The best chocolate cupcakes ever!


Today I am sharing with you the BEST chocolate cupcakes ever! They are super soft, rich and topped with a lush buttercream frosting! You won’t believe how easy these chocolate cupcakes are to make.

My husband has claimed (on more than one occasion) that these are the BEST chocolate cupcakes he’s ever had. My friend brought them over a couple months ago and we literally both gasped! They were so soft and full of chocolate goodness, we couldn’t just stop at one! Since that day we’ve made this recipe about 3 times and plan to make it many more! And to tell you the truth I’m usually not a chocolate cake fan. I mean, I LOVE chocolate, but for some reason I’m just not a huge cake lover. These cupcakes definitely changed my mind! I’m telling you… they are that good! The secret ingredients are the pudding mix and sour cream! The flavor is fantastic.

The BEST chocolate cupcakes ever! They are super soft, rich and topped with a lush buttercream frosting! You won’t believe how easy these chocolate cupcakes are to make.

The BEST chocolate cupcakes ever! They are super soft, rich and topped with a lush buttercream frosting! You won’t believe how easy these chocolate cupcakes are to make.


The BEST chocolate cupcakes ever!

Yield: 20-24 cupcakes


  • 1 box (15 oz) devils food cake mix
  • 1 5.9 oz. box chocolate pudding (dry)
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 3/4 cup hot water
  • 8 oz sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 325°.
In a large bowl combine the cake mix and chocolate pudding.. Stir until combined. Next mix in the eggs, canola oil and water. Stir in the sour cream and then chocolate chips.
Pour cake mix into the cupcake liners (about 3/4 the way full). Bake for 20-25 minutes or until they Spring back when touched. Do not over cook. You can also test with a tooth pick to make sure the centers are cooked all the way through.
Remove from oven and allow cupcakes to cool on a cooling rack.
Frost with buttercream frosting (recipe below).

Recipe adapted from: The Food Nanny


Buttercream frosting

Find the perfect buttercream frosting to go with these chocolate cupcakes HERE.

The BEST chocolate cupcakes ever! They are super soft, rich and topped with a lush buttercream frosting! You won’t believe how easy these chocolate cupcakes are to make.

Here’s a little Valentine version you can make for your sweetheart. I found the cute candy envelopes and baking cups at Michaels. :D

The BEST chocolate cupcakes ever! They are super soft, rich and topped with a lush buttercream frosting! You won’t believe how easy these chocolate cupcakes are to make.


So let’s hear it… are you a chocolate cake lover?!

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Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Bryn posted on February 11, 2014 at 6:37 am (#

    Hi! Can you tell me what brand/size of cake mix you use? Thanks!

    • Jamielyn posted on February 11, 2014 at 8:10 am (#

      Hi Bryn! It’s the 15 oz box. I believe it was Duncan Hines, but we’ve used Pillsbury too. :)

      • Bryn posted on February 11, 2014 at 2:04 pm (#

        Thanks for adding the cake mix size. I always worry when doing cake mix recipes that I’ve bought the wrong size and they won’t turn out. Looking forward to trying these :)

  2. Linda posted on February 11, 2014 at 9:55 am (#

    Is the pudding instant or cooked or does it make any difference?

    • Jamielyn posted on February 13, 2014 at 9:38 pm (#

      I use instant pudding! :)

      • Linda posted on February 14, 2014 at 10:10 am (#

        Thanks for replying- I made them the other night and used the cooked kind. They are wonderful- I live near Fort Hood and took them out to some soldiers at the chapel- they were gobbled up right away!!!

  3. Sarah posted on February 11, 2014 at 4:04 pm (#

    Instant or cook & serve pudding?

  4. Bloom Designs Online posted on February 11, 2014 at 6:22 pm (#

    Those look amazing Jamielyn. I love how your photos came out!

  5. Heather posted on February 12, 2014 at 8:16 am (#

    Can’t use eggs. Have you ever tried substituting something for the eggs? If so, what? I have heard bananas and apple sauce. Thanks!

    • Jamielyn posted on February 13, 2014 at 2:37 pm (#

      I’ve never substituted the eggs for anything in this recipe, but I’m sure it would work! Definitely let us know how it goes if you end up substituting! :)

  6. Guadalupe Vargas posted on February 12, 2014 at 9:14 am (#

    Muchas gracias. Se ven deliciosos los prepararé este Jueves. Saludos.

  7. Brenda @ SweetSimpleStuff posted on February 12, 2014 at 11:42 am (#

    Your cupcakes sound as gorgeous as they look! Pinned :)

  8. B posted on February 13, 2014 at 10:55 am (#

    I love chocolate and these cupcakes look delicious! I was looking for a recipe for chocolate cupcakes to make with my kids so I think this will be the one to try. Thanks for sharing! :)

    • Jamielyn posted on February 13, 2014 at 2:22 pm (#

      These are really yummy, I hope you and your kids enjoy them!! :)

  9. Jillene petersen posted on February 16, 2014 at 9:11 pm (#

    It’s hard to find a good “chocolate” cupcake. I can tell by the ingredients and the ease of the recipe that these are a winner. Can’t wait to try them!

  10. jen @ Tatertots & Jello posted on February 17, 2014 at 12:06 pm (#


    • Jamielyn posted on February 17, 2014 at 5:01 pm (#

      My family has been LOVING these cupcakes recently…we have made them way too many times! :O

  11. Desiree @ The36thAvenue posted on February 17, 2014 at 3:42 pm (#

    I love cupcakes… I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  12. Erin posted on February 18, 2014 at 12:31 am (#

    I made these for valentines day and everyone loved them, thank you for sharing and I will definetely be making these again and again!

    • Jamielyn posted on February 18, 2014 at 12:51 pm (#

      Oh I am so happy everyone loved them! Thanks for coming back and leaving a comment Erin! :)

  13. Kristyn posted on February 18, 2014 at 10:03 pm (#

    Oh, YUM! These look delicious!!!!!

  14. Ginny posted on February 24, 2014 at 12:35 pm (#

    Can you please confirm the pudding size? I find a 3.9 oz (4 serving) and a 5.1 oz (6 serving) size. Which one did you use?

  15. Christina posted on February 24, 2014 at 7:51 pm (#

    Hi! Can this recipe be used for a cake or bundt cake, sounds and looks delicious!

    • Jamielyn posted on March 12, 2014 at 6:54 pm (#

      Hi Christina! I’ve never tried this recipe for a cake or bundt cake, but I’m sure it would work great!! Just lower the temperature a little and cook it longer! :) Let us know how it turns out!

  16. kerri posted on March 17, 2014 at 2:48 pm (#

    Made these today and they were so yummy, but made way more than 24. Thanks for the recipe!!!

    • Jamielyn posted on March 17, 2014 at 7:42 pm (#

      I’m glad you liked them Kerri! Sometimes I get more too, it just depends how full I fill them! :)

  17. Alisha posted on March 20, 2014 at 12:14 pm (#

    Hi! I just posted on your Pink Lemonade Cupcake post about looking for a second super easy, super yummy cupcake…maybe this is it!? :) What do you think?

  18. Shonna posted on April 2, 2014 at 9:53 pm (#

    So am I just dumb or what? Am I supposed to make the pudding and add it or just add the pudding mix?

    • Jamielyn posted on April 4, 2014 at 7:06 pm (#

      Hi Shonna! Just add the pudding mix in dry! :)

  19. Sheri posted on May 2, 2014 at 11:26 am (#

    My cupcakes sunk in the middle. I used a pampered chef muffin pan. Any ideas why this happened?

    • Jamielyn posted on May 14, 2014 at 12:58 am (#

      Hi Sheri! Oh no, I’m sorry they sunk! That has never happened to me with this recipe. I’ve heard that if air was mixed into the batter they can sink in the middle. You can avoid this by adding eggs one at a time and not over beating! Hope that helps a little!

      • Sheri posted on May 15, 2014 at 9:10 pm (#

        Thanks for replying Jamielyn. It was probably the over mixing. Nevertheless they were the best cupcakes I’ve ever had!

  20. Mina posted on May 15, 2014 at 5:31 pm (#

    Can you make these a day prior?

    • Jamielyn posted on July 23, 2014 at 8:40 pm (#

      Yes definitely, just keep them in a sealed tupperware! :)

  21. Jenni posted on May 16, 2014 at 9:07 pm (#

    Hi, I was wondering if I could omit the sour cream? i’ve used sour cream before in cake recipes and didn’t like the way it turned out. Plus I got everything else I needed for the cakes but forgot the sour cream, and to be honest im really really lazy.

    • Jamielyn posted on July 23, 2014 at 8:41 pm (#

      Hi Jenni! I haven’t tried, but I’ve heard greek yogurt or apple sauce will give you the same results. :)

  22. Dolly posted on May 18, 2014 at 4:50 pm (#

    What piping tip did you use to make the frosting look so gray in your picture? I can’t wait to make these!

    • Jamielyn posted on June 3, 2014 at 5:43 pm (#

      I use a 1m tip! Hope you enjoy these, they are amazing! :)

  23. Shar posted on June 2, 2014 at 5:42 am (#

    Hi. What flavor of cake mix should I buy? Chocolate? Thank you

    • Jamielyn posted on June 3, 2014 at 6:37 pm (#

      I always use a box of Devils food cake mix!

  24. Emily posted on June 10, 2014 at 10:18 pm (#

    These were amazing! And the buttercream recipe is the best one I’ve tried yet! I don’t know what is so different about it, but it is delish! So happy I found this recipe!

    • Jamielyn posted on July 2, 2014 at 4:33 pm (#

      Thanks for your sweet comment Emily, I am so happy you love these cupcakes! The buttercream is definitely my favorite! :)

  25. Mary posted on June 18, 2014 at 3:39 pm (#

    Just made these cupcakes AMAZING!!!!! followed the recipe to the T ! They turned out fantastic. What a wonderful recipe! thank you for sharing this!

    • Jamielyn posted on July 2, 2014 at 4:57 pm (#

      I am so glad this recipe turned out well for you! I love these cupcakes, they are so moist and delicious! :) Thanks for your comment Mary!

  26. Cathi posted on July 4, 2014 at 10:42 am (#

    Hello! Do you use a mixer or by hand ? Thanks!

    • Jamielyn posted on July 23, 2014 at 10:22 pm (#

      Hi Cathi! I use a mixer, usually my Kitchen Aid. :)

  27. Debi posted on July 24, 2014 at 8:23 am (#

    These chocolate cupcakes are truly delicious and so easy to prepare. Thank you for sharing.

    • Jamielyn posted on July 24, 2014 at 5:14 pm (#

      Thanks Debi! I love them too…such great texture and flavor!

  28. SARA posted on August 23, 2014 at 1:40 pm (#

    I made these and I loved them!! I used mini chocolate chips and they great!! Thanks for the recipe! Have you ever tried to make a vanilla version?

    • Jamielyn posted on September 11, 2014 at 12:41 am (#

      I’m so glad you loved them Sara! I haven’t tried making a vanilla version yet, but I have been wanting to!

  29. ashley+kennedy posted on August 25, 2014 at 10:11 am (#

    I was wondering have you ever freezed the cupcakes??? Was wondering if they would still be fresh tasting if i froze them then pulled them out for a party then frosted….. What is your thoughts??? Thank you!!!

    • Jamielyn posted on September 22, 2014 at 1:46 pm (#

      Hi Ashley! I freeze these all the time and they turn out well. Of course they are better the day of since whenever you freeze something they are a little less fresh tasting!

  30. ashley+kennedy posted on August 27, 2014 at 4:16 pm (#

    These are amazing!!!!!!! Thank you for sharing I am making them for my daughters first birthday, and know they will be a hit!!!1:) I was wondering though what you thought of making them up few days before and storing in air tight container and freezing and pulling out and then frosting the day before her party…… Will they still be as fresh and delicious???? Have you done this before, your thoughts would be much appreciated!!!Thank you Ashley 

  31. Marilee posted on October 5, 2014 at 3:00 pm (#

    These look awesome.  Do I need to do anything differently if I make them as mini cupcakes?  

    • Jamielyn posted on October 6, 2014 at 12:54 am (#

      They should work the same as mini cupcakes, just make sure to cook them for less time! :)

  32. Lisa posted on January 17, 2015 at 4:35 pm (#

    I just made these for my toddler’s cupcake birthday cake.  They are delicious!  Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    • Jamielyn posted on January 19, 2015 at 10:03 pm (#

      Happy birthday to your toddler! I’m so happy to hear you liked them. Thanks for the comment!

  33. Laura posted on January 18, 2015 at 6:46 am (#

    Wondering if this would work with white cake and vanilla pudding? I want to make these for a party in both flavors but would prefer using the same recipe for both. Have you tried with white cake?

    • Jamielyn posted on January 20, 2015 at 1:38 pm (#

      Hi Laura! I haven’t tried it with a white cake and vanilla pudding, but I think it would be delicious! Let us know if you give it a try! :)

  34. cynthia posted on May 14, 2015 at 2:47 am (#

    I like it

  35. Jenessa Batty posted on June 27, 2015 at 6:40 am (#

    Hi, so you use milk chocolate chips or semi sweet chocolate chips? And do the chocolate chips stay hard in the cupcakes when cooled or do they blend and cook into the batter when in the oven. Just wondering if when you bite your cupcake you get chunks of chocolate chips :)

    • Laura Capello posted on June 30, 2015 at 8:26 am (#

      We used semi-sweet chocolate chips, but you may use what you like best! And yes, you get chunks of chocolate chips when you bite into the cake. :)

  36. Alma posted on July 11, 2015 at 1:14 am (#

    Can you make this recipe with vanilla cake/pudding?

    • Laura Capello posted on July 12, 2015 at 10:25 am (#

      Definitely! In fact, that sounds delicious!

  37. naomi posted on July 14, 2015 at 7:03 pm (#

    Duncan Hines is 16.5 oz and Pillsbury is 15.25 oz. Can you use either? or use slightly less of the cake mix.? Yikes!

    • Laura Capello posted on July 15, 2015 at 8:57 am (#

      Either works! :)

  38. Kayla posted on August 12, 2015 at 6:09 pm (#

    Do you ever have issues with these cupcakes sticking to the liners? I’m going to make these tonight, just wondering if you had any tips, like spraying the liners first, etc.?

    • Jamielyn posted on August 14, 2015 at 12:20 am (#

      I haven’t had any trouble with these cupcakes sticking! :)

  39. Mary posted on September 11, 2015 at 7:01 pm (#

    chocolate cupcakes out of this World Thanks’

  40. María Elena Droll posted on November 20, 2015 at 12:23 pm (#

    Very good, beautifull and practical.

  41. Missy Nag posted on April 5, 2016 at 3:23 pm (#

    I made these for an event at my church and I had so many people asking me for the recipe, I actually used mint chocolate chips and made a chocolate mint chocolate version. It turned out awesome! great easy recipe!

  42. elaine posted on December 8, 2016 at 12:49 pm (#

    I’m in Canada, was going to make you best chocolate cupcakes, but ran into the problem of what size of pudding. Our instant box is 113 g.   Or cooked one is 170g. So 15.9 oz is more than 2 boxes of either, doesn’t sound right…I figured your recipe calls for only one box…help…want to make them tonight:-) :-) :-) :-) thanks

    • I Heart Naptime posted on December 8, 2016 at 5:14 pm (#

      Hi Elaine, I’ve been trying to do some converting and am not getting an answer that makes sense. Ultimately, you’d want enough pudding mix that would result in 2 cups of pudding if made into pudding. Hope that helps!

  43. Karen posted on December 17, 2016 at 11:51 pm (#

    Made the chocolate cupcakes for our daughter. She snuck the first in the bathroom to eat. She texted while eating the second (in the bathroom!). Her husband was in the other bathroom enjoying a cupcake. Guess the grand kids aren’t getting any! This recipe is now referred to as the bathroom cupcakes!

    • I Heart Naptime posted on December 18, 2016 at 9:53 am (#

      Hahahaha, that is awesome!

  44. Rene posted on February 17, 2017 at 8:00 pm (#

    These were truely the best cupcakes I have ever had. Took them to work..two weeks later, people are still talking about them. Thank you very much for the recipe!

  45. Brittany posted on February 22, 2017 at 12:24 am (#

    How full did you fill the polka dotted baking cup? Thanks!
    Also, do you have a recipe for marshmallow buttercream?

    • I Heart Naptime posted on February 22, 2017 at 7:23 am (#

      You can either slip a cupcake into the the standing polka dotted liner, or bake in it (depending on the instructions) – I like to fill my cupcake liners with an ice cream scoop. :)

      I don’t have one on my blog, yet, but I’ve used this one before and it’s delicious!

  46. janelle posted on March 14, 2017 at 7:35 am (#

    I forgot to buy chocolate chips! do you think these will still be good without them?

    • I Heart Naptime posted on March 14, 2017 at 9:09 am (#

      They might not be as rich but I think they’ll still be delicious! :)