Friday, February 25, 2011

Fantastically Chocolaty Fat Friday

Not one healthy recipe posted this week, yet somehow, I still have something ready and in the bag for Fat Friday.   


I, who should I blame?

 Oh well.

These cupcakes were super rich and delicious.

Even better was the fact that our sweet college girl, Caitlin, made them at our house for the whole college group! 

I love enjoying the results of a good recipe without the work!

Fudge Lover's Cream Cheese Cupcakes 
(Original recipe from good 'ol Betty found here)

1 box devil's food cake mix
1 box (4-serving size) chocolate instant pudding and pie filling mix
1 cup hot water
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 eggs

1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips

Heat oven to 350°F (or 325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Spray bottom only of 13x9-inch pan with baking spray with flour. 

In large bowl, beat cake ingredients with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes. Pour into pan. 

In large bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and 1 egg on medium speed until smooth and creamy. Stir in chocolate chips. Spoon filling by tablespoonfuls evenly over top of batter. Using table knife, swirl filling through batter. 

Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely, about 1 hour.

Chocolate Lover's Frosting
(from the back of the Nestle Toll House Cocoa container)

3 cups sifted powdered sugar, divided
2/3 c. baking cocoa
1/2 c. butter, softened
5-6 T. milk, divided
1 tsp. vanilla

Beat 1 cup powdered sugar, cocoa, butter, 2 T. milk and vanilla in a small mixer bowl until creamy.  Gradually beat in remaining sugar and milk until smooth.

Spread on cupcakes and enjoy!
**Side note:  these may be consumed for breakfast ONLY if you happen to get up before the children and decide to sneak down to the kitchen because of a deep chocolate craving caused by the babe in the belly!  Best if chased down with a large glass of ice cold milk, too!


Nicole said...

Gotta love Betty! Those look very yummy. I don't think you always have to have a baby in the belly to sneak downstairs for some chocolate goodness in the morning. :)

Mel said...

Those look amazing! I am all about cake--I can't wait to start baking! Your Fat Friday posts are dangerous...I made the Whoopie Pies last weekend. (And they were so good.) :)

Amber said...

Oh My. I need these in my baking life. I can't wait to try them. I LOVE Londa's FAT FRIDAYS! Please don't tell my Weight Watchers group. ;)

Amanda said...

LOL LOVE your side note! :)

Sarah said...

these look AMAZING! I am going to a recipe swap this week & I'm totally making this recipe. :)