This past weekend I was given the task of contributing dessert for my Hubby’s Sunday Dinner. My Mama- In- Law has welcomed us over every weekend since I’ve known the family, and I have come to love this weekly tradition. One thing you need to know about these dinners is that Mama Mary does a full spread- usually 3 or 4 courses- so I wanted to make sure my efforts did her dinner justice.
It goes without saying I’m a Pinterst addict, so I had plenty of recipes to choose from, but had a specific one in mind. I found it on The Capitol Baker, and had been wanting an excuse to try it (not that I needed an excuse to make them, more like I needed an excuse to eat them!). I was glad to finally have a reason to give it a try and was more than happy with the result (added bonus: these were really easy to make).
So without further ado…
Yummy Mummy Recipe: Chocolate Cream Cheese Surprise Cupcakes
(as seen on The Capitol Baker).
For the Filling:
8 oz. (1 cup) reduced fat cream cheese, softened 1/3 cup sugar 1 egg 1/8 tsp salt 1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
For the Cupcake:
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
2/3 cup cocoa powder
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 cups water
2/3 cups vegetable oil
2 Tbsp white vinegar
2 tsp vanilla extract
For the Icing:
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
4 oz (1/2 cup) cream cheese
2 1/4 cups icing sugar, sifted
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line muffin cups with paper liners.
First prepare the filling- beat the cream cheese, sugar, egg and salt in a bowl until smooth and creamy. Stir in the chocolate chips.
In a separate bowl stir together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Add the water, oil, vinegar and vanilla. Beat for 3 minutes. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full with batter. Spoon 1 level Tbsp of the filling into the center of each cupcake.
Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the cake portion comes out clean. Let cool for 5 minutes in the pans. Remove from pans to wire rack. Cool completely.
For the icing, mix al ingredients together until smooth (this will be a thick icing). Pipe the icing on & decorate to your heart’s content!
The naked cupcakieeees all ready to be decorated!
The finished product. I was quite proud of myself!
(why else would I take so many photos of cupcakes?!)
I’m always up for trying new things, and I love finding ways of adding nutrition to my cooking & baking. Now don’t think I’m delusional or anything, I’m not trying to say brownies are healthy, but I’ll take the chance to add some fibre, etc. And hey, if they fool the hubby, they’ll fool the kids too! 😉
Honestly, these things are SO MOIST it’s incredible! They actually remind me of the giant double chocolate muffins at Costco! 😉
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