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!

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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!

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.

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 Cupcake recipe:

Yield: 12-15 cupcakes

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cupcakes

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes

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


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


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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

  7. 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!!

  8. 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.

  9. 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. 🙂

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

  11. 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!

  12. Cheesecake frosting? Now we are talking! 🙂 They look so wonderfully rich and those liners – so pretty!

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

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

  15. 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!!!

  16. 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 🙂

    1. 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!

      1. 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!

  17. 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!

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