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Cream Cheese Mocha Cupcakes

I perk up cupcakes made from a boxed mix using coffee, a cream cheese filling and a silky chocolate ganache. My friends and family can’t get enough of them!—Andrea Franks, Carrollton, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + cooling Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 1 package chocolate cake mix (regular size)
  • 2 tablespoons instant coffee granules
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chunks
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons corn syrup


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners. Prepare cake mix according to package directions, adding coffee granules before mixing batter. Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full.
  • In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg. Stir in chocolate chunks. Drop filling by rounded teaspoonfuls into center of each cupcake.
  • Bake 20-25 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For ganache, place chocolate in a small bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream just to a boil. Pour over chocolate; stir with a whisk until smooth. Stir in corn syrup. Cool 10 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally.
  • Dip tops of cupcakes in ganache. Refrigerate leftovers.

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