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!

box tops for education


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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. Diane says

    They look delicious! Can people in Canada win this? or is this a US only contest?

    And I love your blog! I have been using various tips and recipes from your website! I am eager to try your concentrated laundry soap that you posted yesterday!


  5. Robin Mahon says

    I love that you tell us like it is, Jillee! I read your posts first thing every morning and I have learned so many good things from you. Thank you so much for sharing!

  6. Katie England says

    At least you can find someone to blame!! LOL I never can, its usually all my fault. :)i am really good at not hearing the timer!! We also send the box tops to school, my daughter is 7 so she is all about it!!!

  7. Stephanie Emmett says

    Jill I love your site! These look/sound great! FYI a tub of cool whip & choc chips make an amazing cake glaze/frosting! It’s the only thing I use on chocolate cake!

  8. Jennifer singer says

    They look delish!
    I absolutely love your blog, some thing’s you post fit so well in my household with 3 boys and usually within days of reading it. All of the emails get saved “just in case” I need something else or to reuse an idea first and I go there first to look for an answer or idea before I hit the web. Thanks for all the great tips and ideas!

  9. Natasha says

    What an awesome salvage job!!! I love reading your blog and I forward my daily emails to other personnel in the office. If something happens or someone needs something I always say check Jillee for that I’m sure she has covered it.

  10. Ann S says

    They look delicious! It really is amazing how toppings can transform and hide small mess ups when cooking and baking. Absolutely love your site, I have tried, and used a ton of stuff off your site and shared your site with friends and family!

  11. annette says

    Love your blog. They do look like they still tasted moist and yummy. That is part of the fun in baking though…even though things don’t always turn out exactly as planned you can transform it into something else yummy…well as long as it is not cremated
    There is no fox for that; )

  12. Julie says

    Great save & great program. I sent all the box tops to school with my kid’s too. Even the grands saved theirs to add to the baggie. Now we can donate them to others with kids still in those grades.

  13. Sharon S says

    I save these little rectangles too. Just put them in my kitchen drawer and grandson collects them when he comes and takes them to school. But……grandfather would love these cupcakes – even the minis. Would love to get the box .

  14. Kathy keeney says

    I make Lava Cakes for most potluck s because my hubby refuses to let me make anything else – he’s a sweets fanatic! These would be awesome to have around the house, but wouldn’t last any time!

  15. Julie says

    You are very good at finding a way to salvage anything Jill!

    I must say that as much as I love the idea of the boxtops for education I find clipping, saving and getting them to the school them just another thing on my to do list. I’m always looking for ways to simplify my life. Maybe if I could enter a code online I’d find it easier to accomplish? Just an idea.

    Your Loyal Fan ~Julie

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