Brownie Cupcakes with Brownie Batter Frosting




I actually don’t have much to say today.

Maaaaaaybe it’s because I started re-re-re-re-re-working out again (read: I ran twice this week, and I wouldn’t even take the word ran at full face value), and therefore, I’m tired.

Also, I worked 5 days a week in addition to my blog. BlogLand consists of 95% stay at home moms which, yeah, is work, but it compares nada to working with–dun dun duunnnnn–the public, so yeah, dealing with people who think they’re superior to food service workers trumps my energy.

Oh yeeeeeeeaah, and remember Shooter Downer? I’ll have a sequel post about them later in the week, but they were swigging straight-up haterade this week. Between dodging their lame complaints and dealing with them on a regular basis, it explained the influx in Instagrammed pictures of alcoholic beverages.

So yeah, I’m pooped. And while chocolate isn’t typically my go-to comfort food, I really can’t pass up a gooey, warm brownie. Or brownie batter. It’s just so good!

Enter these Brownie Cupcakes with Brownie Batter Frosting. They’re rich + fudgy and covered in sky-high brownie batter frosting. It reeeeeally can’t get better than this bad boy after a long, hellish week.

Open wide!

Brownie Cupcakes with Brownie Batter Frosting

1 box fudge brownie mix, plus an additional 1/4 cup brownie mix (dry) *
2 eggs
2/3 cup oil
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup hot fudge sauce
1 stick butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
About 3-4 cups powdered sugar
Sprinkles, if desired

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 muffin tins with about 24 paper liners and set aside.
2. In a large bowl, combine one box brownie mix, the eggs, oil, water, and hot fudge sauce until blended. Portion evenly among muffin cups; about 2/3 full. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 20 minutes or so. Cool completely.
3. While brownie cupcakes are cooling, prepare your frosting. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the remaining 1/4 cup dry brownie mix, the butter + vanilla until creamy, about 2 minutes. Gradually add the powdered sugar, about a cup at a time, until frosting is light and fluffy.
4. Pipe high onto cooled brownie cupcakes and sprinkle with jimmies, if you like. Serve immediately or store airtight at room temperature, up to a day or two.
**Note: I bought a standard box of chocolate fudge brownie mix and an additional small-serving package of brownie mix. It’s smaller + cheaper, and you can save the rest in the fridge or freezer for another batch or for another use, like adding to milkshakes.**

I LOVE how super fudgy these are. The creamy, chocolate-y frosting tastes just like a lightened-up brownie batter, and then the brownie cupcakes themselves are intensely fudgy and moist. I love it!

Enjoy, my friends!! Happy Sunday!!

xo, Hayley


  1. I have been catching up on my email. Oh Mannn….I have seen so many chocolate creations tonight. I am going to have to raid my chocolate chips to get my fix. That is what I get for getting behind an over dose of cravings. Your brownies look yummy. You have a great site and I enjoy what you do.

  2. I’m amazed that you are able to post as often as you are! Love the cupcakes.

  3. I need this brownie comfort right now! Moving sucks. I feel for your week. I don’t work out, so I can’t comment on that but prior to being a mom, I did work with the public and it ain’t fun! I think I’d prefer the rantings of a 3 year old to annoying, demanding strangers! When my kitchen is up and running, I AM making these!

    • Tanya, agreed! At least with your own kids if they sass you, you can say something. With strangers, it’s just a fake grin and “THANK YOU VERY MUCH” through gritted teeth lol. Hope moving is going well!

  4. What a great idea to add brownie mix to the frosting! Definitely need to try this.

  5. i LOVE brownie cupcakes Hayley! And of course, those sprinkles. I have the SAME sprinkles (from target!) and I baked something with them this weekend. Brownie batter frosting sounds HEAVENLY! I’ve been wanting to make cake batter frosting recently! Pretty pictures too girl! And YAY for running! It’s a tough job blogging, exercising AND a full time job! Gooo us. 🙂

  6. June Ferguson says:

    Hi Hayley!
    Sorry you have had such a rotten week. Makes me think of a little sign I have….”I try to take life one day at a time, but lately they’ve been ganging up on me!” or something to that effect! I do have a question for you….Would you consider doing a video showing us how you pipe the frosting on your cupcakes? Yours always look so perfect, and I would love to be able to do that!
    Just a thought…..
    June in KS

  7. I would love to open wide with these. YUM!

  8. Definitely going to make time to make a batch of these babies this week. You rock!

  9. I can’t even imagine working full time, blogging, exercising, baking, and running kids everywhere! I’m tired thinking about it all!!! I give you mad props for doing it all and always having such yummy things here!!! Brownie batter frosting sounds heavenly…I would gladly take those off your hands:-)

  10. I’m really, really, in love with these!

  11. These are totally calling out my name–which is totally a BAD thing right now because my jeans are uber tight. Soooooo depressing. I might cheer myself up by eating a couple of these. =) I have no idea how you manage to post so often–between work and kid and just life, I can barely fit it all in. I am sooo impressed!!

  12. Can I freeze the left over frosting? Thanks!!

    • The Domestic Rebel says:

      Good question! I’ve never froze frosting before, but it may work! It’s basically a buttercream, so if you’d had success with freezing buttercream in the past, it should work.

  13. I really want to love these cupcakes. However, when I made them, the frosting was so dry I couldn’t even spread it much less pipe it into the cupcakes. I added 4 + tbsp if cream/milk and it was still stiff, but at least pipe-able. Is there an ingredient missing from the frosting? Milk? Cream? Another stick of butter? Otherwise, they tasted good 🙂

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Hey Sarah! Oh no! Sorry about your frosting — let me take a gander at my recipe since it is highly probable I could have left something out on accident. Otherwise, I’m sorry for the mishap but glad they still tasted okay! Thanks for your helpful comment 🙂

  14. I love these! They look so yummy.


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