Easy Chocolate Pudding Cupcakes

Prep Time 1 hour 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 1:40
Serves about 24 cupakes

Easy Chocolate Pudding Cupcakes are crazy easy to make, chocolate to the max, and the frosting will make you weak in the knees!



  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (3.9-ounce) package instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup milk
  • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

Labor Frosting

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate-hazelnut spread (I LOVE Reese's spread for this)
  • 1 tub (3 cups) COOL WHIP whipped topping (store-bought or homemade)


  • Rainbow sprinkles or chocolate jimmies



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and pudding mix until combined.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter and sugar for 1-2 minutes or until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla, mix until smooth.
  4. Add half of the cocoa mixture to the butter mixture and mix. Pour in the milk and mix until incorporated. Add the other half of the cocoa mixture and beat until combined and smooth, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed.
  5. Add the chocolate chips to the batter and mix by hand until incorporated.
  6. Line two muffin tins with cupcake liners and fill each cup about 2/3 full with batter. (I like to use a cookie scoop to portion the batter.)
  7. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. Carefully remove cupcakes from the oven. Let cool in the muffin tin for about 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Labor Frosting:

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, beat together butter, vanilla, and chocolate-hazelnut spread.
  2. Sift in the powdered sugar. Mix until combined and smooth. Then fold in the whipped topping.
  3. Transfer the frosting to a piping bag and frost the cooled cupcakes.
  4. Top the cupcakes with sprinkles if desired. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator in an air tight container.


Recipe Notes

If you want a semi-homemade version of these cupcakes, use 1 box devil's cake mix (with water, oil, & eggs per package directions),1/2 cup sour cream, chocolate pudding mix, & chocolate chips. 

If you're making mini cupcakes, you'll want to use mini chocolate chips, a mini muffin tin coated with non-stick cooking spray and cook the cupcakes for about 10-12, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

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