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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Filled Cupcakes

Mmmmm!  Gooey cream cheese filled chocolate cupcakes were one of my favorite treats growing up.  Mom didn't make them often, but when she did....  YUUUMMMYY!  :)  I prefer these without frosting, but they look nice with it & the kids like them frosted.  My energy level decides whether they're frosted or not most of the time. 

Filled Cupcakes

1 cake mix mixed as directed on box OR 1 recipe of cake batter of your choice (I prefer chocolate, but you probably knew that by now, didn't you!)


1 8 oz. brick of cream cheese, softened
1/3 C. sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 C. chocolate chips

Mix everything but the chocolate chips until smooth.  Stir in chocolate chips.  Fill your cupcake liners with the cake batter just as if you were doing regular cupcakes.  Drop 1-2 tsp. of filling on top of the batter in the center of each cup.  Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes.  Cool and frost if desired.

Joy's Notes:  The filling will sit on top of the batter until it's baking, and then most of it sinks to the bottom.  Sometimes I use a batch of Whacky Cake batter instead of the cake mix... it's quite a bit heavier and sometimes the filling doesn't sink... it still tastes wonderful though!  I DO prefer the taste and texture of home made cake batter than a mix, and it usually is much more moist.  These freeze really well.


  1. Another yummy filling is cherry pie filling. I like to cook the cupcakes for 5 or 6 minutes (to help keep it from sinking to the bottom, this makes it go closer to the center), then pull from the oven and top with 3 or 4 cherries (I try not to put too much of the goo around the cherries from the pie filling, just the cherries) then put them back in to finish cooking. These are great frosted with cream cheese frosting or even just a dollop of cool whip or whipped cream :) I'm going to have to try this version, or maybe mix them, some cream cheese and a couple cherries!! Nothing like cherry chocolate cheesecake wrapped up in the middle of a yummy chocolate cupcake!! :)

  2. I'll bet the cherry ones would be great! ... and I wouldn't be tempted to eat them as I can't stand pie cherries. lol Diet cupcakes for me. :) BUT, on that note & mixing with the cream cheese, I'll bet you could do a blueberry cream cheese filling in white cupcakes. Mmmm....

  3. Love your blog Joy! Especially the photos of your yummy table of food. I wish I was there!