For Danny's first birthday party, I made a variety of cupcakes. As I've mentioned before, I've pretty much given up on "from scratch" cakes and cupcakes, and I'm amazed at how many recipes are out there with a cake mix base.
I found these mocha cupcakes on Big Red Kitchen, and they were absolutely incredible. There was just the right balance of coffee and chocolate, and they received rave reviews.
- One pkg Devil’s food cake mix
- 1 3.9 ox. pkg instant chocolate pudding
- 2 cups sour cream
- 1 cup melted butter
- 6 eggs
- One double shot espresso (or 2 T. instant coffee or espresso powder)
- 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350° and fill your cupcake pan with liners.
In a large bowl, stir together cake mix and pudding mix. Make a well in the center and pour in sour cream, melted butter, eggs and espresso. Beat on low speed until blended. Scrape bowl, and beat 4minutes on medium speed. Blend in chocolate chips. Pour batter into prepared pan.
Bake in preheated oven for 18-20 minutes. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.