Surprise Cupcakes

Today we celebrated my baby girl’s 13th birthday.  Where has the time gone?  This is my baby, the youngest of my four children!  I can’t believe how quickly that 10 lb 6 oz pound baby girl has grown into this beautiful young teenage girl!  And to top it off, she is just as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside!

Recipes 049We celebrated by having a few of her friends over for a cookout and party.  As I write this, there is a lot of shrieking, giggling, and constant running through my house.  At this age, they like to act like teenagers by trying hair styles, makeup, and being “grown up”.  Yet at the same time, they have enjoyed the evening by running through the yard playing hide and seek and stuffing whole cupcakes in their mouth!  It is an interesting time of life!

Tonight I grilled hamburgers & hotdogs for dinner and then for birthday cake, Anne Marie requested cupcakes.  I knew just the recipe to use!  These “Surprise Cupcakes” are a recipe that my sister gave me years ago.  The surprise comes from the cream cheese mixture with chocolate chips that fill each cupcake.  While some fillings in cupcakes have to be piped in, this recipe is so easy!  You just put in some batter and then top with a tablespoon of filling.  When they bake, the cake surrounds the filling!

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Ingredients for Cupcakes:

  • 1 box chocolate cake mix (I have used devil’s food or chocolate fudge cake mixes)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips


Mix cake mix according to package directions.  Pour cupcakes 1/2 full of the cake batter.  Combine all other ingredients for filling.  Place 1 tablespoon of cream cheese filling into each cup.  Bake at 350°F for 25 minutes.  Frost when cooled completely.

Recipes 031This recipe for Chocolate Fudge Frosting is one of the best chocolate frostings that I have ever eaten!  It is SO easy to make and there is absolutely NO comparison with canned chocolate frosting.  The taste is more fudgy and the texture more satiny smooth than the store bought kind.  You have to try it whether you do these cupcakes or just make any other chocolate cake.  It is REALLY good!  I topped each cupcake with a little fancy sugar sprinkles that I bought at Hobby Lobby last Christmas time.  I thought they looked cute with my turquoise and white cupcake wrappers!

Ingredients for Chocolate Fudge Frosting:

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1 (16oz) package powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk


Cream butter; add next three ingredients, beating well.  Add cocoa, mixing well.  Gradually add sugar and milk alternately to reach spreading consistency; beating until smooth.


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