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!

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°.
  2. In a large bowl combine the cake mix, chocolate pudding and chocolate chips. Stir until combined. Next mix in the eggs, canola oil and water. Finally mix in the sour cream.
  3. 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.
  4. Remove from oven and allow cupcakes to cool on a cooling rack.
  5. Frost with buttercream frosting (recipe below).

Notes

Makes 20-24 cupcakes

http://www.iheartnaptime.net/best-chocolate-cupcakes/

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.

Enjoy!!

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

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Comments

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

    posted by Bryn on February 11, 2014 at 6:37 am (#
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    • Hi Bryn! It’s the 15 oz box. I believe it was Duncan Hines, but we’ve used Pillsbury too. :)

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

        posted by Bryn on February 11, 2014 at 2:04 pm (#
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  2. Is the pudding instant or cooked or does it make any difference?

    posted by Linda on February 11, 2014 at 9:55 am (#
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    • I use instant pudding! :)

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

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  3. Instant or cook & serve pudding?

    posted by Sarah on February 11, 2014 at 4:04 pm (#
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  4. Those look amazing Jamielyn. I love how your photos came out!

    posted by Bloom Designs Online on February 11, 2014 at 6:22 pm (#
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  5. Can’t use eggs. Have you ever tried substituting something for the eggs? If so, what? I have heard bananas and apple sauce. Thanks!

    posted by Heather on February 12, 2014 at 8:16 am (#
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    • 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! :)

      posted by Jamielyn on February 13, 2014 at 2:37 pm (#
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  6. Muchas gracias. Se ven deliciosos los prepararé este Jueves. Saludos.

    posted by Guadalupe Vargas on February 12, 2014 at 9:14 am (#
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  7. Your cupcakes sound as gorgeous as they look! Pinned :)

    posted by Brenda @ SweetSimpleStuff on February 12, 2014 at 11:42 am (#
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  8. 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! :)

    posted by B on February 13, 2014 at 10:55 am (#
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    • These are really yummy, I hope you and your kids enjoy them!! :)

      posted by Jamielyn on February 13, 2014 at 2:22 pm (#
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  9. 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!

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

    posted by jen @ Tatertots & Jello on February 17, 2014 at 12:06 pm (#
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  11. Those look Delicious!

    posted by Amy@theidearoom on February 17, 2014 at 12:31 pm (#
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    • My family has been LOVING these cupcakes recently…we have made them way too many times! :O

      posted by Jamielyn on February 17, 2014 at 5:01 pm (#
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  12. I love cupcakes… I can’t wait to try this recipe!

    posted by Desiree @ The36thAvenue on February 17, 2014 at 3:42 pm (#
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  13. I made these for valentines day and everyone loved them, thank you for sharing and I will definetely be making these again and again!

    posted by Erin on February 18, 2014 at 12:31 am (#
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    • Oh I am so happy everyone loved them! Thanks for coming back and leaving a comment Erin! :)

      posted by Jamielyn on February 18, 2014 at 12:51 pm (#
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  14. Oh, YUM! These look delicious!!!!!

    posted by Kristyn on February 18, 2014 at 10:03 pm (#
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  15. 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?

    posted by Ginny on February 24, 2014 at 12:35 pm (#
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  16. Hi! Can this recipe be used for a cake or bundt cake, sounds and looks delicious!

    posted by Christina on February 24, 2014 at 7:51 pm (#
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    • 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!

      posted by Jamielyn on March 12, 2014 at 6:54 pm (#
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  17. Made these today and they were so yummy, but made way more than 24. Thanks for the recipe!!!

    posted by kerri on March 17, 2014 at 2:48 pm (#
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    • I’m glad you liked them Kerri! Sometimes I get more too, it just depends how full I fill them! :)

      posted by Jamielyn on March 17, 2014 at 7:42 pm (#
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  18. 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?

    posted by Alisha on March 20, 2014 at 12:14 pm (#
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  19. So am I just dumb or what? Am I supposed to make the pudding and add it or just add the pudding mix?

    posted by Shonna on April 2, 2014 at 9:53 pm (#
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    • Hi Shonna! Just add the pudding mix in dry! :)

      posted by Jamielyn on April 4, 2014 at 7:06 pm (#
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  20. My cupcakes sunk in the middle. I used a pampered chef muffin pan. Any ideas why this happened?

    posted by Sheri on May 2, 2014 at 11:26 am (#
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    • 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!

      posted by Jamielyn on May 14, 2014 at 12:58 am (#
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      • Thanks for replying Jamielyn. It was probably the over mixing. Nevertheless they were the best cupcakes I’ve ever had!

        posted by Sheri on May 15, 2014 at 9:10 pm (#
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  21. Can you make these a day prior?

    posted by Mina on May 15, 2014 at 5:31 pm (#
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    • Yes definitely, just keep them in a sealed tupperware! :)

      posted by Jamielyn on July 23, 2014 at 8:40 pm (#
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  22. 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.

    posted by Jenni on May 16, 2014 at 9:07 pm (#
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    • Hi Jenni! I haven’t tried, but I’ve heard greek yogurt or apple sauce will give you the same results. :)

      posted by Jamielyn on July 23, 2014 at 8:41 pm (#
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  23. What piping tip did you use to make the frosting look so gray in your picture? I can’t wait to make these!

    posted by Dolly on May 18, 2014 at 4:50 pm (#
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    • I use a 1m tip! Hope you enjoy these, they are amazing! :)

      posted by Jamielyn on June 3, 2014 at 5:43 pm (#
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  24. Hi. What flavor of cake mix should I buy? Chocolate? Thank you

    posted by Shar on June 2, 2014 at 5:42 am (#
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    • I always use a box of Devils food cake mix!

      posted by Jamielyn on June 3, 2014 at 6:37 pm (#
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  25. 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!

    posted by Emily on June 10, 2014 at 10:18 pm (#
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    • Thanks for your sweet comment Emily, I am so happy you love these cupcakes! The buttercream is definitely my favorite! :)

      posted by Jamielyn on July 2, 2014 at 4:33 pm (#
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  26. Just made these cupcakes AMAZING!!!!! followed the recipe to the T ! They turned out fantastic. What a wonderful recipe! thank you for sharing this!

    posted by Mary on June 18, 2014 at 3:39 pm (#
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    • 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!

      posted by Jamielyn on July 2, 2014 at 4:57 pm (#
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  27. Hello! Do you use a mixer or by hand ? Thanks!

    posted by Cathi on July 4, 2014 at 10:42 am (#
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    • Hi Cathi! I use a mixer, usually my Kitchen Aid. :)

      posted by Jamielyn on July 23, 2014 at 10:22 pm (#
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  28. These chocolate cupcakes are truly delicious and so easy to prepare. Thank you for sharing.

    posted by Debi on July 24, 2014 at 8:23 am (#
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    • Thanks Debi! I love them too…such great texture and flavor!

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