Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Buttercream

I began thinking, as Ryan and I finished off the last of the Malted Mocha Chocolate Chip Ice Cream the other night, that it had been a long time since I’ve made a baked dessert. Then I thought, it’s almost fall, it’s time to get the oven going again. Every once in a while you need a good baked good, am I right? Enter these Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Buttercream.

It has been warm here in the Pacific Northwest since about early May. That is just unheard of. There is this long running joke that our summer doesn’t actually start until the 5th of July.

Not this year. This year it has been hot, hot, hot. That has meant a lot of grilling, a lot of salads and a lot of cool summer treats like popsicles and ice cream.

But then all of a sudden last week, fall hit. More like came in with a stormy bang that knocked power out to much of the city (luckily it just missed us). But it has been cloudy, cool and downright blustery for the last several days. And while it’s not great for my garden that just finally started doing well after burning up in the intense heat, it does make me kind of happy.

I’m a northwesterner at heart and I admit it. I kinda like the rain.

I kinda like it because it means that I get to get into the kitchen and make things like these Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream.

I think cupcakes might be Ryan’s favorite dessert. I’m guessing it’s because they are basically a vehicle for frosting and he LOVES frosting. This Vanilla Buttercream one is simple and delicious. It is your basic buttercream except that you simply add the loveliness of the inside of a vanilla bean. It adds a wonderful vanilla flavor, and not to mention makes the frosting kind of pretty too with all the little flecks.

That is not to say, though, that these Chocolate Chip Cupcakes can’t hold their own. They are decadent, soft and loaded with chocolate chips.

Basically, between the creamy vanilla bean buttercream and the decadent chocolate chip cupcake, these are the perfect dessert to welcome back baking season.

Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Buttercream Recipe

Makes 12 cupcakes Prep Time: Cook Time:

Chocolate Chip Cupcake Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Vanilla Bean Buttercream Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 1/2 - 3 cups powdered sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1 whole vanilla bean



Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cupcake tin with cupcake liners.


In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl after adding each egg. Beat in vanilla.


In another bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt.


Slowly add in 1/3 of the dry mixture. Then add in 1/3 of the milk. Repeat alternating until all ingredients have been added. Fold in chocolate chips.


Fill cupcake liners 2/3 of the way full (about 1/4 cup of mixture). Bake for 15 - 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove from oven, allow to cool several minutes then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.


Meanwhile make frosting by beating together butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in vanilla extract. Beat in 2 tablespoons milk until a stiff spreadable mixture forms. If too stiff, add remaining milk.


Use a small knife to gently slice down the middle of the vanilla bean and scrape the insides into the frosting. Continue mixing just until combined.


Place frosting in a piping bag and pipe onto cupcakes. Serve.


If you refrigerate the cupcakes, take them out about an hour before serving.



Leave a Comment

  • Reply
    Miryam Quinn Doblas
    September 3, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Just lovely. I would eat that buttercream just all by itself :-)

  • Reply
    September 2, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    Perfect! Can I have these for my birthday ? :)

  • Reply
    Sara Welch
    September 2, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    Chocolate chips just make everything a little bit better, these look amazing!

  • Reply
    In Good Taste
    September 2, 2015 at 11:46 am

    So pretty! Perfect for a party

  • Reply
    Melissa Falk
    September 2, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Love me some buttercream

  • Reply
    Florian @ContentednessCooking
    September 2, 2015 at 8:26 am

    These are look pretty, cupcakes are always a winner!

  • Reply
    Kacey @ The Cookie Writer
    September 2, 2015 at 8:03 am

    How cute are these?! I love a good cupcake and buttercream pairing, and this looks really good! Thanks for sharing!

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    Manila Spoon
    September 2, 2015 at 7:08 am

    Sometimes the rain and cooler weather do inspire us to go into the kitchen and bake something delicious. We are glad you did just that and came up with these perfect looking and scrumptious chocolate cupcakes! Yum!

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    Chandra@The Plaid & Paisley Ki
    September 2, 2015 at 6:17 am

    I love your vanilla buttercream frosting! I love to see those beautiful little black seeds!

  • Reply
    Tea & Biscuits blog
    September 2, 2015 at 6:09 am

    I’m all about cupcakes, they look just perfect!

  • Reply
    Beth B
    September 2, 2015 at 5:42 am

    I’ve been going nuts over vanilla beans lately.. it’s like the best secret baking weapon!

  • Reply
    marye audet
    September 2, 2015 at 5:15 am

    Oh my gosh, this looks amazing!

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    Michelle Nahom
    September 2, 2015 at 3:21 am

    I am so addicted to buttercream! And with chocolate chip cupcakes…double yum!

  • Reply
    Michelle De La Cerda-Nash
    September 1, 2015 at 11:58 pm

    Wow these look so good, the combo of vanilla bean and the chocolate chips will make me dance with glee.

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