My favorite flatmate gave me a recipe for snickerdoodle cupcakes which I transformed into these chocolate cinnamon delights since I'm not a big fan of snickerdoodles. Garnish with cinnamon sugar or cocoa and enjoy!

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
15 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
1 hr 5 mins
Servings:
24
Yield:
2 dozen cupcakes
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.

  • Beat together the chocolate cake mix, 1 cup milk, eggs, 1/2 cup melted butter, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract in a bowl with an electric mixer on low speed until moist. Beat for 2 more minutes on medium speed.

  • Fill each muffin cup about 2/3 full of batter.

  • Sprinkle the cupcakes with cinnamon sugar.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 15 minutes.

  • Cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.

  • Cream together 1/2 cup butter and shortening in a bowl until smooth.

  • Stir in sea salt, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 tablespoon cinnamon, cocoa powder, and 3 cups confectioners' sugar.

  • Stir in milk.

  • Mix in 2 more cups confectioners' sugar or as needed until desired consistency is achieved.

  • Spread the frosting on the cooled cupcakes.

Nutrition Facts

320 calories; protein 2.6g 5% DV; carbohydrates 43g 14% DV; fat 16.4g 25% DV; cholesterol 44.6mg 15% DV; sodium 259.9mg 10% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (22)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/10/2012
These are fabulous! They are very light and fluffy in texture and the flavor is so well balanced with the chocolate and cinnamon. I did use heavy cream instead of the milk in the frosting since I like a more whipped texture. I will be making these again and again. Thanks LTH for another stunning cupcake! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/18/2013
This recipe was good however I would still serve or eat one of these but if I had a choice I'd take the snickerdoodle first. Read More
28 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 16
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
02/10/2012
These are fabulous! They are very light and fluffy in texture and the flavor is so well balanced with the chocolate and cinnamon. I did use heavy cream instead of the milk in the frosting since I like a more whipped texture. I will be making these again and again. Thanks LTH for another stunning cupcake! Read More
(29)
Rating: 5 stars
02/11/2012
I made these before the recipe was officially published and am so happy to see them as a kitchen approved recipe! 10 star recipe! The cake has the perfect balance of cinnamon/chocolate and sprinkling the tops with cinnamon sugar before baking is genius. The frosting? To die for. I think I added a bit more cinnamon and cocoa than called for because I wasn't paying attention but it's divine regardless. Thanks LTH!!! Read More
(26)
Rating: 5 stars
03/04/2012
WOW WOW!! THESE ARE SOOOO RICH & DECADENT! I MADE MINI CUPCAKES & AS WITH MOST RECIPES I GET FROM HERE I TOOK THEM TO CHURCH POTLUCK. EVERYONE RAVED ABOUT THEM EVEN MY PASTOR WHO ISN'T MUCH ON SWEETS. I DIDN'T ADD ANY ADDITIONAL POWDERED SUGAR TO THE FROSTING AND PIPED IT USING A PASTRY BAG/TIP AND IT CAME OUT LIGHT AND FLUFFY A MOUSSE LIKE TEXTURE. PERFECTION!!!! I GIVE THIS 5!!!!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/05/2012
i love cinnamon so these were great for me!! So fluffy and yummy i filled them with a cream cheese/cinnamon filling and used regular buttercream frosting with 1tbsp of cocoa yummmmm GREAT cupcakes.. The batter was soooo fluffy and creamy I thought I did something wrong but they turned out wonderful! I have to add though that many people weren't into the strong cinnamon flavor so if making for many people I suggest less cinnamon.. That's why I took one star a lot of people weren't into them at the party I took them to.... But I loved them & will make again for my son and me! Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
02/23/2012
I just made these and they are amazing. I forgot to add the butter in the cupcake mix and they still came out nice and moist. I was a little skeptical using the shortening in the frosting but it came out delish. Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
07/30/2012
These received rave reviews! Easy to make. My husband's coworkers love them. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/11/2012
These cupcakes are amazing. They are the perfect combination of chocolate and cinnamon. The frosting is the perfect addition to the cake. I made these and people said they tasted like they were professionally made. I will definitely be making again. Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
04/21/2013
These were delicious! Cupcakes were moist Icing was tasty. They were a big hit at my house! Read More
(3)
Rating: 4 stars
11/28/2012
A little dry and some what bland I did not care for the frosting at all. The flavor was good but it was greasy. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/18/2013
This recipe was good however I would still serve or eat one of these but if I had a choice I'd take the snickerdoodle first. Read More