Bitty Bite Chocolate Chip Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Whipped Cream

The combination of a fluffy chocolate chip vanilla cupcake topped with chocolate-y chocolate whipped cream makes for a delightful bitty bite!

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These cupcakes were requested by my 5 year-old sister. Believe it or not, she already knows enough to tell me exactly what dessert she wants, not to mentions that she absolutely loves helping me in the kitchen any chance she gets. :)

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The day I made these cupcakes I was actually planning to make scones, but when my little sister heard that, she told me that she doesn’t like scones and would rather have cupcakes. Then she told me the exact cupcake flavor she wants. So of course I’m one of those bakers who tries to please everyone, and makes everyone their favorite dessert (even if that means three desserts in one day). It’s how things are done in a large family! :)

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So after a little work in the kitchen, I took out these yummy, fluffy, cloudy vanilla cupcakes out of the oven. There’s really nothing better than having super soft and moist cupcakes, and believe me it took me quite a while to master a good cupcake. But after some trial, and more trial and error…I finally learned some tricks to making a good cupcake…or cake for that matter. :)

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One trick that I learned is to always fold in the dry ingredients slowly with a spatula because the last thing you want is to activate the gluten in the flour and end up with tough cupcakes (been there, done that). Another thing is to add either buttermilk (which is what these cupcakes have) or sour cream to your batter because that’s what helps keep your cupcakes soft and moist. It’s all chemistry! :)

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 For these cupcakes I wanted to make something lighter than a buttercream frosting (we’re not always fond of so much butter), so I decided to make a chocolate whipped cream frosting. Oh my word…it was perfect! Since the cupcakes already have this light-as-a-cloud consistency, the whipped cream just added to that fluffy texture, not to mention that it gave it a delicious twist!

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In the end, I had one happy little cupcake eater! :) Actually, my whole family devoured these because they were so, so good! Try them yourself, you’ll thank me later! ;)

 Have a Sweet Day!

 Jessica the Baker

Bitty Bite Chocolate Chip Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Whipped Cream

Ingredients:

cupcakes

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
2 cups flour
3 tsp. baking powder
1 pinch salt
1 1/4 cups buttermilk (or kefir)
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips

chocolate whipped cream

1 pint (16 oz.) heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup powdered sugar approx. (you can sweeten it according to your taste)
1/4 cup dutch processed cocoa powder approx. (you can make it as chocolate-y as you like)

Directions

Cream butter and sugar together for about 30 sec. Add eggs and vanilla and mix until combined. In a small bowl combine the dry ingredients together. Gradually add dry ingredients to the wet, while alternately adding buttermilk and folding with a spatula. Mix the chocolate chips with about a 1/2 tablespoon of flour, and then mix into the batter. Scoop the batter into a mini muffin pan lined with cupcake liners. Bake for about 10-11 min. at 375 degrees until toothpick comes out clean. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely.

To make the whipped cream, combine the heavy cream with the powdered sugar and the cocoa powder. Mix on high speed until you reach stiff peaks. Fill a piping bag fitted with a large rosette tip, and pipe the whipped cream on each cupcake.

Enjoy!

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