Secret Kiss Cupcakes

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling


about 2-1/2 dozen

Updated: Sep. 26, 2022
I earned a merit badge by dreaming up these cupcakes for a Cub Scouts meeting. You should have seen the grins when the kids bit into the chocolate kisses in the middle. My husband and grandkids say I don't make them often enough.


  • 3-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup baking cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 30 milk chocolate kisses
  • 1 can (16 ounces) fudge frosting


  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Combine the buttermilk, butter, eggs and vanilla. Add to the dry ingredients until blended.
  2. Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Press a chocolate kiss into the center of each cupcake until batter completely covers candy.
  3. Bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cakes comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Frost cupcakes.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 262 calories, 11g fat (6g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 283mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.