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Black and White Cupcakes: A Taste of NY

Black and White CupcakesBeing from NY, I love Black and White cookies. I wanted to recreate the essence of the black and white cookie in a black and white cupcake. Most people in St. Louis haven’t heard of black and white cookies except for maybe a reference to black and white cookies on Seinfeld. What better way to introduce them to this NY treat than a black and white cupcake!

Black and White Cupcake Recipe

For the yellow cake, I opted for the yellow cake recipe on The Longbored Surfer’s site. [Note: The recipe is no longer found on that site. I have reprinted it below.] I liked that it had sour cream in it. I traditionally like sour cream cakes. Remember that even though it’s for someone else’s wedding, it’s really all about me.

Black and White Frosting Recipe

After doing some extensive web research, I came across a recipe for mini black and white cookies on Epicurious. My main concern about these cupcakes was that the black and white frosting needed to be authentic. It should be hard so that you can peel it off if you want to, not poofy. The icing on the Epicurious recipe had enough good reviews that I decided to give it a go.


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Black and White Cupcakes: A Taste of NY

These look like the iconic black and white cookie and have the same amazing taste.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword black and white cupcakes, black and white frosting
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 cupcakes
Calories 263kcal


Cupcake Ingredients

  • 1.5 C flour
  • 3/4 C Sugar
  • 1.5 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 stick 1/2 C butter
  • 1/2 C sour cream
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 t vanilla extract

Black and White Frosting Ingredients

  • 2 3/4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice You may consider leaving this out if you don't want a lemon flavor.
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder


Cupcake Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees with the oven rack in the middle position. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with cupcake wrappers.
  • Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.
  • Cream together the butter and sugar until light colored and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the egg, egg yolks, and vanilla and beat at medium speed until thoroughly incorporated. Add the sour cream and beat until incorporated.
  • Add the flour mixture and beat until just incorporated.
  • Spoon the mixture into the muffin cups and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean, about 20 minutes.
  • Remove and cool to room temperature on a rack, about 45 minutes.

Black and White Frosting Instructions

  • Stir together confectioners sugar, corn syrup, lemon juice, vanilla, and 2 tablespoons water in a small bowl until smooth. If icing is not easily spreadable, add more water, 1/2 teaspoon at a time. Transfer half of icing to another bowl and stir in cocoa, adding more water, 1/2 teaspoon at a time, to thin to same consistency as vanilla icing. Cover surface with a dampened paper towel, then cover bowl with plastic wrap.
  • With offset spatula, spread white icing over half of each cupcake. Starting with cupcakes you iced first, spread chocolate icing over other half.


Nutrition Facts
Black and White Cupcakes: A Taste of NY
Amount Per Serving
Calories 263 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 51mg17%
Sodium 115mg5%
Potassium 128mg4%
Carbohydrates 56g19%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 42g47%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 125IU3%
Vitamin C 0.4mg0%
Calcium 48mg5%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Use Corn Syrup that is not High Fructose Corn Syrup

I am typically an anti corn syrup in baking person. However, that mainly stems from my dislike for pies that use corn syrup to thicken their filling. I think that alters the flavor and makes it taste less natural. I decided though, that I should give corn syrup a chance since it was an important ingredient in this icing.

I stopped at Schnucks to pick some up since I questioned whether Whole Foods would even stock it. To my chagrin, the main ingredient in the bottle of corn syrup at Schnucks was high fructose corn syrup. If I used that, my husband wouldn’t eat my cupcakes. Essentially there is no high fructose corn syrup allowed in our home.

So.. I headed to Whole Foods with my fingers crossed. They had it it right next to the maple syrup and it was just plain organic corn syrup. Perfect!

Black and White Cupcake Reviews

I loved these cupcakes. I thought they tasted just like black and white cookies. The icing was perfect. It was however, really messy. When you put the icing on the cupcakes it is still wet and then it hardens. While it’s wet, it’s hard to keep it from dripping down the side of the cupcake wrapper. I’d have to work on that if I made them again.

The bride and groom to be thought the cake was too heavy and the white portion of the icing was too lemony.

I may try to make a fluffier version with no hint of lemon in the white icing for them at some point, or I may just keep this one as my own private indulgence to share with New Yorkers when they visit.

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11 comments on “Black and White Cupcakes: A Taste of NY”

  1. Bryansays:

    Cake: B-
    Icing: C+
    Overall Taste: C+
    Appearance: C
    Overall Rating: C+
    Comments: I admit that I had not heard about these before. I understand that New Yorkers think that their food is the best (pizza/bagels/etc…), but I am not sure about this one. It was not bad at all, and I would eat it. However, compared to other cupcakes made by the chef and my personal desire it was not my cup of tea.

  2. Glensays:

    Lovely looking cupcakes.

  3. Nancysays:

    So far, the Black and Whites are my favorite. Cupcake is a great texture and perfect sweetness, enhanced by the great frosting. Sorry the groom doesn’t care for them, but Stef can make them for me anytime!

  4. these are perfect. We are having a black and white wedding, and are thinking of giving the cookies as favors. Cupcakes are an awesome option!

  5. Stefsays:

    Courtney – What a cute favor idea! I didn’t realize you were engaged. Congrats! I already mentioned that you can contact me about cupcakes. I should also mention that my husband is a good photographer if you are looking for one.

  6. Anonymoussays:

    Are people just trying to be nice? The cupcakes in that picture look really awful. Why are the tops lumpy? Why is the frosting running all over the place? The frosting on a Black & White cookie is supposed to be very similar to fondant (thick, not runny). These look like a mess.

  7. Anonymoussays:

    when i first looked at the cupcake i was wondering what the lumps were. it wasn’t the icing what was it? still can’t figure it out. and what is 1.5 cups of flour?

  8. Stefsays:

    I have to agree with some of the newer commentators. These were some of the first cupcakes that I ever made. They were really tasty, but the photo does leave a lot to be desired and that icing was way too runny. I’ve come a long way since these.

  9. Je suis clairement d’accord avec vous

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