Star-Studded Celebration Cupcakes

Moist, chocolaty cupcakes spread with a rich, melt-in-your mouth frosting and topped with fun chocolate designs. Yum!

  • Prep Time 25 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 20 min
  • Servings 36

4
oz sweet baking chocolate or semisweet baking chocolate
White chocolate baking bar, melted, if desired
2
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
2
cups sugar
1 1/4
teaspoons baking soda
1
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon baking powder
1
cup water
3/4
cup sour cream
1/4
cup shortening
1
teaspoon vanilla
2
eggs
4
oz unsweetened baking chocolate, melted, cooled
1
container Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy chocolate or creamy white frosting

  • 1 In 1-quart saucepan, melt sweet baking chocolate over low heat, stirring frequently. Place waxed paper on cookie sheet. Spread melted chocolate in 8-inch square on waxed paper. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.
  • 2 Remove chocolate from refrigerator; let stand until room temperature. Cut with cookie cutters of desired shapes and sizes. Refrigerate until ready to place on cupcakes. Carefully peel cutouts from waxed paper, handling as little as possible. Dip half of each cutout into melted white baking chocolate; refrigerate until set.
  • 3 Heat oven to 350°F. Line 36 regular-size muffin cups with paper baking cups. In large bowl, beat all remaining ingredients except frosting with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. Beat on high speed 3 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour batter into muffin cups, filling each 1/2 full.
  • 4 Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from pan to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. Spread with frosting. Garnish with chocolate cutouts.

Expert Tips

Instead of making chocolate cutouts, you can buy Betty Crocker® chocolate decorator shapes in the supermarket or at cake decorating supply stores.

Serving cupcakes to a smaller group? Frost only the cupcakes you need. Freeze leftovers in an airtight container. Thaw and frost as needed.

Swirl the frosting using a decorating tube with a star tip for a festive party look.

Simplify this recipe by substituting Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® devil's food or chocolate fudge cake mix for the cake. Just follow the directions on the box for mixing and baking cupcakes.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Cupcake
Calories
165
(
Calories from Fat
55 ),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
6 g
6 %
(Saturated Fat
4 g,
4 %
),
Cholesterol
15 mg
15 %;
Sodium
120 mg
120 %;
Total Carbohydrate
27 g
27 %
(Dietary Fiber
1 g
1 %
),
Protein
2 g
2 %
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
2%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 1 Fruit; 1 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.