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A chocolate cupcake made with greens topped with chocolate frosting.
4.34 from 3 votes

Not Just Chocolate Cupcakes

These cupcakes contain over a pound of cooked greens but taste of chocolatey goodness.
Prep Time20 mins
Active Time18 mins
Total Time38 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate, cooked greens, cupcakes, dessert
Yield: 24
Calories: 305kcal
Cost: $10


  • blender
  • hand mixer



  • 14 oz. Glory mixed greens
  • 1 C. applesauce
  • 1/2 C. water
  • 1 box chocolate cake mix 14.25 oz.


  • 8 oz. cream cheese at room temperature
  • 5 tbsp. butter at room temperature
  • 4 C. powdered sugar
  • 1/2 C. Dutch-processed cocoa powder



  • Preheat oven to 350˚F(177C)
  • Drain the greens into a colander. Rinse with fresh water and allow to drain.
  • Into a blender add the greens, applesauce, and water. Puree until smooth.
  • Pour the puree into a large bowl. Add the cake mix and eggs. Mix to combine.
  • Line a muffin tin with paper liners. Fill the each cup 2/3 full. Use an ice cream scoop for even scooping.
  • Bake for 16-18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before frosting.


  • Add the room-temperature cream cheese and butter to a large bowl.
  • Use a hand mixer to beat the mixture smooth.
  • On low speed, slowly add the cocoa powder.
  • On low speed, slowly add the powdered sugar. As the frosting thickens switch to a spatula to incorporate the last of the powdered sugar.
  • Transfer the frosting to a piping bag fitted with a 1M tip. Generously pipe each cupcake with a rosette. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.


Whoops! I accidentally made this recipe with twice the amount of greens, no wonder they seemed very moist. 


Calories: 305kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 210mg | Potassium: 205mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 47g | Vitamin A: 2123IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 2mg