This chocolate cupcakes easy recipe is perfect for parties!

Baking the perfect fluffy and moist chocolate cupcakes is easy with the right recipe.  These delicious, no-fail chocolate cupcakes are not “from scratch”, but they always turn out absolutely perfect and ready to decorate and eat for any occasion. 

If you are looking for a stress-free cupcake recipe, these cupcakes are for you!

This chocolate cupcakes recipe is moist and delicious.  When I first started baking for parties, I was on a quest for the perfect chocolate cupcakes.  I looked through cookbook after cookbook and tried recipe after recipe. 

In a two week stretch I think I made 1000 cupcakes.  No exaggeration.  The result of all that trial and error, figuring out what combination of cupcake ingredients worked best together to create the perfect (and EASY) chocolate cupcakes.

I didn’t want difficult cupcakes, especially when making cupcakes for large parties.  I needed cupcakes that I could make easily and be guaranteed to turn out right time after time.

Fortunately, I found the combination that I was looking for and now I’m gonna share it with you!

How to use chocolate cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes are super versatile.  They can be decorated to match any party.  I have used these chocolate cupcakes for llama cupcakes, cat cupcakes, Minnie Mouse cupcakes and more!

If you have basic piping tools and a great buttercream frosting recipe, you can turn these simple and fluffy chocolate cupcakes into a treat for any occasion and any party theme!

Related: 55 Delicious Birthday Cake Recipes

Ideas for a decorating chocolate cupcakes

When you are baking cupcakes at home, I definitely recommend cooling them completely before decorating.  I actually place my cupcakes in the refrigerator prior to decorating to ensure they are nice and cool. 

Properly cooling your frosting for chocolate cupcakes can help to make sure that your icing holds the shape you are going for with decorating as well.

Once cupcakes are cooled, you can use any color frosting along with fondant and other candies to make these cupcakes into your desired character or theme. 

Here is some cupcake decorating inspiration for you! 

Don’t be afraid to get creative with your cupcakes!

Recipe for Chocolate Cupcakes: STEP by STEP

Alright…let’s take a look at the recipe for these simple and perfect chocolate cupcakes!  Don’t be scared away by these ingredients.  Trust me…it’s delicious!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Box Chocolate cake mix (I recommend using one WITHOUT  pudding in the mix. This is my favorite!)
  • 2 oz. unsweetened baker’s chocolate
  • 2 oz. semi-sweet baker’s chocolate
  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2/3 cup sprite
  • 1 cup miracle whip

Materials:

These are my recommended materials to make baking easy and ensure everything turns out just right.  You can completely make them with a hand mixer or the old fashioned way with your wisk…but it will be much faster and easier with a stand mixer!

How to make chocolate cupcakes

Step 1:

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 2:

Place miracle whip and eggs into mixer and mix on low speed.  Melt chocolate in microwave (30 second intervals stirring between until melted to prevent burning of chocolate.)

Add the melted chocolate to the mixer and continue mixing until smooth.

Step 3:

With mixer still on low, add cake mix, sprite and water.  The best method I have found for doing this to alternate the mix and liquids as you add to keep the mis even and smooth.

I start with adding a little cake mix, and using a 1/3 cup measuring cup, a little water until that cup is empty and then switch to sprite.  I then repeat until all ingredients have been added.

Step 4:

Once all ingredients are added, I increase speed for a couple minutes and ensure it is fully mixed. I then transfer the cake batter to either cupcake tins for a cake pan (depending on whether I am baking cupcakes on a cake).  

For cupcakes, I place cupcake liners in the tins and fill 2/3 full with batter.  I usually can get 1.5 large to  2 dozen small cupcakes from one batch.  

For cake, I butter the cake pan bottom and sides and fill to 1/2-2/3 full.  I usually can get 2 10 inch round cakes from 1 batch.

Step 5:

Bake cupcakes for 14-16 mins (2 dozen)

Bake cake for 27-30 mins (1 layer at a time).

Cake is down when it is dry in the middle.

Pro Tip:

You can also freeze these cupcakes for later use.  They retain their flavor and texture after defrosting!  This is great if you are in a time crunch or don’t need a full batch all at once.  

When I use this recipe for a cake, I ALWAYS freeze the layers before I frost and decorate!

Yield: 2 dozen

Easy + Super Moist Recipe for Chocolate Cupcakes

Easy + Super Moist Recipe for Chocolate Cupcakes

This chocolate cupcakes easy recipe is perfect for parties!

Baking the perfect fluffy and moist chocolate cupcakes is easy with the right recipe.  These delicious, no-fail chocolate cupcakes are not "from scratch", but they always turn out absolutely perfect and ready to decorate and eat for any occasion. 

If you are looking for a stress-free cupcake recipe, these cupcakes are for you!

Alright...let's take a look at the recipe for these simple and perfect chocolate cupcakes!  Don't be scared away by these ingredients.  Trust me...it's delicious!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 31 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Box Chocolate cake mix (I recommend using one WITHOUT  pudding in the mix. This is my favorite!)
  • 2 oz. unsweetened baker's chocolate
  • 2 oz. semi-sweet baker's chocolate
  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2/3 cup sprite
  • 1 cup miracle whip

Instructions

Step 1:

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 2:

Place miracle whip and eggs into mixer and mix on low speed.  Melt chocolate in microwave (30 second intervals stirring between until melted to prevent burning of chocolate.)

Add the melted chocolate to the mixer and continue mixing until smooth.

Step 3:

With mixer still on low, add cake mix, sprite and water.  The best method I have found for doing this to alternate the mix and liquids as you add to keep the mis even and smooth.

I start with adding a little cake mix, and using a 1/3 cup measuring cup, a little water until that cup is empty and then switch to sprite.  I then repeat until all ingredients have been added.

Step 4:

Once all ingredients are added, I increase speed for a couple minutes and ensure it is fully mixed. I then transfer the cake batter to either cupcake tins for a cake pan (depending on whether I am baking cupcakes on a cake).  

For cupcakes, I place cupcake liners in the tins and fill 2/3 full with batter.  I usually can get 1.5 large to  2 dozen small cupcakes from one batch.  

For cake, I butter the cake pan bottom and sides and fill to 1/2-2/3 full.  I usually can get 2 10 inch round cakes from 1 batch.

Step 5:

Bake cupcakes for 14-16 mins (2 dozen)

Bake cake for 27-30 mins (1 layer at a time).

Cake is down when it is dry in the middle.

Notes

Materials:

These are my recommended materials to make baking easy and ensure everything turns out just right.  You can completely make them with a hand mixer or the old fashioned way with your wisk...but it will be much faster and easier with a stand mixer!

Pro Tip:

You can also freeze these cupcakes for later use.  They retain their flavor and texture after defrosting!  This is great if you are in a time crunch or don't need a full batch all at once.  

When I use this recipe for a cake, I ALWAYS freeze the layers before I frost and decorate!

Looking for more ideas for cupcakes recipes?

This simple recipe can be adapted in many ways to make moist cake in other flavors.  I have substituted white cake mix and white chocolate many times for parties and had the cake taste divine!

Delicious Chocolate Cake

This recipe can also be used to make a delicious chocolate cake.  The recipes is virtually the same.  You just need to adjust the bake time slightly.  Still fluffy, moist and delicious!

 

Here are some helpful links for baking moist chocolate cupcakes:

 

Conclusion for How to make Chocolate Cupcakes:

Baking the perfect chocolate cupcakes is not reserved for elite bakers! Using this simple not-from-scratch chocolate cake recipe, you can bake delicious and always perfect chocolate cupcakes quickly and easily. 

Wow your party guests and stay on budget with homemade and super moist chocolate cupcakes.

 

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