February 11, 2014

Recipe of the Day: Chocolate Creamy Surprise Cupcakes

Recipe & Photo courtesy of Land O Lakes

A creamy filling hides inside the chocolate cupcake for a delicious surprise.


  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
  • 2 Land O Lakes® All-Natural Eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 4 (1-ounce) squares  unsweetened baking chocolate, melted, cooled
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
*Decorator candies and/or sugars, if desired*


  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Place paper baking cups into muffin pan cups; set aside. 
  2. Combine 1 3/4 cups sugar and butter in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add 1 egg at a time, beating well after each addition. Add water, melted chocolate and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Continue beating until well mixed. (Mixture may look curdled.) Add flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; beat at low speed until well mixed. 
  3. Divide batter evenly between prepared muffin cups. Bake 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let stand 5 minutes. Remove from pans. Cool completely. 
  4. Meanwhile, beat whipping cream and powdered sugar in small bowl at high speed, scraping bowl often, until stiff peaks form. Gently stir in 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. 
  5. Remove teaspoonful of cake from center of each cupcake; reserve cake piece. Fill hole with about 1 teaspoon frosting/filling; top with cake piece. Frost cupcake with about 2 tablespoons frosting/filling. Sprinkle frosting with decorator candies and/or sugars, if desired. Store refrigerated.
Recipe Tip: 
  • A pastry bag or plastic food bag with corner snipped off makes filling and frosting cupcakes a breeze. 
  • Refrigerate frosting for up to 4 days. If mixture softens, rewhip to stiff peaks. 
  • Use an apple corer to easily remove cake from center of cupcake.
Nutrition Facts: 1 cupcake
Calories: 220
Fat: 13g
Cholesterol: 45mg
Sodium: 115mg
Carbohydrates: 24g
Dietary Fiber: 1g
Protein: 2g

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