Sugar's Not-So-Plain Cupcake

I am having a picnic with my friends today and I am bringing cupcakes! I woke up early this morning and made these little treats. I improvised the Rich Chocolate Cake recipe I found a couple of weeks ago and substituted chocolate cake mix for yellow cake mix and instant chocolate pudding for instant vanilla pudding. Days ago, I emailed Bakerella and asked if this idea would work, she gave me the green light, but suggested that I change the oven temperature and cooking time. She was so sweet to respond to a total stranger!

*Special* Basic Yellow Cake
makes about 24 cupcakes

- 1 (18.25 oz.) pkg. yellow cake mix
- 1 (3.4 oz.) pkg. instant vanilla pudding
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 4 eggs

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

1. Line cupcake pans with baking cups.
2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients.
3. Mix 2 minutes on medium speed.
4. Increase speed to medium-high; mix 3 minutes.
5. Spoon into baking cups. I use an ice cream scoop for this - it's cleaner and ensures all cupcakes are roughly the same size.
6. Bake at 325 for around 22 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean and cool.
7. Transfer to a rack to cool completely before frosting.

I found the Chocolate Buttercream Frosting recipe via Cupcake by Chockylit. It's important to follow her recipe exactly! The frosting got too stiff for me to mix so I added more milk - that was a big mistake. Because I added more milk, the consistency was then too runny for me to pipe the frosting. Good thing Luke came to rescue and he just spooned the frosting on top. Yours truly would've just gave it a try anyway and made a huge mess. Spooning the frosting on was a good idea and it gave the cupcakes a pretty presentation anyway. :) NOTE: If the frosting consistency is too stiff, add milk a 1/4 of teaspoon at a time.

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

-enough to lightly frost 24 cupcakes

1 stick butter, softened
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
4 cups powdered sugar
~1/4 cup milk

1. Beat butter on high for about 30 seconds until soft.
2. Add cocoa and 1 cup of sugar and beat until incorporated
3. Add half of the milk and the remainder of sugar and beat until incorporated.
4. Continue to add milk until you get to the consistency you want.

After Luke had 2 cupcakes for breakfast, he helped me box the cupcakes for the picnic. I hope they will be a hit with my friends! They are already a hit with Luke!


  1. the cupcake looks so yummy!!and the container is so cute.

  2. This looks so good! You watch..I'm gonna learn how to make me some cupcakes!

  3. Thanks ladies! Luke and I gained 5 pounds each. We finished these cupcakes in 2 days. :)

  4. Yeah, the cupcakes are long gone but the kickass icing is still around. Joyce had to snatch the bowl away from me today. So sad...are all men abused like me? Is this normal in a healthy relationship??


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