Chocolate Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Cookie Dough Frosting

Hey guys it’s Tiffany from Creme de la Crumb sharing a very special recipe today for a very special occasion….

It’s Alyssa’s birthday!!


So not only are we celebrating with cupcakes, but we are celebrating with super moist and fluffy chocolate cupcakes topped with none other than the most amazing cream cheese chocolate chip cookie dough frosting! That’s right. Cookie dough…. as a frosting.

Don’t worry it’s completely safe to eat, no raw eggs in this recipe! Phew.



One of the first times I spent time with Alyssa in person (cause we have spent about 10000 hours hanging out virtually) we had cupcakes from a sweets shop called The Sweet Tooth Fairy and we had one of their cupcakes with chocolate chip cookie dough frosting. It was BOMBlicious. So as a little birthday treat for my gal pal here….

This recipe is my gift. HAPPY BDAY TO THE RECIPE CRITIC! 🙂


Chocolate Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Cookie Dough Frosting
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Alyssa
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 22 mins
Total time: 37 mins
Serves: 24
  • cupcakes
  • 1 box Devil’s Food Cake Mix
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup greek yogurt (may sub sour cream)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • frosting
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2-3 cups powdered sugar
  • milk, as needed
  • 1/3 cup mini semi sweet chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and put cupcakes liners in muffin tins.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk cake mix, cocoa powder, and baking powder. In a second larger bowl, combine vegetable oil, eggs, buttermilk, greek yogurt, and vanilla and mix well. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and whisk until mostly smooth (a few little lumps are okay). Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake for 19-22 minutes. Allow to cool completely.
  3. While cupcakes are cooling prepare the frosting. In a medium bowl cream butter, cream cheese, and brown sugar for 2-3 minutes until very fluffy. Add flour and salt and mix well. Add vanilla and powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, mixing well after each. Use milk 1 tablespoon at a time if need to thin to desired consistency. Stir in chocolate chips. Spread frosting on cooled cupcakes.

Recipe adapted from Normal Cooking


Tiffany is an avid cook and photographer who enjoys eating food as much as she does preparing it. She likes to focus on quick, no-fuss meals with lots of big, bold flavors the whole family will love. Putting her own tasty spin on a classic meal or flavor combination is her passion!

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  1. Is there a good alternative for cream cheese? I am probably the only person who thinks this but I hate the taste of cream cheese because it has a sour after taste to me. I love red velvet desserts too but I always go for buttercream frosting instead. These cupcakes look so good though so I am wondering what you might recommend?


  2. I just made these so very yummy do you think these Would freeze well with icing? Also do they need to be put in the fridge?

  3. These were an undeniable win in my home last night. I love cheesecake, and my husband loves cookie dough. So naturally I was excited to try this recipe. THEY WERE AMAZING. Definitely adding to my recipe aresenal for parties or anything remotely called a gathering. Haha. These will definitely impress. Thanks for recipe. Can’t rave enough about it.

  4. I made only the buttercream, with another cake recipe (which was red velvet). I think it was quite good, everyone was happy with it. There was enough frosting for a 2 layer cake. It has a texture of cookie dough and tastes like a tangy cookie dough, wich is good to cut the sweetness.

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