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Brownie Batter + Cupcake = The SECOND BEST Cupcake.  Ever Recipe
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Brownie Cupcake: The 2nd Best Cupcake Ever
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Brownie Batter + Cupcake = The SECOND BEST Cupcake. Ever

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"I'm not going to lie, my Chocolate Chip Cookie Cupcakes are still my favorite, but these are a VERY close second AND you don't have to wait for anything to freeze so they provide almost instant gratification, which makes me happy. Instantly. The very center of the brownie layer remains slightly gooey to give you that decadent brownie indulgence!"

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Original recipe makes 4 dozen cupcakes Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    40 mins

    50 mins


  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line 48 muffin cups with paper liners.
  2. Whisk together the brownie mix, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup canola oil, and 1/4 cup water in a bowl. Stir just until fully incorporated, about 50 strokes; set aside.
  3. Mix the cake mix, 2 tablespoons canola oil, 1 1/3 cup water, and 3 egg whites in a large bowl with an electric mixer on low speed until combined. Mix on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  4. Spoon the brownie batter into prepared muffin cups, filling each cup 1/3 full. Spoon the cake batter over the brownie batter, until muffin cups are each 2/3 full.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until golden and the tops spring back when lightly pressed, about 20 minutes.
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  • Cook's Note
  • Frost with your favorite frosting. I prefer to use a fluffy peanut butter frosting.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 13, 2009

I have made these twice and absolutely love them. I put the brownie mix in my piping bag with a large tip, than filled the cupcake paper up half way with the cake batter. Inserted the tip of my piping bag into each cupcake and squished me out some brownie mix into the middle of each one. Frosted with store bought chocolate frosting, YUM!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 17, 2009

This recipe sounded great and with all the good reviews I thought I would try it. Afer cooking them for an hour I finally gave up cooking them. The cake batter was so over done while the brownie batter fully cooked. I opened the cupcake and the brownie was totally raw. Very disappointed.

Jun 04, 2010

I prepared these as directed and frosted them with a deep, rich chocolate frosting I thought was a great match, "One Bowl Buttercream Frosting," also from this site. There's not much more I can add to nearly 100 fantastic reviews for these cupcakes about preparation or taste. What I *would" like to add, however, is that what this recipe is all about, what lovestohost has singlehandedly accomplished with her successful experiments, (I refer also to her other infamous cupcake and cake recipes) is to make baking fun and to create whimsical treats. More than the finished product it's about the experience and the sheer joy you get from making these and her other recipes. Offhand, I can think of no other recipe with that distinction that is also so quick, easy, and that works for every baker, novice or skilled. These ARE a treat - for those baking them, for those who make these as a baking project with children, as well as for everybody eating them. Great recipe(s) lovestohost. It was a fun baking experience with a delightful result and I admire your creativity!

Oct 05, 2009

Yummy! These are pretty quick and cheap to make and take heavenly! First time made according to the directions and the second time I chilled the brownie batter before scooping it into cupcaking batter and this yielded yummy gooey centers. I love these cupcakes, I don't even bother to frost. 5-star with the chilling of the brownie batter and the addition of some extra vanilla to the cake batter. start check them at 15 min baking time.

Aug 13, 2009

These are terrific! I made them with red velvet cake mix and frosted them with homemade cream cheese frosting. Sooo good. They were fun to make and fun to eat. Dee-lish!

Sep 01, 2009

Brownies are my favorite dessert so I couldn't wait to try this recipe! I used a vanilla cake mix and the Fluffy Peanut Butter Frosting as recommended by others-these cupcakes are exceptionally good! I didn't want the brownie to stick to the bottom as someone mentioned, so I put a dollop of cake mix on the bottom, then a tablespoon of brownie batter followed by another dollop of cake mix-maybe it was just me, but it seemed a little time consuming. Also I used a gas oven and maybe the cupcakes baked quicker, but my brownie baked along with the cupcake so there was no 'gooey brownie' in the center. However, I have not stopped eating them because they are so good! I used aluminum liners and my cupcakes did not stick and the peanut butter frosting is the best! I will definitely make these again!

Aug 17, 2009

LTH, you've done it again! These rock! I frosted some with chocolate frosting, some with peanut butter frosting (Fluffy Peanut Butter Frosting from this site), and some I swirled with both kinds. Very, very good. I love the little layer of gooey goodness in there. Thanks! :)

Aug 28, 2009

These turned out excellent, I used orange cake mix over chocolate-lovers brownie mix. Frosted them with a simple white frosting and they were very well received. I only broke my diet enough for one small bite (how's that for will-power), but very yummy ideed. Thanks LoveToHost


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  • Calories
  • 125 kcal
  • 6%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 17.2 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 8 mg
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 6 g
  • 9%
  • Fiber
  • 0.5 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 1.4 g
  • 3%
  • Sodium
  • 112 mg
  • 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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