We’re back on the cake mix bandwagon, my friends!—but this time: chocolate cake mix. These cupcakes require 1 cup of cake mix from a box of chocolate devil’s food cake mix. If you’re curious about the exact type of cake mix, here is a link.
Do not buy cake mix that comes with a pudding or chocolate sauce packet. Chocolate cake mix that says ‘the pudding is already in the mix’ is totally fine. I feel like I shouldn’t have to say this, but just in case you were thinking it: no, brownie mix will not work. But thanks for the idea, I will definitely work on some scaled down desserts using a brownie mix in the future!
This recipe makes just 6 chocolate cupcakes. They bake up perfectly, and the ganache dip with crushed candy canes couldn’t be easier. I had leftover crushed candy canes from my Peppermint Mocha Affogato, and instantly knew that their destiny was a wet pool of ganache.
I can think of lots of occasions where you want to give someone a sweet treat, but 2 dozen cupcakes is overkill. Everyone loves a small batch of cupcakes. You can dress up the top of the cupcakes however you like: instead of crushed candy canes, would you fancy sprinkles? Mini chocolate chips? Chopped nuts? Endless possibilities from 1 cup of cake mix. Life is sweet, isn’t it?
For the topping: