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Greetings, coffee and chocolate loving friends! As a barista, I know firsthand the magical combination of caffeine and chocolate to uplift any dreary day. That’s why I’m thrilled to share with you our latest recipe: Death by Chocolate Mocha Cake Mix Muffins.

This indulgent recipe is the perfect balance of rich, velvety chocolate cake mix, decadent cocoa powder, instant coffee granules, and creamy milk. These ingredients are combined to create a divine dessert that is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. But don’t let the name intimidate you – it is not lethal (at least not physically). Instead, imagine sinking your teeth into moist chocolate muffins with a subtle mocha flavor that melts in your mouth with every bite.

Whether you’re new to baking or have been whipping up batches for years, these muffins are a cinch to make. With this simple recipe, you can easily whip up a batch of 12 large muffins in less than an hour. Trust me; it’s easier than trying to make cappuccino art.

So grab onto your aprons and preheat your ovens because in just a few steps, you’ll have created a show-stopping dessert that will impress even the most discerning chocoholics. Get ready to indulge in some “Death by Chocolate” goodness!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Death by Chocolate Mocha Cake Mix Muffins
Death by Chocolate Mocha Cake Mix Muffins

Attention all chocolate lovers! If you’re looking for the ultimate chocolate fix, then this Death by Chocolate Mocha Cake Mix Muffins recipe is definitely for you. Trust me, you’re going to want to try it right away.

What makes this recipe so deliciously tempting is its rich chocolate flavor perfectly infused with a hint of coffee, which elevates the taste with an irresistible mocha twist. These muffins are jam-packed with mouthwatering goodness that will certainly satisfy your sweet tooth cravings.

Not only does this recipe taste good, but it’s also a treat for the eyes. Imagine biting into a beautiful and moist chocolate cakey muffin filled with melting bits of dark chocolate chips. Believe me when I say that one bite of these incredible death chocolate cake mix muffins will have you hooked for life.

It’s hard to find someone who doesn’t like chocolate, and these muffins undoubtedly serve as a delicious treat without compromising quality or simplicity of ingredients. Whether you’re sharing them with your friends over a cup of hot chocolate, or taking them along on a picnic or road trip, these muffins are the perfect portable dessert that everyone will enjoy.

So what are you waiting for? Indulge your senses with these delightful muffins that offer the perfect blend of death chocolate and mocha coffee flavors in every bite. Enjoy them as an afternoon snack, breakfast on-the-go or even as a dessert after dinner. Who knows – they just might earn a spot on your list of go-to recipes.

Ingredient List

 These muffins are so chocolaty, they will take your breath away!
These muffins are so chocolaty, they will take your breath away!

Here is a list of ingredients you will need for the Death by Chocolate Mocha Cake Mix Muffins recipe:

  • 1 box devil’s food cake mix (18.25 oz) or chocolate fudge cake mix
  • 1 box instant chocolate pudding mix (3.9 oz)
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips

For the dry ingredients:
– 2 cups all-purpose flour
– 2 teaspoons baking soda
– 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
– 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

You may also need muffin cups, muffin tins, or a bundt cake pan depending on how you want to prepare and serve your muffins or chocolate cake. You can easily find these at a kitchen supplies store or online.

The Recipe How-To

 Fluffy and flavorful, these Death by Chocolate Mocha Muffins are a heavenly treat.
Fluffy and flavorful, these Death by Chocolate Mocha Muffins are a heavenly treat.

Now, let’s get into the heart of this recipe – making the muffins. This recipe is straightforward and simple, with easy-to-follow steps that yield delicious Death by Chocolate Mocha Cake Mix Muffins.


  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 1 box (3.9 oz) instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 tsp instant coffee granules
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 large eggs

Step 1: Preheat the Oven

Begin by preheating your oven to 350°F. Note that this recipe makes about 24 muffins, so make sure you have enough muffin tins ready on hand.

Step 2: Combine Ingredients

In a mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, pudding mix, and instant coffee granules. Mix everything together until they are well combined.

Step 3: Add Wet Ingredients

Next, add in the milk, canola oil, and eggs into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Beat everything together on low speed until all ingredients are fully incorporated.

Step 4: Stir in Chocolate Chips

Gently fold in a handful of chocolate chips into the batter for an extra touch of richness and sweetness.

Step 5: Bake in Oven

Spoon the batter evenly into the muffin cups. Bake in the oven for about 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Step 6: Let Cool and Serve

After baking, let your fresh batch of Death by Chocolate Mocha Cake Mix Muffins cool for a few minutes. Once cooled down to room temperature, serve it up and enjoy! These muffins will pair perfectly with a glass of milk or a warm cup of hot chocolate.

Follow these steps closely, and you’re sure to end up with some delicious muffins. But, here are a few tips to ensure that your batch turns out perfectly.

Substitutions and Variations

 Attention all chocolate lovers: these muffins are for you!
Attention all chocolate lovers: these muffins are for you!

One of the great things about this death by chocolate mocha cake mix muffins recipe is that you can easily make substitutions or variations to suit your taste preferences or dietary restrictions. Here are some ideas to get you started:

1. Gluten-free: If you’re avoiding gluten, you can use a gluten-free all-purpose flour blend instead of regular all-purpose flour.

2. Vegan: To make these muffins vegan, you can use a vegan cake mix and replace the eggs with flax eggs (mix 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed with 3 tablespoons of water and let it sit for 5 minutes).

3. Healthier options: You can make these muffins slightly healthier by using unsweetened almond milk instead of regular milk, and replacing the canola oil with coconut oil or applesauce.

4. Espresso powder: If you don’t have instant coffee granules on hand, you can use espresso powder instead. The strength of the coffee flavor will vary depending on which option you choose.

5. Chocolate chips: For an extra chocolatey kick, add a handful of chocolate chips to the muffin batter before baking.

6. Toppings: You can top these muffins with whipped cream, dark chocolate ganache, or a sprinkle of cocoa powder.

Remember that making substitutions may affect the final taste and texture of the muffins, so be sure to experiment and find what works best for you. These muffins are versatile enough to accommodate different flavors without losing their rich and decadent chocolate mocha flavor. Whether you’re making them for yourself or as a gift, these death by chocolate mocha cake mix muffins are sure to be a hit with any chocolate lover!

Serving and Pairing

 Indulge in a guilty pleasure with Death by Chocolate Mocha Muffins.
Indulge in a guilty pleasure with Death by Chocolate Mocha Muffins.

Now that you have made these delicious Death by Chocolate Mocha Cake Mix Muffins, it’s time to think about the ultimate serving and pairing experience.

The perfect way to enjoy these muffins is definitely with a steaming cup of your favorite hot beverage. A freshly brewed, strong coffee will complement the chocolate and mocha flavors in the muffins perfectly. Or, for those chilly days, try some hot chocolate which will contrast the bitterness of the cocoa powder in a satisfying way.

If you’re looking for a dessert option, serve these muffins warm with some freshly whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. The combination of moist chocolate and creamy dairy will make your taste buds come alive.

Don’t limit yourself to just dessert though! These muffins can also be enjoyed as a decadent breakfast or brunch treat. Pair them with some fresh berries or a fruit salad for a perfect balance of sweet and tangy flavors.

For a party, consider garnishing your muffins with some extra chocolate chips, cocoa powder or even some dark chocolate ganache drizzled on top to create an unbelievably rich and indulgent dessert. Trust us when we say that everyone will love these double chocolate cupcakes!

In conclusion, the possibilities are endless when it comes to serving and pairing these delightful Death by Chocolate Mocha Cake Mix Muffins. Get creative and experiment with different recipes to find the one that suits your taste buds – because after all, they are the star of this show!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Sweet, velvety, and irresistible– a dessert dream come true.
Sweet, velvety, and irresistible– a dessert dream come true.

We all love a fresh batch of muffins, but sometimes we just don’t have the time to whip up a new batch every day. Fortunately, these Death by Chocolate Mocha Cake Mix Muffins can be made ahead of time and conveniently stored for later enjoyment.

To make your life a little easier, you can prepare the batter up to 2 days in advance and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. When you’re ready to bake, simply scoop the batter into the muffin cups and bake as directed.

Storing these muffins is a breeze. You can keep them at room temperature for up to 3 days in an airtight container or ziplock bag. For longer storage (up to a week), store them in the refrigerator.

If you want to reheat your muffins, there are two methods you can choose from. The first method is to pop them into the microwave for around 10-15 seconds on high. This should be enough time to warm them up without melting the chocolate chips or burning the muffin itself.

Alternatively, you can reheat your muffins in the oven. Preheat your oven to 350°F and place your muffins on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for around 5-10 minutes until they are heated through and are just starting to crisp up on top.

Whether you’re making these muffins as a make-ahead breakfast option or want an easy dessert that can be reheated as needed, you won’t be disappointed with this recipe’s hassle-free storage options and reheating tips.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Enjoy the perfect balance of coffee and chocolate in one bite-sized snack.
Enjoy the perfect balance of coffee and chocolate in one bite-sized snack.

Are you ready to make the perfect Death by Chocolate Mocha Cake Mix Muffins? Let me share with you a few tips and tricks for getting the best results possible.

First, when measuring your flour, be sure to spoon it into the measuring cup and level it off with a knife. This ensures that you don’t use too much flour, which can result in dry muffins. In addition, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and baking soda to avoid clumps and ensure even distribution.

Second, don’t over-mix the batter. Once you’ve added in the wet ingredients and created a smooth batter, stop mixing. Over-stirring can lead to tough muffins.

Third, use high-quality ingredients. The Death by Chocolate cake mix is fabulous on its own, but using dark chocolate chips or adding a dark chocolate ganache really takes these muffins to the next level.

Fourth, don’t forget about the pudding mix! It seems odd to add instant pudding mix to muffins, but trust me—it adds moisture and flavor that can’t be beat.

Fifth, fill your muffin cups 2/3 of the way full. This allows room for rising while still ensuring that you get a good-sized muffin.

Lastly, preheat your oven to 350°F and bake these muffins for around 18-20 minutes. Check them with a toothpick inserted in the center—if it comes out clean, they’re done!

Follow these tips for perfect Death by Chocolate Mocha Cake Mix Muffins every time. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Death by Chocolate Mocha Cake Mix Muffins recipe offers a rich and decadent taste that is sure to satisfy any chocolate cravings you may have. With its simple ingredient list and easy-to-follow instructions, you can whip up a batch of these delicious muffins in no time, whether it’s for your morning coffee or a special occasion.

With substitutions and variations available to meet your specific taste preferences, this recipe is versatile and adaptable. And, with tips and recommendations for perfect results, you’re sure to impress even the pickiest chocolate lovers in your life.

So why not give this recipe a try and experience the best of both worlds: the rich flavor of chocolate and the energizing kick of caffeine? I guarantee that once you indulge in these muffins, you’ll never want to go back to regular chocolate muffins again. Trust me; they taste just as wonderful as they sound!

Death by Chocolate Mocha Cake Mix Muffins

Death by Chocolate Mocha Cake Mix Muffins Recipe

I found the "base recipe" for these muffins on the Dunkin Hines site and added a bunch of goodies to come up with something so dark and sinful that it should be eaten with caution. The chocolate chips add a sweetness that counteracts the tartness of the Devil's Food Cake and mocha. Enjoy with caution!
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 17 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16 muffins
Calories 238.9 kcal


  • 1 (18 1/4 ounce) devil's food cake mix (make sure it has pudding in the mix)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 3 teaspoons instant coffee granules
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2-3/4 cup milk chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 375.
  • Generously grease muffin tins or line with paper liners.
  • Pour milk into a bowl and add coffee granules and chocolate syrup; stir until both have dissolved into milk.
  • Combine cake mix, baking powder, flour, milk mixture, oil and eggs; blend until well combined.
  • Stir in chocolate chips.
  • Spoon into prepared muffin cups until roughly 2/3 full.
  • Bake 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven and cool on wire rack or serve warm.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 1048gCalories: 238.9kcalCarbohydrates: 29.6gProtein: 4gFat: 12.6gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 37.5mgSodium: 320.5mgFiber: 1.1gSugar: 16g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Beginner Cook, Breads, Brunch, Easy, Inexpensive, Kid-Friendly, Potluck, Quick Breads, Sweet, Toddler-Friendly
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