Doctored Up Chocolate Cupcakes
I love a good cupcake.
And a good cupcake, to me, means there’s chocolate.
Do you ever play that game ‘this or that’ where you pin 2 things against each other and you keep going until something knocks out the long standing favorite?
For example: chocolate frosting or vanilla frosting? Chocolate.
Chocolate frosting or peanut butter frosting? Chocolate.
Chocolate frosting or mint chocolate frosting? Oh, that’s a toughie. 🤔
A cupcake with chocolate cake or chocolate frosting will always reign supreme in my book compared to those without.
So today I bring you a recipe for doctored up chocolate cupcakes! This is a sister recipe to our doctored up chocolate cake mix recipe.
I found the secret sauce that’s needed to take a box of devil’s food cake mix from just a box mix to YUM.
With all the ingredients you add to the cake mix, I would consider these homemade cupcakes and you can too!
How to make doctored up chocolate cake mix cupcakes without pudding
A lot of doctored up chocolate cake mix recipes call for instant pudding mix or coffee. I wanted to create a recipe that didn’t need either because I saw so many people asking “What can I use in place of the pudding/coffee?”
So that was the goal, doctored up chocolate cupcakes without pudding or coffee. To make doctored up chocolate cake you need to start with a high quality box of cake mix.
What brand of cake mix should I use to make doctored up chocolate cupcakes?
I prefer Duncan Hines cake mixes, as do a lot of food bloggers, plus Wilton recommends Duncan Hines and Wilton is a cake powerhouse.
How to improve boxed cake mix
Adding additional dry ingredients to the cake mix like flour, sugar and cocoa powder will improve the structure and texture of the cake.
Adding buttermilk will ensure your cupcakes turn out incredibly moist. Plus the acid in the buttermilk punches up the chocolate flavor.
Adding additional eggs enhances the flavor and fluffiness of the cake.
Use butter in place of oil. Butter has more flavor then oil and improves the texture of the cake.
What kind of frosting to put on chocolate cupcakes
It’s really up to you how you want to frost your chocolate cupcakes. Here are some ideas..
chocolate whipped cream
peanut butter whipped cream
mint chocolate buttercream
cherry chocolate buttercream
How many cupcakes from box of cake mix
For this specific recipe I was able to make 30 regular sized cupcakes. I like to fill my cupcake liners 1/2 to 3/4 full.
What piping tips did I use for the buttercream?
I showcase 3 different piping methods in the photos, but used the same tip, a wilton 1M, to create each look. I would categorize the 3 different look as the classic swirl, the rosette, and the fluffy/beehive/frilly technique.
I had to google that last one 🤷 I don’t know what it’s called exactly, people call it various names, but it’s so pretty. I would say it’s a fluffy cloud of delicious buttercream