Funfetti Truffle Chocolate Cupcakes

by Erin


I cannot believe The Spiffy Cookie has already been a part of my life for a year. But at the same time, I cannot believe it’s ONLY been one year. How did I survive without you before, my spiffy cookie? What did I do before talking to all the food-blogging friends I have made about food and sometimes even non-food (gasp) things!?

Never did I dream that I would spend hours on Twitter. Let alone play on websites like StumbleUpon, Klout, Foodbuzz, and waste away in front of Pinterest (someone pin something new already!). I even have had one picture accepted to Tasteologie (I am pretty proud of that using just a Canon Powershot). Oh and don’t forget several Nutella recipes submitted over at bella nutella.

I remember the first day someone I didn’t know in real life commented on a recipe. Actually I remember the day even someone I do know in real life commented haha. And then there was the day when I realized that the number of hits per day were comparable to how many I used to get in an entire month. Talk about exponential growth.

Funny thing about my very first post, a year ago today, is that it did not include ANY recipe. It was more of a “ahem, I am here!” post. Day two was my first recipe post – Devil’s Food Nutella Cake. Guess that was a sign of things to come, huh?

Enough reminiscing, I need to tell you about the special treat for today! It was inspired by, until now, the best cupcake I’ve made on here – Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes. This one today is a chocolate cupcake and instead of a cookie dough ball in the middle, its a cake batter truffle. But it didn’t stop there with the cake batter/funfetti-ness, oh no sir, I just HAD to top it all off with cake batter cream cheese frosting! I didn’t think it got any better than cream cheese frosting. Of course that was then followed by sprinkles. Cannot celebrate a blog anniversary without sprinkles now can we!?

These cupcakes are for you, all my readers who have saved me from talking to myself and my fellow bloggers that have helped me along the way. I wish I could share them with you in real life! One day… I should warn you though, making these cupcakes sprouted several more truffle-stuffed cupcake ideas in my noggin. So I hope you stick around for another year!


Makes 24 cupcakes



1-1/2 cups flour

1 cup yellow cake mix

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

1/2 cup white sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/8 tsp salt

3-4 Tbsp milk

2 Tbsp sprinkles


  1. Beat together butter and sugar using an electric mixer until combined. Add cake mix, flour, salt, and vanilla and mix thoroughly. Add 3 Tablespoons of milk or more if needed to make a dough consistency. Mix in sprinkles by hand. Roll dough into 24 one inch balls and place on a parchment or wax paper lined cookie sheet. Place in the freezer for at least 30 minutes (can be frozen overnight).



2-1/3 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted

1-1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

12 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature

2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar

2 tsp vanilla extract

4 eggs

1-1/2 cups buttermilk, at room temperature

24 frozen cake batter truffles


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line two cupcake pans with paper liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside.  In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter on medium speed until smooth.  Gradually add the brown sugar and continue beating until fluffy, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.  Beat in the vanilla.  Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  3. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture in three additions, alternating with the buttermilk, beginning and ending with the flour mixture.   Mix just until all the dry ingredients have been incorporated, being careful not to overmix.
  4. Divide the batter between the prepared cupcake liners. Place one frozen truffle in the center of each cupcake. Bake until a toothpick (outside the truffle) comes out clean, about 18-20 minutes.  Transfer the cupcakes to a wire rack and let cool to room temperature.



1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

8 oz reduced fat cream cheese, room temperature

1 tsp vanilla extract

3 cups powdered sugar

1/2 cup white cake mix (MIX–NOT BATTER)

Green food coloring, optional



  1. In the bowl of a mixer, beat butter, cream cheese and vanilla on medium speed until smooth. Add powdered sugar and cake mix and beat on low until just combined. Increase speed to medium-high and beat for 2 minutes. If frosting is too thick, mix in a bit of heavy cream or milk until desired consistency is reached. Add food coloring if being used.
  2. Once cupcakes are cool, frost generously. Top with sprinkles.

Source: Truffles from The Girl Who Ate Everything. Cupcakes from Everyday Annie. Frosting from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen.

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Ruth Hannah January 26, 2012 - 12:38 am

I made these! DELICIOUS!

Stephanie January 19, 2012 - 12:46 pm

Erin these look so yummy!!! Will def be trying this recipe out :)

Rita Hendrickson January 19, 2012 - 11:05 am

Love your blog. Hope you win my dear!

Aunt Rita

Kita November 17, 2011 - 8:29 am

Sorry Im late to the party but happy blogaversary! These cupcakes look killer! :D Love the green frosting!

Kara November 16, 2011 - 2:27 pm

Congrats Erin! These look great!

elly November 16, 2011 - 8:14 am

These cupcakes look totally amazing. Congrats on one year of blogging, and here’s to many more!

Tracey November 15, 2011 - 8:18 pm

What a fantastic treat to celebrate one year of blogging! Keep up the good work, I’m so glad to have “met” you through our mutual love of food :)

natalie (the sweets life) November 15, 2011 - 3:46 pm

what a fun recipe to celebrate one year!! keep it up! :)

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts November 14, 2011 - 5:13 pm

Happy Blogiversary!! These cupcakes are awesome! What a perfect way to celebrate anything. Love the truffles in the center!

Danielle November 14, 2011 - 10:10 am

Congratulations, Erin!!!!! :)

Mercedes November 14, 2011 - 8:23 am

Congrats on one year of blogging and I can’t even find words to describe how amazing these cupcakes look!

OLGA November 14, 2011 - 7:13 am

Is the first time that I arrive to your blog and its really Cute and Nice.
My blog is in Spanish but I have a Translate so you can see my recipes in English.

Laura @ A Healthy Jalapeño November 13, 2011 - 9:40 am

CONGRATULATIONS ERIN!!!! I was so happ I was given you for my secret recipe because now I have had the pleasure of poking around your page and playing with all the fun recipes you have like these adorable cupcakes!!! Happy one year and keep it up, we love what you share :)

spiffycookie November 13, 2011 - 2:01 pm

Thank you so much! I am glad you got me too because I have enjoyed your blog as well!

Miriam @ Overtime Cook November 13, 2011 - 1:42 am

Congrats on a year Erin- that’s amazing! I love your blog-looking forward to the next great year’s worth of posts!

Carolyn November 12, 2011 - 6:45 am

Congrats on a year, Erin. I love your blog, I love the recipes you post and your enthusiasm. And your pictures are getting better all the time, keep it up!

Danielle @ Runs With Spatulas November 11, 2011 - 9:24 pm

Mmm what a tasty way to celebrate 1 year! Congrats!

Shannon November 11, 2011 - 6:12 pm

Happy blogoversary (how many ways can you spell that?!)! Love your blog and these cupcakes!

Lacy November 11, 2011 - 5:23 pm

Happy Blogiversary! I kinda hope Jason doesn’t see today’s recipe – anytime you do something with funfetti he says we NEED to make it…only by we he really means me :)

spiffycookie November 11, 2011 - 6:49 pm

Haha thank you! Funfetti is the best afterall :-)

Cassie November 11, 2011 - 3:05 pm

Happy blogiversary, Erin! I am so glad I found your blog. These cupcakes look perfect for this event!

spiffycookie November 11, 2011 - 3:29 pm

Thank you and I am so glad to know of your blog!

Tracy November 11, 2011 - 2:34 pm

Happy blogoversary to you!! These cupcakes are the perfect way to celebrate!! :-)

veronica gantley November 11, 2011 - 2:04 pm

Congrats on your blogoversary. I think all of us did the same thing when we first started. It take a while to build up momentum. We contunually move forward. You just have to watch out for the trolls and other not so nice people. Chef Dennis was my first comment. Its funny how you remember things like that. thanks for sharing all your wonderful pictures and recipes with us. Here is to many more blogoversaries.

Jennifer @ Mother Thyme November 11, 2011 - 12:31 pm

Happy Blogoversary! Congrats on one year! Thanks for sharing these delicous cupcakes! Perfect for a celebration! :)

Liz @ Southern Charm November 11, 2011 - 11:52 am

Happy blogaversarry!!!!

I feel as if I need to make these cupcakes to celebrate with you .. ok, I’m just making an excuse now. Haha. Can’t wait to make these!!

spiffycookie November 11, 2011 - 12:31 pm

They were soo good!!!

Tina@flourtrader November 11, 2011 - 11:41 am

Congrats on your blogoverssary! Time does fly when you blog and it is nice to take some time to reflect on the progress from then until now.
These cupcakes look delicious-love those little truffles in their. Funfetti has a way of bringing a smile to anyone’s face, you made a good choice on the celebratory food for this day. Yum!

Jessica November 11, 2011 - 10:52 am

Congratulations!! Love your blog and will be loving those cupcakes later! :)

Macaroni and Cheesecake November 11, 2011 - 10:31 am

Happy Blogiversary!! Those cupcakes are so fun and they look amazing!!

Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray November 11, 2011 - 8:34 am

Woohoo, happy blogoversary! (Because tweeting at you wasn’t enough. ;) )

P.S. I would definitely be worried I’d eat all the truffles before they made it into the cupcakes…

spiffycookie November 11, 2011 - 8:37 am

Thank you!! :-D

Haha a lot of restraint went into making these cupcakes.

Amy C. November 11, 2011 - 8:30 am

These look amazing! I hope to be able to make them soon!!!! :D Thanks for this great recipe!

Mel November 11, 2011 - 8:28 am

Congratulations on one year! Super cute supcakes!

Amber @ Amber's Confections November 11, 2011 - 7:57 am

OMG! These look AMAZING! I wish I had one for breakfast!!

Congrats on your one year! You’ve accomplished so much in such a short time! Def one of my favorite blogs and bloggers :)

spiffycookie November 11, 2011 - 7:58 am

Aw you are too kind, thank you!

Aimee November 11, 2011 - 7:55 am

Happy one year anniversary!!! These sound like a fantastic way to celebrate!

Kathryn November 11, 2011 - 7:53 am

Congratulations on your blogoversary! It’s amazing how quickly a blog can become a central part of your life isn’t it? These cupcakes look like an absolutely awesome way to celebrate!

spiffycookie November 11, 2011 - 7:55 am

It really is! Thank you :-)

Bobby November 11, 2011 - 7:50 am

These cupcakes are a feat of self control for Erin. She drove over 8 hours with one of these in her car and gave it to me instead of eating it herself. Once you make these you too will be hooked instantly. They are deliciously amazing.

spiffycookie November 11, 2011 - 7:52 am

I had to turn off my taste buds. It was a serious challenge.


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