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Rich Lindt chocolate cupcakes with a Lindt chocolate centre, Lindt chocolate buttercream frosting, and a Lindor truffle! Perfect Lindt chocolate cupcakes!

Lindt chocolate cupcakes

Oh hey chocolate heaven… Lindt chocolate cupcakes! Well, not that long at all really as I post chocolate recipes ALL OF THE TIME (borderline too often), but Lindt chocolate? Oh my days it’s just in a league of it’s own. 

This particular Lindt recipe is even in its own league again because I used the Lindt chocolate spread in it. Yes that’s right, there is Lindt spread! It’s essentially a much posher, smoother and delicious version of Nutella. 

Lindt chocolate

The amazing thing about Lindt is that there are so many different flavours of the bars, and truffles, that you’ll always be able to make different flavours with this one recipe! They’re rich, delicious and incredibly moreish!

I tend to use 85% dark Lindt chocolate in a bake like these, as I adore the darker chocolates, but you can use any of the dark’s or milks! You can even use white chocolate, but I just don’t think it’s a proper chocolate cupcake that way!

Lindt spread

The problem with the Lindt spread is that it’s not the cheapest spread by any means, and it’s been so popular since it’s release it’s almost impossible to buy these days – but as I had a jar in the cupboard I thought why not use it! 

I bought my spread in Sainsbury’s a little while ago, but it’s not showing on their website anymore so chances are they’ve stopped selling it. An obvious alternative is Nutella, but I would recommend the Gü spread instead as that is also incredible!

Chocolate sponge

For the chocolate sponges themselves, you can use cocoa powder to make it easy, and therefore you don’t have to buy toooo many Lindt products. I love the Lindt in the frosting, as that’s just an incredible taste, but I don’t think it’s too important in the actual sponges. 

I make sure to use a rich and delicious cocoa powder in my sponges to get a lovely dark chocolate flavour, so that sort of takes care of itself! Other than using the cocoa powder, it’s basically just a classic chocolate Victoria sponge style cupcake! Why change what isn’t broken?!

Hidden centre

Once the cupcakes were baked, I cored out the middle, and stuffed in some of the spread. If you didn’t want to use spread at all, that’s fine.. or you can invest in enough Lindor Truffles to use one in the centre, but we all know the truffles can be extortionately priced so this is something you can experiment with if you wish!


I thought the best approach would be to do a standard buttercream frosting, but made delicious and chocolatey with melted Lindt chocolate. Honestly? What could be better for the Lindt chocolate cupcakes.


I used a medium 2D closed star piping tip for these as I just adore the swirls, and I think it then looks great with a Lindor truffle on top! I also just used the regular Lindor Truffles as they were on offer at the time, but you can use any flavour your fancy!

I hope you love these as much as I do! Enjoy! x

Lindt Chocolate Cupcakes

Rich chocolate cupcakes with a Lindt chocolate centre, Lindt chocolate buttercream frosting, and a Lindor truffle! Perfect Lindt chocolate cupcakes!
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Category: Cupcakes
Type: Cupcakes
Keyword: Chocolate, Lindt
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Decorating Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 12 Cupcakes
Author: Jane's Patisserie


For the Cupcakes

  • 175 g unsalted butter
  • 175 g light brown sugar
  • 135 g self raising flour
  • 40 g cocoa powder
  • 3 medium eggs

For the Decoration

  • 12 tsps Lindt spread
  • 150 g unsalted butter (not stork) (room temp)
  • 300 g icing sugar
  • 150 g Lindt chocolate (for the buttercream)
  • 12 Lindor truffles
  • Melted Lindt chocolate (for a drizzle)


For the Cupcakes

  • Preheat your oven to 180c/160c fan and get your cupcake cases ready.
  • Beat together your butter and sugar until light and fluffy, and then add in the flour, cocoa powder and eggs.
  • Beat again until smooth - split between the 12 cases evenly.
  • Bake the cupcakes in the oven for 18-22 minutes, and then leave to cool fully.

For the Decoration

  • Carefully core out the middle of the cupcakes, and add a heaped tablespoon of Lindt spread for each cupcake. Push the bit of cupcake back in, or eat it!
  • Melt your Lindt chocolate carefully until smooth and leave to cool.
  • Beat your room temperature unsalted butter on it's own for a couple of minutes to loosen and get paler in colour.
  • Add the icing sugar in a little at a time until fully incorporated, and then add in the melted and slightly cooled chocolate and beat again.
  • Once made, pipe your buttercream onto your cupcakes, and add a Lindt Lindor truffle to the top of each cupcake!
  • Sprinkle with sprinkles if you fancy, and drizzle with an extra bit of chocolate if you fancy, and enjoy!


  • I used the Lindt chocolate spread in these, but you can easily use Nutella or the Gü spread instead - or leave it out completely.
  • If you want to use Lindt chocolate in the cake mixture instead of the cocoa powder, up the flour to 175g, and add in 150g of melted Lindt chocolate. 
  • These will last for 3-4 days at room temperature. 
  • I used the medium 2D closed star piping tip for these! 
  • And some baking cups from Iced Jems!


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  1. Julie on October 22, 2022 at 2:48 pm

    Hi Jane do you use Lindt dark chocolate melted to put in the buttercream or milk chocolate and also is the drizzle lindt dark chocolate aswel thank you all your recipes are absolutely amazing I love everything you make.

    • Jane's Patisserie on October 27, 2022 at 2:50 pm

      Hiya! I tend to use dark for the drizzle and milk for the buttercream – but its whatever you prefer! Hope this helps! x

  2. mandy on September 17, 2022 at 3:35 pm

    if i was to add a lindor chocolate frozen in the middle theh bake could i freeze them till i need them

  3. Lynn on April 25, 2022 at 5:19 pm

    5 stars
    Hi Jane,

    Would love to make these for my birthday next week. Just wanted to ask, can you use normal chocolate for the buttercream or just lindt chocolate?

    • Jane's Patisserie on April 26, 2022 at 2:52 pm

      Yes absolutely you can! Enjoy! x

  4. Chris day on November 13, 2021 at 8:53 pm

    Hi when you say Lindt chocolate do you mean the bars that also come in 70% coco or the bars like the truffles? Don’t want to mess it up using the wrong chocolate

    • Jane's Patisserie on November 15, 2021 at 11:46 am

      Hiya! I used the actual bar. Hope this helps! x

  5. Pinky on June 16, 2021 at 2:59 pm

    Hi Jane how would I make this for a 12” square tin please

  6. Julie on March 29, 2021 at 4:58 pm

    5 stars
    I made these for my hubby’s birthday as he simply loves Lindors. 💓 I think he thought all his Christmas’s had come at once. Everyone raved about them. Terry’s Chocolate Orange cupcakes next. Loving your receipes. Thank you.

    • Jane's Patisserie on April 1, 2021 at 10:55 am

      Hey! This is such a lovely message, I am so glad your husband loved them!x

  7. A.N.D on February 26, 2021 at 12:00 am

    5 stars
    Hi Jane,
    great recipe! What cocoa powder do you find best for chocolate cakes? I have made various cakes using Bourneville and Green and blacks however, I am not really a fan of how they make the sponge taste once baked and I also find that they don’t make the sponge taste very chocolatey. What cocoa powder do you find best to use for all of your chocolate cakes?

    Thank you in advance,
    I love your recipes!

    • Jane's Patisserie on February 26, 2021 at 3:33 pm

      So I use Barry cacao 100% as I buy a big 1kg bag – its my favourite but not in supermarkets! x

  8. Jane on February 18, 2021 at 8:20 pm

    Hi Jane I only have medium eggs, what would you recommend changing the recipe to? Or should I just split one egg and use 3.5medium eggs for example? Thank you

    • Jane's Patisserie on February 20, 2021 at 12:03 pm

      You could use three eggs and a yolk – but if you weigh your eggs in shells they may be close to 175g anyway so you could use them as is! x

  9. Jessica on February 5, 2021 at 6:57 pm

    Also would this work Putting a Lindt truffle in the middle of the cake mix if so is there anything I’d need to change ?

    • Jane's Patisserie on February 6, 2021 at 3:55 pm

      Yes a lindor can go in the middle but it may be best to freeze them first x

  10. Jessica on February 5, 2021 at 6:48 pm

    Hi Jane I have loads of Lindt truffle chocolates to use up can I use these instead of Lindt chocolate?

    • Jane's Patisserie on February 6, 2021 at 3:54 pm

      I haven’t tried melting them down for buttercream before unfortunately!

  11. Rachel Hudson on September 16, 2020 at 10:47 am

    Hi Jane what would I change to make into a cake recipe? X

    • Jane's Patisserie on September 16, 2020 at 7:14 pm

      I usually say a standard batch of cupcakes makes a good 8″ recipe, that takes about 35 minutes to bake. So double and split between two tins for a two layer cake! x

  12. Carenza on July 26, 2020 at 10:23 pm

    Does it still work if this recipe is halved? 😊

    • Jane's Patisserie on July 27, 2020 at 8:06 am

      You can try, but it’s hard to halve an egg, so I find it’s best to make 4 or 8! x

  13. Alex on May 7, 2020 at 11:09 am

    Just writing this message while I wait for the cupcakes to cool down. 😄
    Lindt truffles are my wife’s favourite treat and it’s her birthday today, soooo…! 😊 Thanks for the recipe!

  14. Amanda Soar on July 3, 2019 at 8:10 am

    Omg Jane can’t wait to try these LOVE LINDT, I’m sure
    I requested Lindt when you did a poll once 😊.

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