Sunday, February 24, 2013

Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Mocha Buttercream frosting

I'm a bit of a chocolate chip fan.

Ok I know that doesn't really set me apart from everyone else. But surprisingly I am not a huge fan of plain chocolate - I have kilo's of it in my baking cupboard and I am never tempted to eat it.

Although pop it into a cake or cookie, and I love it.

I don't know why, it just the way it is. The sky is blue, water is wet and I love chocolate chip cakes and cookies.

Frosting swirl with a Wilton 1 M tip

Anyhoo, you may all of noticed I'm not much into the health food. I don't really do low fat much when it comes to baking, if it reduces the flavour and texture, forget it. However a while back (due to a running out of ingredients baking emergency) I noticed when I added some low fat plain yogurt into my cakes it created a yummy, dense and moist cake which I loved. The reduced fat aspect was just a bonus.

So I decided to merge my love of chocolate chips with the yogurt based cake.

Then I piled on some frosting and chocolate chips and popped a macaron on top, although the macaron is optional. It looks pretty good either way.

Oh I baked some in these Greengate baking cups I had lying around. I picked them up last year at Just Plain Gorgeous and they matched some of my latte cups, which totally worked out for my afternoon tea.

We enjoyed these cupcakes both frosted as decorated in the picture and without the frosting. We found the cupcake delicious just as it was plain, the addition of the yogurt made it moist enough to be an easy after school snack.

Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Mocha Butter Cream Frosting
I used Chobani plain 0% fat Greek yogurt in this recipe. Any left over yogurt can be used in place of sour cream - eg for baked potato or soup swirling.

Chocolate Chip Cupcakes (makes 12)
Ingredients should be at room temperature for best results

1 1/2 cups (1 1/2 Cups rounded US) Self Raising Flour
pinch salt
125 g (4 3/8 oz) unsalted butter
3/4 cup sugar
125 g (4 3/8 oz) 0% Fat Yogurt (I used Chobani)
2 large eggs
1 tsp Vanilla
3/4 cups mini milk chocolate chips
Frosting (I used the recipe below)
Extra mini chocolate chips
Optional - mini macarons

Preheat the oven to 160 C (325 F). Line a 12 cup muffin tin with cupcake papers.

Sift the flour and salt into a large bowl and set aside.

In a large bowl of an electric mixer cream together the butter and sugar for a couple of minutes. Reduce speed to medium low and add the yogurt. Mix until just combined.

Still at medium low add the vanilla and eggs and mix until combined.

Reduce speed to low and add the sifted flour, when the flour is just combined turn off the machine, add the chocolate chips and mix by hand until the chips are evenly distributed.

Divide the mixture between the baking cups.

Bake for around 20 minutes until the tops are turning golden and a skewer inserted comes out clean of cake crumbs.

To decorate, smooth on a small amount frosting around the edges of the cupcake.

Pop the mini choc chips into a shallow plate or bowl and then roll the edges of the cupcake in the mini chips. Repeat for remaining cupcakes.

Place the remaining frosting into a large piping bag with a large star tip (I used Wilton 1 M tip ) and pipe a swirl on the top of each cupcake.

Store frosted cupcakes in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Remove from fridge about 10 minutes prior to eating. Unfrosted cupcakes can be stored at room temperature.

Mocha Maple Butter Cream Frosting
I used Lindt Milk Chocolate. The Maple is a subtle flavor in place of Vanilla - it's not knock your socks off, if you like you can leave out the coffee powder and maple syrup and have plain milk chocolate frosting.

This batch made about double what I needed, you can either half the recipe or freeze the remainder (like I did). To reuse frozen butter cream defrost and then whip it back up until light and fluffy.

250 gram (8 3/4 oz) unsalted butter
3 cups (3 1/4 US cups) sifted icing sugar (powdered sugar)
1/2 tsp salt
200 grams ( 7 oz) melted milk chocolate (cooled)
2 tsp powdered coffee
1 Tbsp (1 US Tbsp + 1 tsp) Maple syrup

In a large bowl of an electric mixer cream the butter and 2 cups of the sugar for 3 minutes at high until light and fluffy. Add the remaining sugar and salt and mix on high speed until very light and fluffy. Add the chocolate, coffee and maple syrup and mix on high another couple of minutes until the mixture is well combined and once again lightened in color and texture (see picture for example).

# If the weather is hot (or you don't wait for your chocolate to cool like me) and your frosting becomes too soft to pipe, just pop it into the fridge to chill about 1/2 and hour or so, then you can whip it back up with the mixer until it's perfect for piping.

Original recipe by Linda Vandermeer blogger, baker, maker and author of the cookbook ' Sweets on a Stick': More than 150 kid friendly recipes for cakes, candies, cookies and pies on the go!. Published in the US the book is available at most online book stores:

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Sweets on a Stick: More Than 150 Kid-Friendly Recipes for Cakes, Candies, Cookies, and Pies on the Go! 


  1. I love the little cardboard cupcake holder thingies people are using these days!

  2. These look beautiful xxx I am a real sucker for chocolate chips too; they're the best xx

  3. OH God!! Delicious!! :) :)

    Big kisses from Spain!


  4. Looks yummy!!!! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Thanks for sharing.Here I would like to introduce Delights of India,who were the part of send sweets to India.

  6. I love the styling on the wooden spools Linda! :D I've always wanted to buy some but have only seen them at a very expensive store-sadly they were cost prohibitive! :(

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  8. So delicious! I wish I was your neighbor so that I could come over and you could teach me how to make PERFECT macarons! Those little guys are so cute!

  9. Awesome pictures. I just font of sweets and cake. Cup cake is my favorite one.

  10. These look great Linda,
    How much sugar did you use in the cupcake. I went to make them but the amount isn't listed.
    Thanks :)

    1. Hi Kirsty I threw away my notes and have been retesting it this week since I found out I forgot to type it in - DOH! Anyhoo last test today 3 batches later and the answer is 3/4 cup :) Also thanks so much for pointing it out to me.

    2. Thanks Linda,
      I didn't get notification of your reply but decided I'd just guess. I was going to try castor sugar, but I'm guessing you used regular.
      I'm trying them out today but they won't be as fancy as yours as they are for the kids at school and I will just be using up some chocolate icing I have

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