I made them again yesterday to take over to our friends house and they were a huge hit there as well. I’m telling you these things are FANTASTIC.
To make them you will need:
1 chocolate boxed cake mix (my favorite is Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Fudge) plus the ingredients listed on the boxTo start, mix up the cake mix as directed on the box. Fold in the mini chocolate chips. Then mix up the cheesecake filling. Whip together 1 block of cream cheese, 1 egg, and 1/2 cup of sugar.
1 cup mini chocolate chips
2-8 oz blocks of cream cheese (softened)
1/2 cup white granular sugar
1-8 oz tub cool whip
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prep your cupcake pans. Either grease them well or use cupcake wrappers. Fill each cupcake 1/3 full of the chocolate cake batter. Then top with 1 tablespoon of cheesecake batter and then 1 tablespoon of chocolate batter. It makes about 28 cupcakes.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 16 to 17 minutes. You want them to be at the point where they are almost done, but just ever so slightly underdone. That helps keep them super moist.
You could eat them right out of the oven, with all the little chocolate bits nice and melty and be perfectly happy. Seriously delicious. Or you could go on and make icing for them. The original recipe suggested using either chocolate frosting or your standard cream cheese frosting. I decided to go with a lighter fluffier cool whip/cream cheese frosting to balance out the denseness of the chocolate and cheesecake.
To make it, just mix together 1 block of cream cheese with 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar until very smooth. Then fold in the whole tub of cool whip.
Decorate the cooled cupcakes as desired. They are best eaten at room temperature, but should be stored in the refrigerator because of all the cream cheese and cool whip. So if you make them in advance and store them in the frig, be sure to take them out an hour or two before serving. When eaten cold, the little chocolate chips get all hard and it just isn’t as good.
I love these cupcakes! From the outside they look like a normal chocolate cupcake. Then you bite in (and wow that was a good bite)
and you get this surprise burst of cheesecake. It’s perfect.