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Box-of-Chocolates Cupcakes Recipe

Box-of-Chocolates Cupcakes Recipe

Who wants a regular box of chocolates when you can have these decadent chocolate cupcakes? The different fillings prove that you never know what you're going to get! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour + chilling Bake: 20 min. + cooling YIELD:24 servings


  • 1 package devil's food cake mix (regular size)
  • 1-1/3 cups strong brewed coffee
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 tablespoons strong brewed coffee, divided
  • 3 egg yolks, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons thawed orange juice concentrate
  • 2 tablespoons Nutella
  • 1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream
  • 1-1/2 cups whipped topping
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 ounces white baking chocolate, chopped
  • 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream, divided
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons corn syrup, divided
  • Paste food coloring of your choice


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, coffee, eggs and oil; beat on low speed 30 seconds. Beat on medium 2 minutes. Fill prepared cups two-thirds full.
  • 2. Bake 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 3. Meanwhile, in top of a double boiler or a metal bowl over simmering water, melt chocolate with sugar and 3 tablespoons coffee, stirring until sugar is dissolved (mixture will be thick). Whisk in egg yolks; cook and stir 4-5 minutes or until mixture reaches 160°.
  • 4. Divide mixture among three small bowls. Stir orange juice concentrate into one bowl. Stir Nutella and cream into another; stir remaining coffee into the third bowl. Fold 1/2 cup whipped topping into each. Chill 10 minutes.
  • 5. Cut a small hole in the tip of a pastry bag or in a corner of a food-safe plastic bag; insert a very small pastry tip. Transfer one filling to bag. With a metal or wooden skewer, poke a hole through bottom of paper liner. Insert tip through hole; pipe filling into eight cupcakes. Repeat with remaining fillings and cupcakes.
  • 6. For ganache, place chocolates in separate small bowls. In a small saucepan, bring cream just to a boil. Pour 1/2 cup cream over bittersweet chocolate; pour remaining cream over white chocolate. Stir mixtures with a whisk until smooth.
  • 7. Stir 2 teaspoons corn syrup into bittersweet ganache and 1/2 teaspoon corn syrup into white ganache. Cool bittersweet ganache 10 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally. Tint white ganache as desired; refrigerate, covered, until thickened.
  • 8. Dip tops of cupcakes in bittersweet ganache. Pipe designs using white or tinted ganache. Refrigerate until set. Store in airtight containers in the refrigerator. Yield: 2 dozen.

Recipe Note

Editor's Note: To fill a cupcake, insert tip of pastry bag into bottom of cupcake; squeeze bag gently to fill. Cupcake will be filled when top expands slightly. See photo
To quickly frost cupcakes, place bittersweet ganache in a shallow bowl. Dip top of each cupcake into ganache, twisting slightly before lifting. See photo

Nutritional Facts

1 cupcake: 285 calories, 18g fat (7g saturated fat), 64mg cholesterol, 182mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.

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Reviewed Feb. 3, 2015

"Will do for sons family for v day"

Reviewed Feb. 13, 2012

"Very time consuming and messy but well worth it. I used Grande Marinae to replace the Orange Juice"

Reviewed Nov. 22, 2011

"I have made this recipe about 3 times - last Christmas, for a birthday, and one day just 'cuz. THey are WONDERFUL! Making them tomorrow to take to mom's for Thanksgiving :) I would like to figure out a filling that has a spicy/chipotle flavor - that would be awesome...."

Reviewed Mar. 8, 2011

"used peppermint extract to make one of the filling instead of oj, my husband loved the hazelnut filling. I liked the filling would probably skip the Ganache and make my own frosting next time."

Reviewed Feb. 7, 2011

"Proportions were off, and too labor-intensive."

Reviewed Dec. 21, 2010

"I modified the recipe to make only plain chocolate filling (substitute water for coffee and vanilla for other flavors). Everyone loves them!"

Reviewed Aug. 28, 2010

"I love this recipe! Once you take the slightly off proportions with regards to the white chocolate icing into account, it's not hard at all to make. I'm not too fond of the chocolate orange filling, so I substituted 1 tablespoon and 2 teaspoons of seedless black raspberry preserves. It is a delicious chocolate raspberry alternative."

Reviewed Feb. 14, 2010

"I would definitely make the cupcakes again, but would ice them differently. The ganache was great (and had just enough), but the piping was runny. I should have read the reviews before making the white chocolate piping. Next time, I'll use less cream for the amount of chocolate."

Reviewed Feb. 13, 2010

"A little more work than some other recipes but when you care enough it's quite OK !!"

Reviewed Feb. 2, 2010

"My less-than-5-star rating is because this recipe has some serious flaws as written. Surprising for a Taste of Home recipe, but there nonetheless. I made everything exactly as written except I made the filling all chocolate hazelnut, because that is our favorite and it would just be easier to have one kind. Turns out I had at least 1.5 cups leftover filling......tasty, but what on earth do I do with that much cupcake filling? I couldn't get my pastry tip through the bottom of the cupcake liner for anything, so I just piped the filling in through the top. That worked fine. The dark chocolate ganache was beautiful, but again, way too much. The white chocolate? Made exactly as written, was so thin it was like drizzling water over my cupcakes. I couldn't use it and since I knew it would take at least 3-4 more ozs of white chocolate to make it thick enough and then I would have most of it leftover, I ended up piping leftover filling over the tops. Worked fine. The end result was delicious and I'll make them again for a special occasion, but the proportions are just way off in this recipe as written."

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