Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with The Best Ever Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

March is a busy month for me.  March is the month that two of my babies were born. 
Caleb was born on March 9th…

and his sister Bella came along two years later on March 29th…

This year we are celebrating Caleb’s 6th birthday and Bella’s 4th birthday.  Despite having the same birthday month, they have very little else in common with each other.  Caleb is my realist, my thinker, my rule follower, he sees the world in black and white.  Bella is the dreamer, the talker, the nurturer, to her the world is PINK.  Caleb’s birthday list this year consisted of one thing:  a microscope.  Bella’s birthday list holds a striking resemblance to a baby registry.  She would like a crib, a changing table, a rocking chair, a high chair, bibs, baby food, blankets, and clothes all for her REAL BABY that she is hoping God will put in the mailbox for her sometime soon.  Since the whole real baby thing isn’t going to work out for her this year and probably not for at least twenty more, she decided that she would settle for a “Princess Radio to sing and dance to”. 

Its amazing to watch Caleb and Bella’s little personalities develop, their likes and interests, their strengths and talents.  Year after year, they continue to amaze me.  I am blessed to be their mommy.  Today I celebrate my March babies, my Caleb and Bella (don’t worry I will get to Drew in June) with some delicious Chocolate Chip Birthday Cupcakes.

Chocolate Chip Cupcakes
1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
1 (5.1 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
1 cup sour cream
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
1/2 cup warm water
1 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, mix together the cake and pudding mixes, sour cream, oil, beaten eggs and water.
Add the chocolate chips and stir to combine.
Use an ice cream scooper to scoop batter
into 24 greased or cup-lined muffin tins.
Bake for 23 minutes, or until top is springy to the touch and a wooden toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.
The Best Ever Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
1 1/2 cup (3 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
4 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/4 cup milk
1 cup heavy cream
                                                 2/3 cup Ovaltine (shhh…this is the secret ingredient to the best frosting ever!)
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.
Continue mixing on low and add the vanilla extract.
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,
until you’ve reached your desired consistency.
You may not need the full amount of Ovaltine and cream.
Use a small cookie dough scoop to place just the right amount of frosting on each cupcake.
Frost the cupcakes.

source:  frosting adapted from Joy the Baker originally from Delilah Bakery 

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  1. 1
    Donna says:

    Yummm. I am a March baby and I have two of my own March babies. March 16 – my son turned 4 and March 20 – my daughter turned 6. It's a great month for celebrating. Happy Birthday!!

  2. 2
    little miss mel says:

    SO delicious!!!! :X

  3. 3
    Brenda says:

    Faith's birthday is tomorrow! I love the idea of putting the frosting on with a scoop–brilliant! I am going to do that next time! Thanks!

  4. 4
    Cindy M says:

    To my September baby, You are amazing, you never cease to amaze me!

  5. 5
    ashley says:

    Your kiddos are adorable, and the cupcakes look fantastic! Yummy chocolate icing!

  6. 6
    shewhisks says:

    You just gotta check out a post that states it has the "Best Ever chocolate buttercream frosting"! And they look totally delicious. Who would've thought of Ovaltine in the buttercream, I will definately need to give it a go. Happy Birthday to your two angels xx

  7. 7
    Monica H says:

    Happy birthday month to your babes!

    These cupcakes and that frosting look delish! I actually have Ovaltine and will have to give it a try sometime.

  8. 8
    genevieve says:

    Hello from Delilah Bakery. I am so excited that you enjoyed my recipe and shared it with others!

    This frosting is a favorite at the bakery and hopefully it will soon be a household favorite

    delilah bakery

  9. 9
    Heather says:

    These look amazing! Why did you half unwrap the cupcakes though? Haha! Just wondering! :)

  10. 10
    megan @ whatmegansmaking says:

    I just made this frosting a few weeks ago after seeing it on Joy the Baker. Except I used hot chocolate mix instead of ovaltine – so so so good!

  11. 11
    Maria says:

    hi, I have a question…have you ever tried piping the frosting, how does it hold up?

    • 12
      Allie says:

      The frosting is very soft so you may want to use less of the whipping cream if you are going to pipe it.

  12. 13
    Coleen says:

    Have you ever made this in a cake form?  I made the cupcakes today and now I have a birthday cake to make and want to use the recipe, but I’m not sure how long to cook it for. 

    • 14
      Allie says:

      I haven’t made this recipe as a cake. I’m sure it would work. Just bake until a toothpick comes out with wet crumbs. Good luck!