I adapted this recipe from one Tattooed Mama posted. I saw them and just needed to make them, immediately. I am a HUGE cheesecake fan, and these are practically cheesecake mixed with chocolate cupcakes, how could ya go wrong? So I put some Social Distortion on the iPod and started baking. I changed the recipe, minutely, omitting the salt (which she said was unnecessary) and added a filling instead of using frosting as she did. I sprinkled them with powdered sugar and “injected” them with mocha buttercream frosting, allowing some to come out the top.
Honestly, these are fucking awesome. I even used the f-word there to describe them which I use freely in every day life but avoid using here. They’re light, fluffy, moist and super tasty. The coffee filling isn’t too much, its just a lovely surprise. I deemed them “Chocolate cheesecake muffin cupcakes with coffee filling” but really, thats a hella long name. Maybe you can do better?
CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE MUFFIN CUPCAKES:
1 box of chocolate cake mix (I used one box Hershey’s chocolate fudge and one box Devil’s Food)
(Follow Instructions on box for cupcakes.)
Cream Cheese Mixture:
1 pkg (8 oz) Cream Cheese, (softened)
1/3 c. sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, beat cream cheese. Add sugar, egg. Mix well. Prepare cake mix according to directions on box. Fill paper-lined muffin cups half full with cake batter. Top each with 2 tbs of cream cheese mixture. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes. Cool 10 minutes and remove from pan. Add powdered sugar and frosting, or filling.
The directions for the mocha buttercream can be found here. I used a Wilton tip that was on the thin side (352) to poke into the top of the cupcake and just added some filling, pulling the tip out slowly and letting some swirl on the outside.
I’m feeling under the weather and Jay is full-on sick, so hopefully these’ll make us feel better. I made over 2 dozen of these by accident, so it looks like Jay’ll be bringing some to work again, and my father might be too. Yeah, by accident. I underestimated the amount of cupcakes a single box of cake mix makes. Der. I’m an idiot. But an idiot with tons of delicious cuppin’ cakes. Nyah-nyah!
I was thinking of possibly entering these in the latest Cupcake Hero contest. The ingredient of the month is coffee, coincedentally. It has to be used in either the cupcake, frosting or filling. I have until January 25th. I’ll think about it.