Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Red Velvet Buttercream Frosting

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Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Red Velvet Buttercream

These chocolate chocolate chip cupcakes are rich, moist, and packed with chocolate. Even better, they’re topped with a creamy, decadent red velvet buttercream.

The chocolate in these cupcakes is really special – they’re so rich that they almost taste like a brownie!

You can definitely tell these cupcakes with red velvet buttercream frosting are made from scratch. Whenever I make them, my daughter claims the first one for herself.

I’m a huge fan of the double chocolate cupcakes too; they’re almost a cross between a brownie and a cupcake.

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Red Velvet Buttercream

My favorite time to make these cupcakes is at Valentine’s Day, when you want something extra special. The red velvet of the buttercream is perfect for a special occasion!

Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Red Velvet Buttercream

This buttercream is made with all butter (no Crisco here!). The butter makes them incredibly creamy, without any of the waxy aftertaste of vegetable oil shortening.

Even if you’ve never made them before, you can’t go wrong with these homemade chocolate cupcakes. Here’s what you’ll need to make the cupcakes themselves:

  • butter
  • flour
  • cocoa
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • chocolate chips
  • white sugar
  • brown sugar
  • eggs
  • vanilla
Red Velvet Buttercream Frosting on Double Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

To make these yummy cupcakes, you’ll mix together the ingredients from scratch.

Double Chocolate Chip Cupcake batter being mixed

Then, pour into cupcake tins lined with paper liners.

Double Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Red Velvet Buttercream batter

Bake in the oven, and 20 minutes later you’ll have homemade brownie-style cupcakes ready to eat.

The hard part is letting them cool before adding the red velvet buttercream frosting (made with real butter!).

Double Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

The red velvet icing is even easier to make, with only six ingredients: butter, icing sugar, red food coloring, cocoa, vanilla, and milk.

Ready to make something special?

These chocolate cupcakes with chocolate chips inside are the perfect decadent treat.

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Yield: 12

Double Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Red Velvet Frosting

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Red Velvet Buttercream frosting

These decadent chocolate cupcakes are packed with chocolate chips, and topped with a cocoa and butter rich buttercream frosting.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

  • 1/2 cup melted butter plus 2 tablespoons
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Red Velvet Buttercream frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 3/4 cup icing sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon cocoa
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • red food coloring


Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Line cupcake pan with paper liners.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, salt and chocolate chips.
  4. In a second bowl, mix white sugar, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla extract. Add melted butter and mix.
  5. Add sugar mixture to flour mixture.
  6. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full.
  7. Bake 15-18 minutes.
  8. Let cool 15 minutes and remove from pan.

Red Velvet Frosting

  1. In a medium bowl, cream butter using a hand mixer.
  2. Add 1/2 of powdered sugar and cocoa powder and mix for 1 minute.
  3. Add 1/2 of milk and vanilla and mix for 1 minute.
  4. Add remaining powdered sugar and cocoa powder and mix for 1 minute.
  5. Add remaining milk and vanilla and mix for 2 minutes, or until desired consistency.
  6. If the mixture is too dry, add 1 tablespoon milk at a time and mix until it's at the desired consistency.
  7. Add 5 drops of red food coloring and mix until fluffy. Add more red food coloring, if desired.

Pipe red velvet frosting onto cooled double chocolate cupcakes.


Because this recipe is a brownie style cupcake, the cupcakes won't rise as high as a regular chocolate cupcake. Instead, they'll be a little bit flatter, and have a texture somewhere between a brownie and a traditional chocolate cupcake.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 312Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 72mgSodium: 191mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 1gSugar: 30gProtein: 3g

All information and tools presented and written within this site are intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information should only be used as a general guideline.

chocolate chocolate chip cupcakes with real butter red velvet buttercream frosting
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Petro November 16, 2020 - 11:05 am

Wow! These look amazing! So delicious and easy and that pop of color is so eye catching!


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