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The Easiest Cupcakes You’ll Ever Bake

Due to my newfound passion for food photography, I have found myself scouring the Internet for affordable cupcake recipes. Dessert photography isn’t cheap…

…That is, unless you do plenty of research. These chocolate cupcakes are scrumptious and nearly impossible to ruin; even the most amateur baker will find success. Plus, these delights only require three ingredients, one being water. Scroll down for the complete recipe.

All you need to purchase is one box of devil’s food cake mix and one 15 oz. can of pumpkin. Frosting, chocolate chips and cocoa powder are optional.

Combine ingredients in one large bowl, including 2/3 cup of water (use 1/2 cup for thicker cupcakes).

For an extra chocolatey batter I mixed in 1 tbsp. of Dutch-process cocoa powder and folded in a handful of Ghiradelli Milk Chocolate Chips. For my next batch I will double the amount of each.

Mix until smooth. Remember to fold in any chocolate chips once the initial mixture is smooth.

Pop in the oven at 350 degrees. Bake for 20 minutes (mine took 30). Allow cupcakes to cool before frosting. Top with frosting and a couple chocolate chips for fun.


And don’t forget to enjoy!

Recipe: Easy Chocolate Cupcakes (yields 24)

  • 18 oz. devil’s food cake mix
  • 1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin
  • 2/3 cup water
  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Mix ingredients; batter will be stiff.
  • Disperse equally among liners.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, or until top springs back.

A Cake Love Affair

A slice of moist, creamy, and soft goodness warms my heart. Cake under a sea of buttercream frosting is a dream to me, and it’s even more of a dream when it’s affordable (price below). And nothing compares to the sight of a delicious tall, ivory wedding cake.

My love affair with cake traces back to early childhood. Birthday parties and church gatherings sufficed until I was old enough to buy my own cake, whether at the grocery store or bakery. As I grew older, the inevitable happened: I grew calorie-conscious. As a result the workplace, with all the birthdays, holidays and quarter-end accomplishments, has presented the perfect grounds for the occasional sweet celebration.

Pavilions, a division of Safeway, often serves up $0.99 cake slices such as this one.

One slice lasts me two glorious nights.

“Seven-Tire Classic Cake – Fine garlands and latticework are piped onto the fondant in royal icing, as are delicate roses and bunches of grapes.” –Martha Stewart’s Wedding Cakes