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.

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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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