcakes are perfect. They even turn out well if you forget to buy brown sugar and have to use all white sugar….or if your toddler ate all the Greek yogurt and you sub sour cream. This is pretty much my go to chocolate cake recipe now. Thanks!!

  18. Gina

    I just pulled these out of the oven.
    Hubby ate two in less than 7 minutes! Told me don’t even bother with the frosting… I gave my daughter and niece half each (because it is 10pm) and they look on their faces!!!! Going to frost tommorow (if there are any left!)

  19. Estella Garcia

    I just saw this recipe for cupcakes looks so yummy. Would love to make both chocolate frosting and cupcake but for the moment need chocolate cuocake. I need a vanilla or pink frosting going to a breast cancer survivor party. Could this frosting be made vanilla or pink without adding cocoa powder? Hoping I get a response soon as party this weekend. If not do you have a frosting recipe that would be great with this cupcake recipe

  20. Sabah

    Hi. Can I use salted butter instead of unsalted butter ? In my country unsalted butter is hard to come by.


  21. Anushka kalia

    Hi I’m from the UK and wanted to know what is half and half and also we have 250g of sticks of butter so how many ounces would your 1stick of butter be.

    Looking forward to trying out this recipe hope to hear back from you x

  22. Nadine Baister

    These look amazing! I’m from the UK so your quantities aren’t clear to me. Can you please tell me in grams/mls what ‘half a cup’ be equivalent too? I guess we all have different size cups

    Can’t wait to try these


  23. Uteh martin

    I tried it today and this recipe is truly magical and one to keep. Thank you for sharing!!!! I followed everything however I couldn’t find the full fat greek yogurt so i used sour cream instead and it’s still yummy! The cake itself is moist and the buttercream icing compliments very well. Will be making this for birthdays from now on.
    Thanks again!



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