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Triple Chocolate Cupcakes with Pink & Chocolate Swirled Frosting

Triple Chocolate Cupcakes with Pink & Chocolate Swirled Frosting from thelittlekitchen.net

What’s going on with you? I hope these cupcakes bring a smile to your face like they do mine!

By the way, do these cupcakes look a little familiar to you? If they do, it’s because I did a blue and chocolate swirled version last year and included a quick tutorial on how to do it. A reader (I believe it was Amber) had asked for a video on swirling the cupcakes and it’s been on the back of mind to do one ever since. And then I got the sweetest comment ever on this other video. It pushed me to finally do a video tutorial and because I wanted to show you how easy it is to make these super fun, beautiful and professional looking cupcakes!

And let’s talk about this cupcake recipe. I changed up the usual recipe I use from Jamie’s site (less oil and used strong strong coffee this time) and went further and added mini chocolate chips! These cupcakes are officially amazing and you must try them. That’s why these are called triple chocolate cupcakes! I’m having a Bunko party tonight and it was requested that I make them so they can taste test them!

Triple Chocolate Cupcakes with Pink & Chocolate Swirled Frosting from thelittlekitchen.net

Let’s go a little backwards and start with how easy it is to frost these cupcakes. The secret is to have two smaller decorator bags inside a bigger one and a nice big star tip!

Here’s that video, I promised you. If you’re interested in seeing more of my videos, be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel. I have this lofty goal of trying to do one video per week. My goal with the videos is to show you how easy it is to make something. I want them to be quick and short and hope you find them helpful! I would love to hear your feedback on them!

Triple Chocolate Cupcakes with Pink & Chocolate Swirled Frosting from thelittlekitchen.net

Why triple chocolate? Because I’m using a chocolate cake mix, chocolate pudding and mini chocolate chips in these cupcakes!

First thing I do is coat the chocolate chips in 3 Tablespoons of the cake mix so when you mix in the chips, they don’t sink to the bottom.

Triple Chocolate Cupcakes with Pink & Chocolate Swirled Frosting from thelittlekitchen.net

Mix all of the ingredients together with an electric mixer and then mix in the chocolate chips with a rubber spatula.

Triple Chocolate Cupcakes with Pink & Chocolate Swirled Frosting from thelittlekitchen.net

This batter looks like pudding to me. I have to resist from eating the whole bowl.

Triple Chocolate Cupcakes with Pink & Chocolate Swirled Frosting from thelittlekitchen.net

Using a large cookie scoop, scoop batter into a lined cupcake tin. Bake 18 to 20 minutes and allow to cool before frosting them.

Triple Chocolate Cupcakes with Pink & Chocolate Swirled Frosting from thelittlekitchen.net

You’ll be in chocolate heaven! The wonderful thing about the swirled frosting is you can do whatever color combination you want! You can your team colors or colors that coordinate a wedding or a baby shower. Have fun with it. Next time, I want to try green and pink together!

Tip: If you’re making a color combination with chocolate, make the vanilla buttercream first and you won’t have to clean your stand mixer bowl when you go to make the chocolate buttercream.

Triple Chocolate Cupcakes with Pink & Chocolate Swirled Frosting

Yield: 26 to 30 cupcakes

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients:

Triple Chocolate Cupcakes

(1) 18.5 ounce devil's food cake mix (I used Pillsbury Moist Supreme)
(1) 3.9 ounce box instant chocolate pudding
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup sour cream
4 large eggs
1/2 cup strongly brewed coffee, cooled
2 Tablespoons water
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, I used Nestle

(Vanilla) Buttercream Dream

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, softened
1 cup vegetable shortening
2 pounds confectioner's sugar
3 Tablespoons pure vanilla extract
4 to 5 Tablespoons milk, cold

Chocolate Butterceam

1 cup vegetable shortening
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cup cocoa or (6) 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate squares, melted
2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 pounds confectioners' sugar
8 to 10 Tablespoons milk, cold

Directions:

Triple Chocolate Cupcakes

Heat oven to 350 degrees F and line two cupcake tins with cupcake liners.

In a small bowl, mix the mini chocolate chips with 3 tablespoons of cake mix and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, add the remaining cake mix and pudding mix. Using a rubber spatula, mix together. Add vegetable oil, sour cream eggs, coffee, water and vanilla and mix together with a spatula. Using an electric mixer, mix the batter thoroughly until ingredients have incorporated. Occasionally use the rubber spatula to scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl. Add chocolate chips and stir with rubber spatula, just to combine.

Using a large cookie scoop, scoop batter into cupcake liners and bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until poking the center of several cupcakes with toothpick results in a clean toothpick. Allow to cool for 2 to 3 minutes in the cupcake tin. Carefully remove from cupcake tin using an angled spatula and allow cupcakes to cool on a cooling rack.

(Vanilla) Buttercream Dream

In the bowl of a stand mixer, add both butters and shortening and cream together at a medium speed. Then, add vanilla extract and mix thoroughly.

Add half of the confectioner's sugar with the stand mixer turned. Mix well at a low speed. Then, add the rest of the confectioner's sugar. The mixture may look crumbly or curdled. With mixer on at a low speed, add milk one tablespoon at a time. Add more for creamier and thinner frosting, use less milk for thicker frosting. Be sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl a couple of times. Once milk has been added, turn mixer to medium speed and allow to mix for 3 to 4 minutes.

Store in the refrigerator when not in use. Allow to sit on the counter for about 15 to 20 minutes and whip with angled spatula before adding to piping/decorator bags. Sometimes, I add a little bit of water to it while I'm whipping and it gives a nice creamy texture.

Chocolate Butterceam

In the bowl of a stand mixer, add butter and shortening and mix together on a medium speed. Add cocoa and vanilla and mix on low speed until combined. Add half of the confectioner's sugar and mix on a low speed. Add the rest and the mixture will probably look crumbly. One tablespoon at a time, add the milk until you get the consistency you want. Mix on medium speed for 3 to 4 minutes. Same with the vanilla buttercream, store in the refrigerator when you're not working with it.

Assembly

Set up your decorator bags I put my decorator bags inside a glass (I used a stemless wine glass). Measure out one cup of frosting and fill the bag with an angled spatula. Then, do the same in another decorator bag for your other color. Then, cut the tips of both bags at the same spot. Add rubber bands to the tops of both decorator bags, so the frosting doesn't go out the top when you squeeze them.

Fit your 16 inch decorator bag with a large open star tip. Add both color frosting bags to the larger one and make sure both of the frosting colors match up inside the star tip.

To frost the cupcake, lace the tip at a 90 degree angle on top of the cupcake off to the side. Keeping the same angle and with an even pressure, squeeze the decorator bag while moving in a clockwise motion about two or three times. When you're near the end, pull away and stop squeezing to get the finished swirled frozen yogurt look. Repeat for the remaining cupcakes.

This will frost about 5 to 7 cupcakes depending on how much frosting you use. To frost the rest of the cupcakes, you'll need to remove the smaller bags and refill them. It may get a little messy and you may need to clean the inside of the start tip or use fresh new 12 inch bags.

For a quick demo of frosting these cupcakes, check out my video.

Chocolate Cupcake recipe modified from My Baking Addiction. Buttercream Dream recipe slightly modified from Cake Central. Chocolate Buttercream recipe from Wilton.


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36 Responses to “Triple Chocolate Cupcakes with Pink & Chocolate Swirled Frosting”

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    Angie | Big Bear's Wife — July 16, 2013 @ 11:57 am

    I love two toned icing on cupcakes! Love the video too!

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    marcie@flavorthemoments — July 16, 2013 @ 12:00 pm

    These cupcakes are gorgeous! I’d love to do neapolitan cupcakes like this!

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    Selena — July 16, 2013 @ 12:25 pm

    That looks so good Julie! I always wondered the secret to your beautiful swirled cupcakes.

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    rachel @ Baked by Rachel — July 16, 2013 @ 12:27 pm

    super cute!! love the video :)

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — July 16, 2013 @ 12:32 pm

    Love that frosting! These are gorgeous!

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    Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat — July 16, 2013 @ 1:01 pm

    Cute video- short, sweet, and helpful!

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    jen @ one curly fry — July 16, 2013 @ 1:08 pm

    They’re so pretty!

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    Carla @ Carlas Confections — July 16, 2013 @ 1:44 pm

    Mmmm these look so perfect and delicious! :)

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    Annalise @ Completely Delicious — July 16, 2013 @ 5:09 pm

    Great looking cupcakes! And a great little video tutorial. I haven’t tried a color swirl before, but I think I’m gonna have to soon!

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    Aggie — July 16, 2013 @ 5:24 pm

    Julie!! Not only are your photos of the cupcakes totally stunning (that color!), but your video rocks!! I’m almost convinced I can do this (LOL, you know me!) – seriously great job girl!! xo

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — July 16, 2013 @ 5:32 pm

    Such pretty cupcakes, loved the swirled frosting and your video – great tips!

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    Jen M O — July 16, 2013 @ 7:05 pm

    Oh, these look so good! I love the swirl.

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    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — July 16, 2013 @ 9:23 pm

    How cute are these cupcakes, Julie?! Love the fun little swirl!!

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    Tieghan — July 16, 2013 @ 11:04 pm

    Yes, these put a big smile on my face!! So cute!! I love the video, you did an amazing job!

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    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — July 16, 2013 @ 11:09 pm

    Nice! Glad you went with “triple” name :)

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    Julianne @ Beyond Frosting — July 17, 2013 @ 1:34 am

    Great video Julie. With all the cupcaking I do, I have yet to do a swirl frosting. Thanks for the awesome video! I shared it on my FB today!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — July 17, 2013 @ 2:25 am

    What a great tutorial! I only want to frost with swirls from here on out!

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    Kathryn — July 17, 2013 @ 4:44 am

    Gorgeous! I love that pink swirl so much.

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    Jen @ Savory Simple — July 17, 2013 @ 8:40 am

    These are so beautiful!

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    bridget {bake at 350} — July 17, 2013 @ 8:48 am

    Julie, these are so cute!!!

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — July 17, 2013 @ 9:58 am

    Cutest cupcakes ever! I love this technique! Talk about impressive!

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    Katie — July 17, 2013 @ 10:01 am

    Julie–great video! And being that I’ve tasted this in real life I can say that they are amazing!!!

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    Megan — July 17, 2013 @ 12:01 pm

    ah! These look so good!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — July 17, 2013 @ 1:28 pm

    These are so adorable, Julie! Hope you’re enjoying a nice summer!

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    Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste — July 17, 2013 @ 3:15 pm

    These are absolutely stunning! Love, love, love that top shot. Two thumbs WAY UP!

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    Annie @ Annie's Noms — July 17, 2013 @ 3:36 pm

    These are beautiful! I had no idea it was so easy to pipe swirled colours like that :D

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    Stephanie@Henry Happened — July 18, 2013 @ 12:29 pm

    these look delicious! and the 2 color topping trick? just great!

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    Sara @ Confectionary Tales — July 18, 2013 @ 5:10 pm

    These are so pretty! I want one. And love the idea of videos!

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    Nessa — July 21, 2013 @ 3:08 pm

    So cute and pretty! I love the video :)

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    Suzanne — July 21, 2013 @ 11:06 pm

    Beautiful and delicious! The cake was sooooo moist. And for some reason, the first picture in the post reminds me of an Oreo ad.

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    Nancy @ gottagetbaked — July 24, 2013 @ 2:27 pm

    Thanks so much for the video, Julie! I’m such a visual person, it’s always so helpful to see someone doing something as opposed to just reading instructions. Your cupcakes look incredible and I love the two tone frosting. I’m making cupcakes for my little sister’s bridal shower so I should totally try doing this.

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    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — July 25, 2013 @ 9:14 am

    I am so bad at frosting cupcakes–you make it look easy though!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — July 26, 2013 @ 10:51 pm

    Oh goodness, these cupcakes are to die for! Triple chocolate is right up my alley :) and the swirl is adorable!

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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — August 1, 2013 @ 10:06 am

    These are gorgeous Julie! I love the swirl. Definitely smile-inducing!

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    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life — August 3, 2013 @ 5:37 pm

    Those seriously are such happy looking cupcakes! I love how easy it is to do that two tone frosting!!

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    Jenny @ The Brunette Baker — August 9, 2013 @ 3:19 pm

    Gorgeous cupcakes! I’ve finally realized why I fail at every go for a two-toned frosting. However, can I just say how soothing your voice is? You have the voice to read audio books. Just sayin’. XO

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