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Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cupcakes

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

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

To make these Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cupcakes, 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.

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

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Yield: 12-15 cupcakes

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cupcakes

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

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

Ingredients

For the cupcakes:

  • 4 oz bittersweet chocolate squares, chopped
  • ⅔ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ cups hot brewed coffee
  • 1 ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup buttermilk

For the frosting:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 ½ cup mini chocolate morsels, divided

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degree F. Prepare cupcake tin with cupcake liners. Set aside.
    2. In a large mixing bowl, add chopped chocolate and cocoa powder. Pour hot coffee over both, then stir until chocolate is melted.
    3. Add granulated sugar, flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder. Add in the vanilla extract, eggs, vegetable oil, and buttermilk. Beat for about 4 minutes, scraping down the sides of the mixing bowl several times (and the bottom too to make sure the chocolate doesn't settle).
    4. The batter will be thin, that's okay! Using a large cookie scoop, spoon batter into prepared cupcake tins, about ⅔ full. Bake for 18-20 minutes, until a toothpick in the center comes out clean, or the cupcake springs back from a touch of your finger. Remove and cool completely on wire rack.
    5. For the frosting, beat butter and cream cheese for 3 minutes until fluffy. Add in vanilla, powdered sugar and cream and beat an additional 3-5 minutes.
    6. Fold in 1 ¼ cup mini chocolate morsels. Pipe frosting onto cupcakes. Sprinkle with remaining morsels if desired.

Notes

  • You can use hot water instead of hot coffee if preferred. The coffee enhances the chocolate flavor without adding a coffee flavor to the dessert.

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Posted on September 16, 2018

Comments & Reviews

  1. Yes!! Frosting should 100% be 1:1 -absolutely.  My husband hates frosting, so he will always give me his—a match made in heaven! These look amazing, and looking forward to your apple recipes next week!  Thanks, Aimee!

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

  3. 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

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

  4. 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 🙂

  5. 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!

  6. 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

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