I took a box of chocolate fudge cake mix and prepared it according to the instructions on the box, except I added about 1-2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate morsels for extra goodness. I lined & greased the mini cupcake pan & filled the cup a little more than 3/4 full. (This made about 55+ mini cupcakes.) A tip I recently saw on Pinterest said to preheat your oven to 350 degrees as instructed when making cupcakes but when you put them in the oven, turn it down to 325 degrees and they will come out perfect... I was willing to test this theory today since I had the time. Regular cupcakes were supposed to bake for 18-24 minutes so I checked them at 15 minutes and they were perfect & puffy!
Then I used classic fluffy white icing & my piping set to make my first ever attempt at pretty cupcakes... Look how those peaks are! I have never nailed it so well on my first shot! I almost cried I was so proud of myself... :) They were baked inside plain white mini cupcake liners & when serving them onto the tray to decorate them, I placed them into regular size cupcake liners to hold them better & separate easier for picking up tonight.