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Chocolate Surprise Cupcakes

Spice Islands®

Chocolate Surprise Cupcakes


  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes

24 cupcakes


24 paper baking cups

1 box (18 ounces) devil's food chocolate cake mix

1 cup Mazola® Corn Oil

1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream

3 eggs

1/3 cup water

1 teaspoon Spice Islands® Pure Vanilla Extract

24 dark OR milk chocolate kisses, unwrapped

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter OR margarine, softened

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

3-1/2 cups powdered sugar

1/8 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons Spice Islands® Pure Vanilla Extract

4 to 5 tablespoons milk


Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 24 (2-1/2 inch) muffin cups with paper baking cups.

Mix cake mix, oil, sour cream, eggs, and water in a large mixing bowl until smooth. Stir in vanilla.

Divide batter evenly into prepared muffin cups. Place a chocolate kiss in center of each filled cup, pressing down lightly (top of kiss will still be seen).

Bake 17 to 22 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 5 minutes. Remove; cool completely. Frost with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting.

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting:

Beat butter and cocoa powder together until well combined. Mix in powdered sugar, salt and vanilla. Add milk, one tablespoon at a time until spreadable consistency is reached.


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