Sunday, January 31, 2010

Cupcakes That Fill Themselves

Cupcakes-that-fill-themselves have become a birthday tradition in the Genereux family. I believe the recipe originated from our country church cookbook. As children, these are the cupcakes my mom would make to send to school with us on our birthday. As adults, these cupcakes are still requested for birthdays and special occasions. When we were invited to our friend's birthday party this week, I thought these cupcakes would be the perfect treat to bring.  What makes them so special is that they look like your basic chocolate cupcake, but once you bite into one, you discover a cream cheese and chocolate chip filling that resembles a burst of cheesecake. They are perfectly topped with cream cheese frosting (and a birthday candle).
Cupcakes that Fill Themselves
1 box chocolate cake mix, batter prepared as directed
1 8oz block cream cheese, softened
1 large egg
1/3 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. mini chocolate chips
In a large bowl, prepare chocolate cake mix as directed on box. Set chocolate cake batter aside. In a medium size bowl, beat cream cheese, egg, sugar and vanilla until fluffy. Fold in chocolate chips. Place cupcake liners in your cupcake pan and scoop a tablespoon of the chocolate batter on the bottom of each. Next scoop a tablespoon of the cream cheese mixture on top of the chocolate layer. Finish by scooping a heaping tablespoon of the chocolate cake batter for the last layer. Bake at 350 F for 20 minutes. (Makes 24 cupcakes)
Cream Cheese Frosting
4 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 c. butter, room temperature
4 c. powdered sugar
2-3 Tbs. milk
1-2 tsp. vanilla
Beat all ingredients in a large bowl until fluffy. You will have to add milk and powdered sugar as needed to achieve perfect consistency.
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