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Truffle Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe

Truffle Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe

I love food served with an unexpected twist, like these cupcakes with a creamy chocolate truffle center. My kids love to "help" make them, but I have to be sure to have enough truffles saved to actually fill the cupcakes! —Amanda Noll, Spanaway, Washington
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + chilling Bake: 20 min. + cooling YIELD:24 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • CUPCAKES:
  • 1 package devil's food cake mix (regular size)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped, optional

Directions

  • 1. For truffles, in a small saucepan, melt the chocolate, milk and butter over low heat; stir until blended. Remove from the heat. Stir in vanilla. Transfer to a small bowl; cover and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. Roll into twenty-four 1-in. balls; chill 1 hour longer.
  • 2. For cupcakes, in a large bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs. sour cream, oil, water and vanilla; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes.
  • 3. Fill paper-lined muffin cups one-third full. Drop a truffle into the center of each cupcake. Top with remaining batter. Bake at 350° for 17-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  • 4. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Top with whipped cream if desired. Yield: 2 dozen.