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Heavenly Surprise Mini Cupcakes Recipe

Heavenly Surprise Mini Cupcakes Recipe

“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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling YIELD:72 servings


  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1-1/3 cups semisweet chocolate chips


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. 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.
  • 5. 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.

Recipe Note

Editor’s Note: Cupcakes may also be baked in 30 paper-lined muffin cups for 20-25 minutes.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 130 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 71mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.

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jpmasonry User ID: 8383512 226674
Reviewed May. 21, 2015

"I made this and it came out disgusting. I must of missed a step I hope."

beccadianne User ID: 1153899 113896
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2009


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