Dream Cupcakes Recipe
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Dream Cupcakes Recipe

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"My grandchildren love these cream-filled cupcakes," relates Dorothy Bahlmann of Clarksville, Iowa. "They're a special treat yet easy to make. And they keep nicely in the refrigerator."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:30 servings
Diabetic Exchange Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 30 servings


  • 1 package chocolate cake mix (regular size)
  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup flaked coconut, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cupcake equals 155 calories, 8 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 34 mg cholesterol, 153 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 fat, 1 starch


  1. Prepare cake mix according to package directions for cupcakes. Fill paper-lined muffin cups half full. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until fluffy. Beat in egg and salt until smooth. Stir in chocolate chips and coconut if desired.
  2. Drop about 2 teaspoonfuls of cream cheese mixture into the center of each cupcake. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: about 2-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Dream Cupcakes in Country Woman March/April 2000, p43

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Reviewed Sep. 2, 2014

"I made these yesterday for a family gathering and they were delicious! There were skeptics because of no frosting, but that issue was forgotten once the took a bite! The recipe made about 24 using my larger pans. Don't fill each tin more than half, and use about a tablespoon of filling for each. I baked mine 25 minutes and they were perfect! I did garnish the tops with a little cluster of mini chocolate chips when I took them out of the oven."

Reviewed Dec. 29, 2013

"EXCELLLENT!!! I usually make a similar recipe but this one is so much easier with less mess. My nine year old was recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and I've been looking for some good recipes. My two other teanage kids also loved them. Used 1/2 cup dark mini chocolate chips. Would put 10 stars if I could!!!"

Reviewed Aug. 10, 2012

"My 7-year-old daughter requested I make these for her classroom birthday treat. They were a hit! No frosting needed! We've also made these using strawberry cake mix, yum!"

Reviewed May. 18, 2012

"These are delicious. I didn't use the chocolate cake mix. Instead I made the chocolate cake on the Hershey's cocoa container. I added about a teaspoon of coconut extract to the filling. I frosted them with a chocolate ganache and drizzled melted white chocolate on top."

Reviewed Jul. 4, 2010


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