Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes (Using Cake Mix)

When you have a recipe that is a winner every time, you stick with it.

I decided to make three different flavors of cupcakes with one cake mix (8 chocolate, 8 caramel, and 8 vanilla). I started with your basic vanilla cake mix,

You can find out how to turn a vanilla cake mix into chocolate HERE.

For the Frosting…..



I say this with all of my frosting but you can use Crisco, butter, or a combination of the two. If you will have the cupcakes outside in the heat, the crisco will hold up better.

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter (or 1 cup crisco or 1/2 crisco and 1/2 butter combo)
4-5 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup hot fudge ice cream topping
1/4 to 1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 to 4 tbsp of milk or milk substitute

With electric mixer, beat butter or crisco until creamy.  Add powdered sugar (4 cups) and 1/4 cocoa powder. Continue beating  until sugar and cocoa are incorporated. Add hot fudge sauce, milk, and vanilla. Add 5th cup if needed to get desired consistency.   (Add more creamer if too thick or more powdered sugar if too thin)

Ultimate Chocolate Frosting

Total Time 10 mins

Servings 24 cupcakes

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