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Secret Kiss Cupcakes

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.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    about 2-1/2 dozen


  • 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


  • 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.
  • Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Press a chocolate kiss into the center of each cupcake until batter completely covers candy.
  • 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.

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  • justmbeth
    Mar 24, 2014


  • aAzLady2
    Feb 11, 2008

    I made these with my two grandboys ages 3 & 5 1/2,They enjoyed stirring & pushing the "Kisses" into the batter. The 5 1/2 year old scored big time by taking them to share with his classmates & the teacher praised him for being a good cook.