Cupcakes From a Mix Recipes

Need to whip up a batch of cupcakes in a hurry? These cupcake recipes use cake mix, so you can devote your time to the decorations.

Staff Picks

Self-Filled Cupcakes I

Rating: 4.5 stars 446
Chocolate cake mix and a mixture of cream cheese and chocolate chips deliver a new twist on plain chocolate cupcakes in this recipe!

Bat Cupcakes

Rating: 4.5 stars 116
I make dozens of these each Halloween. They are so cute! My kids expect to be able to take them to school even when I am not the Halloween party mom! I also take some to work and the people who dress up in costumes get one as a prize - they come looking for me to show me their costumes!

Sunshine S'more Cupcakes

Rating: 4 stars 81
Easy cupcakes with graham cracker, marshmallow and chocolate. The kids really love these.
By Lisa

Worm Cake

Rating: 4.5 stars 25
A favorite of youngsters in our house. Grownups love them too!

Angel Food Cupcakes

Rating: 4 stars 77
These come out very well, and are great with strawberries on top. Pretty too.

Easy Black Bottom Cupcakes

Rating: 4 stars 76
These black bottom cupcakes are made with a cake mix. Quick and easy for the baker on the run ...

Cupcake Surprise

Rating: 4 stars 15
I made these for a school carnival, they turned out great. I did not need to frost them. To do something different, divide cream cheese filling into 4 different parts and tint each part a different color. Feel free to get creative with the surprises!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough + Cupcake = The BEST Cupcake. Ever.

Rating: 4.5 stars 1432
Seriously, I'm a cupcake aficionado and these cupcakes are amazing! I saw them on a bakery menu and decided to replicate them.

Frog Cupcakes

Rating: 5 stars 171
These frog-faced cupcakes are fun and easy to make for a child's birthday.

Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes

Rating: 4.5 stars 261
Love to make these little guys for family gatherings or just as treats for home to pack into lunches. Easy recipe to make. Adaptations can be made to make this completely from scratch. This is just a yummy simplified version!

Cinco de Chili Chocolate Cupcakes with Chili Cream Cheese Frosting

Rating: 4.5 stars 110
Dark chocolate cupcakes with a bite! Topped with Chili Cream Cheese Frosting. This recipe was inspired from a combination of recommendations from AR Buzzers. Thanks all! They were a huge hit at our annual Chili Cook-off. Many wanted THEM to be allowed as an entry. Add more chili and cayenne powder to taste. (IF YOU CAN TAKE IT!)

Dreamy Orange Cupcakes

Rating: 4.5 stars 42
These cupcakes blend two of my favorite flavors: orange and vanilla! Reminiscent of a childhood ice cream pop treat, these cupcakes will make you feel like a kid again!

Inspiration and Ideas

Banana Pudding Cupcakes
Rating: Unrated 6
Moist vanilla cupcakes filled with banana pudding and topped with whipped cream. I use homemade pudding and whipped cream for this recipe but you can use store-bought instead if pressed for time.
Brownie Batter + Cupcake = The SECOND BEST Cupcake. Ever
Rating: Unrated 352
I'm not going to lie, my Chocolate Chip Cookie Cupcakes are still my favorite, but these are a VERY close second AND you don't have to wait for anything to freeze so they provide almost instant gratification, which makes me happy. Instantly. The very center of the brownie layer remains slightly gooey to give you that decadent brownie indulgence!
Sopapilla Cupcakes
Rating: 4.5 stars 48

A cinnamon sugary cupcake reminiscent of the deep-fried Mexican dessert!