Milk Chocolate Cupcakes with Dark Chocolate Icing

Total Time:
35 min
20 min
15 min

12 cupcakes

  • One 18 1/4-ounce box milk chocolate cake mix
  • 1 1/4 cups chocolate milk
  • 1/3 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • One 12-ounce bag semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Small silver edible dragees or candied violet flowers, for decorating, optional
  • Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line two 12-cup standard muffin tins with 18 silver foil cupcake liners.

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, chocolate milk, oil and eggs. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes, scraping down the bowl to be sure the batter is well incorporated.

  • In a microwave, melt 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips at 10-second intervals, about 1 minute total. Add 1 cup batter to the melted chocolate and stir well to combine (it may clump slightly but will smooth out). Place into a plastic resealable bag and cut off the corner. Take a small ice cream scoop and fill each cup with 1 scoop (about 1 tablespoon) of cake batter, about one-quarter of the way up the cupcake paper. Pipe about 1 tablespoon batter with melted chocolate in each batter-filled cup. Top each with another scoop (about 1 tablespoon) of the remaining cake batter.

  • Bake until a toothpick inserted into the cakes comes out clean, about 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool completely on a wire cooling rack.

  • To make the icing, heat the cream in a small saucepan over low heat to a simmer. Remove from the heat; stir in the remaining chocolate chips until combined.

  • While the chocolate icing is still slightly warm, dip the tops of the cupcakes in the icing. Place on a wire cooling rack, sprinkle with dragees or top with a candied flower, if using, and allow the icing to set.

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