Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

The Story:

Sometimes you just need a cupcake that you know everyone will love.  It’s as classic as the chocolate chip cookie…but it cupcake form.[end-story]

Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

Yield: 24 Cupcakes

Chocolate Chip Cupcakes


Chocolate Chip Cake:
1 box yellow or white cake mix
3 eggs
1/2 C. melted butter, cooled
3/4 C. milk or buttermilk
1/2 C. sour cream
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 C. mini chocolate chips
Chocolate Buttercream:
1 C. butter, softened
1/2 C. unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 Tbsp. milk
2-3 C. powdered sugar
Extra mini chocolate chips for decoration


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line pans with cupcake liners.
2. Sift cake mix into a small bowl to remove lumps and set aside.
3. In a large bowl, combine eggs, melted butter, milk, sour cream and vanilla extract.
4. Stir in cake mix until smooth. Add chocolate chips and stir again.
5. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full and bake for 17-22 minute or until an inserted knife comes out clean.
6. Buttercream: Beat butter for 2 minutes. Add cocoa powder, vanilla extract and milk and beat again. Slowly add powdered sugar until you reach your desired consistency.
7. Pipe onto cooled cupcakes and finish with extra mini chocolate chips.

51 thoughts on “Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

  1. 1
    Ericka says:

    Do you have to use Sour Cream in these recipes, or could you substitue plain yogurt ?

  2. 2
    Erica says:

    Hi, you don’t mention a baking time…and mine are already in the oven! 🙂

  3. 3
    Debbie says:

    Hi – these look great! I’m assuming the recipe will make 24 cupcakes? Thanks…

  4. 4
    Debbie says:

    Oops!!! My bad… I just noticed the note at the top of the recipe that it makes 24… I either need more sleep or less caffeine! Sorry…

  5. 5
    Jamie Morris says:

    Hey Lizzie,
    I love your website and I’ve tried a ton of your recipes! I just had a quick question for you. I have to make cupcakes for a boy baby shower in a few weeks and I was wondering which of your cupcakes you think would be best for a baby shower??

  6. 6

    Lizzy, these are the most adorable cupcakes EVER! I love the mini chocolate chips inside the cake. 🙂

  7. 7
    Kristen says:

    Do you ever have problems with the chocolate chips settling in at the bottom of the cupcake? If so, do you have any suggestions to prevent that? I haven’t made these yet but thought they’d be great for a pumpkin carving I’m hosting next week. Very kid (and grown up) friendly!

    • 7.1

      I never have! Bu if you are worried you can toss them in a little flour. But if you use the buttermilk and the sour cream, the batter is quite thick, so the chips shouldn’t sink! Good luck!

  8. 8
    Bailey says:

    omg these look soooo good! i am such a sucker for all things chocolate chip! sometimes simple and beautiful is just the way to go. 🙂

  9. 9
    Marian says:

    These are so good! I have made a ton of your stuff before and while I love all of the other flavor combinations, there is something to be said for the simplicity of the chocolate and yellow cake combo, great job!

  10. 10
    Pam says:

    OMG these chocolate chip cupcakes are delicious! Made them to take to preschool for my son’s 4th birthday. Only thing I did differently was made a vanilla buttercream icing and drizzled a little carmel on addition to the chocolate chips. Thanks for much for this wonderful recipe!

  11. 11
    Pam says:

    Lizzy, I loved this recipe so much I’m using it for my son’s train birthday cake (minus the chocolate chips) I’m baking it in 2 bread pans. Should have asked before I put them in the oven how long you thought I should bake them. I’m afraid the edges are going to be dry by the time the center is done. Anyway, I’m going to use your chocolate buttercream recipe here for the engine. Does this make enough to cover a regular cake? thanks!

    • 11.1

      Yes! Let me know how it goes, it sound like a great plan for a party!

      • Pam says:

        It tasted great but it was a beast to decorate. Not the best texture for cutting up into train cars and frosting. Even with freezing and a crumb coat. Didn’t raise as much as I thought it would and wanted to fall apart and crumble so it wasn’t as pretty as I had hoped but at least it tasted wonderful. Can’t wait to try some of your other recipes.

        thanks again.

  12. 12
    Roxanne says:

    hey lizzy! i made these cupcakes last night, they tate awesome but the middles caved in!! i followed the recipe to a T, didnt omit anything so i cant figure out what happened :(. i just put on a little more frosting than normal and they looked jusy fine. i took them to work with me and of course everyone ate them. any ideas what might have happened? maybe the weather change here (texas, it dropped down to 32 degrees) affected it. thanks agin for an awesome recipe!

  13. 13
    Tyler Grace says:

    Have you ever tried this with chocolate cake mix?

  14. 14
    Bailey says:

    if you wanted them to be just plain yellow cake, could you just leave out the chocolate chips? these look great!!!

  15. 15
    Julie says:

    So I have a stupid non-baker question, can you use lowfat or skim milk? We don’t generally drink “real” milk in our house. And if I was going to get a different type of milk to make these cupcakes, would I be best to go for the buttermilk as opposed to regular milk? Thanks!

  16. 16
    sarah says:

    Hey, I love this recipe.. but am wondering if you can swap out the white came mix with chocolate fudge cake mix.. or confetti cake mix and it would still work? I have both in my cupboard and want to put them to use.

  17. 17
    charlene says:

    hi… I just want to ask if I can I substitute with cake mix? we only got cake flour and all purpose flour… tnx

  18. 18
    charlene says:

    * I want to ask if there is anything I can substitute with the cake mix.. tnx

  19. 19

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  20. 20
    Lissa says:

    I want to make these when my sister comes to visit with my nieces. We are all in love with Nutella and wondering how I could make a Nutella buttercream? Thanks!

    • 20.1

      I have several nutella buttercream recipes on the site. Just search “nutella” over on the search bar off to the right. Or sometimes it’s under “hazelnut”

  21. 21
    abbs says:

    what can be replaced with cake mix??

  22. 22
    Melissa Yancec says:

    Hello. I’m am making these gems today. When using a white cake you just use the egg whites only. Correct? And no oil? Just milk and SC? I’m also doing my own twist and dropping a choc chip cookie (raw ball) in the center and baking. Hope its yummy

  23. 23
    Princess says:

    Do you use salt butter or unsalted butter or does it really matter.

  24. 24
    Princess says:

    Can you turn the cupcakes into one big cake

  25. 25
    Peggy says:

    Hi!! My girls and I love using your recipes. We made these today for our neighbor’s birthday (he’s 43, but we’ll pretend he’s a kid today). They taste good, but they are fairly oily. Any idea why? Followed your recipe to the letter, using Betty Crocker yellow cake mix.

    Thanks so much for all of your fun recipes!!

  26. 26
    misty says:

    what frosting tip did you use? Was it the Wilton 2D?

  27. 27
    kasey says:

    I made these for one of my technitions at works birthday. All of the guys LOVED them. One of the guys said he hadn’t had anything like that before. They were easy to make and really good. This ones going in my recipe book for sure!!!!!

  28. 28
    Tricia says:

    Do you know if this recipe would freeze well? I need to make a cake about a week ahead of time, and want it to be “fresh” to serve!

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