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Heavenly Surprise Mini Cupcakes

 Heavenly Surprise Mini Cupcakes
“My grandmother was an accomplished baker, and this was one of the many special treats she liked to make. It's fun to bite into these dense chocolate cupcakes and discover a surprise inside.” —Jorun Meierding, Mankato, Minnesota
72 ServingsPrep: 35 min. Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling

Ingredients

  • FILLING:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • BATTER:
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • FROSTING:
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1-1/3 cups semisweet chocolate chips

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Directions

  • For filling, in a small bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until light
  • and fluffy. Add egg and salt; mix well. Stir in the coconut, walnuts
  • and chocolate chips. Set aside.
  • For batter, in a large bowl, beat the sugar, water, oil, eggs,
  • vanilla and vinegar until well blended. Combine the flour, cocoa,
  • baking soda and salt; gradually beat into oil mixture until blended.
  • Fill paper-lined miniature muffin cups one-third full with batter.
  • Drop filling by teaspoonfuls into center of each. Top with
  • additional batter, filling muffin cups three-fourths full.
  • Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in
  • the cake portion of a cupcake comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes
  • before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For frosting, in a small saucepan, melt chocolate with cream over low
  • heat; stir until blended. Remove from the heat. Cool to room
  • temperature. Frost cupcakes. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 6 dozen.
Editor’s Note: Cupcakes may also be baked in 30 paper-lined muffin cups for 20-25 minutes.
Nutritional Facts: 1 cupcake equals 130 calories, 7 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 15 mg cholesterol, 71 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.