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The BEST Chocolate Cupcakes…from a box!

box mix chocolate cupcakes
Sundays always seem like the days that we feel the absolute urgent need to bake a treat. Anyone else feel that way? We began searching for French pastry recipes, European cookies, cakes, pies, you name it!  While we found tons of great recipes, we didn’t have all the ingredients. In fact, the only thing we did have was a box of chocolate cake mix and a few things in the fridge. Upon researching a few different recipes, we decided to combine them and use what ingredients we had for the ultimate chocolate cupcake. We made way more than what we were expecting (at least 30!) so we brought a bunch to a Memorial Day barbeque – they were a HIT! We paired them with some fluffy peanut butter frosting….ah, my mouth is already watering. Delicious! As in, sinfully good. I’m posting the recipe so I can refer back to it frequently, seriously our new fav!

The best chocolate cupcakes


1 Box Pillsbury Chocolate Cake Mix (15.25 oz)
1 Package Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
4 Eggs
1 Cup Sour Cream (We used fat free)
1 Cup Whole Milk
1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
1/2 Cup Water
Milk Chocolate Chips
Peanut Butter Frosting (from Our Best Bites)
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup real butter, softened
4 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon (ish) of vanilla
5-6 tablespoons of whole milk


chocolate cupcake recipe from a box mix

1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line muffin tins with cupcake liners.
2: In large bow, mix together all ingredients, except the chocolate chips. Beat for 2 minutes, or until combined well. Stir in chocolate chips. Use as many as desired (we used about 1.5 cups).
3: Scoop batter into cupcake liners until they are 3/4 full.
4: Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 19-21 minutes. (Ours baked for exactly 20 minutes and came out perfect!)
5: Let cool completely.
6: Frost with desired frosting. We love this recipe from Our Best Bites for fluffy peanut butter frosting.
7: Keep in fridge until serving. (They taste soooo good chilled!)

Seriously, so delicious. Looking for more cupcakes recipes? We also love making these cupcakes (when we don’t have a box mix handy) and these carrot cake cupcakes are to die for good. Happy baking!

chocolate cupcake recipe from a box mix

Alexa Zurcher




  • Amy

    Maybe you should be in charge of bringing these camping too!! They look delicious. Plus, I love your new blog desugn – so creative!

  • Kinzie Bean

    These are so cute and I am obsessed with your new blog design! It is so clean and bright!

  • Corina

    I always want to make a treat on Sundays too! And I LOVE your new blog design. A new clean blog design always feels wonderful. I was seriously just looking at mine yesterday thinking I needed a revamping.

  • Meg

    I'll be giving this recipe a go this weekend (or probably sooner.) also, your new blog design is fantastic.

  • Laurie

    I LOVE your new blog design!!! Did you do it yourself? I haven't touched my blog layout in years. It is so outdated and in need of a makeover. Your new design looks great!

  • Alexa Zurcher

    Mmm I may have to make some for camping this weekend 😉

  • Alexa Zurcher

    Thank you! I was in need of a blog change, I had my other layout for too long!

  • Alexa Zurcher

    I felt the same way last week! I finally went for it and changed it up, so refreshing!

  • Alexa Zurcher

    Thank you! And these are seriously too addicting. ITs almost sinful 😉

  • Alexa Zurcher

    Thank you!! And yes, I did design it myself. I scanned in the watercolor elements and painted the banner. The rest I did in photoshop. 🙂

  • Unknown

    You make everything sooo cute!! Even simple cupcakes! Can I please just have just a tiny piece of your talent and creativity??! and also…love the new design! I'm still stuck in BlogSpot for my blog…learning curve :/

  • KT Dredge

    It is a family tradition of ours to make homemade treats on Sundays. Such a great day for baking. I can't wait to try this recipe. I love your new blog design. You have such great talent.

  • Ashley Wright

    I love everything about this post! Also, I'm kinda obsessed with your design talent. Would you consider doing a blog design for me?! I'm in need of an update!

  • Lizzie Ann

    You are such a talented graphic designer, your blog looks adorable. Oh and I am dying to try those cupcakes!

  • Southern Elle

    You are so talented! And these look scrumptious! I can always go for chocolate cake.. or chocolate anything really. Perfect. Love the new design!

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