Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting


1 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1/2 cup Softened Unsalted Butter
2/3 cup Sugar
3 Large Eggs
1 1/2 t Vanilla Extract
1 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
1 1/2 t Baking Powder
1/4 t Salt
1/4 cup Milk
4 ounces Softened Unsalted Butter
5 ounces Softened Cream Cheese
2 cups Powdered Sugar
1 t Vanilla Extract


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, salt, baking powder and blend together.
In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until blended.
Add one egg at a time, and continue beating.
Add milk and vanilla.
Adding a little bit at a time, add the flour mixture and mix until no longer lumpy on medium speed.
Fill cupcake pan 3/4 full, and bake approximately 12-20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
Let cool completely before icing.
In medium mixing bowl, blend cream cheese and butter on medium-low speed.
Continue beating and add vanilla.
Add a little bit of powdered sugar at a time, and blend until completely mixed.
To get the striped effect on cupcakes, use decorating gel and stripe the sides of an icing piping bag. Put icing in bag, and frost cupcakes. For a darker color, you can use food coloring to get a more distinct stripe.