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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! 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!

  • 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!!!

Molten chocolate cupcakes topped with strawberries and powdered sugar.

Molten Chocolate Mini Cupcake Bites

Jill Nystul
Prep Time 50 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 12
Calories 428 kcal


  • 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
  • 3 tbsp Powdered sugar
  • 7 Sliced strawberries


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Calories: 428kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 5gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 78mgSodium: 341mgPotassium: 160mgFiber: 1gSugar: 30gVitamin A: 350IUVitamin C: 4.4mgCalcium: 99mgIron: 2.2mg


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Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.
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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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!

  • 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!


  • I love the story. Thanks for sharing, sometimes we need to know that things aren’t always perfect. I want to try them they do look good.

  • 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!

  • 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!!!

  • those look delicious. Our kids’ small Catholic school has definitely benefitted from Box Tops. I am always amazed at how many some families manage to send in!

  • 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!

  • I don’ have kids – but donate my boxtops to people at work who do. Easy way to give back! I never bake, but might actually try these they look SO GOOD!

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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; )

  • These look yummy! I look forward to reading your blog every day. You’re my go-to girl for any cooking, crafting or money-saving challenge!

  • 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.

  • 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 .

  • 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!

  • 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

  • I also have been saving these box tops now for a long time—but lately…I have noticed sine the grandkids are now in upper grade school—and they have found out how to use sizors and evecto knife—-and they do not come by often now days—-they empty my container of them still—but also when i go to use the item—the box top is already gone!!!!—clever kids—i have said nothing to them sinse they have not distroyed any of the food stuff—sorry about the spelling or typo errors—but i have been shoveling about 9 inches of very wet snow tha tcame yesterday[uninvited]—so as it sit here with a HOT cup of your home made hot coco mix i make up[kids just love this also]i always have a container of this ready for them to take home to make themselves—-i am tring to thaw—-but i did get it shoveled out there so we can move the car—-whike braking the shovel! now that was funny!!!—went to throw the full load of snow—and there went the bottom part of the shovel with the snow on it—happy it was almost over by then—one neighbor kid said “lady, i could go it our shovel, so you would not have to use the dustpan to move the snow”—-GOOD MORNING ALL OF YOU!!!!
    and Julli—keep up this wonderful work you do to make me smile while i read your post—also it makes me feel close to you as if you were one of my neighbors….

  • I would have commented sooner on your lovely cupcakes, but they were so mouthwateringly yummy looking that I drooled on my keyboard and shorted it out! Ok, kidding (a little bit) but yes, isn’t it great when our mistakes lead to something better?

    Kudos to you Jillee!

  • I LOVE your story and love that your nephew Cameron came by to visit…you must be an awesome aunt, cause I’m thinking how often does that happen?. Anywhoo… these look AMaZiNg!!!! you are very creative for how you turned them into the mini cake bites, I never would have thought of that.

  • Love your blog! Our family is in the midst of a competition at my son’s school to see what class can get the most box tops! We have been clipping and sending in boxtops for some time now too. Thanks for the great post!

  • Mmm those look so good! i seem to have at least one mini emergency while cooking or baking anything, but usually manage to pull it together by the end!
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  • “Consternation in the Kitchen”… read an article some time ago about a novice cook paired with accomplished cooks for a womens dinner… a gelatin salad was made with all kinds of delicate fillings, little shrimp, celery, etc… well the gelatin salad did not set up… the accomplished cooks panicked, they were not used to failure… the novice cook was, if her chocolate cake did not turn out, she cut it in squares, sprinkled with powdered sugar and called them brownies (etc)… she told the accomplished cooks to go get an assortment of salad greens and use the unset gelatin as a salad dressing… the women attending the dinner exclaimed that the dressing was the best they had ever eaten… sometimes “mistakes” are better than the original idea… We save box tops for education for our son who teaches 6th grade students…

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  • Thank goodness I currently don’t have a stove/oven or I’d be enjoying those! I definitely don’t need the extra calories from them, but oh they look good!

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  • Like everyone else I love your BLOG and I love your sense of humor and your ability to not take life too seriously. I collect Box Tops for Education for and volunteer at a local elementary school. It is a Title 1 school with over 70% of the students receiving free lunches. The money received from the Box Tops really helps as it would any school these days where government funding has been cut to so many extremes. So I personally thank you for promoting such a worthy cause!

  • I have also sent a fortune in box tops to the schools. But I’ve also been part of the organization that receives the check back from them, and that was awesome! So I’d love to win that box, try out some things, and contribute more box tops. Pick me, pick me!

  • The molten overflow looks so familiar. If there is a mess to be made in the kitchen, I can make it! :) This is a recipe I will try with the grandkids (ages 4 & 8) tomorrow; school is out due to our basketball team going for the state championship on the other side of the state. We had already made plans to make paper (from an earlier post) incorporating leaves and petals from dried Valentines Day flowers. And thank you for your support of Box Tops for Education. Our school is small, in a town with less than 2,000 people. They promote several competitions each year to get the children involved securing the Box Tops. While the rewards may seem small to adult eyes, they are wonderful and exciting in the children’s eyes (an extra recess, play time on the iPad, pizza party for the winning class, etc.) This allows the children to learn a little about community service and giving back to the school. The Box Tops allow the school to receive numerous items that are not included in their budget. A win-win situation all the way around!

  • I have become a true follower of this blog – and have recommended to multiple people – including some of my patients (I’m a psychologist)! Just doing one enjoyable thing a day is incredibly healthy.

  • Whoohooo! Quick thinking on your toes saved the day! :). We must always save the chocolate! How is it when I eat a large cupcake it seems like “too much” but those little guys can trick you into thinking oh just one more won’t hurt. Haha

    Even though my kids are in high school & college. We save the box tops. I give them to neighbor kids, or families at work. They are little pieces of treasure. Which is what we save them in. A small treasure box my son painted for me when he was small. :)

  • can’t wait to read your e-mail each day. i love you ever changing nail color. Always great, happy information. i will try the molten cakes very soon. thanks for supporting box tops as my husband is a 5th grade teacher and he earns so much money for his classroom through this project. we always try to buy the special products (and now feminine products!!) with the box top logo. can’t wait for the book!

  • Well—YUM. I am desperately needed chocolate right now.
    Question–what happened to the initial ones? It seems I remember a post where you make a Trifle of sorts using cake that has misbehaved. or been neglected.

    Also a cheaters version of these: make brownie batter with less liquid (sorry I don’t measure), roll into 1″ balls & freeze overnight. Next day-make your chocolate cake batter and pour into a regular sized lined cupcake pan. Fill with cake batter 1/2 way; place a frozen brownie ball in the center and bake. You’ll get cake on outside, chewy brownie on inside. Serve warm with scoop of vanilla ice cream and hot fudge. I eat 1/2 a serving due to the crash afterwards. Good luck & fasten your seat belt.

  • I have mishaps in the kitchen all the time – and some disasters. But you learn what to NOT do the next time! I’m quite messy too and though it was just me. But if you watch the big time cooks on TV they slop stuff around all the time. The only difference is they probably have someone to clean up after them!

    Love your posts.

  • Oops! I thought the Betty Crocker was a regular cake mix. Now I see it is a gluten free
    box! I did not know they made a gluten free. Something else I learned from Jillie!

  • Ya know, I think this may be why I admire you so, the fact that you don’t try to cover or hide your imperfections, but rather allow us to learn fom them! You are one heck of a lady. Thanks for this recipe, and the inspiration to “try” even though we may not have perfect results. <3

  • I am soooooo going to make these molten chocolate cupcake bites!! They look amazing. I love your blog – your stories always make me smile. :)

  • I forgot to mention – box tops for schools is a great cause – my kids often collect them off of things that we purchase. Thanks for the reminder and also that you contribute to their cause. :)

  • So glad I stumbled onto this website when searching for something I can’t even remember what now. I have found so many great things.

  • These look so amazing–going to try them soon! I love your blog–I’m getting some great ideas from you! I also collected box tops for my children to take to school!

  • Jillee, I always enjoy your posts and am so thankful for you. My family has to be gluten free also, so I certainly understand about the cake mix. Thanks for sharing!

  • They look yummy anyway. I don’t think anyone would know unless you told them. I would love to win the stock up box. Keep sending the blogs, I love them.

  • I too save box tops for the Christian school that my kids attended. They aren’t there anymore, but I still save them. The dessert looks wonderful! My daughter and I just might have to try it, since we are the only two in the family that likes chocolate.

  • Thanks for bringing more awareness to what box tops actually do for our schools! It is a small thing to clip these to bring such a great impact for our children!

  • Thanks for sharing! I love trying different molten lava recipes! I always use the 60% chocolate chips just to make them a little richer ;)
    When my kids finished school, I was in such a habit of collecting box tops I continued and now I just walk them over to our local school and turn them in at the front desk… It’s such a simple way to donate!

  • Thanks for sharing. Seems every time I attempt bake or try a new recipe, something always goes awry. It is comforting to hear others too have issues. I appreciate the lessons on how to recover. :)

    Do not currently have school age children, but do bring in box tops into the office for the women that do. Great program!

  • I send the box tops in with my youngest son. They have helped our school district so much as we’re in serious trouble financially, many programs are going to be cut next year. The dessert looks wonderful!!

  • I am a cook, not a baker. I love that you took an ‘oops’ and made it into a ‘YUM’. I don’t bake much (I have my 16 year old son do it when I need some dessert baked). Thank you for reminding me to look at the positive side. You can cover anything in chocolate, and make it work! LOL

  • They look absolutly heavenly Jillie, you are truly very gifted and inspiring <3

    I wonder if you could substitute white chocolate instead of the regular chocolate..? I might just have to try it out, Yikkkes ill have to check and see if they even make white chocolate pudding mix &/or icing ?? I have been on an insane white chocolate kick lately ever since I gave up stalking Philidelphia Cream cheeses newest white chocolate flavor and finally bought it a few weeks ago, I have seriously developed an addiction ;)

    **Beware** this stuff is UBER ADDICTING!

  • How can you go wrong with chocolate? You can’t! Love the recipe and the mini size is great… But the best thing is the box tops, I too have donated my share. It’s a great project that can get the whole community to participate in. :-)

  • You turned tragedy into a laugh…at yourself. I am constantly cutting out the box tops and giving to the schools even though I don’t have kids at home. Such a good cause. Thanks for sharing!

  • These are the most delicious looking cupcakes I have seen. I will definitly try these. Good for weddings???
    P.S. Don’t pick on Cameron, or he might not invite you to come to his new Bam Bam BBQ restaurant he is starting in Orem UT. ;-)

  • These look fabulous. If you make the minis, how many do you get and what are the baking times?
    I love all the recipes for cleaning and laundry soaps. The one for the clothes spot remover is terrific. Thanks again for all that you do and post for us.

  • I’m liking the new, new website design much better! Your first “new” design froze the site on every computer I tried it on. Kudos for a NEW new design! Yummy cupcakes!

  • Love yor blog. I still collect box top and soup labels for school though I have had no one attending for 15 years…gotta help when it’s this easy!

  • These mini cupcake bites would be a wonderful addition to our menu for a baby shower in April! Love your blog! I’m always sharing all of your useful tips!

  • I hate to ask because I’ve seen the answer posted many times but could someone let me know how to get on this site if they’re having problems. Just recently I have trouble getting on. Thanks you.

  • Although my last child left for college, I STILL collect Box Tops for Education and send them to my grandchildren to be used for their schools. It’s an easy way to help supplement the school’s funds for children.

  • These look delicious! I am going to try this today, making these for my daughters birthday. She loves chocolate, so this will be perfect. Thanks!

  • I use my mini muffin pan all the time so that I can have a small dessert(I’m diabetic) so I will definitely be making these.I love your site and have been telling everyone I meet about it.I really love the make your own posts.

  • I’m a bit confused. You are stating that they are mini bites, yet your directions say to butter 24 large cups. Just wondering if this is a typo?
    Love all your wonderful ideas. Thanks.

    : )

  • I’ll bet they are great without the frosting, just the powdered sugar and strawberry! Who needs those extra calories when you are splurging anyway?

  • Looks like some of my disasters. But looks like you made a great “save”. Just say that is the way you intended them to look!

    Please enter my name for the pantry stock up box giveaway. Thanks

  • Thanks for sharing / reminding readers about box tops ! I am a teacher, and for years we have redeemed box tops for everything from playground balls to computer software – it helps sooooo much !
    Love your cupcake rescue !

  • Okay, I have to say – my mini muffin tin always turns out like this. I have tried to re-create so many cute “mini” things and it always turns out a disaster – I was thinking it was the pan. Anywhooo….those look so yummy and I’m sure they tasted terrific!

    Love Box Tops – I’m a coordinator for our elementary school and I just sent off $2200 + last week. What a great program and it benefits the schools in so many ways!

    Love your blog – keep up the great posts :)

  • These came out really cute. Love that you were able to save them considering the way they looked when you took them out of the oven! Hahaha! :)

  • Molten Chocolate Mini Cupcake Bites – Yum! The only problem I see here is that it might be too easy to “bite” too many of these at one sitting. I’m also an avid collector of BTFE and have my kids trained to look for them in the grocery store and at home. Our school has definitely benefited from this program that pays $$$ to schools.

  • I have been saving boxtops for education and labels for education as well, ever since my kids were in school. Now, the grandkids are the recipients of my stash.
    Always a pleasure to read your tips for the day – from one QUEEN OF CLEAN TO ANOTHER !!! Blessing, Stacey

  • My husband and I are celebrating our 40th anniversary with vow renewals and party. I am definitely going to make these as well as the wedding cake we never had (eloped from Reno, NV to Carson City NV).

    Love all your posts especially the cleaners and detergents.

  • Those look super, and I think I will be trying a variation on your variation :) in my new “single serving” pan… imagine six oversized cupcakes full of chocolatey goodness. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Those turned out darling! I definitely see them in my future! Some of my best mistakes have been huge hits! I remember making a brownie thing and my brownies did not come out of the pan… so I chopped them up, made instant choc fudge pudding and whipped some cool whip in the pudding to make it like a mousse. I layered it into a brownie trifle. Turned out amazing… Now, it is requested all the time! Love your blog Jillee!

  • Your story takes me back to when I was a little girl in first or second grade. My mom baked cupcakes, and I don’t remember why, but they didn’t turn out. She was going to put them in the garbage and make another batch, so I asked her if I could have one. She told me to help myself and then throw the rest out. I don’t think she thought I would eat even one, but I couldn’t believe my good luck and ended up eating all 12 of them. They tasted just fine to me, but my stomach didn’t feel very good afterwards. (Don’t remember where my mom was when I was eating all those cupcakes.) Thanks for bringing back that memory for me; it’s funny now, and it made my day! :)

  • Great story, Everything is always my nieces or nephews fault also. Dang Kids :) Even though it is great when they just stop by to visit. (just don’t tell mine that i said that)

    The cup cakes look good, might try them soon

  • Those look like they were ‘planned’! Will be trying these this weekend with the Grands and sending more boxtops to school!! Love that they are chocolate and the minis–no guilt for eating 1 or 12!!
    Always love reading your blog and have used several recipes. Thanks for making it easier for me to be green and healthier!

  • These do look GOOD! Thanks for sharing both the great successes and the fails on your blog. It keeps things real for the rest of us.

  • These are adorable!! Jillee, I don’t really think you could mess anything up! :) I may have to attempt these. My son is graduating preschool very soon (too soon for mama!) and I would love to have something special for the kids, but small enough that the parents of the other ones won’t want to strangle me! lol These seem to be the ticket! Thanks again for another great idea! Love this page and everything you put up! Keep up the good work!

  • Even though I am now an empty nester I still save box tops for schools. I love what it provides and believe in the program. I have your posts saved in my email and follow you on pintrest. Thanks for keeping it real.

  • I love your blog! So many of your posts inspire me, inform me on handy alternatives (planning on making your liquid detergent this weekend!), and make me laugh. Promoting Box Tops and providing a yummy chocolate treat idea is a win-win in my book! I am fond of treating myself to some little mini cupcake/brownie treats from the grocery store, and I’m guessing these will be like them, but yummier! Keep up the wonderful posts!

  • I used to save Box Tops for my younger sister when she was in elementary school. Now she’s in junior high and they don’t collect them anymore. I have become accustomed to saving them though, so I asked an old friend who’s now a Kindergarten teacher if she wanted them. She said yes, so twice a school year I send her an envelope full of box tops. I just couldn’t bear to throw any of those little squares away after so many years of cutting them out!

  • We have a long standing “tradition” of having a Ziploc bag magneted to the fridge and we put our Box Tops in there–first for our three kids in their small rural school–and now my grand daughter carries this on in First Grade at the SAME house and school–maybe even the same Ziploc!!!! LOL!!!

    KING ARTHUR has a line of GLUTEN FREE mixes and recipes that might be worth looking into —I am pretty sure these will be much more reliable than some of the off the shelf supermarket mixes. Contact them to find out what they have and where to get it–I am not sure of their distribution but they will ship ANYTHING mail order!!!!

  • These look delicious, and not like goofs at all. ;-) I’m a teacher who loves the Boxtops program, and would love to win the Boxtops prize.

  • Thank you so much for all your great posts. I am a mother of four and love hearing about great tips and tricks and surprises for my life! My mom kept sending me posts of yours and I loved everything she sent, so I finally started your emails coming directly to me. You’ve made a difference in my life! Thanks!

  • I did the same thing the other day, but with brownie mix… we dug them out of the mini pan & ate the evidence!

    Our School has a competition each month between grades to see who turns in the most box tops. The winner each month gets a special “prize” Extra recess!! What kid doesn’t want extra recess. Just doing this little incentive more than doubled the Box Top redemption the first year they did it!!

  • It’s always nice in the end when a mistake actually turns out better than when you started. And that looks like exactly what happened here! These little bites look wonderful!

  • Thanks so much for the great recipe and even more for allowing us to see that you are only human and make the same mistakes we all do. Love your blog!

  • I’m in love with your blog, after I read your background story I was even more impressed. I used to save my box tops for my children along with my mom & two aunts. Now I save them for my grandson along with his aunt one great aunt. & his mom of course. It is a great program that I hope never ends.

  • Those look fabulous! Even if you did mess up, they look like they’d taste yummy to me! I have been stashing my BTFE for when my daughter goes to kindergarten this fall.

  • Hi Jillee- these cupcakes look delish, I can’t wait to make these for my daughter and her college roommates. I’ve collected box tops since she was in first grade! They do make a difference. Thanks – I enjoy your posts !

  • Looks delish, Jillee! I have to admit, if I found my regular cupcake pan missing, I’d have looked for my ramekins. Given the choice of a bigger cupcake or a smaller cupcake, I always go with the bigger one. :-) In hindsight, though, perhaps your idea is better for portion control.

  • Love your blog. You could have just posted that this is exactly how you expected your dessert to turn out. I think they look great. Bring on the Box Tops for Education!

  • I am making these with my 10 year old granddaughter as we speak. I can’t wait to see if they taste as good as they look. My husband, the chocoholic, is worse than the grandkids….waiting…..watching the oven…waiting.

  • Jillee, I am pretty new to you but I am loving everything you do! I have done a complete overhaul on my cleaning supplies with your help! These cupcakes look awesome and I look forward to making some with my kids! You are great. Thanks for all you are doing!

  • It seems like several lifetimes I’ve beeb doing boxtops for edu…now I am onto the school where I volunteer and my granddaughters school……heh!

    As for the recipe….whoops, gotta catch that drool!

  • Considering how yummy they look, I don’t see any “oops!” If ya can fix it, its not a mistake its a design opportunity – that’s what we quilter’s say and I firmly believe it. ;}

  • I have been searching for a molten recipe that seemed simple. I believe this might be it. I would love to know if you have a white chocolate molten recipe.

  • These look fabulous. Quick question if you don’t mind. How does the texture of the gluten free cake mix compare to a standard boxed mix? My dad has a gluten sensitivity, so I try to make treats gluten-free. I’ve got a recipe I like reasonably well, but a boxed mix would certainly save me some time and energy if it’s got decent texture (I usually find that the crumb on gluten-free cakes is way too fine, and they’re often either very dry or gummy, but I’ve never made one from a mix).

  • Love these, how cute! I collect box tops for my grandkids and they are always amazed when I give them their bag. I collect for a year and give them to them when the school promotes the drive.

  • sorry if this has been asked but can you just use cupcake liners? or you have to grease and flour those? or just grease and flour if you are not using the liners? hope that makes sense. thanks.

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