Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cupcakes

Rich Chocolate Cupcakes topped with a creamy Chocolate Chip Cheesecake frosting! Decadent, from scratch, and delicious!

Chocolate cupcakes topped with a Chocolate Chip Cheesecake frosting. Topped with extra mini morsels...DIVINE!

I haven’t shared cupcakes on the blog since last Spring. Isn’t that crazy? Well don’t worry, today’s recipe will totally make up for my lack of cupcake posting!

I used my FAVORITE chocolate cupcake base for these cupcakes. It’s rich and fudgy. They don’t get a big dome on top, but I like it that way because I like to swirl a large amount of frosting on top of each cupcake! There is a certain thing called “cupcake to frosting ratio.” I like mine to be 1:1.

The frosting is cream cheese based with some vanilla and mini chocolate chips. I added some extra chocolate chips for garnish! Feel free to add the amount of chips YOU like, some people (LIKE ME) enjoy the frosting filled with chips, some like a little less. You can’t go wrong either way! Just be sure to pile your cupcakes HIGH with frosting.

Enjoy this chocolate recipe, next week is all about Apples here on Shugary Sweets. Be sure you go apple picking this weekend to stock up! Now, go make a quick batch of cupcakes!

Chocolate cupcakes topped with a Chocolate Chip Cheesecake frosting. Topped with extra mini morsels...DIVINE!

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Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cupcakes

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 12-15 cupcakes


    For the cupcakes:
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 eggs
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup brewed coffee, strong
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • For the frosting:
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 5 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1 1/2 cup mini chocolate morsels, divided


  1. For the cupcakes, mix flour, cocoa, salt, baking soda and baking powder in small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Mix brewed coffee and milk. Set aside.
  3. In large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar for 5 minutes until fluffy. Add egg. Slowly add in dry ingredients, alternating with milk mixture (in about 3 additions).
  4. Pour into lined cupcake pans and bake in a 350 degree oven for 15-18 minutes. Remove and cool completely before frosting.
  5. For the frosting, beat butter and cream cheese for 3 minutes until fluffy. Add in vanilla, powdered sugar and milk and beat an additional 3-5 minutes. Fold in 1 1/4 cup mini chocolate morsels. Pipe frosting onto cupcakes. Sprinkle with remaining morsels if desired.
  6. ENJOY!

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55 Responses to “Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cupcakes”

  1. posted Sep 10, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    That frosting looks like I want to just eat it with a spoon! Mmmm, so good! And mini chips in frosting sounds great to me!

  2. posted Sep 10, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    These are GORGEOUS!

  3. meyan rose
    posted Sep 10, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    hi…. those are lovely cupcakes…. I just wanna ask, what if I don’t want to use coffee? Can I replace it with another ingredient? thanks :)

    • posted Sep 11, 2013 at 6:14 pm

      You can use water. The coffee doesn’t change the flavor of the cupcakes, it just enhances the chocolate. But if you absolutely don’t want to use it, just replace with an equal amount of water!

      • Randy
        posted Sep 25, 2014 at 11:38 am

        I absolutely disagree with the flavor of coffee not coming through in the chocolate. It does come through and I don’t particularly care for the taste of the coffee in my cake!

  4. posted Sep 10, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    These look almost too pretty to eat…almost. 😉

  5. posted Sep 10, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    A break from pumpkin? What??? Haha! I have a non pumpkin recipe for Thursday too, so I get it :-) You know I love your cupcake to frosting ratio so much! And I love the extra chips on top!!!

    • posted Sep 11, 2013 at 6:14 pm

      Thanks girl. Don’t worry, pumpkin will be back soon. I do have a case of 24 cans to use :)

  6. posted Sep 10, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    I am sooo on board with your frosting ratio, Aimee!

  7. posted Sep 10, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    These look incredible! I have a weakness for chocolate chips, cupcakes and cheesecake so this is all my fave’s all in one bite! :)

    • posted Sep 11, 2013 at 6:15 pm

      Thanks Jennifer! And thanks for all the twitter love too :)

  8. posted Sep 10, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    I love every thing about this cupcake. Including that decadent frosting. Yum!

  9. Marcie
    posted Sep 11, 2013 at 2:16 am

    These are gorgeous cupcakes, Aimee! You can’t go wrong with chocolate and cheesecake!

  10. posted Sep 11, 2013 at 3:47 am

    I like mine at a 1:1 ratio, too. I’ll probably bury it under a huge mound of chocolate chips, too – love this! :)

  11. posted Sep 11, 2013 at 6:59 am

    I had to laugh at your 1:1 cupcake-to-frosting ratio. Now, that’s my kind of cupcake! And now, I can have a cupcake and cheesecake all in one dessert? Almost too good to believe!

  12. posted Sep 11, 2013 at 7:34 am

    Cheesecake frosting? Now we are talking! :) They look so wonderfully rich and those liners – so pretty!

  13. posted Sep 11, 2013 at 7:37 am

    normally I prefer cupcakes unfrosted, just because they feel gritty and don’t have flavor other than butter, but this frosting definitely sounds like something I’d love! I’m on board with the extra chocolate chips, too!

    • posted Sep 11, 2013 at 6:19 pm

      Unfrosted cupcakes? Can we even be friends? I’m not sure anymore…

  14. posted Sep 11, 2013 at 9:24 am

    I need to move into your neighborhood! I’ll take the extras! These really do have the perfect amount of frosting on top!

  15. posted Sep 11, 2013 at 10:02 am

    The frosting is always the best part. I’m good with having a smaller dome on the cupcakes in order to pile on the frosting. It’s a sacrifice worth making. :)

  16. posted Sep 11, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    ooohhhh these look wonderful!! Chocolate, cheesecake! Now you just need a cup of coffee and you are good to go with these!

    • posted Sep 11, 2013 at 6:20 pm

      Coffee is always brewing at my house!!! C’mon over!

  17. posted Sep 11, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Now that looks like a frosting I could eat by the spoonful!

  18. posted Sep 11, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Chocolate cupcakes are my favorite. I like all the cupcakes because they are delicious and are very easy in baking. I use the same recipe and cupcakes are always extremely tasty! My family asks me to bake them every week.

    • posted Sep 11, 2013 at 6:20 pm

      Whoohoo. So glad you love this recipe! Thanks for sharing :)

  19. Renee
    posted Sep 11, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Oh my YUM!!! These look selfish. Can’t wait to try them!

  20. Renee
    posted Sep 11, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Oops, i meant ‘delish’…… NOT ‘selfish’…….though if I make these I might end up being selfish by keeping them all for myself…..hee-hee!!

  21. Des
    posted Sep 11, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    These look absolutely heavenly! Looking forward to the apple goodness next week!

  22. posted Sep 12, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Gorgeous cupcakes, Aimee! Though I wouldn’t expect anything less. 😉 Though I can’t wait to see what apple recipes you share, I adore these cheesecake cupcakes! YUM

  23. posted Sep 12, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Wow, these cupcakes look so decadent! I love the mini chocolate chips on top. perfect! :)
    I like my cake to frosting ratio 1:1, too. haha! The frosting is usually the best part, and this frosting looks especially delicious!
    Pinning these!

  24. posted Sep 12, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    Hellooooooo gorgeous!

  25. posted Sep 13, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    These look beautiful. How can you have too many chocolate chips? Seriously!

  26. posted Sep 13, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    MMMMM that frosting looks amazing!! Can I just have a spoon please?!

  27. posted Sep 16, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    I’m dying over that mile-high cream choose frosting!

  28. posted Sep 25, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    I love cooking – specially making sweets stuff, thanks for the recipes. The cup cakes are really gorgeous.

  29. Cassie
    posted Sep 28, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    What tip did u use for the frosting

  30. Stacey I
    posted Jan 7, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    Oh these look divine! I wonder, could you make the frosting, and have that as a dip? Maybe use graham crackers for dipping? Thanks for sharing this :)

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  32. Whitney
    posted May 7, 2014 at 7:35 am

    Holy sugar in the frosting batman!! Next time I might use 1/2 the sugar my frosting is literally crunchy and I can’t taste the cream cheese at all :(. I wish I were better at baking so I’d know how to set it off

    • posted May 8, 2014 at 9:52 am

      Hmmm, the frosting shouldn’t be crunchy, are you sure you used powdered sugar, not granulated sugar?

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  40. Jones McCain
    posted Jun 17, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    Anyone know the best way to turn this recipe into a cake? Like what size pan and what’s the baking time? Tyvm! :]

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