Mini Chocolate-Meringue Cupcakes


Mini Chocolate-Meringue Cupcakes are light and airy — a chocolate lover’s dream!

Mini Chocolate Meringue Cupcakes via Iowa Girl Eats

I don’t know about you, but when it’s late at night, dinner’s been cleared away, and Ben and I have settled in to watch our “programs” for the evening, sometimes I get a hankerin’ for something sweet that only chocolate can satisfy.

Sure, a juicy orange, cold Peach Pop, or a swipe or seven of hummus occasionally quiets the beast but, as my fellow chocolate devotees out there can attest to, nothing quite cuts it like chocolate.

I hate when we’re out of chocolate. I stomp around the kitchen staring into cupboards packed with everything except what I’m looking for, then dig around the freezer for that last chocolate-covered Red Velvet Cake Ball I know I saved for dire circumstances such as these. When I come up empty I’ll ask Ben if knows what could have possibly become of it??

Uhhh, I think I ate it. 

You think you ate it, or you ate it?

I definitely ate it. 


At this point, I’ll usually resort to snagging a small handful of chocolate chips to satisfy my sweet tooth, or better yet, a spoonful of peanut butter studded with the chocolate chips.


Thankfully these dreadful circumstances can all be prevented if Mini Chocolate-Meringue Cupcakes are in da house!

Mini Chocolate-Meringue Cupcakes have two types of chocolate in the batter and are lightened with an easy meringue (fancy talk for whipped egg whites with sugar) so they’re light and airy on top, but dense and brownie-like in the center. Drizzled with melted chocolate, they are a feast for us chocolate lovers. Fist bump!

(PS: could you not just scream over this itty-bitty cake stand I found at BB&B last month?! Squee!)

Mini Chocolate Meringue Cupcakes via Iowa Girl Eats

The recipe for these Mini Chocolate-Meringue Cupcakes comes from my girl Giada de Laurentiis. I saw her adorable self making these adorable mini cupcakes on the Food Network several months ago, and have been waiting for the perfect time to make them.

Mini Chocolate Meringue Cupcakes via Iowa Girl Eats

Since all the holiday chocolates have finally been eaten, and seriously, my last chocolate-covered Red Velvet Cake Ball was recently devoured by Ben, I thought this would be the perfect time to break the recipe out. Perfectly portion controlled, packed with chocolate, light and crispy yet dense and gooey, these mini cupcakes have everything I look for to satisfy a sweet craving!

Mini Chocolate Meringue Cupcakes via Iowa Girl Eats

Start the Mini Chocolate-Meringue Cupcakes by beating together 2 egg yolks, 1/3 cup sugar, 1/4 cup canola oil, 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and a pinch of salt, in a large bowl until smooth.


Next add in 1/2 cup melted chocolate chips, then beat until smooth again!


In a separate bowl, make the meringue that we’ll fold into the chocolate batter. The meringue makes these cupcakes light as air on top, but super dense on the inside. First beat 3 egg whites on high until they’ve reached “soft peak” stage, about 3 minutes. This basically means you can lift the beater out and the egg whites will create a little spike but then fall back over on itself.


With the beaters still running, gradually add 1/3 cup sugar into the egg whites then let ’em go until they reach “stiff peak” stage, about 2 more minutes.


At this point the egg whites should be white, glossy, and stand up straight when you lift the beater up!


Stir 1/3 of the egg whites into the chocolate batter, then fold the rest in gently with a spatula.


Sift in 1/4 cup cake flour (here’s how to make your own at home >) then you’re set!


Use a cookie scoop or piping bag to fill lined, mini muffin tin cups up to the top, then bake for just 12 minutes at 350 degrees or until they’ve puffed up. So cute!


After the cupcakes have cooled for 15 minutes, drizzle melted chocolate over the top, and prepare. to. SWOON.

Mini Chocolate Meringue Cupcakes via Iowa Girl Eats

Mini Chocolate-Meringue Cupcakes

Makes 20-24 mini cupcakes


Mini Chocolate-Meringue Cupcakes are light and airy — a chocolate lover's dream!


  • 2 egg yolks (save egg whites)
  • 1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cup sugar, divided
  • 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
  • 1/4 cup cake flour
  • 3 egg whites
  • For the chocolate drizzle:
    • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
    • 1 Tablespoon canola or vegetable oil


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees then line a 24-count mini muffin tin with liners.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together egg yolks, oil, 1/3 cup sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt until smooth, about 2 minutes. Pour in melted chocolate chips then beat until smooth.
  3. In a separate, large bowl, beat egg whites on high until they reach soft peaks, about 3 minutes. While still beating on high, slowly add remaining 1/3 cup sugar then beat until they reach stiff peaks, about 2 minutes. Stir 1/3 of the egg white mixture into the chocolate mixture. Batter will be slightly lumpy. Add remaining egg whites then fold with a spatula to combine.
  4. Sift flour into batter in two batches, folding until just combined before adding the next batch.
  5. Use a cookie scoop or piping bag to fill mini muffin tin liners to the top with batter. Bake for 12 minutes, rotating pan halfway through, until mini cupcakes are puffed on top. Remove and let cool in muffin tin for 15 minutes then remove to a cooling rack over waxed paper.
  6. Combine melted chocolate chips and vegetable oil in a small bowl then drizzle over mini cupcakes with a spoon. Let rest until chocolate is hardened then serve. Store in an airtight container on the counter.


Barely adapted from Giada de Laurentiis

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats,

Mini Chocolate Meringue Cupcakes via Iowa Girl Eats

Store these babies in an airtight container on the container, or better yet, take to friends and family to share the love. These mini chocolate-meringue cupcakes are so unique and satisfying!

Mini Chocolate Meringue Cupcakes via Iowa Girl Eats

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  1. Yum…these look delish and so cute! They would make the perfect dessert at a wedding or baby shower!

  2. Ooooo!!! I have all these ingredients, yay! Can’t wait to try them out! Meringue is one of my favorites that I DON’T make enough. These ought to do the trick!

  3. These look delicious! I love the story of Ben eating your cakeball…Noooo! Too funny :)

  4. Your photos remind me of summer… picnics with wine, cheese and chocolate-covered strawberries. *Sigh* These look entirely too delicious and will be sure to satisfy my chocolate cravings :)

  5. Shoot…these minis look so good, I think I’m gonna have to make ’em full sized! There goes your perfect portion control – right out the window – haha!

  6. looks SO so good…and from the ingredients list, it doesn’t even look THAT unhealthy!! anything less than 1 stick of butter is healthy in my book :)

  7. How cute are these!! I love how they deflate and sink in a little bit. Giada recipes have never done me wrong.

    P.s. peanut butter + chocolate chips = BEST dessert/snack ever!

  8. These are just TOO cute! And boy, do they look delicious :). The fact that they are mini doesn’t hurt either. I could totally eat two or three and not have to feel as guilty ;).

  9. Haley 01.16.2013

    girl. a spoon of peanut butter studded with chocolate chips is one of my all time favorite things! i’m so glad someone else appreciates the amazingness! another good one: half a spoon of peanut butter + half a spoon of nutella. yum.

  10. Jen Edgerton 01.16.2013

    Ummm helloo sunshine!! these look so good!! I’m pinning these suckers! They don’t even look like they have a ton of calories either? Well, a chocolate loving girl like me can dream , right? thanks for posting the recipe (and photos!!)


  11. Bek @ Crave 01.16.2013

    Ugh are you trying to make me eat 12 cupcakes in one go? Cuz that’s what’s going to happen haha!
    Oh oo. Ben’s in trouble ;)

  12. My BF and I have the same exact convo almost nightly lol These sweet treats would not last an hour in our house. But they look sooooo tasty!

  13. Allison 01.17.2013

    These look so yummy. I was curious about the calories so I entered it all into the recipe builder on My Fitness Pal. Figured I’d share:

    Cupcake alone (assuming 24 yield): 61 calories
    w/Drizzle: 109 calories

    I was thinking maybe chocolate jimmies on top instead of the drizzle to cut calories without losing the extra chocolate crunch. Thoughts?

  14. Cookin Canuck 01.17.2013

    I’ve had those moments of rummaging through the pantry, freezer and fridge in search of any tiny morsel of chocolate, only to find out that my husband or one of my boys had a chocolate party without me. I feel your pain. These cupcakes are absolutely gorgeous (as are your photos)!

  15. Wowwwweee!!! Normally I find meringues a little blah but these look incredible. Totally just gave me a chocolate craving. Making asap!

  16. Julie 01.17.2013

    I do that same thing with a handful of chocolate chips or PB + chocolate chips.

    These look great!

  17. Julia Jolliff 01.17.2013

    Those look awesome–you just made me very hungry at 10:40 AM! The pictures are beautiful too.

  18. Meg O'Brien 01.17.2013

    Great photography in this post! Love the mini cake stand as well : )

  19. Katie 01.17.2013

    I am just finishing up the red velvet cake balls, and loved them!! Do you think this recipe would freeze well also?

  20. Pure heaven! I love meringue, especially chocolate meringue, so I am all over these little guys!

  21. I’ve never tried chocolate meringue, but these look flippin’ fantastic.
    PS. I’m all over the spoonful of peanut butter + chocolate chips!

  22. Jess 01.17.2013

    I TOTALLY need to try these! Yum!

  23. Dale S. Rogers 01.17.2013

    I’ll have to try these! They remind me of chocolate meringue cookies I’ve made, but they’re more substantial. Thanks!

  24. Story of my life! You totally JUST described our evenings… come 9pm we are both in need of a little sumthin’ sumthin’!

  25. Trisha 01.17.2013

    Peanut butter spoon with dark chocolate chips is absolutely one of my favorite treats! These meringues look like a pretty awesome treat too!

  26. They’re gorgeous and what a great idea! I’ve never made a Giada recipe and wow, I think I need to start! I love the idea of mini and meringue and…chocolate!

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  28. Tami 01.20.2013

    I just made these and they collapsed! Help, what did I do wrong?

    • Iowa Girl Eats 01.21.2013

      Oh no! Hmmm, it’s possible the egg whites weren’t at stiff peaks, or got deflated too much during folding. Since I wasn’t there I can’t be 100% sure though. I hope they still tasted ok!

    • Serina the sexy bunny 02.23.2013

      Try adding some wisky

  29. You totally surprised me with that inside shot! By looking at the outside, I was not expecting something so dense and delicious…love it!

  30. Kristen 01.23.2013

    Just made these last night! I was a little worried they wouldn’t turn out, because my batter still had a lot of lumps of the chocolate mixture that wouldn’t combine, but they turned out great! Very light, but still pack a great chocolate punch.

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    This is way too delicious, i have to add it to my blog if you dont mind :)

  34. Jen 02.03.2013

    These are simply amazing! Thank you for sharing.

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    Thanks for another fantastic recipe ! Just made these tonight…my husband can’t stop eating them :)

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