These cupcakes are so delicious and fudgy! They are made with a doctored up brownie mix which makes them so quick and easy to make. They have a brownie-like texture, but a little softer. I would say they are a cross between a brownie and a cupcake. The frosting is so much better than a regular cream cheese frosting due to the addition of the mascarpone cheese. It does not really add much flavor, but it gives the frosting a lighter texture.
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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12 cup pan with 12 cupcake liners. Spray them generously with non-stick cooking spray. This ensures that the wrappers will peel off of the cupcakes easily after they are baked.
Coat the mini chocolate chips with 1-2 tablespoons of brownie mix. This keeps them from sinking to the bottom of the cupcakes. Set aside.
*TIP: I use this same technique for blueberry muffins to keep them from sinking. I just coat the blueberries with a little flour and no sinking to the bottom!*
Fold the chocolate chips into the batter until just combined.
*TIP: Use an ice cream scoop to spoon batter. It makes it easy and saves you from getting batter everywhere.*
Bake cupcakes for 25-30 minutes until a toothpick in the center comes out with fudgy crumbs, but not wet batter.