Made recipe exactly as stated (as much as I avoid using box mix because I hate the taste, I thought the spice would counteract the 'chemical' tones). Box mix just tastes like normal box chocolate cake, no spice tones to it, and the frosting tastes like spicy cream cheese. Maybe it's because I don't like cream cheese that much, but when I bit into a cupcake to try it I had to throw the rest out. If I were ever try to remake these, I'd make the cake from scratch and possibly double the spice, and either add a lot more powdered sugar or vanilla to counteract the strong cream cheese flavor of the frosting. Or I just won't try to make these again! Also only made around 15 cupcakes, same with the amount of frosting (might have been me over pouring into the paper cups though). Really disappointed and I'm almost ashamed to bring the rest into work since I've made a multitude of other recipes on this site for my coworkers, all of which were a hit. Hope this doesn't leave a bad taste for my baking in their mouth - live and learn!
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Made recipe exactly as stated (as much as I avoid using box mix because I hate the taste, I...