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Picnic Cupcakes Recipe

Picnic Cupcakes Recipe

These moist cupcakes don't need frosting, so they're perfect for a picnic or traveling. Kids and adults love them! —Florence Leinweber, Endicott, Washington
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. YIELD:24 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package chocolate or yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • FILLING:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

  • 1. Prepare cake mix batter according to package directions for cupcakes. Fill 24 paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full.
  • 2. In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, egg and sugar until smooth. Fold in chips.
  • 3. Drop by tablespoonfuls into batter. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the cupcake comes out clean. Yield: 24 servings.

Reviews for Picnic Cupcakes

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Lanie1967 228906
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2015

"Made chocolate cake, my grandkid's loved them. So moist."

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Elle4u2no 228672
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2015

"So easy, and so moist!"

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Wild-kat 5560
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2014

"These cupcakes are incredible! I've made these for potlucks and gifts for friends several times, and they're always a winner. I must say my favorite so far is with Devil's Food Cake Mix :P"

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mbdumee@gmail.com 2842
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2014

"Easy and surprisingly good!"

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luigimon 8495
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2014

"We made them with double chocolate fudge cake mix, and both chocolate and peanut butter chips. Wow, are these incredible!!! Definite keeper!!"

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stampinjo 4510
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2013

"These are incredible! We put some chocolate frosting on some of them, but they were great without. I did put them in the fridge and my family enjoyed them cold as well."

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sherrilynnhildebrand 2389
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2013

"Just made these for Valentine's Day using red velvet cake mix and white chocolate chips in the filling. Yummy"

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stone481064 6092
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2013

"Do these need to be kept in a cooler? I am concerned about the cream cheese being left out in the heat."

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Mrs.JSSmith61210 5555
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2012

"My family can't get enough of them! I have even used different cake mixes and they have all been great. My nephew always wants me to make a lot of them."

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Bourne2Bake 8494
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2012

"So easy! Great for a hot day when you don't want to fuss with frosting. Used lemon cake mix. YUM! If you don't want the bottom to stick to the paper, use foil cups instead!"

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KY_Cook 6365
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2011

"Terrific. TOH comes through again.... :)"

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RoseLuvsRetro 5553
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2011

"These cupcakes were a hit at my daughters birthday party! Delicious and easy to make."

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mileybrown 4507
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2011

"Great easy treat. Used Devils's food cake and white & dark chocolate chips...yummy"

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monroehead 6736
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2011

"Wow what a treat! I used white chocolate chips and Heath bar crunch rather than the chocolate chips, as I don't care for chocolate. but I think you could sub any type of chip. My family cannot wait for me to make them again!"

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karpayne 2388
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2010

"I have gotten so many compliments on how great these are! I learned that its better to fill the cupcake liners with less cake batter before adding the cream cheese mixture then the cupcakes dont bake over."

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lightedway 2387
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2010

"I was lazy and actually made this in a 13x9 cake pan. I lined the bottom with parchment and I am so glad I did. When I turned the cake out and peeled off the paper it was beautiful with the chips peeking through the cake. I let it cool, cut it in squares and stored them in a tupperware container. The pieces went easily into plastic sandwich bags and off with the lunches they went! No mess! No fork! No problem! God Bless"

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transou4 6735
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2010

"We liked these - they travel well. My only complaint was ALL the chocolate ends up in the bottom, and stuck to either the wrapper or the muffin tin. Some whole chips were left behind."

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madalso 6731
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2010

"so good the middle stayed in the middle all 6 girl fiends liked them I brought them to the beach"

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pdsutter 4503
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2010

"Nothing but compliments from the friends that I have shared them with. I used Baker's semi sweet Chocolate Chunks with chocolate cake mix. Yum!"

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PBnuffsaid 4964
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2010

"I made these with dark chocolate cake mix with peanut butter chips and white chocolate chips. I took them camping and everyone raved about them! The filling did not sink to the bottom as shown in the picture, but they were still excellent with the filling on the top and in the middle."

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Irish One 5504
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2010

"Made with yellow cake mix for Father's Day picnic and they were a huge success. Made with chocolate cake mix for neighborhood 4th of July party and everyone was asking for the recipe. These are delicious and I didn't feel they needed to be refrigerated. My nephew said "I think these may be my #1 choice of desserts!" Before it was Paula Deene's chocolate triffle."

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sn00py1 5502
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2010

"Wow, this was easy to make. I also frosted the tops of the cupcake. This was so moist and a wonderful taste. My husband said this is a keeper for my recipe box."

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8425jb 2385
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2010

"This recipe is out of sight!! I made it exactly according to the recipe and then made it using Devil's Food cake with peanut butter and milk chocolate chips. Oh my goodness -- they were wonderful!!"

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hicksville 199129
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2010

"This is the best cupcake recipe I have come across for a long time. It is fast, easy and delicious."

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trujem 4963
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2010

"Very easy to make! Change flavors by switching the Chocolate chips to any other kind. Needed a little powdered sugar on top to make it look special."

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shelme1 6091
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2010

"me and my niece made these they r simple to make u already have the ingredients at home u can take them on picnics with out having the mess of icing everywhere and they r delicious!!!!!! these will b made at my house a lot during the summer"

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Miss Mianna 4889
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2010

"These were delicious, my family really liked them and I am going to male them again."

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honeybuncg 199128
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2010

"every one of my friends reaved about this recipe and how great the cupcakes were and yes I am making them again"

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Lvk 5501
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2010

"Made these cupcakes using a dark chocolate cake mix and only revised it by chopping up

Swiss delice (32% cocoa pieces) instead of
chocolate chips. Turned out lite, kept shape
during travel and were enjoyed by all."

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omgpeg 5409
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2010

"oh so easy and oh so yummie , and i sprinkled powder sugar on top ,,, everyone loved"

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suzieqstreasure 7368
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2010

"I did not like these cupcakes and I will not make them again. I am sorry nothing special here, surprised to even see them on this website."

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Cathyjill 8492
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2010

"These were a big hit and my employers loved them! I also made mini ones. Will definetely make them again!!"

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thomasbeck0771@cox.net 7366
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2010

"needed a quick recipe and this one turned out great. will make again many times . made with and w/o frosting on top"

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rbhpah 2828
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2010

"wow ... what an outstanding recipe. I would absolutely make it again!"

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westieslave 6089
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2010

"These were!"

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skeewe5 7364
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2010

"These were delicious alone but even better with chocolate cream cheese icing. They were a big hit with my coworkers!"

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cargila 4479
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2010

"love easy recipes that start off with a Box cake-gonna make many of them for campers..."

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jstradling 4887
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2010

"Someone complained about mixes...So make your own cake from scratch and do it that way. I never use mixes...just modify with my favorite recipe."

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jennifer_tomassetti 7705
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2010

"So easy to make and easy to toss in a lunchbox or for a picnic. Super moist and some of us don't like frosting so it's a great alternative."

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rhonda9370 7645
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2010

"I made them with a strawberry cake mix. They were great! But, they were even better with frosting on them. Yum!"

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quiteliterally 5362
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2010

"i am sick of seeing these "recipes" which are merely boxed mixes with minor tweaks. some from-scratch recipes would be great, taste of home. otherwise you're just offering suggestions to purchase boxed mixes."

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ladybugg99 6087
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2010

"I didn't put in frig and they were fine. That was one reason I made. Took on a picnic and they was fine. I used milk chocolate in some and butterscotch and also white chocolate. They were very good and moist and didn't bring any back with me."

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vs1st 5361
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2010

"very moist and a surprise in the middle"

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UmMa 8489
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2010

"The only stupid question is the one that is unasked! :) I would like to know also if they have to be refrigerated."

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schlma29 2827
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2010

"This might be a really stupid question, but do you have to refrigerate them after baking because of the cream cheese filling?"

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cwbuff 7361
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2009

"Excellent cupcakes! I especially like that you don't have to fuss with frosting - it's on the inside! They were easy to make and traveled great, too."

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