This is a wonderful recipe that was given to me by a friend years ago. The cake and frosting are easy to put together in less than an hour. The cake is moist and chocolatey and the frosting complements it well with a light peanut butter flavor.
Cake:Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
In a large bowl, mix together the cake and pudding mixes, sour cream, applesauce, oil, eggs, coffee/water, milk, and vanilla. Stir in the chocolate chips.
Fill pan: 2 round cake pans, 1 bunt pan, or 24 cup cakes. **For cup cakes, spray or use liners and fill each with one level ice cream scoop, it makes the perfect amount.
Bake for 50 to 55 minutes for cake or 20-25 min for cupcakes. It is done when the top is springy to the touch and a wooden toothpick inserted comes out clean, test twice because you might have hit a chocolate chip the first time. Cool cake thoroughly in pan at least an hour and a half before inverting onto a plate and frosting.
Frosting:In small bowl with mixer at low speed (or by hand), combine marshmallow creme, peanut butter, butter, and vanilla until blended.
Increase speed to medium (or keep mixing by hand) and add confectioners' sugar and milk, adding just enough milk to make frosting smooth and spreadable.