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Chocolate Kahlua Hydrangea Cupcakes

Updated On: Oct 10, 2023

A fun recipe for Chocolate Kahlua Hydrangea Cupcakes using a box of devil’s food cake. Pipe small rosette’s and you’ll end up with a hydrangea look that’s sure to wow.

This is my super secret recipe for Chocolate Kahlua cake.  It’s the easiest recipe ever and the cake is super moist with the hint of Kahlua that elevates beyond the norm.

You can make it into a bundt, or a sheet cake.

You can make it into a 3 layer cake with decadent frosting.

Or you can make cupcakes.  Lots of cupcakes.  I wish I had 1 or 4 of them right now!  I hope you enjoy this easy and versatile recipe as much as I do.

Chocolate Hydrangea Cupcakes

Author: Heather Scholten
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12 Cupcakes

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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  • 1 Devils Food Cake Mix
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup Kahula
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 6 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line muffin tin with papers and set aside.
  • Mix first 5 ingredients together with a stand mixer or hand mixer until incorporated well.  Stir in the chocolate chips.
  • For Cupcakes: fill muffin tin lined with papers to 2/3 full.  Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • For Cake: spray the pan with cooking spray (no flour) and bake for 55 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Use Wilton tip #224 to pipe the frosting or top with powdered sugar and fresh berries.


I used a can of Cream Cheese Frosting and added 4 drops of neon purple to half of it and 7 drops of neon purple to the other half.  Put half of each colored frosting mixture on each side of the pastry bag so that when you extract it, you will have a mixture of both colors.  I used Wilton tip # 224.


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  2. jen @ one curly fry says:

    These look delicious!

  3. Oh Yummy, and so easy peasy….hmm, I just might have to try this one,,,or come over to you house & beg for scraps! lol!

  4. DessertForTwo says:

    WOW! How gorgeous!

  5. Cookin' Canuck says:

    What beautiful cupcakes. These would be perfect for a wedding or baby shower.

  6. I found your site on stumble upon and these are adorable. I wish I could pipe icing like that. Beautiful and I’m liking it on Stumble Upon!

  7. those are beyond words pretty!! I love the color! And I bet they were equally delicious! 🙂

  8. Donna from Yumma Yumma says:

    Beautiful! Simple and elegant! Looks like it would be perfect for a spring tea party.

  9. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen says:

    What a gorgeous cake! Sounds super yummy too!

  10. megan @ whatmegansmaking says:

    How cute are these!! And the cake sounds delicious 🙂

  11. I love these! My hydrangea is the only plant that I can completely neglect and it keeps coming back. Therefore, hydrangeas hold a place in my heart. Ha.
    And really, anything with kahlua is a-okay in my book!

  12. Yummoooooo!!!!

  13. How gorgeous is THAT! This brightened up this gloomy day. Thanks for sharing, Heather!

  14. LaPhemmePhoodie says:

    WOWEEE WOW WOW WOW your cupcakes are gorgeous! Is there such a thing as a spring cupcake? I think these qualify.

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