Molten Chocolate Mini Cupcake Bites!

molten chocolate cupcakes

The above picture is proof positive that no matter how badly you mess something up…you can usually figure out a way to salvage it.

It’s been awhile since I’ve had to fess up to a blog post going terribly awry, so I suppose I was due. :-) But when you consider I post 7 days a week….I guess my average is still pretty good!

Besides, I blame my nephew Cameron (Bam Bam’s BBQ) for this one!

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Today’s post is brought to you by Box Tops For Education. (No, they’re not the “failure” part of this post, that comes later.) I am not being paid anything to do this post, I agreed to do it because I happen to think it’s a great cause AND because over the course of the last 19 years since my oldest started kindergarten (yikes!) I have probably donated a small fortune in Box Tops. Oh, and I can’t forget the fact that there were Molten Chocolate Cupcakes involved!


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America’s schools have earned more than $525 million through Box Tops for Education since the program started in 1996, including nearly $50 million just since this time last year!

More than 90,000 K-8 schools participate in the program and the money they bring in goes towards things such computers and computer software, library books, art supplies and playground equipment. Lots of good stuff going on there.

The great thing about this program is how easy it is to get involved! Just buy one of the over 240 brands that participate in this program, cut out the box tops and send them to school! Each box top earns the school 10 cents. Pretty much a no-brainer. Especially when you consider the yummy stuff you can make with the products you buy!


molten chocolate cupcakes


When Box Tops For Education asked me to promote this program they sent me this “Pantry Stock Up” box which I donated to my local food bank (and which one of you will win…more on that later). But also in the box was a recipe for Molten Chocolate Cupcakes that I couldn’t stand to part with. :-) In fact, I decided I simply MUST make some. I should have quit while I was ahead. :-)

Back to my nephew Cameron. I was working on these cupcakes when he dropped by to say, “Hi”. This was a rare appearance for him so I was happily surprised! Problem is I’m not much of a multi-tasker when it comes to baking and talking at the same time and before I knew what had happened……THIS had happened!


molten chocolate cupcakes


OK…maybe it’s not COMPLETELY his fault. There were a few variables in play while baking these that most likely were the culprits. First of all I used a gluten-free cake mix, which in my experience is always a little unpredictable…but more importantly…I couldn’t find my regular sized cupcake/muffin tin ANYWHERE (I’m pretty sure the hubster is to blame for that one, but I can’t prove it!) so I was forced to use this MINI cupcake pan and I may have overfilled them a wee bit.

There, are you satisfied!? I admit it! It’s ALL my fault! :-) Cameron was an innocent bystander in all of this.

But on a positive note….I did manage to salvage most of the mess and turned Molten Chocolate Cupcakes into………..


molten chocolate cupcakes


Molten Chocolate Mini Cupcake Bites!

Molten Chocolate Mini Cupcake Bites


  • 3/4 cup whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 box Betty Crocker SuperMoist devil's food cake mix
  • 1 box (4-serving size) chocolate fudge instant pudding and pie filling mix
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 container Betty Crocker Rich and Creamy chocolate frosting
  • Powdered sugar
  • Sliced strawberries


molten chocolate cupcakes


In a 1-quart saucepan, heat whipping cream over medium-high heat until hot but not boiling. Stir in chocolate chips until melted and mixture is smooth. Refrigerate about 1 hour, stirring occasionally, until thick.


molten chocolate cupcakes

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 24 large muffin cups. In large bowl, beat cake mix, pudding mix, water, oil and eggs with electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds, then on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl constantly. Place 1/4 cup batter in each muffin cup. Spoon 1 tablespoon cold chocolate mixture on top of batter in center of each cup.


molten chocolate cupcakes

Bake for 20 to 23 minutes or until top springs back when lightly touched. Cool 1 minute. carefully remove from pan; place on cooking parchment paper. Cool 10 minutes. Frost with chocolate frosting. Just before serving, sprinkle with powdered sugar. Garnish with strawberry slices. Serve warm. Store loosely covered.


molten chocolate cupcakes

Amazing what a little frosting can do huh? :-) I have to admit, for a blog post FAIL, these turned out pretty tasty!!!


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  1. says

    Those look delicious. Your oops looks like a standard for my baking adventures. I look forward to making these with my 10 yr old daughter who is just starting her cooking/baking journey.

  2. Jennifer Simons says

    I have learned a LOT of things from you! Some things I already knew, but you totally validated me with my husband when he saw some of your posts on cleaning supplies. Thank you for taking time out of your day to do what you do.

  3. says

    Aunt Jill let’s just call it even. I ruined your cupcakes, even though they still tasted SUPER good, and you left me to sleep in a broken crib when I was a baby LOL! You should have never told me that story ;) love ya!

  4. Brenda C says

    Jill, I also have donated my share of box tops to Box Tops for Education. My kids are grown and my oldest GRANDkids are now in high school, but I still find a way to get those box tops to the school. I have been a member of the BTE website for some time now and would encourage everyone to go to the link you have posted above and learn of extra ways to earn points and have them go to your school of choice.

  5. linsey says

    those look delish!! Wow.. i havent see the gluten free cake mixes! thats so great!

  6. Angie says

    Great mid week reminder that things can usually be “fixed” with a little ingenuity & the right attitude. Looks yummy!

  7. Amy says

    These look great! The recipe shows times for large muffin tin, so how long should minibites be baked? I like the smaller size … less guilt when I grab one, right?

  8. Jane says

    I also save Box Tops all year and then send them to school with my grandson – always feels good to do my part even if in a little way. Love your blog – it’s my go to every morning and don’t worry about a goof up once in a while. We’re all human and that’s life – I mean really – you blog every day – yay for you!