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For super moist chocolate cake, try this doctored cake mix recipe that makes THE BEST chocolate cupcakes around! You’re going to love the chocolate flavor. I honestly think that this is the best chocolate cupcake recipe ever!

When it comes to this chocolate cupcakes recipe, it’s going to be your new favorite way to make cake mix cupcakes easily at home!

chocolate cupcakes

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Chocolate Cupcakes

For today, I’m sharing an easy cupcake mix recipe that incorporates my favorite tips! You’ll learn how to make the best chocolate cupcakes from a mix – easily!

I love a homemade chocolate cupcake recipe from scratch as much as the next person, but I also love to pull out a few ingredients from my pantry along with a cake mix for the added security of knowing my cake will turn out perfectly.

You can always find a cake mix in my pantry to use whenever it’s needed for a chocolate craving, a birthday, bake sale, or just a Friday night.

It’s just a good idea to always have ingredients needed for cupcakes on hand at all times, right? Right!

chocolate cupcakes topped with cream cheese frosting

Ingredients

See the recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.

  • Devil’s Food Cake Box Mix – Any brand will work so use your favorite brand.
  • Eggs – Needed to bind together all the other ingredients.
  • Sour Cream – This adds such a moistness to the cupcakes!
  • Milk – I use real milk as I like the added flavor.
  • Pudding – Adding pudding is another great way to create a moist texture. No one wants dried-out cupcakes!
  • Oil – I like to use vegetable oil for cake mix recipes.
  • Vanilla – The added hint of vanilla is so good!

Frosting Options:

How To Make This Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe

Step One: Preheat the oven

Preheat the oven to 325° Place cupcake liners in cupcake pans.

Step Two: Combine the dry ingredients

Whisk together the dry ingredients in a large bowl.

Step Three: Add the rest of the ingredients

Add the remaining ingredients and beat with a hand mixer for 2 minutes.

Step Four: Fill the cupcake liners

Use an ice cream scoop (linked above) to fill cupcake liners about 3/4 full.

Step Five: Bake

Bake for about 18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Step Six: Cool and apply frosting

Cool completely before frosting. Pipe on frosting with a large star tip for a swirl or just by hand! 

cream cheese frosted chocolate cupcake recipe

How To Store Cupcakes

If you have leftover cupcakes, store them in an airtight container. Due to the cream cheese frosting, they need to be kept in the fridge. For the best flavor and freshness, eat within 2-3. (I highly doubt that they’re going to last that long!)

chocolate cupcake with a bite taken out of it

FAQ

What is the best brand of cake mix?

I get asked about which brand of cake mix is better a lot – Duncan Hines, Betty Crocker, or Pilsbury – and I have a hard time answering. I usually pick up whatever is on sale and stock up in the process.

A quick Google search will tell you that there isn’t one clear winner. One is overall the best vanilla cake mix, another – the best chocolate cake mix.

My expert opinion – and that’s due to eating a lot of cake – is to go with one of the top brands that is on sale. You can’t go wrong! And if you get a cake mix with pudding in the mix, that’s a plus, too!

How many cupcakes do you get from a box of cake mix?

One box of cake mix makes between 24 and 30 regular-size cupcakes when each cupcake liner is filled with 1/3 cup of batter, according to the back of most cake mix boxes.

I’ve found that it’s right around 24 cupcakes if you use a scoop – like this one –  to evenly add the batter to the cupcake pan.

What kind of cake mix do you use for chocolate cupcakes?

OH, I’m glad you asked! I LOVE a devil’s food cake for chocolate cake or cupcakes.

The batter is nice and thick – plus it has an amazingly rich flavor that every chocolate lover loves

Making your very own cupcakes at home is way better than buying them from the bakery. You control what goes in and what you get out of them! Give it a shot! I bet you won’t go back to the store for premade again!

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chocolate cupcakes topped with cream cheese frosting

How to Make a Box Cake Taste Homemade

For super moist chocolate cake, try this doctored cake mix recipe that makes THE BEST chocolate cupcakes recipe around! 
4.13 from 111 votes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Kasey Schwartz
Servings: 24
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes

Ingredients  

  • 15 ounce box devil’s food cake mix
  • 3.9 ounce box instant chocolate pudding dry
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 325° Place cupcake liners in cupcake pans.
  • Whisk together the dry ingredients in a large bowl
  • Add the remaining ingredients and beat with a hand mixer for 2 minutes.
  • Use an ice cream scoop (linked above) to fill cupcake liners about 3/4 full.
  • Bake about 18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Cool completely before frosting.
  • Pipe on frosting with a large star tip for a swirl or just by hand!

Butter Cream Frosting

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    Nutrition

    Calories: 96kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 21mg | Potassium: 34mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 112IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg
    Keyword: box mix, buttercream frosting, chocolate, cupcakes
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    About Kasey Schwartz

    Hi, I’m Kasey, Founder of All Things Mamma – where I am dishing up family favorite recipes that are easy to make with simple, everyday ingredients. Plus – tips and tricks for living your best life!

    Comments

    1. Donna Pankey says:

      5 stars
      This recipe is amazing. Moist and full of flavor. My husband also really loved it. Will definitely make again and again.

    2. 5 stars
      The absolute best chocolate cupcakes ever! I can finally stop looking.

    3. 5 stars
      This is a winner!! Thank you!

    4. 5 stars
      Looks good. Can’t wait to make them

      1. 5 stars
        made these for my son’s birthday party, they were the best cupcakes and were so easy to make! I had at least 10 people telling me how much they loved the cupcakes and no one has ever commented so much on a cupcake I have made before!

        1. Kasey Schwartz says:

          That is awesome to hear!!

    5. Susan Corpman says:

      5 stars
      These were the best chocolate cupcakes I have ever made. I made them into a snickers cupcake and they did not disappoint. Everyone loved them. Thank you for sharing.

    6. Hi! Can I sub butter for the oil?

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