These are good, not great, though the DH ate several and especially liked the frosting. The best news is, they can be made quickly (like while simultaneously baking a pie) with ingredients probably in your pantry.
Start by blending the butter with the sugar.
When the batter is done, fill paper-lined muffin tins.
While the cupcakes are baking, begin the frositng by melting butter and cocoa.
Add the melted chocolate mixture to the milk and confectioner's sugar mixture.
Beat and voila -- milk chocolate frosting.
This inside view reveals the chocolate to cake ratio.
Recipes are below; I've written out an updated method for the cupcakes, as there are no instructions on the card.
Chocolate Chip Cupcakes
Preheat oven to 350 F
1/2 c. unsalted butter
1 c. sugar
2 c. flour
2 1/2 t. baking powder
3/4 t. salt
2/3 c. milk
1 1/2 t.vanilla
8 ounces chocolate chips
Combine dry ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
Beat butter with sugar until light and fluffy.
Add eggs and combine.
Add dry mixture alternately with the milk, beginning and ending with the flour mixture.
Stir in chocolate chips.
Spoon batter into muffin tins.
Bake about 20 minutes or until a tester (toothpick) comes out clean.
For the icing, melt butter (instead of shortening) and cocoa powder in a double boiler over hot water. I had to add extra confectioner's sugar to get it thick enough to spread.