Whole Wheat Chocolate Cupcakes

A Recipe for Toddlers

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These cupcakes incorporate whole wheat flour and have a hearty texture. You could skip the icing altogether and eat them as breakfast muffins. After all, who doesn’t like chocolate for breakfast?

However, I decided to ice them with my mom’s famous Seven-Minute Frosting, topped with a variety of sprinkles for aesthetics’s sake.


½ cup 100% whole wheat flour
¾ cup All-Purpose flour
¼ tsp. kosher salt
½ tsp. baking soda
1-¼ cup brown sugar
¼ cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
½ cup plain or vanilla Greek yogurt* (2% or full fat recommended)
½ cup hot water

*Greek yogurt is recommended, as it has a much richer consistency. If you can’t find Greek yogurt, you can substitute with sour cream.


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Mix flours, salt, and baking soda together in a medium-sized bowl and set aside. In a large bowl, combine oil, sugar, eggs and vanilla and whisk until golden brown. Add melted chocolate and stir until well blended. Add flour mixture, alternating with yogurt. Stir just until combined and then add hot water a little bit at a time. Mix thoroughly and dole into lined cupcake tins.

Bake for 19-22 minutes and make sure not to over bake, as the cakes will dry out. Eat warm as a muffin, or ice with following recipe once cooled.

If you decide to ice the cupcakes, we recommend this Seven-Minute Frosting recipe. It’s light and sturdy texture provides for pretty peaks – perfect for topping with sprinkles.

Mom’s Seven-Minute Frosting

1-1/2 cups sugar
2 tbsp. corn syrup
6 large egg whites
1 tsp pure vanilla
1/4 cup water

In a metal bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water, combine sugar, corn syrup, water, and egg whites. Cook over medium heat for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Once mixture begins to foam and registers at 160 degrees, remove from heat.

Attach the metal bowl to mixer fitted with whisk attachment. Beat the mixture for 5 minutes, until glossy and voluminous. Mix in vanilla. Use immediately.

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