Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Cake #35: Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cream Cheese Cupcakes

Years ago my friend Sarah used to make these amazing 'Cupcakes with Surprise' which was a boxed chocolate cake mix with a cream cheese, egg and sugar center. They were *so* yummy. So when I was cruising around blogland and I saw these, I had to give it a go.

Things I love that made them so tempting:

1. No frosting. Hooray
2. My youngest loves PB and chocolate together and I love him to bits.
3. We all love cream cheese.

These are really yummy. They hit the right note between decadent and everyday. They don't look fancy or take very long, but they taste very rich.

Personally, I've never been much of a peanut butter chip fan, but that's kind of nice too as I'm not tempted to eat them.

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cream Cheese Cupcakes
from How About Orange

1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1/3 c. sugar
1 egg
1/8 tsp. salt
1 c. chocolate chips
1 c. peanut butter chips (or just use more chocolate if you want)

1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1 c. sugar
1/4 c. baking cocoa
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. water
1/3 c. vegetable oil
1 Tbs. white vinegar
1 tsp. vanilla

In a bowl, beat cream cheese. Add sugar, egg, salt. Mix well.

Fold in chips. Set aside.

 For cupcakes, combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.

Add water, oil, vinegar, and vanilla. Mix well.

Oops! My phone rang and I completely spaced on taking pictures of these steps. So sorry!

 Fill paper-lined muffin cups half full with batter. Top each with 2 Tbs. of cream cheese mixture. Bake at 350ยบ for 25-30 minutes. Cool 10 minutes and remove from pan. Makes 18. 

I love how the ones that I didn't top as well are solidly chocolate cupcakes with a hidden surprise. 

These were delicious and so easy to make. They're a big hit with the kids.


Special thanks to Lowri at Tip Junkie for sharing my Fall Paper Towel Wreath.


Anonymous said...

Oooh yummy!! xx

Juls said...

your cakes look just yummy!!! Hugs Juls

Laura B said...

These look so good! I'll have to try them sometime(but I'll leave out the peanut butter chips since my son has an allergy). Thanks for sharing all of these cake recipes!:) And I love your blog...I'm sorry I don't comment more often.

donna!ee said...

oh my, yum yum yummy! thank you so much for sharing these recipes. blest be :)

chksngr said...

wow! That would go SO WELL with the coffee I'm drinking right now..I'd have to do them with just chocolate...but I don't think it would detract one little bit! :-)