Cupcake Love

Candy Heart Cupcakes

Sometimes simple is just as sweet. I know I’m a little late posting these, but I thought I would share the recipe. It’s a really good cake mix enhanced recipe (that is, if you don’t mind using a mix). I found it in the Bundt Classics Recipe Book and used it for these cupcakes. So here goes…

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Yield: two dozen cupcakes

Rich Chocolate Cake

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes



  • 1 (18.25 oz.) pkg. dark chocolate cake mix
  • 1 (3.4 oz.) pkg. instant chocolate pudding
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Buttercream Frosting

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1b. package confectioners' sugar
  • 1-3 teaspoons milk, half and half or cream


  1. Cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cupcake pans with baking cups.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except chocolate chips. Mix 2 minutes on medium speed. Increase speed to medium-high; mix 3 more minutes.
  3. Stir in chocolate chips.
  4. Spoon into cupcake pans.
  5. Bake at 350 for around 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean and cool.
  6. Buttercream: Using a mixer, cream softened butter and vanilla with a mixer until smooth.
  7. Add sugar gradually, allowing butter and sugar to cream together before adding more.
  8. If you want it a little creamier, add a teaspoon of milk at a time and beat on high until you get the right texture.


If you want to use this recipe in a Bundt cake pan, then heat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour a 10 to 12 cup Bundt pan and fill 3/4 full. I've made it this way several times and it's so good, it doesn't even need frosting. Just sprinkle a little powdered sugar on top.

Recipe from Bundt Classics, 2003.

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46 comments on “Cupcake Love”

  1. For cupcakes lovers who want to try this recipe this easy & we can make it in home very easily thanks for providing recipe here i will try in my home

  2. These look so great! Can’t wait to make them. I love baking, too! Love the photos :)

  3. These cupcakes are delicious! I’ve made this recipe twice now and it is flawless every time. Thank you for sharing!

  4. I love your site!!!! I was wondering…can I use this buttercream frosting on the red velvet cakes(cupcakes)? I want to do this for my Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow. Thanks!! I hope I get to hear from you soon!!!!

  5. Can I use 1 cup of natural flavor yogurt instead of sour cream ? Thanks in advance from El Salvador, Central America.

  6. I made this one for my son valentine’s party!! Thanks for the great idea

  7. I made this one for my son valentine’s party!! Thanks for the great idea?

  8. These are adorable! This recipe is on my list for our Womens Valentine Celebration and Tea for our church…I have many other fun ideas for our menu as well! Thank you for sharing!

  9. My niece and I have been trying to make the cake pops. They keep falling off the stick. Maybe we are making them too big? We also have tried the cake balls, but they are pretty messy. I think we are both using chocolate though. Maybe the melts things you talk about will work better. We are pretty frustrated but we love your website. Your look perfectly round and very smooth, ours . . . . . not so much. Thanks

  10. maravavilhosos!!!!!!!!!!!!esta e a melhor palavra!!!!!otimas fotos e criaçoes!!!!!!!!!!
    postem novas criaçoes!!!!!!!!

  11. oh those look so rich my favorite kind of cupcake is is rich chocolate/ fudge chocolate whith vanilla frosting. YUM!

  12. hey, may i know the sweets that u used to decorate ur cupcakes, is it handmade or buy from store? If its handmade, mind sharing the recipe of it?

    btw, love ur blog~ ^^

  13. sugarlens – yay

    kimar9791 – good idea. I’m sure you can find them on sale.

  14. Those are so sweet. Reminds me of grade school. I’ll have to remember this for next year, or maybe for those 75% off candies after V-day.

  15. I made these and they turned out GREAT!! I love all your stuff.

  16. It’s basically, 1 regular-size 1 lb. box of domino’s brand powdered sugar. Hope this helps.

  17. They look so cute! I would like to try your recipe for the frosting. How much powdered sugar did you use? I don’t understand what it says in your recipe, we work with different sizes here.

  18. Kari – Try the recipe from this post. It’s usually thick for me. And test it before adding the milk. I usually add that to make it a little creamier. And if you are referring to this recipe that you are having trouble with, maybe you let your butter get too soft. It should just be at room temperature. Hope this helps.

    Buttercream Frosting
    1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
    1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    1 1b. 10X powdered sugar
    1-3 teaspoons milk, half and half or cream

    1. Using a mixer, cream softened butter and vanilla with a mixer until smooth.
    2. Add sugar gradually, allowing butter and sugar to cream together before adding more.
    3. If you want it a little creamier, add a teaspoon of milk at a time and beat on high until you get the right texture.

  19. Bakerella,

    I was wondering if you have any tips on making buttercream frosting thicker… I am unable to decorate with the frosting because it runs right down the sides.

    Any help/suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thank you!


  20. Thanks Jennifer. I’ve been doing the photography. It’s been fun, just wish I knew more about it.

    I went to your site. Great designs. and I like your candy hearts photo too.

  21. WOW! every single post is just as tasty as the one before….Love the shots…who shoots your product??

    Jen Ramos
    ‘100% Recycled DESIGNER Cards’

  22. Julia – that would be cute. I agree, they should make some.

    Megan – I usually have pretty good luck with this one.

    kristin – funny.

    karen – I probably put a little over halfway. I have the same issue, so sometimes I’ll mix it up and try different heights.

    kathy – Thank You. I’ll check it out!

    anonymous – wow! thank for letting me know. I’ll try to keep it interesting.

  23. Wow, I read your entire blog (first time I have ever been intrigued enough to do that) and I love everything you do. And the fact that you take the time to talk about it! Thanks

  24. Just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for an Excellence Award over on my blog!!! Guess you’ll have to pass on the torch now. I love your blog, btw!!! :o)

    Happy Baking!

  25. Hello! LOVE LOVE LOVE your stuff! Can you tell me exactly (or close to) how much batter to put into each cupcake liner to get them to that perfect height? It is my number 1 delimma!

  26. I just gained 5 pounds just reading all your posts! I want to try every recipe!!

  27. How funny, I just tried this recipe using a butter cake mix and vanilla pudding (omitting chocolate chips) for a wedding cake and it didn’t turn out. I did it twice. I’ll have to try chocolate.

  28. I wish that Brach’s ® would come up with the same candies for St. Patty’s day…I could sooo throw down some of these cupcakes in green!
    OOOH, you’ll have to make some :)
    Thanks for the recipe!!!

  29. bellalovespink, ali, the bullknitter – thank you!

    Laura – I’m still speechless.

    veggiegirl – they were yummy!

    breanna – come back any time.

    sara – Yeah, it’s even more fun to bake things that are cute, too.

    summer – sure, go right ahead.

    tricia – you’re welcome. I like that chocolate cake recipe a lot. It’s really good in the bundt pan.

  30. Mmmmmmmm. Thanks for the recipe! The photos are just beautiful too!

  31. I just found your blog…it is amazing! You have so many wonderful ideas and your photography is beautiful! I was wondering if I could put your link on my blog?
    I’m at:

  32. i just stumbled on your blog and i LOVE it! i am just learning how to bake yummy things and i was having a hard time finding things i wanted to make or knowing just where to look to find good recipes and fun, cute things to try…but i just found my answer…thanks so much! :)

  33. I just found your blog, and am amazed, and now a little hungry… I’ll be stopping by often!

  34. I agree – sometimes it IS the simpler desserts that satisfy the most. those cupcakes are nothing less than adorable and delicious-looking!

  35. Your cupcakes look so delicious! I work for a television show in NYC and am interested in speaking with you about your ideas.

    Would you mind giving me a call today?

    Thank you!
    917-438-5726 (w)

  36. I just came across your blog. It looks amazing. I can’t wait to explore it further.

  37. bakerella – I was needing to send you an email asking you a question, but I couldn’t find an address. Could you email me please? I’d like to feature you this week at website that I write for. Thanks!!


  38. I’ll have to try your cake mix extender. Mine stinks! BTW: You’re photos are AMAZING!!!

  39. Hi kat – one can of ready-made cream cheese frosting is:
    16 oz. / (1 lb) / 453 g
    or 2 cups

    mike – thanks!

    livy – these were fun and even better… easy!

    nanette907 – I have a canon rebel xti and use a 50mm fixed lens. That’s really what deserves the credit. It’s a great camera.

    Thank you beth!

  40. Just visited your blog for the first time. I am impressed! Gorgeous photography, and subject matter that is dear to my heart :-)

  41. What kind of camera do you use?

  42. These are so cute!! I really enjoyed looking at your other creations, I love everything you do (making me hungry for sweets!!) How do you get the pictures to come out so beautifully? It really helps to do great justice to your treats!

  43. Those look yummy! I am trying to learn how to bake. A long and difficult process… But I made some cute cupcakes for Valentine’s that look a little like yours. You have talent!

  44. Those cakes look amazing, and I love the final photo!

  45. hey may i know how many cups is equivalent to one can of cream cheese? thanks!

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