Best Ever Chocolate Cupcakes


This recipe comes from our good friend and baker extraordinaire, Mary Jordan. After a taste test, we named this recipe “Best Ever Chocolate Cupcakes” because they are so easy to make AND they taste like they are made from scratch.

Guest Contributor and Baker Extraodinaire, Mary Jordan

As a mom of two young children (they are teens now),  I was OFTEN called upon to make cupcakes for one event or another.

I wanted to find a recipe that was easy, yet sure to impress. This chocolate cupcake recipe starts with a cake mix but the cupcakes turn out so moist and dense you (and everyone else) will think they are made from scratch.

I adapted this recipe from the “Darn Good Chocolate Cake” recipe found in The Cake Mix Doctor cookbook by Anne Byrn.

Of course, a good frosting is critical, and as everyone loves cream cheese frosting, this is usually my frosting of choice.  My suggestion if peanut allergy is not an issue – Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting. Kids and adults will devour these easy-to-make cupcakes!

Best Ever Chocolate Cupcakes
Recipe Type: Dessert, Cupcakes
Author: A Passionate Plate Guest Contributor – Mary Jordan
  • 1 Chocolate cake mix
  • 1 package, 3.9 oz instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/4 cups chocolate chips or any chocolate chopped
  • Frosting of your choice – we recommend 3 Tbsp. peanut butter added to your favorite cream cheese frosting recipe.
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix all ingredient except chocolate chips on low for 1 minute, scrape bowl and continue to mix on medium for 2 minutes. Add chocolate chips and mix till blended.
  3. Use cupcake liners or grease cupcake tin.
  4. Fill about half full with batter.
  5. Bake 18 to 22 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean.
  6. Makes approximately 24 cupcakes.
  7. Pipe on desired frosting.


  1. Brittni says:

    Making these today for my daughter’s 10th birthday with a maraschino cherry buttercream frosting (and a chocolate-covered cherry on top). Can’t wait to see how they turn out! They look so yummy!

  2. Lisa says:

    Is your recipe based on regular size cupcakes or mini ones? I was assuming regular but wanted to double check so I can adjust timing. Thanks so much, cannot wait to try them.

  3. annie says:

    what is pudding mix?? as we are in Australia not sure what that is. Thanks

  4. Kristin says:

    I made these last night for a co workers birthday and everyone LOVED them! They are super moist and delicious. I always have a hard time baking from scratch (never turns out) but this recipe was easy and SCRUMPTIOUS! I topped the cupcakes with homemade buttercream and a chocolate drizzle. YUM!

  5. Rita says:

    These were the best cupcakes I’ve ever had. Made then with dark mocha buttercream icing. Cupcakes were so good even without icing. Will use this from now on. Thanks so much.

  6. Diane says:

    Ohh, these sound dee-lish, and no fuss! I am going to try this batter recipe to make Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes. Thanks for sharing. :))

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