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chocolate cupcakes topped with cream cheese frosting
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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! 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: box mix, buttercream frosting, chocolate, cupcakes
Servings: 24
Calories: 96kcal
Author: Kasey Schwartz
Cost: 10


  • 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


  • 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



    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