Believe it or not, there are some folks who don’t care for frosting.  Shocking, isn’t it?  I know these people exist because I have met them.  On the outside, I try not to shame them for not liking the best part of a cupcake because, you know, it takes all kinds to make the world go around.  On behalf of all the people who do not care for frosting, I offer up these cupcakes from Love and Olive Oil which are topped with just a dusting of powdered sugar.

Buttermilk Chocolate Chip Crumb Cupcakes

Ingredients:

For Crumb Topping:

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cold butter, cut into cubes
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For Cupcakes:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • powdered sugar, for topping

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with paper cupcake liners.
  2. To prepare topping, in a large bowl, whisk together flour and sugar. Add butter, and using two a pastry cutter or two knives, cut the butter into the flour until it forms pea-sized chunks. Sprinkle vanilla extract over top and continue to cut to combine. You can use your hands if needed to incorporate any remaining dry flour until it comes together into moist, clumpy lumps. If the topping gets too dough-like, sprinkle over a tablespoon and break up the topping into chunks. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. To prepare cupcakes, whisk together flour, cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Spoon 1-2 tablespoons of flour mixture into a small bowl; toss with 1/2 cup of chocolate chips until evenly coated.
  4. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Mix in vanilla, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  5. Slowly add flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with 2 additions of the buttermilk, starting and ending with the dry ingredients.
  6. Fold in flour-coated chocolate chips.
  7. Divide batter into cupcake liners, about 3 tablespoons per cupcake (a large cookie scoop, slightly underfilled, is the perfect amount of batter). You want each liner just over half full (do not overfill, these cupcakes are delicate and so you want to fill them less than you normally would).
  8. Generously sprinkle the crumb topping evenly over each cupcake, breaking up any large chunks.
  9. Bake cupcakes for 13 to 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  10. Remove from oven and sprinkle chocolate chips over top of cupcakes. Let cool for 5 to 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  11. Just before serving, sprinkle generously with powdered sugar. Cupcakes are best the day they are made, but will keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days.