Semi-homemade Chocolate Chip Cupcakes are a quick and easy Cupcake recipe. It is the perfect cupcake for a chocolate chip cookie fan! Making a boxed cake mix tastes like a bakery cake and then adding in a few other simple ingredients, these chocolate chip cupcakes taste like a chocolate chip cookie in cupcake form!
Chocolate Chip Cupcakes Recipe
Chocolate Chip Cupcakes are a favorite of mine. I love how the chocolate chips melt in your mouth and the sweetness that they provide. All you need is one bite to fall in love with them! I also like how easy they are to make, and this recipe is no exception. The ingredients are simple, but the end result speaks for itself!
I am a big fan of chocolate chip cookies so this Chocolate Chip Cupcakes Recipe is my cupcake version of my favorite cookie. These semi-homemade cupcakes take a boxed cake mix and fancy things up to make an amazing bakery style cupcake. One of my favorite things to do when I am short on time is use the cake mix hack, it gives a moist cupcake that tastes totally homemade while being easy to make.
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Can I Make These Cupcakes From Scratch?
For this cupcake recipe, you are going to start with a boxed cake mix. This is the perfect boxed cake mix recipes for someone who is just starting out with baking but wants to go to the next step up from boxed cake mix baking. If you wanted to use a homemade cupcake recipe, you can use my Vanilla Cupcakes recipe. You will then add the chocolate chips once you get to that step. You can use the frosting that the recipe calls for or use one of my other frosting recipes.
What is the Best Frosting for These Cupcakes
If you are looking for amazing frosting recipes to check out to use on top of this amazing chocolate chip cupcake then check these out this list of cupcake frosting recipes, however, my favorite cupcake frosting to use with these cupcakes is Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frosting – you will need to make a double batch of this frosting to have enough for all of the cupcakes. The overflowing amount of chocolate chips will make you smile for sure.
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Tips for Making the Best Cupcakes
Bring ingredients to room temperature. Cupcakes will bake best when the ingredients are brought to room temperature before mixing the cupcake batter.
Do not over mix. Over mixing the batter will lead to having tough and flat cupcakes. When making cupcakes you have to be careful that you don’t over mix the batter when you are folding in the flour mixture. If you over-mix your cake batter your cupcakes will turn out flat.
Fill the cupcake liners appropriately. You do not want to over fill the cupcake liners. Follow the directions for the specific cupcake recipe, if the recipe doesn’t tell you how full stick to the 2/3 full rule. Which is roughly 3 tablespoons of cupcake batter per cupcake liner.
Use the best kitchen tool for filling liners. If you are working with a thick cupcake batter then you want to use a spoon or a cookie scoop to fill the cupcake liners. If it is a thin cupcake batter then use a bowl with a spout or a glass measuring cup to pour in the batter.
Use quality cupcake liners. While you might not think it matters a cupcake liner but having a quality cupcake liner will make it so your cupcakes don’t stick to the wrapper and peel off nicely so you can see the perfect cupcake in it.
Tips for Frosting Homemade Cupcakes
Allow cupcakes to cool completely before frosting. If you frost cupcakes while they are still warm then the frosting will melt.
You can easily turn these cupcakes into filled chocolate cupcakes by adding a filling after baking them, by using an apple corer to remove about one inch of the center of each cupcake. Then you can put whatever filling you want to in them.
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How to tell when cupcakes are done baking
I like to use the toothpick test when I am making cupcakes with the kids because it is easier for them to see and learn. But if you have been making cupcakes for a while you may not want to use that method.
If you are wanting an even easier method, the cupcake bounce done method as we call it is even easier. Pull the tray of cupcakes out from the oven and lightly press on a cupcake in the middle of the baking pan. If if bounces right back and no finger print is left behind then your cupcakes are done. If there is a finger print you need to bake them for a few more minutes.
How to Store Chocolate Chip Cupcakes
The best way to store cupcakes, normally, is at room temperature. As long as the cupcakes are wrapped well, it will keep the cupcakes tasting dried out. If you choose to use cream cheese frosting, you will want to keep these cupcakes in the refrigerator.
If you are storing them unfrosted you can store them in an airtight container or a plastic bag. If you are storing them with frosting on top I suggest using a cupcake storage container.
How to Freeze Homemade Cupcakes
You will want to freeze them without any frosting on them. Wrap them individually with plastic wrap and freeze on a baking sheet. Then once they are solid store in a zip close freezer bag. They will keep for up to 2 months when frozen. To thaw, simply remove them from the freezer and defrost. Then frost as normal.
Chocolate Chip Cupcakes Recipe Ingredients
- box vanilla cake mix
- All purpose flour
- granulated white sugar
- Full fat sour cream
- whole eggs
- vanilla extract
- chocolate chips
Chocolate Chip Cupcakes Recipe Directions
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees and grease your pans.
In a large bowl whisk together all the dry ingredients.
In a small bowl add the chocolate chips and 1/4 cup of the dry ingredients and stir them together. You want to coat the chocolate chips in the flour mixture so they don’t sink in the cupcake batter.
In the bowl of your mixer place the wet ingredients. You can use a large mixing bowl and a hand mixer if you do not have a stand mixer.
Add about 1/2 of the dry ingredients into the bowl and mix together.
Add the rest of the dry ingredients and blend together on medium speed for 2 minutes.
Fold the chocolate chips into the batter.
Fill the cupcake pans 2/3 full with the batter.
Bake at 300 degrees for about 15 minutes, turn oven up to 325 for another 15-20 minutes.
Remove from baking pan and set on a cooling rack to cool.
Once completely cooled frost and decorate as desired. I think they are amazing with the chocolate chip cookie dough frosting and then topped with a mini chocolate chip cookie. You can use store bought cookies or homemade chocolate chip cookies.
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Chocolate Chip Cupcakes
- 1 box vanilla cake mix
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- Dash of salt
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 cup water
- 3 whole eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees and grease your pans.
- In a large bowl whisk together all the dry ingredients.
- In a small bowl add the chocolate chips and 1/4 cup of the dry ingredients and stir them together. You want to coat the chocolate chips in the flour mixture so they don’t sink in the cupcake batter.
- In the bowl of your mixer place the wet ingredients. Add about 1/2 of the dry ingredients into the bowl and mix together.
- Add the rest of the dry ingredients and blend together on medium speed for 2 minutes.
- Fold in the chocolate chips
- Fill the cupcake pans 2/3 full with the batter.
- Bake at 300 degrees for about 15-20 minutes, turn oven up to 325 for another 15-20 minutes.
- Remove from baking pan and set on a cooling rack to cool.
- Once completely cooled frost and decorate as desired. I think they are amazing with the chocolate chip cookie dough frosting and then topped with a mini chocolate chip cookie. You can use store bought cookies or homemade chocolate chip cookies.
10 Weight Watchers SmartPoints per serving on the Freestyle Program.
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