Chocolate Surprise Cupcakes

To me nothing says “LOVE” like chocolate.  This is a rich chocolate cup cake with a surprise cream cheese and chocolate chip center.  Normally I like them without icing, but if you wanted to make them for an extra special occasion you can ice them.

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Mix together:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ½ cup cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda

Add:

  • 2/3 cup oil
  • 2 cup water
  • 2 Tablespoons vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

Mix together until fluffy:

  • 1 large( 8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Add to above 1 cup chocolate chips.

Fill cupcake papers 2/3 full of the chocolate  batter – I use my 3 Tablespoon scoop. Drop one heaping teaspoon of cream cheese-chocolate chip mixture into each cup cake.

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Bake 25 minutes at 350 degrees.  Frost when cool, if desired.

Chocolate Buttercream (optional):

  • 1 cup unsalted soft butter
  • 4 teaspoons milk
  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled to lukewarm .
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ cups sifted confectioners’ sugar

In medium size bowl, beat together the butter until creamy, about 3 minutes. Add the milk carefully and beat until smooth.  Add the melted chocolate and beat well.  Add the vanilla extract and beat for 3 minutes.  Gradually add the sugar and beat until creamy and of desired consistency.

 

Printable version of recipe – chocolate surprise cupcakes

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 I hope you enjoy this yummy treat.

Happy baking,

Jane

PS. Thank you Gavin and Berkley for being happy taste testers. ♥ 

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