CINfully Delicious Chocolate Cupcakes


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!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
2 dozen cupcakes


  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package chocolate cake mix

  • 1 cup milk

  • 3 eggs

  • ½ cup butter, melted

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon sugar, or as needed

  • ½ cup butter

  • ½ cup butter-flavored shortening

  • 1 pinch sea salt

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar

  • ¼ cup milk

  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar, or more as needed


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

  2. Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.

  3. 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.

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

  5. Sprinkle the cupcakes with cinnamon sugar.

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

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

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

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

  10. Stir in milk.

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

  12. Spread the frosting on the cooled cupcakes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

320 Calories
16g Fat
43g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 320
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 7g 36%
Cholesterol 45mg 15%
Sodium 260mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 16%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 35g
Protein 3g
Calcium 57mg 4%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 107mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.