Dark Chocolate Cupcakes

Mini Dark Chocolate Cupcakes are coated with dark chocolate buttercream frosting and garnished with a tiny red candied rose.  For a pretty presentation, serve these baked cupcakes in pretty black and white polka dot or striped cupcake liners.


Mini Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Candied Roses Recipe

  • Author: Liz Bushong
  • Yield: 50 mini or 24 standard 1x



118.25 ounce package dark chocolate fudge cake mix

13ounce package chocolate instant pudding and pie mix-dry

1 1/3 cup water

½ cup vegetable oil

3 large eggs

½ cup mini chocolate morsels

1-teaspoon vanilla


2 cups dark chocolate butter cream frosting*purchased

¼ cup dark cocoa for dusting-optional

Pre-made tiny rose Icing Decorations-tested Wilton


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.  Prepare cupcake pan with liners. Combine all cake batter ingredients. Beat batter for 2 minutes to blend.
  2. Fill plastic zip lock bag with batter, clip end of bag to ¼ “.  Pipe batter into mini cupcake liners.
  3. Bake cakes 20-25 minutes.  Remove from oven.
  4. Frost cooled cupcakes with dark chocolate butter cream frosting. Pipe frosting using small round tip or opening. Dust with dark cocoa powder in a small sieve if desired.
  5. Garnish with tiny rose icing decoration to center of each cupcake.  Serve the mini cakes in a decorative regular sized cupcake liner for presentation.  Do not remove mini cupcake liner from baked cakes

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