Frosted Cupcake Top Cookies

The tops are the best part of a muffin, and in my opinion the same goes for cupcakes.  Of course a good “stalk” is the mark of a great baker, but let’s face it — the top still wins. And it was that line of thinking that that led me to this cookie. It’s a cake mix based creation, so it’s super easy and you can make it when you’re feeling really tired and unmotivated to do anything else. Well, anything else but make scratch frosting. But that’s pretty easy, too.

Cupcake Top Cookies

If you try these, I’d love to know what you think and what kind of cake mix you used. I made these with a 15.25 oz size box of Betty Crocker, but I think any brand would do.

Frosted Cupcake Top Cookies
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Cakey, fat cake mix cookies topped with homemade chocolate frosting.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 24
  • 1 box (15.25 oz) chocolate cake mix (see note)
  • 1 cup sour cream, regular
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 (4 serving size) package instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 stick (4 oz) softened butter
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup natural cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sour cream -- more if desired
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • Milk as needed
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line two to four baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, sour cream, eggs, oil, and water and beat with an electric mixer until smooth. Stir in chocolate chips.
  3. Using a generously heaping tablespoon, drop dough onto baking sheets. Bake two sheets at a time, switching racks halfway through, for about 15 minutes or until cakes appear done (they should spring back like cupcakes).
  4. Let cool for about 5 minutes, then carefully transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. Prepare frosting. With an electric mixer, beat the butter until soft. Add the sugar and stir until it is moistened by butter. Stir in the cocoa, sour cream and 2 tablespoons of the cream. Mix on low, then increase speed and beat until creamy. Beat in remaining cream and vanilla. Add milk a few teaspoons at a time until you reach the consistency you like. Spread over cookies.
  6. Now this is the hard step. Leave the cookies alone for two hours. Just let them sit on the counter. You can skip this part if necessary, but I really thought they tasted better after they'd sat around for a bit.
I used Betty Crocker Triple Chocolate Cake Mix. Any brand should work, but I'm pointing it out in case you want to use the same brand as I did.

If you have a scale, you can weigh out the ingredients and make a half batch of 12.


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  1. Darlene says

    I’m so excited to try these – it is the same recipe I use for a Triple Chocolate Cake (I prefer Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Fudge mix), except I sub coffee for the water. My family will love these because of the ratio of frosting to cake. YUM!

  2. says

    Darlene, let me know what you think! It will be interesting to see how the Duncan Hines cake mix works since it comes in an 18.25 oz box.

  3. says

    You know, after I posted it I Googled it and it has been done before. Everybody seems to have their own special way of doing it, though.

  4. Darlene says

    Actually, Duncan Hines’ Dark Chocolate Fudge cake mix is a ‘Classic,’ so it only contains 16.5 oz. When I first realized DH decreased the amount of mix/box and this recipe in cake form took longer to bake, I called Duncan Hines and asked how to adapt the recipe. They suggested adding 1 3/4 tablespoons of flour to the mix, and it seems to help.

  5. Darlene says

    I was just thinking these might be good with vanilla frosting/filling sandwiched between 2 of them – like a Whoopie Pie.

  6. says

    Darlene, I thought about making Whoopie Pies, but mine were really puffy and high so Whoopie Pies would have turned out quite rounded and fat. If you use the Duncan Hines cake mix, your cookies might come out a little bit flatter, in which case they would be even better for the Whoopie Pies.

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