Chocolate Chip Cupcakes Recipe

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It’s hard to top a good classic chocolate chip cookie. I recently read an article which claimed chocolate chip cookies are the #3 most popular dessert in America. Huh? #3? I have a problem with this. Sure, selecting the most popular American dessert is a tough job… but how do chocolate chip cookies land at #3?

You’re probably wondering what the top two were, right? Well, #2 was chocolate cake. Okay, I can see that. But #1? Fudge. Don’t get me wrong here. I love a good fudge recipe, but how in Cookie Monster’s name can fudge beat out chocolate chip cookies!?! (This article also claimed Jello was more popular than cheesecake. Don’t even get me started on that one.)

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I know Cookie Monster has now deemed chocolate chip cookies to be a “sometime snack,” but I think even he’d have a problem with fudge taking the top spot.

For this recipe, I borrowed chocolate chips from the cookies and dropped them into a cake recipe. I don’t know about you, but I think these Chocolate Chip Cupcakes have a solid chance of taking top honors in the next article about America’s favorite desserts!

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I thought about using a chocolate base for these cupcakes, but I decided to stick with a classic white cake instead. I figured the contrast between the white cake and the mini-chocolate chips hidden throughout these cupcakes would be kinda fun.

I also chose to go with a classic white frosting as well, partly to highlight the chocolate chips on top and partly because I’m mildly addicted to this frosting right now. For some reason, I find grocery-store frosting to be quite delicious, and I think this frosting tastes exactly like grocery-store cake frosting. If you’d rather go with a chocolate frosting, then I highly recommend Kristan’s Chocolate Buttercream Frosting.

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These Chocolate Chip Cupcakes are guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser. In fact, even Cookie Monster might agree that “C” can also stand for Cupcake, as in Chocolate Chip Cupcakes! Of course, Cookie Monster also wanted me to mention that this Cast Iron Chocolate Chip Cookie is still his favorite.

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Chocolate Chip Cupcakes Recipe

David Dial
Chocolate Chip Cupcakes make the world go ’round. Or so we like to think.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Cuisine Frosting
Servings 24 1 cupcake
Calories 297.98 kcal


  • 8 Unsalted Butter softened (1 stick)
  • 1.33 Granulated Sugar
  • 2.25 Cake Flour
  • 1 Baking Powder
  • 0.25 Salt
  • 2 Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 4 Egg Whites
  • 1 Milk
  • 0.75 Mini Semisweet Chocolate Chips
  • 9 Unsalted Butter softened
  • 0.25 Shortening plus 2 tablespoons
  • 1.5 Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 5 Powdered Sugar
  • 0.25 Milk plus 2 tablespoons
  • 0.5 Mini Semisweet Chocolate Chips


  • In the bowl of a countertop mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy (2-3 minutes on medium speed).
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the cake flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the vanilla, egg whites, and ½ of the flour mixture to the mixer bowl. Mix on low speed just until combined.
  • Add the remaining 1/2 of the flour mixture and mix on low until combined.
  • Add milk and mix on low until batter is fully combined. Fold in the chocolate chips. (See note in post about how to prevent chocolate chips from sinking to the bottom.)
  • Line a muffin tin with paper liners; fill each tin approximately 2/3 full.
  • Bake at 350°F for 26-28 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cupcake comes out clean.
  • In the bowl of a countertop mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and shortening on high speed.
  • Add the vanilla and powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, mixing after each addition until fully absorbed.
  • Add the milk 1 Tbsp at a time until frosting reaches the desired consistency.
  • Frost cupcakes as desired; garnish with chocolate chips.


Calories: 297.98kcalCarbohydrates: 46.84gProtein: 1.13gFat: 10.97gSaturated Fat: 5.91gSodium: 40.28mgSugar: 37.91g
Keyword Baked, Chocolate, Cupcakes, Desserts, Frosting, Party Food
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