Perfect Cake Mix Cupcakes

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I wanted to try this recipe for Perfect Cake Mix Cupcakes. I found the recipe on a blog called In the Wabe and she got the recipe from a book called Hello, Cupcake.

These cupcakes definitely turned out prettier than what they usually look like from a box mix, they had a good rounded top. I chose to use a devil’s food cake mix, you need chocolate for Valentines Day! I was only able to get 22 cupcakes from my mix with the changes.

I also found it hard to believe the cupcakes would be ready in 12 minutes. I thought 12-20 minutes on the recipe was a very broad cooking time and my box mix said 17 to 22 minutes. So I set my timer for 15 minutes, which was a bad decision. I think they got over cooked slightly, so make sure to check those cupcakes at 12 minutes.

I didn’t have buttermilk in my house either so I substituted sour milk (1 Tbsp lemon juice or vinegar the add enough milk to make 1 cup, mix, and let it sit for 5 minutes). Tomorrow, I’ll share a fun frosting recipe that I made to go on top of these cupcakes and it’s pink.

For those who weren’t able to seen my appearance on Studio 5 today, you can click HERE to see the video on their site. I did the Toffee Brownie Trifle, so there’s another idea for Valentine’s Day.

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Perfect Cake Mix Cupcakes
  • 1 box (18.25 oz) cake mix (vanilla, devil’s food, or yellow)
  • 1 cup buttermilk (in place of water called for on the box)
  • Vegetable oil (same as the amount on the box)
  • 4 eggs (in place of the number called for on the box)
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line muffin cups with paper liners.
  2. Follow the box instructions, putting all the ingredients in a large bowl and using the buttermilk in place of the water specified on the box, using the amount of vegetable oil that is called for, and adding the eggs. Beet with an electric mixer until moistened, about 30 seconds. Increase the speed to high and beat until thick, 2 minutes longer
  3. Fill paper liners two-thirds full. Bake 12 to 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean. Cool completely before icing. Makes 22-24 cupcakes.


This is the original photo from this post. The above photo was updated in February 2015.

19 comments on “Perfect Cake Mix Cupcakes

  • Going try this today….it is a rainy day in GA and I was hankering for a good cupcake

  • Can this recipe be used with a white or French vanilla cake mix using the buttermilk?

    Thanks, Dorena

  • I can’t tell you just how often I make this particular cupcake recipe using Duncan Hines mixes, and it always gets raves! It’s been my go-to cupcake recipe for many occasions for work & school functions over the past couple of years & I thought I’d finally give a much deserved compliment on it: THANK YOU! It’s amazing, versatile & very dependable – love it!

  • word…I will never go back to making cakes or cupcakes the way I did..this is my new and only recipe…

  • hi these cupcakes turned out with so much yumminess i couldnt stop eating it. my kids loved them too. will make these again for sure. thanks so much…

  • I love cupcakes and if you dont mine I am going to try your recipe.

  • Wow, super easy and quick, thats the dessert for me , my children. I’ll have to make these for them!! Thanks!

  • Great minds must think alike. I saw you on Studio 5 today and was really surprised to see that you submitted the exact recipe that I was planning on sending! I loved how you put the brownie heart at the top, so cute!

  • I saw you on Studio Five…GREAT JOB!!

  • Laura I saw you on Studio 5 this morning! Great recipe! It looks like a keeper!

  • Oh yummy I think I will make these to take to work (yes I work on valentines day errr…) and suck up a bit for all my fellow coworkers that too have to work lol. I’d make them for school for the girls but they only take unopened store bought stuff.

  • I love baking with buttermilk. Those cupcakes are so pretty and round on top. Perfect!

  • Love chocolate cupcakes – love that they bake so quickly. Espescially love Hello, Cupcake book. Can’t wait for the icing.

  • 12 minutes is a super fast cooking time! I’ll have to give these a try!

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