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Mini Chocolate Chip Maple Pancake Cupcakes

Hi guys! This is Amanda from Kevin & Amanda and I’m so thrilled to share this fun recipe with you on my dear friends Maria and Josh’s blog today. Just a few weeks after this precious couple found out they were expecting a new baby pea, Maria and I met up in a very snowy NYC  for an entire day of sweet shopping. There were cookies, cupcakes and chocolate galore! We shopped that city out. One of our most memorable stops was Baked by Melissa, a super adorable cupcake shop with teeny tiny cupcakes in tons of fun flavors. My favorite was the Chocolate Chip Maple Pancake Cupcake, and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since.

It’s a soft, sweet maple vanilla cupcake with a fluffy maple buttercream frosting. Plus some chocolate. Everything you want in a pancake! And a cupcake, for that matter. In honor of Maria and our delicious day in NYC, I’ve recreated this mini maple masterpiece, and I’m so excited to share it with you guys, her sweet friends and loyal readers.

I’ve recently become obsessed with cake flour, and I used it for these cupcakes. Just open a box of cake flour and you’ll see what I mean! It’s that intoxicating smell of a cupcake bakery wrapped up in a delicious little box. It totally knocks you in the face when you open it. Powerful stuff. By the way, in my grocery store the cake flour is with the cake mixes and not with the flour. Took me awhile to figure that one out. Is it like that in your grocery store? I also highly recommend Tahitian vanilla extract for the buttercream frosting if you can find it. I love using Tahitian vanilla for recipes that won’t be cooked. It just gives them that simple, pure vanilla flavor. If you’re into that sort of thing. Hope you enjoy these mini cupcakes!

Thanks Amanda for guest posting! I can’t wait to try these mini cupcakes. They look just like the cupcakes we had in NYC-maybe even better:) Make sure you all visit Amanda’s fabulous blog-Kevin & Amanda. She is amazing and always shares tasty recipes, photography tips, fun travel adventures, free fonts, and more! Have a great weekend!

Mini Chocolate Chip Maple Pancake Cupcakes

Yield: 2 dozen mini cupcakes

Cook Time: 7-9 minutes


1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups (180 grams) cake flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup milk
2 large eggs
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Maple Buttercream Frosting

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
3 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1 tbsp milk
2 teaspoons Tahitian vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream the butter and sugar on medium speed for 3-5 minutes. Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. Measure out 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips and stir with just enough of the flour mixture (about 1/2 tbsp) to coat the chips. To the butter and sugar, slowly add the maple syrup, vanilla, eggs, and milk, beating well after each addition until well combined. Add in the flour mixture 1/2 cup at a time and mix until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips. Line a mini muffin tin with cupcake liners and fill the liners 3/4 full of batter. Bake at 350 for 7-9 mins, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cupcake comes out clean.

To make the frosting: Cream the butter, sugar, maple syrup and vanilla on medium speed until smooth and creamy, about 3-5 minutes. Add the milk if needed to thin out the frosting enough to be of a good spreading consistency and beat well to combine. Frost the cupcakes and store at room temperature.

Recipe from Kevin and Amanda

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64 Responses to “Mini Chocolate Chip Maple Pancake Cupcakes”

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  2. Kathryn — October 21, 2011 @ 4:45 am

    Great guest post! These mini cupcakes are awesome, thank you for sharing!

  3. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — October 21, 2011 @ 5:49 am

    Amanda these look amazing. thanks for the tips regarding cake flour and Tahitian vanilla for things that won’t be cooked. I adore vanilla anything and love vanilla extract and use it like water :) Good tip for me.

    These look light, fluffy, perfect!

    Great tag team up, ladies :)

  4. Lauren at Keep It Sweet — October 21, 2011 @ 7:27 am

    These are so cute, they look even better than Baked by Melissa cupcakes!

  5. Heather (Heather's Dish) — October 21, 2011 @ 8:07 am

    these are so adorable!

  6. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids — October 21, 2011 @ 8:17 am

    The cupcakes look delicious…and since they have “pancake” in the title, I am convinced that it would be a very appropriate breakfast treat, too. How fun!

    • Two Peas replied: — October 21st, 2011 @ 8:41 am

      These are perfect for breakfast too:)

  7. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — October 21, 2011 @ 8:34 am

    Pancake cupcakes?! Awesome!

  8. The Purple Carrot — October 21, 2011 @ 8:34 am

    These look fabulous, and they’re so cute!

  9. Julie @ juliechiou [dot] com — October 21, 2011 @ 8:59 am

    ahh! i love this! i love kevin & amanda and both your blog and her blog are on my daily reads :) so awesome you both were able to meet up and make a wonderful treat together. they’re so cute that i would be awing at them instead of gobbling it all up haha

  10. Dalai Lina — October 21, 2011 @ 9:13 am

    Those darling cupcakes reminded me of something I saw a couple days ago. A mini cupcake maker! It looks interesting since you don’t have to heat up your whole kitchen. Anyone tried it?

  11. jenna — October 21, 2011 @ 9:38 am

    what an adorable/yummy idea! i’ve never tried Tahitian vanilla but appearantly i need to. it sounds amazing.

  12. Erica Yvonne — October 21, 2011 @ 9:53 am

    OMG. These look amazing. I will take 3 of them for breakfast, please and thank you :)

  13. Lauren — October 21, 2011 @ 10:20 am

    Got to meet Amanda a few weeks ago…what a sweetheart! These look perfect!

  14. TidyMom — October 21, 2011 @ 10:42 am

    These sound fabulous!! Love both of you!!

  15. Lynn — October 21, 2011 @ 11:03 am

    These look so good! I have made maple frosting before and it is the perfect frosting for so many things. I have never tried Tahitian vanilla and you may just have convinced me to get some since I love vanilla. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  16. susan — October 21, 2011 @ 11:29 am

    these look yummy

  17. Lisa [With Style and Grace] — October 21, 2011 @ 11:33 am

    Pancake + cupcake, so smart!! These are just cutest little things, ever!!

  18. Lori @ RecipeGirl — October 21, 2011 @ 11:46 am

    Shoot, I must have missed this cupcake. I don’t remember these guys. They look like yummy little treats though!

  19. Carole — October 21, 2011 @ 12:23 pm

    These would be great with my father’s maple syrup

  20. Diane {Created by Diane} — October 21, 2011 @ 12:30 pm

    mini chips are the cutest, these look delicious. really I’m drooling!

  21. naomi — October 21, 2011 @ 12:54 pm

    LOVE this! they are so cute and dainty, not to mention they look fantastically delicious!

  22. JulieD — October 21, 2011 @ 1:16 pm

    Love these! They are very cute and it looks like I wouldn’t so guilty eating…say 6 of them! 😉

  23. marla — October 21, 2011 @ 1:35 pm

    It is so FUN to see Amanda here *Hi Amanda*
    These cupcakes look wonderful & I cake flour does have a great texture for this kind of thing.

  24. Kristy @ Sweet Treats & More — October 21, 2011 @ 2:35 pm

    Ohhh these sound fabulous! I just bought some cake flour and can’t wait to start using it!!

  25. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — October 21, 2011 @ 3:50 pm

    OMG fabulous! Love both of y’all!!

  26. Tahitian vanilla is the best! It does have an intoxicating scent I could just wear it as perfume.

  27. El — October 21, 2011 @ 6:31 pm

    Hope you and baby Caleb are doing well. The cupcakes look delicious. I love the little chips too.

  28. Laura @ GotChocolate — October 21, 2011 @ 6:49 pm

    Love the addition of Chocolate Chips! Yum, yum, YUM!!!

  29. Georgia Pellegrini — October 21, 2011 @ 6:53 pm

    These look wonderful! I’m so happy to see you guest posting here!

  30. Wenderly — October 21, 2011 @ 6:59 pm

    So scrumptious!

  31. HeatherChristo — October 21, 2011 @ 7:33 pm

    these are so cute!

  32. Amilia @justeverydayme — October 21, 2011 @ 7:37 pm

    Umm yeah this looks amazing! Thank you so much for sharing…I have to make these very soon!

  33. Vicki Bensinger — October 21, 2011 @ 8:33 pm

    I love the thought of having dessert for breakfast and breakfast for dessert. The name alone makes me want to bake this now. Thanks for sharing.

  34. Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} — October 21, 2011 @ 8:42 pm

    Sounds like such a fun day in NYC! These cupcakes look great!

  35. Amanda — October 21, 2011 @ 8:43 pm

    Gorgeous! And I KNOW delicious!! Love seeing two (or should I say four?) of my fav bloggers in one place!

  36. Ashley@BakerbyNature — October 21, 2011 @ 11:39 pm

    I walk by Baked by Melissa every day coming home from work; the smell seeping out of that tiny shop is intoxicating. I cannot wait to recreate these little pancake cupcake beauties at home.

  37. Lora — October 21, 2011 @ 11:40 pm

    I am a fan of ANYTHING maple, so this looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it!

  38. Cookin' Canuck — October 22, 2011 @ 11:08 am

    These are adorable, Amanda and I’m sure I could easily pop a few of these into my mouth in quick succession.

  39. Irene L. — October 22, 2011 @ 8:01 pm

    I am obsessed with Baked by Melissa Cupcakes! They are so good! And so cute! I love sending them as gifts, they put a smile on everyone’s face! I cannot wait to try this recipe! Bakes by Melissa is delish, but pricey!

  40. These look so cute! I love the idea of mini, feels less guilty when you eat 3 or more them! :)

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