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Heavenly Surprise Cupcakes Recipe
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Heavenly Surprise Cupcakes Recipe

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The recipe for these filled and frosted cupcakes was handed down by my mother-in-law, who taught this fledgling cook what to do in the kitchen. She's no longer with us, but baking these treats reminds me of our good times together. —Judie Heiderscheit, Holy Cross, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:18 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 18 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • FROSTING:
  • 2/3 cup butter-flavored shortening
  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 can (5 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 cupcake equals 414 calories, 23 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 45 mg cholesterol, 316 mg sodium, 49 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, buttermilk, oil and vanilla until blended. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; gradually add to egg mixture until blended.
  2. Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. For frosting, in a large bowl, cream the shortening, butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in the milk, water and vanilla. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar until smooth.
  4. Cut a small hole in the corner of a pastry or resealable plastic bag; insert a small star tip. Fill bag with frosting. Push tip 1 in. into center of cupcake and fill with frosting just until top of cake begins to crack. Pipe frosting over the tops. Yield: 1-1/2 dozen.
Editor's Note: The texture of this frosting is typical of one made with granulated sugar.
Originally published as Heavenly Surprise Cupcakes in Country Woman January/February 2003, p29

Nutritional Facts

1 cupcake equals 414 calories, 23 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 45 mg cholesterol, 316 mg sodium, 49 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.

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Reviewed Jan. 5, 2012

I love these! So good, reminds me of Ho-ho's, but better! The first time I did the frosting, it didn't turn out because I added too much evaporated milk. The second time it was perfection!

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Reviewed Dec. 31, 2008
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Reviewed Jul. 14, 2008

The frosting recipe is similar to the one I've made for years.  I do not put in the powdered sugar. If you beat the mixture without the additional sugar it will smooth out and be a rich and creamy frosting.  It looks like curdled milk at first then smooths out.

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Reviewed Jul. 14, 2008
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