4th of July Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

We had two big cookouts to go to this holiday weekend. I wanted to use my star sprinkles and my flag cupcake liners so I needed a light colored cake and a dark frosting. I decided to take a vanilla cupcake and add chocolate chips to it. These cupcakes were really good. The cake was perfectly dense but still moist and crumbly.

The frosting really is to die for. By adding the hot cocoa mix, there is an extra creaminess to this frosting. Multiple people commented that it tasted like mousse. I couldn’t agree more. I even used some to dip my strawberries in to. WOW was that good. The frosting recipe did make a large batch. It frosted 24 cupcakes plus I have about 2 cups of frosting leftover.

Chocolate Chip cupcakes – adapted from Vanilla cupcakes from Crazy Delicious – original recipe from Martha Stewart – makes 24
1 3/4 cups cake flour, not self-rising
1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch cubes
4 large eggs
1 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips + 1 Tbsp flour (toss to coat chocolate chips)

Mix the dry ingredients

Add butter

Whisk eggs, milk and vanilla

Add wet ingredients 1/3 at a time to the dry ingredients

Stir in chocolate chips – be sure to coat the chips with flour so they don’t all sink to the bottom while baking

Bake for 17-22 minutes at 325 degrees or until a toothpick comes out clean

Chocolate Frosting – from Joy The Baker
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
4 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/3 cup milk
1 cup heavy cream
2/3 cup Ovaltine – I used Ghirardelli hot cocoa

Cream together butter, cocoa powder and salt. Butter mixture will be very thick.
Turn off the mixer, scrape down the sides of the bowl and add powdered sugar. Turn mixer on low and mix in powdered sugar while adding milk and vanilla extract. As the sugar incorporates, raise the speed of the mixer to beat the frosting. Beat until smooth.
In a 2 cup measuring glass, stir together heavy cream and Ovaltine. Turn mixer speed to medium and pour cream mixture into frosting in a slow, steady stream. Mix until incorporated.

If you’d like a thinner consistency, add heavy cream a tablespoon at a time until you’re happy with the frosting.

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15 Responses to “Brownie Pops”

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    cassandrasmom — May 12, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    The pops are so cute!! Love the colors you used to decorate them with.

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    Jen — May 12, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Thanks! I just wanted something springy and fun.

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    Joelen — May 12, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Looks adorable!!

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    bakinandeggs — May 12, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    These look amazing! Great job. I don’t know if I’d have the patience 🙂

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    Jen — May 12, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    It really helped to break it out into steps. And the help from Hubby was big. If I had to do all 80 of them myself, I probably would have given up half way through…

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    Molly Jean — May 12, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Holy cow… 80 of them?! You’re a trooper!

    Those turned out great though!

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    Kerstin — May 12, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    They’re SO cute! I love all the different sprinkles you used!

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    Julie — May 12, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Those are just too cute…and tempting!

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    Jennifer — May 13, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    Those are incredible!!! great job!!!

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    Ingrid — May 14, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    Very pretty! I’ve seen those brownie molds. I’m waiting to grab one when I get one of those 40% off coupons.

    Glad to hear your MIL had a wonderful party.
    ~ingrid

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    Nic — May 15, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Very cute! These look great!

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    madebymel — May 17, 2009 at 12:44 am

    What a cute idea! I love all the bright colors!

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    Wendy — May 25, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Lovely job! Thank you for posting my link. I like your color combination and the flower pots for displaying the brownie pops. Very creative!!

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    Lisa — January 13, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    Have you ever tried to freeze them after you dipped them in chocolate? I am thinking of making some for a wedding but wouldn’t have time to dip them on the day of the event.

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    Jen — January 14, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Lisa, I have not done that for brownie pops before. But I have frozen cake balls which are also covered in chocolate. I would assume it would work just fine. You could always make a small batch to test it out. Definitely let me know how it goes!

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