Tuesday, April 05, 2011

{Tasty Tuesday: Chocolate Cream Cheese Mini Cakes}

These little guys include creaminess, chocolate cake and a hidden melty surprise
all in one bite-size pop. They're pretty yummy.

I have a crystal clear memory of the day I learned to make them. It was Christmas
time over a decade ago. I was in a quaint little kitchen in Easton, Pennsylvania with
an incredible person and baker named Ginger. It was one of those perfect days. Each
time I bake these, I connect with the happy feeling I had in that moment.

Anyway, I just love 'em, and I hope you will, too.

8 oz. cream cheese
1 egg
1/3 c. sugar
1/8 tsp. salt

1 1/2 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. sugar
1/4 c. baking cocoa
1 tsp. baking soda
1 c. water
1/2 c. vegetable oil
1 tsp. white vinegar
1 tsp. pure vanilla
chocolate chips - separate, does not go into bowl of batter mix

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a mini cup cake pan with mini cup cake papers.

In electric mixer, beat cream cheese, egg, sugar, and salt until creamy and
semi-smooth. (Some cream cheese lumps will remain. Don't over mix.)

Mix together flour, salt, sugar, cocoa, and baking soda.
Then add water, oil, vinegar, and vanilla.

Fill each paper cup half way with cake batter.

This is where you add the ingredient that will become the melty surprise in the finished
product. Drop 4-5 chocolate chips into each cup.

Then add 1/2 tablespoon of filling on top of each.

Bake for 15-18 minutes. Cool in pan for 3-5 minutes.
Then, remove from pan and let them come to room temperature
on a cooling rack. Afterwards, store in an air tight container.

Makes 48.

***Best after sitting for a day or overnight in an airtight container. Seriously, don't even waste the calories until they've had time to sit. You'll be glad you waited. ***

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Lindsay Teague Moreno said...

Oh, you are bad for my diet. I wonder how many points one of these little nuggets will run me? I need it!


Ale said...

Great, they look soooo good and I really would like to eat one or two but I know I cannot because...I am on a diet!!

How many of these do you eat a day? haha!



Kristi said...

yum yum yum!! This looks great, thanks for sharing!

Adri said...

Great idea to make for my sister-in-laws baby shower! I really loved these mini muffins when I tried them at your house on Barb's Baby Shower...thanks for sharing the recipe with us.

Trujen said...

I'm beginning to hate the chocolate commercials I seem to see more of these days. This treat looks really yummy! Remind me not to give up chocolate ever again!

alissa said...

oh my, these look delicious. Wish I had a few to snack on right now!