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Doctored-Up Chocolate Cake Mix Cupcakes

A few everyday ingredients make an ordinary cake mix cupcake extraordinary!
Author: Leesh and Lu


  • 1 devil's food cake mix
  • oil eggs, and milk instead of water called for on box + 1 extra egg
  • 1 small package chocolate instant pudding
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • High Altitude: 2 tablepoons flour

For the Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 10 oz. cream cheese chilled
  • tablespoons salted butter at room temperature
  • cups powdered sugar sifted
  • 4 tsp. clear vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  • Preheat oven to 350. Line muffin tins with paper baking cups.
  • Combine all ingredients for the cupcakes in a large bowl. Beat with a mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  • Fill each baking cup 1/2 -2/3 full. Bake for 19-23 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Remove to cooling rack and cool completely before frosting.

For the frosting

  • Beat cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Add powdered sugar and salt and mix until incorporated. Stir in vanilla extract.


This recipe also works great in a bundt pan, but you may need to add a few minutes to the baking time on the box mix to compensate for the extra added moisture.