Chocolate Treasure Cupcakes

Okay – who’s ready for a massive chocolate fix????

This kind of warm, gooey chocolate fix???

Mmmmmmmm……Cheesecake middles…….

Well then, here you go:

Chocolate Treasure Cupcakes 

preheat your oven to 350 degrees 

prepare muffin tins for 24 cupcakes (either use liners, or grease and sugar; or grease and cocoa powder – if you REALLY love chocolate – the tins) 

Filling: 

1 – 8 oz. pkg softened cream cheese 

1 egg, beaten 

1/3 cup sugar 

1/8 tsp salt 

1  (6 oz.) pkg semi-sweet chocolate chips (1/2 a regular size pkg) 

 

Combine cream cheese, egg, sugar and salt. Beat with mixer on medium speed until well blended. 

 

Now stir in chocolate chips, using a spoon. Set aside for later. 

 

Cupcake Batter: 

3 cups flour 

1/2 cup cocoa powder 

2 cups sugar 

2 tsp baking soda 

1 tsp salt 

2 cups water 

2/3 cup vegetable oil 

1 tblsp white vinegar 

2 tsp vanilla extract 

Combine first 5 ingredients (dry team) in a large mixing bowl. 

 

Mix thouroughly – I use a whisk for this part. 

 

Assemble the rest of the ingredients (wet team). 

 

Now, SLOWLY add (in order) water, oil, vinegar and vanilla while mixing on LOW speed with electric mixer (otherwise you will be consumed in a dust cloud of chocolate…..sounds good, breathes bad).  🙂  Mix well. 

 

Now, fill cupcake tins 2/3 full of Batter, then drop heaping teaspoons full of cream cheese Filling in center on top of batter. Don’t worry – it will sink into batter while it bakes.  😉  

  

Arrange pans on center oven racks so that they are not touching. 

 

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 – 35 minutes. 

Remove from oven and place on trivets or wire racks to cool before removing cupcakes from pans. 

 

You must let them cool a bit before eating – you don’t want to hurt yourself! But, most importantly of all…….BEWARE that blasted Hand Monster thief!! 

 

Because you are going to want all of this yummy goodness for yourself!!! 

 

Although, in order to avoid possible over-consumption and extra “jigglies” where you don’t want them, you MIGHT want to consider sharing….. Notice I only said “might” though.  🙂   

Enjoy!! 

Shady

Spicy Chocolate Cupcakes

 

These cupcakes are a bit out of the ordinary. I decided one day that I needed to have a spicy dessert to serve with my Inferno Chili, a dessert other than the usual ice cream that is.

So, an idea formed. One of those “What if I combined…..” moments. The result of that “what if” moment is these yummy, unexpected cupcakes.

Now, these do have a little bite – but not so much of one that a child would be unable to eat them. The pepper combo used just adds a little “kick” to go along with the fiery theme of Southwestern cuisine, while the chocolate is a lovely compliment to cool things down.

You can top these with a Cream Cheese icing, a Chocolate icing, Powdered Sugar or just eat them plain. Personally, I prefer the Chocolate icing (go figure!) but, some of my cupcake recipients prefered the Powdered Sugar topping. Heck, make some of each and just let your guests decide.  😉 

Shady’s Spicy Chocolate Cupcakes

3 cups flour

1/2 cup cocoa powder

2 cups sugar

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 Tblsp chili powder

1 tsp cinnamon

2 cups water

2/3 cup vegetable oil

1 Tblsp white vinegar

2 tsp vanilla extract

Combine all of your dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl, with a whisk until well blended.

Slowly add water, oil, vinegar and vanilla. Mixing well with electric mixer set on LOW speed.

Fill cupcake liners with batter, only 2/3 of way to allow for expansion.

Place in a preheated 350 degree oven, and bake for 30 minutes.

Remove from oven and place pans on wire racks to cool for 10 minutes, before removing cupcakes from pans.

Frost or top as desired. Serve.

Makes 24 cupcakes.

Enjoy!!

Shady

P.S. :  if this recipe sounds slightly familiar, it is because (with the exception of the chili pepper and cinnamon) it is my base recipe for my Treasure Cupcakes that I previously posted (a set-by-step photo tutorial can be found there). It is a wonderful, yummy recipe that I use a lot for several different baked goods – very versatile!!

Treasure Cupcakes

 

These are heavenly – if you are a chocolate lover, that is.  😉  The ONLY problem I have ever had with them is actually calling them a “cupcake”. To me, a cupcake is a lovely confection slathered with icing – and these delectable morsels require none! I suppose that you could smother them with a rich, chocolate fudge icing if you wished….. However, why mess with perfection?  🙂 

Treasure Cupcakes 

preheat your oven to 350 degrees 

prepare muffin tins for 24 cupcakes (either use liners, or grease and sugar; or grease and cocoa powder – if you REALLY love chocolate – the tins) 

Filling: 

1 – 8 oz. pkg softened cream cheese 

1 egg, beaten 

1/3 cup sugar 

1/8 tsp salt 

1  (6 oz.) pkg semi-sweet chocolate chips (1/2 a regular size pkg) 

 

Combine cream cheese, egg, sugar and salt. Beat with mixer on medium speed until well blended. 

 

Now stir in chocolate chips, using a spoon. Set aside for later. 

 

Cupcake Batter: 

3 cups flour 

1/2 cup cocoa powder 

2 cups sugar 

2 tsp baking soda 

1 tsp salt 

2 cups water 

2/3 cup vegetable oil 

1 tblsp white vinegar 

2 tsp vanilla extract 

Combine first 5 ingredients (dry team) in a large mixing bowl. 

 

Mix thouroughly – I use a whisk for this part. 

 

Assemble the rest of the ingredients (wet team). 

 

Now, SLOWLY add (in order) water, oil, vinegar and vanilla while mixing on LOW speed with electric mixer (otherwise you will be consumed in a dust cloud of chocolate…..sounds good, breathes bad).  🙂  Mix well. 

 

Now, fill cupcake tins 2/3 full of Batter, then drop heaping teaspoons full of cream cheese Filling in center on top of batter. Don’t worry – it will sink into batter while it bakes.  😉  

  

Arrange pans on center oven racks so that they are not touching. 

 

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 – 35 minutes. 

Remove from oven and place on trivets or wire racks to cool before removing cupcakes from pans. 

 

You must let them cool a bit before eating – you don’t want to hurt yourself! But, most importantly of all…….BEWARE that blasted Hand Monster thief!! 

 

Because you are going to want all of this yummy goodness for yourself!!! 

 

Although, in order to avoid possible over-consumption and extra “jigglies” where you don’t want them, you MIGHT want to consider sharing….. Notice I only said “might” though.  🙂   

Enjoy!! 

Shady