January 25, 2009

Chocolate Chip Covered Eggless Vanilla Cupcakes

I made these cupcakes for Akshaya to take for a school trip last week. Their lunch was taken care of by the school but the kids had to carry food for snacking on. So apart from stocking up on all sorts of junk food (she and her friends had actually planned out in advance who was bringing what!), Akshaya wanted some cupcakes to take along "just in case of an emergency if lunch turns out to be terrible" . She was also particular that she wanted "plain" vanilla cupcakes (no frosting, please) because she hadn't had any in a long time.

I adapted Wilton's Basic Yellow Cupcakes by leaving out the eggs and increasing the milk a bit. These cupcakes turned out to be very soft with a lightly crusty top and were just perfect. After I had spooned the batter into the cupcake liners I thought that they looked a little too plain and wanted to jazz them up a bit. So I sprinkled some semi-sweet mini chocolate chips on top of the cupcakes before baking them.

For someone who was looking for "plain" cupcakes I didn't hear any complaints from my daughter. In fact, the next day morning (a Sunday), she had a three part breakfast where the first and last part consisted of one each of these cupcakes!
As for me, I now have a perfect "plain" cupcake recipe which I can adapt according to my requirement.


1/2 cup butter

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 1/2 cups milk

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp salt (if using unsalted butter)

2 1/2 tsp baking powder

3 cups cake flour

about a tsp of mini chocolate chips for each cupcake


Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together and keep aside. (If cake flour is not available use all purpose flour. For each cup of flour used, put 1 tsp of cornstarch in the measuring cup and then top up with all purpose flour to make a cup of flour).

In a bowl, using an electric beater, cream the butter and sugar till light. Add the vanilla extract to the milk and add the milk and flour alternately to the creamed mixture, beating well after each addition. After the last addition, beat well for a minute.

Line muffin/ cupcake tins with paper liners and spoon enough batter into each cupcake liner till it is 2/3rds full. Sprinkle about a tsp of chocolate chips over each.

Bake at 180C for about 25 minutes till a toothpick inserted into a cupcake comes out clean. When done, the cupcakes will be very lightly golden brown around the top edge.
Cool completely on a rack.

This recipe gave me 24 medium sized cupcakes. The Wilton recipe says I should get 12 cupcakes with this recipe and I'm wondering how big their cupcake liners/ moulds are!


PG said...

Simple things don't have to be boring, isn't it?. Yours is such a lovely example. Delicious!
And thanks for yur reply. :)

Smitha said...

They are chooooo cute... lovely chocolate chip cup cakes

Simran said...

Hey! I thought you said no chocolate-y cooking :)

These look lovely. I usually don't like the eggy smell in my cupcakes too so will try these soon.

Curry Leaf said...

Lovely and perfect.I think Charlie can do with this cup cake as well.They have choc chip in them.Thanks for a wonderful eggless recipe.Can I replace cake flour with all purpose,I do not have cake flour thats y?

pigpigscorner said...

Sometimes simple is nice =)

HoneyB said...

I love how this is eggless! One of my friends (who is also a graduate student from India) does not eat eggs and I'm bookmarking this for when his birthday comes around!

Sig said...

LOL, it shows that Akshaya is a foodie's offspring.. I don't remember ever planning for backup "just in case lunch turns out to be terrible" at that age... :)

Sunshinemom said...

The back up plan is something I force on the kids, and while my son is happy with thayir chaadam (Nothing else will do!), my daughter has to have some special back ups!! Winner recipe and keeping it handy - I see a lot of similarity in A and my H:)

Uj said...

I was looking for an eggless recipe and have salted butter as well as choco chips too at home.. This could not have come at a better time.. will make it soon as we have a week long off here due to Chinese new year!

Chris said...

Akshaya sure has good taste - frosted cupcakes are both difficult to eat and often cloying. These look light and simple, perfect for lazy winter days :)

Aparna said...

You're welcome, PG.

What I meant was no Chocolate Factory cooking, Simran.:)

I don't get cake flour here Sweatha, but as I mentioned in the recipe, you can use a small amount of cornstarch with all purpose flour instead.

That's nice, Shelby. I'm sure he'll love them.:)

I don't remember doing it either, Sig! We just took it as it came and lived with it.

My daughter isn't always very happy with my back-up plans but believes in them sometimes where food is concerned, sometimes! :D
Maybe we should compare notes, Harini. It might help in tough times (me at least). :)

It really is a good recipe, Uj. Will wait to hear how you found it.

Yes, Chris. I'm not a fan of frosted cakes myself. I find them overpowering and too sweet!

jayasree said...

Adding the choco chips is a nice idea. Even had bookmarked Wilton's cupcake and thought of replacing egg with milk. I wasn't sure how it will turn out. Now I can go ahead. Thanks for sharing. Hope Akshaya had a lovely trip.

MeetaK said...

lovely looking cupcakes! they look so soft and moist!

Rajani said...

nice, aparna, very nice! i amgoing to make this one too! especially since its eggless -i am into eggless baking now - cos my s-i-l is soooo vegetarian (and she's preg.) that she can't even eat virtual food with egg,so my new found love affair with all things eggless. my love to the 'big' girl.

Ashwini Kenchanna said...

yummy moist cup cakes..Anything with chocolate is heaven..Eggless - superb

Soma said...

So pretty aparna. they look irrestible. that 3 part breakfast(or any meal )seems very familiar.. esp. when its some kinda favorite:-)

Veggie Wedgie said...

Lovely, pretty muffins!

Maria said...

Those muffins look yummy :) and plain vanilla muffins are my fav.

Rupa said...

I saw this recipe and ran out to grab the ingredients! Eggless cupcakes! YUMMY!!!
i made these with lemon and lime rather than the choc chips, and they were amazing!
This is a recipe for keeps, the texture, the colour, the taste were all perfect :)

Cham said...

They are simply gorgeous with choco chip on top!

Madhuram said...

Nice basic eggless cupcake recipe Aparna. Last week I tried something with vinegar from a website and did not like it at all. Will definitely try this.

A_and_N said...

The pics are gorgeous! :) Love this, Aparna. Surely will be tried.

Lore said...

Well I wouldn't complain either, on the contrary, I'd love to see them in my lunch box every single day :). Vanilla and semi-sweet chocolate sounds really delish!

Happy cook said...

That is what i say a delicious cupcake fully covered wiith chocolate chips.
Looks beautiful and delicious.

sra said...

You never know, she may have been disappointed if you did take her at her word and made the plainest of cupcakes. They look pretty.

aquadaze said...

Anything that says cake gets my full attention and these cupcakes look droolicious!

Raaga said...

no eggs... this is super cool. I have everything on hand :-)

andrea said...

i made these cupcakes for my sons preschool class. my son is allergic to eggs, so i needed a kid friendly recpie..and it was a hit!! they were easy to make and they tasted delicious. thanks

Aparna said...

Andrea, I'm happy they turned so well. I have found this to be a winner, everytime.

Anonymous said...


I tried your cupcakes today and they turned out perfect.

Thank you so much


Anonymous said...


I tried your cupcakes today and they were really awesome. My husband and son loved it so much, that they finished it..

Thanks a million


Aparna said...

Chand and Vani, very happy to hear that. :)

Preeti said...

thanks for this recipe... i tried them out and took them for a party... were a big hit!!! thanks again....

Aparna said...

Glad to share the recipe, Preeti. They're always a hit wherever I take them too. :)

dee said...

hey preeti, thanks for sharing this amazing recipe..
they turned out awesone!!
I made it the first time but went wrong in the measurement so it broke, but i tried it today and has turned out so good!
Not yet tried it, waiting for the family to finish dinner and then surprise them with this!
will again write as to how they found it, but thanks so much..
am so happy!!

Aparna said...

Thank you Dee, for the enthusiastic comment. :)
But there seems to be some confusion.
YOu've got my name wrong, or else you've left a comment for "Preethi" here, by mistake.

dee said...

Yes Dear i got the name wrong..
But the comment was def for u:)
Thanks aparna

Anjali said...

Hey Aparna,
Your recipe is so easy to follow and I did finally try it today and am so impressed with the final outcome :-). It's turned out really great and all thanks to your recipe. I made a few topping changes and made a whole range of different cupcakes from the looks of it...my little one is sure to enjoy this!!

Thanks again!!

Aparna said...

Ok, Dee. :)

That's really nice to know Anjali. This is one of my no-fail, to go recipes for cupcakes. :)

Sharmilee! :) said...

Sure a nofail recipe. I halved the measurements and tried it turned out perfect. Posted it here : http://www.sharmispassions.com/2010/12/eggless-vanilla-chocolate-chips.html

Aparna said...

Thanks for trying the recipe and letting me know. Happy you liked i too, Sharmilee.