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Death By Chocolate Cupcakes
Death By Chocolate Cupcakes- For the true chocolate lover!

Death By Chocolate Cupcakes

I absolutely love the name of these cupcakes. Death doesn’t appeal to me much but if you gotta go, why not by chocolate! If you are a chocolate lover then you will love these cupcakes. They are full of so many flavors of chocolate that are all balanced out so perfectly!

Death By Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting

Just look at those chocolate valleys of death! I l love how these bake up.

I can’t tell you how many death by chocolate cakes & cupcakes I’ve had that are just waaay to much chocolate (yes that is totally possible). Too much of a good thing isn’t always great especially when it means you can only eat a tiny bite because it’s so sweet.

Death By Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting

Death By Chocolate Cupcakes- For the true chocolate lover!

These death by chocolate cupcakes are heaven!! The batter uses a dark chocolate cake mix, chocolate fudge pudding, and  semi-sweet chocolate chunks to pack a huge chocolatey bang! All that chocolate is balanced out by adding in sour cream and prepared coffee. Don’t let the box cake scare you away. I’m normally a homemade chocolate cake girl 100% but in this recipe I have to give the dark chocolate box cake it’s props. It taste so divine and is so fluffy and moist.

Death By Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting

The silky milk chocolate sour cream frosting is my fav!! The texture is like a cross between a pudding and a frosting! It goes perfect with these death by chocolate cupcakes. A buttercream frosting would have been a bit much.

Death By Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting

Garnish however you’d like!

My husband is a huge chocolate fan (which is one of the many reasons he married me! Ha! I couldn’t resist) and he took one bite of these and said “yes…please feel free to make these as often as you’d like”.  The chocolate chunks in the inside stay so creamy and it’s a welcomed surprise when you bite into them.

Store these in the fridge since the frosting has sour cream. If you want to serve these room tempt. just let them sit out. The frosting will remain firm once it been refrigerated.

It’s love baby! Make them.

Watch me make these death by chocolate cupcakes from start to finish!

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Death By Chocolate Cupcakes
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Recipe type: cake, desserts, cupcakes
Serves: 24 cupcakes
  • 1 (15.25 oz) box dark chocolate cake mix (I used Pillsbury)
  • 1 (3.9 oz) box chocolate fudge flavored instant pudding (I used Jell-o brand)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup prepared, plain warm coffee
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 bag (11 oz) semi-sweet chocolate chunks
  • 11 oz premium milk chocolate bars (I used DOVE chocolate. So good!)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • Strawberries, nuts, chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together cake mix and pudding mix until combined.
  3. Make a well in the center of the bowl.
  4. Add in the sour cream, vegetable oil, eggs, and prepared coffee.
  5. Mix for 5 minutes or until completely combined. The batter will be thick! I finished off by stirring with a rubber spatula.
  6. Stir in semi-sweet chocolate chunks
  7. Fill cupcake liners ⅓ full with batter.
  8. Bake for 16-18 minutes.
  9. Remove cupcakes from pan as soon as they come out of the oven.
  10. Let cool on a cooling rack while you make the frosting.
  11. In a large bowl melt the milk chocolate candy bars in the microwave, stirring every 30 minutes until completely melted. The dove chocolate squares took 1 minutes and 30 seconds.
  12. Let cool until slightly warm.
  13. Stir in sour cream.
  14. Refrigerate for 30 seconds or until it's firm enough to hold peaks.
  15. When cupcakes are cooled, pipe on the frosting.
  16. Garnish with desired toppings.
  17. Enjoy!
  18. Store in the refrigerator.
~TIPS~ Be careful not to overcook Using a variety of chocolate works best! Feel free to garnish as you'd like!




  1. These cupcakes are utterly amazing! They are so moist; everyone complimented them! I used cream cheese frosting instead, and it tastes like chocolate cheesecake. Yum… Thank you so much for posting this recipe! (:

  2. Love this recipe! How long do you think a cake with this recipe should bake?

  3. I have not been disappointed by any of your recipes. This one I am choosing for Father’s Day.

  4. The best cupcakes.

  5. OMG these are to die for I however changed it a bit because I am from New Zealand I couldn’t find fudge instant dessert anywhere so i used a double chocolate instant dessert, but I am in love with these its like my taste buds are dancing on my tongue. I’ll keep coming back to see what new recipes you have as they never seem to fail. xx

  6. This is my GO TO RECIPE every time there is an event and I have to whip up something fast. Love this recipe because you can use any frosting for this recipe!! PLEASE keep it coming, you inspire so many people w/ your cooking, recipes and even with your positive attitude, thanks for sharing!

  7. Priscilla Hernandez

    I really love this recipe but is the a way to make it withought the cake mix?

  8. I’m doin these but with white mix, white chocolate chips and Pistachio pudding :)

  9. Hi wondering can I replace sour cream with yogurt?

  10. LOVE them I made them last night. Question… What about if I used cream cheese instead of sour cream would that make huge difference? I’m not a big fan of sour cream? I was thinking of trying them again but with the cream cheese. What do you think?

  11. Ok so I am loving your site…actually addicted…I made these the other day for my daughter Birthday and I CAN NOT BAKE…but OMG, these turned out THE BOMB!!! The kids loved it…my mom loved it…delicious…yummy oh they were sooo good. Thanks so much for sharing!

  12. I made these yesterday and they. were. AMAZING. I may or may not have accidentally eaten a dozen of them. I’ll have to make these again! Thanks!

  13. On step 11- it should be 30 seconds, not minutes…in case anyone read that and didn’t realize. These look AMAZING! Thanks for posting :)

  14. I can’t believe I just now am finding your site. I am enjoying looking at all the food porn. And these cupcakes are on my to-do-list!

  15. Did these a few days ago and they were sooooooooooooooo GOOD!!!!

  16. Your video and recipe are great but the little guy was the star of the show! He’s so cute and seems to be a good helper. I want to try these cupcakes because I definitely am a chocoholic. Shannon

  17. what would you use if you wanted a vanilla cake like this

  18. I normally don’t eat chocolate because it gives me a headach but you are making me want to give in…..these dang cupcakes look delish cuz.

  19. It’s soooo awesome! I tried it with only the exception of the pillsbury cake mix. Couldn’t find one (go figure) ended up using Betty Crocker instead. I’ve been a fan since I tried your Red Velvet Cake recipe (that one turned out great too). Thank you very much for sharing your amazing recipes. Keep ‘em coming!

  20. omg so glad u finally made a chocolate frosting recipe! so can i use this frosting for the devils food pepermint cupcakes?

  21. Thanks Diva, I am going to love trying these out. Great job at tempting me. I am so into dark chocolate.

  22. Hey..i m nt a huge fan of dark choc cke..so wntd 2 ask if i go wid d nrmal milk choc cake mix?wud it bcum too sweet?

    • I just made these today and used devils food cake mix. It doesnt taste too sweet to me but thats just my opinion. Hope that helps!

  23. Can’t wait to try these. I used your peppermint cupcake recipe for a bday cake. Girl blew up cake was so huge, but, my hubby loved it. Thanks Mo

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