Chocolate Red Velvet Cupcakes

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DSC_0568 This recipe was a complete accident. With one hour to bake and no time to run to the grocery store, I had to be downright resourceful with these cupcakes. I replaced the oil that the original recipe initially called for with a much healthier secret ingredient instead (not saying these are heart healthy, but they are delicious).

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 box red velvet cake mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup water
  • *1/2 can Libby’s pureed pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup chocolate syrup
  • handful of chocolate chips for garnish
  • Cream cheese frosting (either homemade or from a can)

*secret ingredient

How To Do It:

  1. Pre-heat the oven according to the directions on the cake mix package.
  2. Run the cake mix through a sifter a few times to get rid of all of the lumps. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine all wet ingredients.
  4. Fold cake mix and cocoa powder into the wet ingredients until the batter reaches an appropriate consistency.
  5. Pour cake batter into a pan with cupcake liners and bake for the designated amount of time, as indicated on the box.
  6. Let cool for at least thirty minutes.
  7. Ice with cream cheese frosting and garnish with a sprinkle of cocoa powder and large chocolate chips.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

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